dcb_Debra 1:55pm Jan 25 2018
Hi Charlotte, I had a plate in mine (I'm a long-distance runner and wanted to be 100% sure the joint was aligned properly).
I went from PWB with crutches and the boot to FWB in the boot (no crutches) in a week. After that, I started trying PWB without the boot and I was able to walk short distances carefully in another week.
I used the 'slow dance' to increase weight bearing through the bad leg (hold onto e.g. a kitchen counter, that's nice and solid. Lift the heel of your good leg a bit and you will increase weight through the bad leg in a controlled manner. Repeat several times. Use bathroom scales with a dial under your bad foot to see how much of your body weight you are putting through that leg).
I still used crutches outside the house for a while. I jogged 20 strides, barefoot on grass, about three weeks after I first walked without boot or crutches.
Note: I really, really worked at the exercise the physio gave me, doing them four times a day: pointing and flexing the ankle, circling the ankle, stretches with a resistance band etc. etc.
Fibula Fx lat. malleolus Weber B 12 June 2015
ORIF plate 18 June. Cast problems (allodynia) so boot from 25th but NWB.
25 July start PWB in boot, 7 Aug PWB without boot. 14th Aug few steps FWB.
9 Sept 10-steps jog 25 Sept: PT says go run!