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Rehabbing my broken ankle

When I broke my ankle two months before my 60th birthday in 2015, my number one priority was getting back on my feet as soon as possible. I was going to do everything in my power to make that happen. I believe healing is very much a proactive thing that involves the body, mind and spirit.

The details of my ankle rehabilitation continue below.

For the backstory, click here.

The medical evaluation

Following my trimalleolar fracture, I was told some dire things such as: the best outcome would be that I could walk again, it would take three to five months to be able to walk, I would be at risk for arthritis.

To all this I replied no, I’m going to get back on my feet fast, I’m going to get all my function back and I’m not going to get arthritis. And that left them speechless.

I did not, and still do not, accept any of that as my fate. This was merely information to use in designing my healing protocol.

Healing a broken ankle with nutrition

All good health begins with good nutrition (food and supplements) which is even more important when healing from an injury. The body is designed to heal itself but it needs the raw materials to do so.

My normal diet consists of whole food that I cook myself, but after my accident I made sure to keep it super clean, eliminating sugar and alcohol because that inhibits healing. I mostly ate high-quality meat along with green vegetables, similar to a paleo diet.

I already take a well-rounded array of supplements, but some new ones were added immediately following the accident. These are all the supplements I feel were the most necessary for healing bones, joints, veins and nerves (purchased from ProCapsLabs.com): ultimate calcium intensive care, glucosamine 1500 and chondroitin 1200, vitamin K2, B-12, marine collagen peptides, circulation and vein support.

Many months after the accident I discovered turmeric-400, also from ProCapsLabs.com, which reduces inflammation, especially in joints. I notice the difference if I don’t take it, so I intend to continue taking it forever.

A note about vitamins: not all vitamins are created equal. I recommend staying away from tablets and the stuff you find at big box stores and drug stores.

Using the mind for healing

This is going to sound a little woo-woo, but what you believe you manifest. Your brain pays attention to what you tell it. So you don’t want to say to yourself, I’m never going to walk, even though it may feel that way. When those negative thoughts creep in, it’s important to kick them out immediately.

I repeated these affirmations throughout the day:

I’m healthy,
I’m strong,
I’m well-abled,
I’m restored

When I was still non weight bearing (NWB) and had to stand up using one leg, my leg got really tired from all the extra work. But when I would say “I’m strong,” it actually helped my leg to perform.

And when I was full weight bearing (FWB) but still dependent on the walker, saying to myself “I’m well-abled” was prophesying my full restoration. I would also visualize walking on my own. I believe that helped me to walk just 20 days after becoming FWB.

Another woo-woo thing to some is acupuncture. I decided to get five treatments when I was still struggling to walk, having had great success with it in the past.

Even though I know it works, the way it works is a bit of a mystery. My general understanding is that it helps energy (chi) flow properly through the body. My energy flow was blocked from surgery and the subsequent scar tissue and swelling. Following each treatment I noticed a reduction in pain.

Maintaining positive spirits during broken ankle recovery

It’s uplifting and a nice diversion during recovery to make plans for the future. These are some of the things I thought about:

• Going blonde

• Planning my 60th birthday party

• Giving back to the people who helped me

• Planning my triumphant return to the dance floor

Making myself more comfortable during recovery helped keep my spirits up (getting a knee scooter and a ramp).

Finally, noticing and celebrating the small improvements every day gave me hope.

walking on stairs

Broken ankle exercises

Exercise is an important part of rehabilitating a broken ankle and I think it’s a good idea to start exercising as soon as possible. Here’s a breakdown of what I did from NWB to FWB.

The first two weeks after surgery, I didn’t do anything other than wiggle my toes in the cast. When the cast came off, I noticed that my calf was starting to shrink so I decided to do some exercises on my own.

For the next six weeks I wore a boot and was still NWB. While wearing the boot, which weighed three pounds, I did leg lifts very slowly, 20 reps three times a day. I also did isometric exercises, tensing up the calf and thigh muscles a few times during the day. As a result, there was very little wasting of the calf when the boot came off. My leg still ended up getting weaker and I wish I had done more sessions throughout the day.

Two weeks before being released by the doctor, I started physical therapy. Being NWB I was only allowed to do a few things which I did with the boot removed.

Take advantage of physical therapy if it’s offered to you. I was allowed 21 sessions which I completed over the course of five months.

