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Walking Without Crutches After Ankle Cast Removal
How do I get swelling to down after ankle cast removal, no pain just swelling when weight bearing?
Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more
Theraband: If your foot/ ankle is stiff after cast immobilization then rom / strengthening exercises can begin. We generally show our patients how to work on gentle range of motion of their ankle and subtalar joint. We also show them theraband (rubber band stretch materiel in different resistances)exercises they can do @ home. Also'stork' or balance training can be done. See a pt for home instructions.! gl! ...Read more
Goes down with time: Ankle fracytures that are treated non operatively in a cast may have swelling following cast removal with activity for some time. It takes on average a total of 9 months for swelling and pain to either go away or if some swelling remains after 9 months it may persist. Therapy and activity will help reduce swelling with time. Check with your physician. ...Read more
I had screw fixation surgery for my maisonette fracture 25 days after I broke my ankle. Will the surgery delay my rehab time and my cast removal?
Most likely: Assuming that you are talking about a maisonnieuve fracture. .. The fixation screw is kept in place for 6-8 weeks during which time weight bearing is restricted. The screw is often removed prior to allowing full weight bearing but there is some variation among doctor's treatment regimen. ...Read more
I have had an orif to my ankle on 3-June-2014. How long until I will be able to walk without crutches? What's the process after having my cast off?
About 6 - 8 weeks: It generally takes about 6 to eight week before letting patient walk on operated ankle Depending on the follow up XRays You will need to do exercises and rehabilitation of the ankle to get strength and flexibility in the ankle back It may take any where from 3-6 months for complete recovery Please follow up with your Surgeon and let him make these decisions and follow his/her directions ...Read more
I just had my cast taken off my broken ankle and I'm supposed to walk on it but I can't. Should I use crutches or can I hop?
Give it time: You should be able to walk soon. Give it time. If the surgeon said you can walk it mean you are safe too but you will likely take awhile to get your balance an strength back. ...Read more
Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, I take it off to sleep. How long before I can let the crutches go and walk on it?
Healing times vary: Healing times may vary depending on the individual and on the severity of the injury. Pain and swelling may last a long time. The pain and swelling will usually improve over the course of the first few weeks. When you are able to put pressure on it without any significant pain and instability you may be able to wean yourself off of the crutches. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more
9 weeks post ankle orif took cast off at 6 weeks on phys therapy, now walking w/out crutches full rom not gained yet, is it safe to start biking in gym?
Any and all activity: Should always be reviewed or cleared by your surgeon. ...Read more
I sprained my ankle and went to urgent care monday. Dr put me in air cast and ACE wrap and on crutches, told me when I feel more stable switch to walking boot for 2 wks. At what point can I stopcrutches?
Sprain: As soon as you are able to support your weight, without too much pain. ...Read more
Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage
I would recommend th: I would recommend that you continue with movement, however, with caution not to exacerbate your symptoms, or aggravate the injury. A supervised rehabilitation program would benefit with progression to a home exercise program. ...Read more
Recovering from twisted fracture to lateral malleolus. 8wks in; cast removed at 6wks. Good movement in my ankle, walking with one crutch. Due to take the longest of flights (12hrs, 4hrs on land; a further 9hrs flight) in 3wks. Foot is red when leg is vert
You need to discuss: With your doctor as they may want to put you on medication to make sure that you don't develop a clot while on the flight. ...Read more
Possible swelling: Maybe it swelled slightly, or maybe there was swelling before and when comparing it with the other foot makes it look even bigger. ...Read more
A few weeks: The skin, muscles, and soft tissues in your foot will get back to normal when you start using it like normal. This takes about 2 to 4 weeks after cast removal. You may have a prominent area of callous formation that will remodel over the next year. Fractures at the base of the fifth metatarsal are subcutaneous. If you are a thin person you may notice a bump permanently. ...Read more
Party: Not a good idea.Get a more detailed answer ›
Dr my leg bone (ancle at the botom)was crack b4 2mnth n aftr the removal of plastr cast stil can't walk lyk b4 n swells with litle pain so hw can I cure?
Need xrays: Need to see a surgeon to see if the healing was complete or requires an intervention, as well as for proper rehabilitation planning. ...Read more
I broke my 5th metatarsal on my foot. No cast just foot boot and crutches. No weight bearing. When should I try to walk on it. I cant go to the dr I d?
Break in period..: There are breaks and then there are breaks. Without knowing the severity of the fracture, stress or otherwise, it is impossible to assign a treatment regimen. No matter what the degree of injury, it would be most wise to avoid weight bearing as much as possible and use the crutches with the boot. ...Read more
I broke my foot 6 and 1 2 weeks ago and got my cast off last friday I am walking on crutches with partial weight bearing until my muscle strengthens how long should I wait before starting to play gym?
Until your doc: Gives you permission to return to those activities. ...Read more
I broke my fibula bone and and wearing a plaster orthopedic cast. Is it normal to have ankle pain?
With a? Plaster orthopedic cast for a fibula fracture, is it normal for the front part? Of the ankle to? Hurt?
No: Casts should not cause pain.Get a more detailed answer ›
Depends: The cast can be either walking or non-walking cast. If the cast is non-walking, it is not meant to have weight born upon it, and doing so will damage the cast. Additionally, if the orthopod has done surgery, you will want to wait until the surgery or fracture heals enough that the doctor is comfortable with you walking on it. ...Read more
Varies: It varies based upon a more detailed description about the nature of your injury. I would not hesitate to follow up with your doctor to discuss. ...Read more
Depends on injury: Obviously, your doctor wouldn't have removed the cast if the ankle wasn't ready to support weight. The length of time until pain free walking really depends on the injury. Most fractures will have some degree of stiffness for weeks after cast removal. If the joint is involved, this could extend to months and physical therapy may be needed to restore motion. The best person to ask is your doctor. ...Read more
I'm a server, broke my ankle 3 weeks ago it's in a cast, I can put weight on it and walk, is it a good idea to go back to work?
Likely not: But would all depend on the extent of the injury. ...Read more
Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprai for 2-4 weeks. When cast comes off who'll I still have pain will I be able to walk. What next step?
PT: I already answered your question: your next step will be rehabilitation with physicial therapy. ...Read more
I broke my fibula, put a cast;after 2 weeks I hsve little pain on the outside of my ankle. Should I be concerne? When will I be able to walk?
I broke my right ankle on both sides april 1st, cast is due to come off on may 22. I don't know what to expect, will I be able to walk right away?
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