Open wound fracture bimalleolar right ankle
I am in my third week post surgery. I had a skin graft since the broken bone damage my skin. I’m not instructed properly if when should i move my foot up and down. I can move my toes but not my ankle. It seems heavy and tight.
When should i move my ankle?
Hi forest, my name is flora, I am responding to the feeling of tightness you mentioned. Also just feeling alone with your injury. I too, have that strange feeling like the skin is being pulled very tightly over the wound area. I’m going on 8 weeks but am behind in healing. So I’m just saying the tightness is normal. As far as moving it back and forth, that just comes with time. I could move my toes also but now can move the entire foot. It started with only the toes but expanded as the weeks went by. They give you ball park time lines, but each individual is different. Ice it, rest, and keep it raised is my advice. Good luck and keep in touch! It’s lonely out here!
Thanks Flora. You’re message really helps me with my so much thought that i will not be able to move my feet and walk again. All i need is patience. The doctor said on the tenth day post surgery that i should move my feet up and down so i was disappointed that i can’t move it. Am worried if i do it i might be back in the hospital for confinement. On contrary, what if i dont move and help myself this might get stock.ed. Anyway, tomorrow will be my check up and i’ll go to Physical therapist also to answer my questions. Thanks again . Hope to hear from you again
Hey! I’m so happy my message helped! It can be so scary not knowing and not having anyone to compare with. It’s like we all stumble (ha) along cause each case is so different. I had the same fear of never walking again, and still am afraid I will not get better. Even though it is obvious the body is healing. Good luck on your check up and let me know how it goes. Sometimes the fear is so great. Like yesterday I put so much weight on my foot but today it is inflamed a little from doing that. But at least I could put the weight on it. Did your bone come through the skin? I also got that tight feeling back again today a bit. But not nearly as bad as in the beginning.
I too leave appointments unsure exactly what I should do and when. For example, weight bearing is all relative. Yesterday I was out and was forced to do more weight bearing than I have ever done before just because I fell off my knee scooter but I was fine. It was scary but I knew I was in the time frame of weight bearing. Today though I had more pain than normal. When you are able to move your foot the way you want to, it will move.
Do you go to work? Me i’m an office worker and i cant imagine going to work with my feet bandage and swelling when not raised. Also, i dont have plan to buy knee scooter, i use walker. I afraid to use crutchers. In the previous shared experiences some report to work as early as 6 weeks and even earlier. They must have a very early healing.