Ankle exercises for NWB

Ankle pumps: while lying down with the leg elevated, slowly and gently bend foot forward, then straighten it out, stretching as much as possible without causing too much pain (20 reps, 4 sets, 5 times per day).

Toe curls: while still lying down curl toes down then flex them upwards (20 reps, 4 sets, 5 times per day).

Toe flexion/extension: stabilize the heel with one hand, then with the other hand curl toes under and hold for 30 seconds. Then pull the toes up and hold for 30 seconds (2 reps, 1 set, twice per day).

Marble pickup: place a bag of marbles on top of a towel, pick them up with the toes and put them in a bowl or move them from one side to the other (2 to 3 minutes, twice a day).

Toe curls on towel: With a towel on the floor and the foot resting on top, curl the toes to gather up the towel (10 reps, 2 sets, twice per day).

Ankle alphabet: while sitting or lying down, trace the letters of the alphabet using the foot and ankle only (1 rep, 2 sets, twice per day).

Toe tapping: while sitting, tap foot gently on the floor (2 minutes, twice a day).

Foot rocking: while sitting, very gently rock the foot backwards and forwards—toes down, then heel down (2 minutes, twice a day).

Check out this video for a demonstration of some of these broken ankle exercises:

Ankle exercises for FWB

I continued with the NWB exercises plus the following exercises that were phased in as time went on:

Recumbent exercise bike (up to 10 minutes a day)

Weight shifting: while standing on foam mat, shift weight from side to side (2 minutes, once a day)

Calf stretches: stand about three feet away from a wall with the injured leg behind and the other leg in front, keeping heels on the floor, lean against the wall and hold (30 seconds, twice a day)

Standing dorsiflexion: with the injured foot on a step, lean forward until a stretch is felt (30 seconds, twice a day)

Standing dorsiflexion

Standing dorsiflexion

Single leg balance: while standing on a foam mat or just the floor, balance on the injured leg (30 seconds, twice a day)

Theraband stretches: while sitting with the leg straight, put the foot in the center of the band and hold onto the ends with both hands, bend the foot slowly upwards and downwards (20 reps, 2 sets, twice a day)

Theraband stretches

Theraband stretches

Ankle lifts: while lying on the side with the foot hanging off the edge of the couch or table, and with a 1 to 5 pound weight wrapped around the foot, slowly raise and lower injured foot. Roll over to the other side and repeat (10 reps, 2 sets, twice a day)

Ankle lifts

Ankle lifts

Heel raises: while standing and holding onto something, stand on toes and slowly lower yourself down (20 reps, once a day)

Walking (10 to 15 minutes, once a day)

My physical therapist told me it can take a year or longer to regain full range of motion. When I started going there, my dorsiflexion was -5 degrees. On my last session it was 13 degrees. There’s still a ways to go before the left foot catches up with the right one.


Too little value is given to the power of rest, which goes beyond getting enough sleep. Exercise needs to be balanced with rest because that’s when the body heals itself. Exercise tears down muscle and rest builds it back up again.

There have been times when I’ve pushed myself too hard with exercise and activity which only caused me injury, so now I’ve learned to pace myself. For example, I try not to be on my feet for more than an hour at a time which is then followed up with resting on the couch with my legs up for a while.

As the day goes on, if I find my foot starting to feel more pain to the point that I want to start limping, that’s my cue to stop for the rest of the day and take it easy.

Icing my ankle

Icing my ankle

Nobody can tell you how much you should or should not be doing. You’ll just have to figure that out by listening to your body.

I wish you all well with your healing journey. And remember this: 

You’re healthy,
You’re strong,
You’re well-abled,
You’re restored

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39 replies
  1. Kristine Morris
    Kristine Morris says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey; it’s difficult to find anecdotal evidence from the perspective of someone who has gone through it. A year ago August 16, I broke both my ankles and my right fibula. Following surgery I was in a rehabilitation hospital for 2 months – one of the best hospitals around, thank goodness! A year later I am now able to walk my dog and go down the stairs one at a time, but I still struggle with mobility and pain. I echo everything you said, from sticking with your exercises, eating well and having a positive mindset. Wishing you all the best, and keep on sharing!

