Stephen T 3:36pm Oct 19 2019
Iím a newbie, my name is Stephen, Iím 33 years old and this week I broke my left leg, it happened on Thursday evening.
I play football here in England and I was assisting in a junior game (Under 18 kids) and was being the linesman. I volunteered to help out as the guy who should have been there couldnít make it due to Ill-health.
What I remember was two boys going for the ball and one jumped out of the way at the last second and the other boy went in to tackle him so he slid straight through on the ground and into me. His foot connected with my left leg which was planted in the pitch and I remember hearing a ďsnapĒ very loud and it sounded amplified in my head, before he sent me sprawling.
I came around with people around me and covered in coats people had put over me as I was shaking I think from shock?
Paramedics splinted my leg and gave pain relief.
X-rays at Accident and Emergency - I have fractured my tibia and fibula in my left leg and they are classed as ďspiral fracturesĒ and I havenít a clue what this means but it sounds impressive when I tell people!
A specialist bone doctor saw me and told me that they needed to immobilise my breaks and then decide the best way to treat them long-term.
They sedated me and I havenít any recollection what happened from them on for a good hour or so, then last thing I remember was seeing my tracksuit trousers being cut off and then waking up seeing my leg propped up on a load of towels and in a big plaster cast splint. Itís odd but my first thought was that it was just in bandages as thatís all I could see but then I felt hardness all over my leg.
Turns out Iíve been put in a 3/4 cast (ie it does not totally encompass my leg) and itís from my toes to my hip. I broke my finger last season and had it taped to one adjacent to it which was bearable but this is a whole new ball game unfortunately.
My main questions:
Is there an easy way to use my crutches? I canít put my foot to the floor so itís not easy to use them.
How do I shower? I need one so badly.
Is swelling normal? My leg swells the second itís not elevated.
I was told by the bone doctor that when I go to fracture clinic appointment on Thursday this week and see the specialist itís 80/20 likely that i get a full cast to allow the fractures to mend as they are relatively straightforward ones so he thinks but that if so the cast will be like the splint and go from my toes to my hip, which would mean I wouldnít be able to bend my knee and i donít understand why this would be necessary?
My leg is broken between my knee and ankle so why would the cast have to go over my knee??
Itís only been 2 days and not being able to bend my knee is seriously annoying and awkward as anything. Iím bemused.
Iím also in pain but Iím expecting to be in all honesty when I saw my X-ray.
I didnít ask about recovery time but Iím expecting months and not weeks?
Thanks for reading.