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Megan_K : Tibial/Fibula Fracture, spiral fracture to ankle malleolus
Diary entry posted Wed 7:10am 29 January 2020

I am a 40 year old female with no prior health history. On December 31,2019 I was in Taos Ski Valley with my family. My kids were in ski school, my husband and I were looking forward to our "date day". After our first run,we decided to go into the lodge for a cup of coffee. Unfortunately I slipped on ice, while walking in ski boots, fell hard and immediately felt a "pop". The ski-side medical clinic quickly diagnosed a tibial/fibula fracture, transferred me to the local hospital where a CT showed the tibial fracture spiraled into the ankle malleolus. Immediate surgery was recommended and on 1/1/2020, I had an IM rod, plate and 7 screws placed.
The first 2 weeks were very difficult; the plaster cast extended above the knee, thus fixing my knee in a straight position. Muscle spasms prevented me from sleeping. The most difficult part was wrapping my head around the fact that I was going to be immobile for several weeks.
After 2 weeks I had follow-up with a local doctor, the plaster cast was removed. I was emotional the first time I saw my leg. It did not look like my leg; significant swelling, bruising and muscle atrophy. I was fitted with a Cam walker boot and told to remain non-weight bearing until my next follow-up, at 6 weeks.
Today I am 4 weeks out from my injury. Overall, the pain is now minimal. Muscle spasms have improved as well. I still have a lot of swelling at the end of the day. I have numbness around my ankle, but this seems to be getting a little better. I still have issues with bending my knee, I think I will need PT to improve. I also have limited movement of my ankle, can do a little "flick" of flexion and some side-to-side movement.
Prior to my injury I was very active: I did Crossfit, ran several times a week and was in the best shape of my life. The mental part of this injury is affecting me the most: I mourn for the loss of my prior life, as I am not sure I will be able to return.
Reading the posts on this site have been encouraging for the most part. I am looking for anything I can do to improve my rehab potential. I am lightly massaging my leg at home, trying to stretch my muscles and ligaments. I am trying to do range of motion as tolerated. Please let me know of any non-weight bearing stretches/exercises you have had success with!

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