  2. Khanh Do
    Khanh Do says:

    Hello Lynda
    Thank you very much, very much for taking the time post multiple articles relating ankle broken/recovery. I found your site so helpful, supportive and informative. Only people that gone through this kind of injury would understand how miserable and depressing it can be. Here are a quick recap of my story and I am only 7 weeks post op. There are so many uncertainties of the outcome and I found it is hard to find an answer from the doc or physiologist. Answer would either be ” that is normal” or “it is too early to tell”
    So this happened on July 8th, 2021. I jumped off from a zip line onto a inflated bounced ground, heard 2 loud pops and I knew immediately that I broke my foot. I checked into ER and confirm I broke my ankle 3 places. Triameollar Ankle Fracture that must required surgery. I waited 1 week for for surgery. Outcome is 1 blades and 8 screw. 3 of crews are long one going from one side to the other to hold/fix the syndemosis unstable ankle.
    My pain been tolerable since day 1. I do have nerve issues after 1st week but have gotten much better.
    Emotional, the first 3 weeks was the worst. I was so depressed and I cried a lot when talking about it..
    Below is my timeline and few questions I have and I hope you can help
    7/8_ Accident
    7/16 _Surgery. having nerve block. only on strong pain med for 5 days.
    7/20_ Actual surgery pain subsided but nerves pain kicked in. Top of my foot felt tingling, burning and numbing I felt like electric current run up and down my legs. Doctor prescribed me nerves pain med and I am still on it. This issue has finally got 70%better after 4 weeks post surgery
    7-28. Sling came off and put into hard cast for 3 weeks
    7-16- Hard cast come off and transferring to the boot with instruction of Partially weight bearing and increasing as tolerated.
    7-18- Starting physical therapy 2 times week.
    So this is my question.
    1) My bones seemed heal well. I am now can put on 70% of my weight. I can walk with one crutch. I walk about 30 to45mins/day if adding all walking time together. I have little to no pain. However, my ankle would swell up double the size compared to the morning ankle. Which I am understand. However, after 2 week of of physical therapy. I make no progress on my Range of motion. I can’t do the circle or the alphabet. I might have like 10%of ROm and it was like this seen day 1 of physical therapy, no progress.
    This starting to worry me. I am wondering if the position of tje screws/blades has anything to do with it. I been reading other post and seemed like people have like 50% ROM after 2 or 3 weeks and progress up more from there. Do you you habe any thought on this.
    I am worry about the future outcome of how my quality of life would change from now on.
    I love travel, doing moderate exercise, hiking and taking care for my 2 toddlers..
    Thank you very for ready my long post. Any feedback would greatly appreciate it

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Hi, it sounds like you are actually doing quite well. It takes a very, very LONG time to get back your range of motion. The most important thing is to keep doing your exercises consistently. This is going to take weeks and weeks but you will soon see small improvements and you will start feeling more encouraged.

      There will swelling for quite some time. I would say take frequent breaks with your leg up and an ice pack on it.

      I would also suggest getting off of pharmaceuticals as I believe they inhibit healing and cause more pain in the long run. Not a popular opinion, your doctor will not agree, but please do your own research and consider it.

      I think you’re going to be fine and be able to take care of your little ones and do all the things you love to do. You just need patience and consistency. Best of luck on your healing journey!

  3. Sheila
    Sheila says:

    Hi Lynda, thank you, thank you, for your wonderful blog. I’ve spent hours searching for stuff online and, after changing search words yet again, fate was with me and up you popped! This has been more helpful than the hospital doctors.

    I fractured my heel on Boxing Day. Back door slammed shut in the wind, the front door was open but gate to the 2m high steel fence was locked, so I climbed it and jumped off – 66 year-old body with a 28 year-old mentality! Pain was excruciating and didn’t get much better for the next few days. After laying around for two weeks, like you, I ditched the walking frame and got a knee scooter – brilliant invention. Although I soon started twiddling my foot around, nobody had mentioned exercises. Found some online, checked with hospital and got the OK.

    After two months, doctor said I could start walking and partial weight-bear. Like you, left the hospital all excited. Got home, took four steps – large cracking sound, searing pain through ankle. Final straw, collapsed in tears. Another X-ray, all good, take it easy for another week. Decided to go to my lovely osteopath, who uses cranio-fascia therapy. Got a treatment and some relevant exercises. He told me that the cracking sound was from ligaments, tendons etc. separating and settling into place after not being used for so long. That was three days ago. I’ve started on the exercises and will be adding some that you’ve provided too, but think I’m going to need a frame again to help with walking, as that leg just cannot hold me up.

    I’m a glass half-full sort of person and your own optimism has just added to mine. I can’t wait to walk/drive again and it’s been so good to read your story – sometimes all we need is just a little bit of help and who knows better than someone who’s been through something similar.

