And make sure to elevate your leg afterwards and use an ice pack. I just had stitches removed and was told to start PT next week. Was told I could do FWB 5 weeks later. Best of luck to you! Best of luck to you! I am so grateful to have found this post. Having read your blog, what you experienced is exactly what is happening to me. You can also stimulate the nerves by lightly rubbing your fingernails over the foot, stroking it, etc. It makes me feel a lot better about the future. Thank you again. I really felt for you and your struggles, and admired you at the same time. Removing stitches, and do you want a cast or a boot? Thankfully I did. To do so, your doctor might recommend physical therapy as part of your bunionectomy recovery plan . Doing the PT excersises and icing the ankle when it is swollen helps alot. Had a metal plate a 11 screws put in. Take care! I don’t want to push myself too hard as I tend to do this in other areas of my life. Don’t push it too hard and keep resting and icing your ankle in between. Your article made me laugh so hard I cried! Thanks Most likely you will not be able to work for a few weeks. After 6 weeks of short term disability I am on 4 hours work at home daily. I searched for help, and I found it in your article. Undergoing Physical Therapy Work with a trained physical therapist. But I made it.Im day 2 of FWB with the boot. I use the knee scooter to get around work because it would take me an hour to get from one place to the next without it. I know it will get better in time! Had surgery September 7th. I’m a 66 year old woman and have been pretty active my whole life. Then I felt bad for letting it affect me like that. I had pain everywhere at different times. It hurts like crazy. The pain in the ankle is still there and drains you and I find myself laying back down a lot36. I’m curious if a epsom salt soak would help. My bimalleolar surgery( 2 screws on inside bone, plate and 8 screws on outside) was the first week of March of this year. God bless you! Showering hasn’t been a problem for me because I got a watertight leg seal, the hardest part is trying balance on one leg and clean yourself. Thanks for your info. But reading other people’s stories helped me, so here goes. I had a tri-mall on August 4th playing baseball and sliding into third base. And so were we. Really missing my mom, friends and family, and feeling so isolated and confined to my bed and couch is making matters much worse. Thank you for your inspiring posts, it was helpful and encouraging! Hang in there! Well not really. I have an appointment this Thursday to get my cast off and *hopefully* get my walking boot, depending on how xrays are looking. I can walk but, but not barefoot , and my ankle stays swollen and now my lower back is inflamed due to the foot overcompensation. It’s a very good self-massage and so much easier than using your hands alone. Everyone else was already there which was a good thing. I keep searching for blogs like this to compare my recovery to because every time I question the doc his answer is ALWAYS it’s normal. Oh my goodness, you’ve been through a lot! The worst part is the feeling like someone is constantly rubbing broken glass over the tops of my feet. Hard to put shoes/sneakers on due to this. I am 68. My physical therapist does distraction on my ankle which is pulling on my foot to manually separate the bones of the ankle. I have nerve pain on the top of my foot only and it’s still numb on the top and my 4th toe is totally numb. Also different parts of the foot hurt on different days. My ankle is still very stiff and swollen and doing my PT exercises everyday. I didn’t have fear of moving my own ankle. Thank you so much for your report on what happened to you. They must have some decent ones somwhere. Next surgeon appointment is 3/15/2019 Just a note my family took me in to stay in their basement for (2) Months bless them thank goodness the surroundings were light and bright as I only left to go to Dr Appointments . Sometimes I would take a break from crutches and roll around the kitchen in an office chair. Stay strong xxoo, Hey, I am now also cleared to start walking. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I broke my ankle and required a fixation (2 screws) and 6 weeks non weight bearing. This thing is a lifesaver! I just read your story and would love to know how you are going now. I hope you’re doing well!! I am almost FBW with crutches, but not quite. By now the limping has become a habit but it’s not too late to fix that. You’re going to start seeing improvement and gradually your fears will subside. Lynda my boot was removed today after 10 weeks post surgery. We can do this. Also, make sure your nutrition is good so that you’re getting all the right nutrients for healing. I just can’t wait to walk properly and even start running again! Hi John, you’re welcome! Good luck and I’d love to know how you’re doing in a few months. Did am xray then said shucks you gotta have another surgery tomorrow. Jayme. I can’t even imagine when I’ll be able to drive again, and I wonder if my car will even start! To conquer that I actually had to practice walking while repeating “heel, toe” and trying to balance my weight in the center instead of throwing it out to the left, spending equal time on each step. uncomfortable. It was indeed the hardest time of my life and I just couldn’t see recovery! Your post is super helpful, and I found it at just the right time. You need a lot of rest . It will be painful initially but you work through it. Show your spouse or good friend. On the 9th of August, I went through surgery again because of non-union of the fracture. Glad you’re back on your feet! Heidi, 12 weeks ago today I had a trimalleolar fracture. Yes I’ve been thinking I need to prepare for plan B, but I’ve just been waiting to see what happens. I have had a boot from the beginning and I swear that thing weighs 50 pounds, so I will be very happy when it is finally gone.! I used my left foot to release the vacuum cleaner, lost my balance and fell backwards, landing on my rear end. Walking with cane now. It just takes time. Thank you so much for this, I broke my ankle and assumed I was doing well, evdn walking and standing myself. Three months non weight bearing. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. After my 2nd foot surgery as of October 5th, there is still some numbness some pain, but you work through it and get through it. My orthopedic physician hasn’t recommended PT; I was told there wasn’t any for ankles so have had to pursue that on my own. Any advise to lessen the pain? You’re so very welcome, Nancy! You’re welcome, Chris! 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