    Thank you again – stay safe and well.

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Aww, that was really nice Sheila! I’m glad to be of help to you. Thank you for telling me your story. Your positive attitude will help so much with your recovery. Best wishes to you!

      • Sheila
        Sheila says:

        Hi again Lynda

        Just thought I’d finish off the story, in case it will help anybody else.

        So, I got a frame again and just used it to keep about 50% weight off my injured foot, slowly upping it over two weeks. Bit scared to take the final step to 100% after what happened last time, but, with a bit of confidence-boosting via a telehealth consult with a doctor at my local practice who deals in sports injuries, I took the plunge! Still a bit weak and wobbly but I AM WALKING! I now walk around holding the frame a few inches off the ground – bit of a safety net just in case. Next week I’ll be walking into the consultant’s room under my own steam. Pretty sure, too, that I’ll be allowed to drive again. :)) That’s how high my optimism is, writing this before I go!

        I hope many more people find their way to your blog. Thank you again.
        Best wishes from down-under.

  4. Joanne
    Joanne says:

    I have trimaellor fracture on left ankle and 2 broken bones on left wrist. Surgery and plates & screws in both ankle (same side) and wrist 2 1/2 weeks ago. Non-weight bearing cast now. At 6 weeks will get boot (for 6 more weeks). Trying desperately to plan ahead, get ahead, figure what kind of help I’ll need realistically once out of boot.

  5. Bianca
    Bianca says:

    Hi, thank you SO much for documenting your journey. I’m a 41 yo woman. I was mountain biking in August and lost control coming down a hill, and hit a tree at full speed with the bottom of my foot and completely shattered my ankle. I have since had ORIF surgery, with 20 screws/pins and 3 plates. As I was looking for similar stories online to know what to expect, yours was the only one that mirrored mine in terms of scope and timelines… and answered my question about wearing high heels again!!!
    Next week I will be 10 weeks out from surgery and will start my journey to weight bearing, and I am TERRIFIED.
    But your posts have helped so much. Because of them I have a better idea of what I can expect (my surgeon has not been any help in that regard) and being a planner, that has helped immensely. 🙂

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Thank you, Bianca! Don’t be afraid of the next part of your journey. The worst part is behind you. And even though the next part is long and difficult, you will begin to feel better and stronger. Celebrate the little victories along the way. Best of luck to you!

  6. Laurie
    Laurie says:

    Hi Lynda, your such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your journey. I had never thought it possible to wear heals again after breaking an ankle at my age 53. Well I was actually 51 when it occurred im two years out now and would love to get the plates and 13 screws removed someday. But thank GOD just to be able to walk today! Your article gives much hope for trying to even push further. Im a firm believer in using alternative therapies such as acupuncture, vitamins, and herbs. My dog recovered using all of these very recently. Not sure why, I havent tried acupunture on myself yet, but after reading this im going too. Again, thank you and GOD bless. May you continue to be healthy and an inspiration to others. Strut those heels :).

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Hi Laurie, thank you so much! It’s been nearly five years and I am thriving. About the hardware removal though, I was told it had to be done around the one year mark. After that it’s too late because the bone grows around it. But that shouldn’t hinder you in making a complete recovery. It does take a lot of work to get there but it can be done. Also, I hope you read my article on serrapeptase for reducing scar tissue. Best of luck to you!

    • Blair
      Blair says:

      Hi Laurie! My trimalleolar fracture happened in July 2018 and I had an ORIF with one plate and 10 screws inserted. I wanted you to know that I just had all hardware removed in early December 2020 which was 2 1/2 years post injury. The side plate always bothered me…rubbing in certain shoes/boots and uncomfortable during yoga and other excercise and I felt the screws were causing some nerve irritation. I was 65 years old at the time of my hardware removal and very healthy and had gradually returned to all my previous athletic activities. The soonest hardware can be removed is 1 year, but I don’t believe there is a hard and fast rule about waiting longer. I would check with your doctor about it. I will say that I thought this second recovery would be a snap since full weight bearing is allowed as tolerated right after surgery, but I must say, it took me a full month before I turned the corner and felt I had made the right decision. I’m now glad I made the decision (who wants to get cut on again….right?!) and am back on the tennis court and plan to snow ski again very soon. My surgeon did say that my tibia is still “remodeling” which surprised me after 2 1/2 years!

  7. Leslie
    Leslie says:


    Thank you so much for documenting your journey! There are a lot of postings about the initial ORIF and trimalleor injury but few follow-up stories out there. I initially found your posts while trying to figure out what type of shoes I should buy in preparation for returning to FWB.

    On 10 January 2020, I missed a step and fractured all 3 bones and dislocated my right ankle. My surgery was on 16 January and I was NWB and in hard casts for 4 weeks. I live on a 3rd floor walk-up so I was not really in a position to go in and out of the house without a huge effort and scooting on my butt up and down the stairs while balancing my cast leg in the air. Thankfully this also forced me to rest, rest, and rest some more.

    Today, I am 7 weeks post op in a CAM boot and was told to bear weight as tolerated two weeks ago when they switched me from the hard cast to the boot. I also started PT 2 weeks ago. It is amazing how much my leg atrophied, but luckily it is coming back. I’ve also been using a scooter to get around and have returned to work. Once I was allowed to weight bear as tolerated, my walker became my best friend to help me regulate taking little light steps (crutches are the worst). I feel lucky that the pins and needles sensations seem to have passed and as of yesterday while doing my weight shifting PT exercises I was able to take little unsupported steps with my boot on. I see my surgeon in two days for follow up and I am hoping my x-rays look good. Hopefully, I will be able to get back to self-driving and walking up and down the stairs soon. 🙂

    For everyone still recovering — it gets better week by week. Celebrate the small improvements. You will definitely feel a bit emotional from time to time – this injury is very limiting and it takes some time to accept the new normal – but don’t forget that there is light at the end!

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Hi Leslie, thank you for saying that! It makes me happy to know my story is helping you through this difficult period. I can’t imagine having to deal with all those stairs. It sounds like you are making good progress and I hope you’ll be cleared for driving soon. Best of luck to you!

  8. Maxine
    Maxine says:

    I have a question about the pins n needles feeling in my heel .now that I’m allowed to start applying pressure in air cast but that sensation in my heel is awful .How long will it last ? Does it go away the more I fight through it uhggg…i broke 2 bones on outside left ankle and shattered inside bone so have plates n screws on outside n huge screw on inside

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      The tingling is from your nerves waking up. I don’t remember exactly how long it lasted, probably around the time I was able to walk again. When you become FWB it will lessen the more you put weight on it. Best of luck to you!

  9. David Culp
    David Culp says:

    Thank you for posting this info.
    I will begin the NWB practices immediately.
    My doctor said my therapy would be using it.

  10. Joyce Stephens
    Joyce Stephens says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for such great posts. 56 days since my car accident, 54 since first surgery & 41 since 2nd surgery with a plate & 14 screws. 44 days til I start FWB.

    I am preparing for next ortho appointment this Thursday and your details are so helpful in prearing for the road ahead. It also helped me see some things I was concerned about as normal.

  11. Rebecca
    Rebecca says:

    Hello there!
    Excellent blog. I am now five weeks into FWB after several stitches and two screws of ankle surgery. The weather is getting warmer and I am ready to get walking. Reading your blog allowed me to figure out the best shoes to wear and get out there and enjoy the sun on my face again. I used to walk 2 miles daily, now just walking to past my neighbors driveway is an achievement. I know I will get back to driving and doing my 2 daily miles soon. Thanks for sharing your tips, very helpful.

  12. Leslie Tiongson
    Leslie Tiongson says:

    I was reading your blog while I’m still confined at the hospital with a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula as well. As I was reading, it inspired and will inspire me to push through this. I just had my surgery yesterday and yes the pain is utterly horrible that I whimper at times. But setting that aside, again thank you for the inspiration and motivation.

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Hi Leslie, being able to provide some measure of comfort to you during this difficult time means a lot to me. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  13. Kris
    Kris says:

    Hi Lynda
    Your post about your ankle break and rehab was a God send to me.
    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It helped me get thru and see a light at the end of the tunnel. I fell in mid Sept/broke 3 bones and dislocated ankle. I had surgery and now 4 months later am up walking with minimal assistance of a cane,
    You are a blessing to all of us who have gone down the same path.
    Thanks for sharing your story.

  14. nerissa
    nerissa says:

    Thank you for your blog. I got my cast cut off today. Just under 6 weeks post second surgery to repair trimalleolar and dislocation (orif). When I’ve been feeling depressed, anxious, sore I’ve read through your blog and it’s helped. I’m hoping to start physio next week and everything you’ve written has given me hope and inspiration.

  15. David
    David says:

    g very much and thank you for it. Recently I slipped in the snow and ended up fracturing my ankle and pulled it out of place along with screwing up the tendons. I was transported to an ER who gave me a few drugs and reset my ankle manually. They then quickly wrapped my legs to keep everything stable and hoped that they could operate the next day if there wasn’t too much swelling.
    I was in a lot of pain the night before and requested intravenous pain meds all night long. Finally they did operate on the ankle and put some pins and plates in it to encourage healing. Now Im wearing the bandages they put your foot in after the operation and supposedly I am supposed to see the dr in two weeks to guage my progress. The dr. Said I wouldnt be putting weight on that foor for 4 weeks or more.

    Then they sent me to a rehabilitation facility to learn how to work in my home with this type of injury but I dont start that until tomoorow because today is Christmas. It has been extremely disheartening to see how Ive gone from an independent person to somebody who needs help. By the way, I am 52 and overweight also. My dad who is 80 keeps telling me I have to calm down and do what I need to do so I can come back home again. Im mixed in with the seniors at this home and I keep wishing to myself that I could leave. My dad keeps saying maybe in 2 weeks I could come home. I guess I should be grateful that I have a home to go back to.

    There’s just been so many vast changes in my life happening. Originally the hospital was going to send me to a facility in my hometown but then they thought it wouldn’t work and they wanted me to pick a new facility which was at least half an hour away. In the end, my insurance company admitted they made a mistake and sent me to the local one in my town after all which makes it easy for my dad to come see me.

    My sister and dad have been supportive but my dad has trouble with high stress situations like this. Gradually he’s learned to accept the situation I’m in and he’s always doing what He can to help me out. Buy some clothes for me to wear, etc. he’s still very unhappy that this happened to me though.

    I have learned that you can’t tell what the future will bring you.The dr might say my healing is progressing rapidly or he might say it’s going to take longer than he initially expected. I get really sad sometimes thinking about what my life has now become and if I’ll ever go home again. Some of the officials here say that I shouldn’t take more than a month to learn what I need but who knows.

    I just find it so amazing how a stumble in the snow can cause such drastic ripple effects throught my life.

    Thanks for listening to me,

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Hi David,

      I’m very sorry to learn about your accident. It’s bad enough to break your ankle but being away from home makes it that much worse. You do have a long recovery ahead of you but just remember that you’re getting better every day. Good luck and take care.

  16. Nancy
    Nancy says:

    Thank you soooo much! I broke my ankle 7 weeks before my 60th birthday (it’s coming up in two weeks) Just got the go ahead to put FWB Amazing how weak the leg and ankle become. Go back to work this week with a walker. Hope to start physical therapy ASAP. How long did it take for you to walk on your own without any appliances?

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      Hi Nancy, I was able to walk on my own 20 days after being FWB, but I had a terrible limp so I kept using one crutch for stability while I trained myself to walk properly. I was finally able to ditch the crutch 33 days after that (53 days after becoming FWB). At that point I started going dancing and resumed most of my normal activities.

      Everybody is different and depending on the severity of the injury, it could take more or less time. Just do your best with the physical therapy and keep in mind that you’re getting better every day. This is a very hard thing to go through and I wish you well!

  17. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    Thanks so much for this. I’m now 6 weeks post-injury and my cast will come off in 3 more weeks. I suffered a trimalleolar fracture and dislocation whilst overseas and it took me a week to get back home (I was in a developing country, without expert medical help). Then I had to wait 5 days in hospital for the swelling to go down enough for surgery. I now have a plate and 7 pins, plus three screws and some wires. At first, my main problem was depression! I’ve never had such a traumatic injury and my total lack of mobility and the pain and discomfort caused me to wonder if I’d ever get through this. I’m gradually getting over that, with the help of meditation and a very supportive husband. I’d kind of put the actual physical rehabilitation on the back burner, but your story has made me start planning again. I will get through this and walk normally again, I will be able to practise my yoga again. I am strong. Thank you for sharing your story and showing me that I’ll be ok.

    • [email protected]
      [email protected] says:

      You’re very welcome, Jackie. I’m sure nobody realizes how devastating it is to break an ankle unless you experience it yourself. And being overseas at the time would have been even more traumatic. Your experience with yoga and meditation is bound to help you recover faster, and I wish you all the best!


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