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20 weeks after ankle surgery & nwb, how to start walking? How much pressure may I put down if I don't have pain? How much can I push it? Pt in a week.

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Can't answer

Sounds like it must have been a pretty big surgery if you cannot weight bear for 20 weeks.
The only person who can answer these questions is the orthopedist who did the surgery. You would do best to call the surgeon.

In brief: Can't answer

Sounds like it must have been a pretty big surgery if you cannot weight bear for 20 weeks.
The only person who can answer these questions is the orthopedist who did the surgery. You would do best to call the surgeon.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. David Laha
If you have been allowed to weight bear, it is always best to start off very slowly. Sometimes you don't know you are overdoing it until you have already overdone it! Be very cautious. Better safe than sorry! Good luck. Dr L
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In brief: Ankle surgery

You need to ask your surgeon these questions as only he knows the nature of your operation.

In brief: Ankle surgery

You need to ask your surgeon these questions as only he knows the nature of your operation.
Dr. Farshad Bathaee
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Dr. Brynn Ewen
Podiatry
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In brief: Gradually

Has your surgeon given you the okay on weight-bearing? If yes and you are simply waiting for pt to start, you should begin with partial weight-bearing using your crutches.
You will have decreased propriception (sense of balance) and loss of strength so you will need to use crutches initially. Gradually progress to walking in athletic shoes and do calf raises. If you have any pain...Stop.

In brief: Gradually

Has your surgeon given you the okay on weight-bearing? If yes and you are simply waiting for pt to start, you should begin with partial weight-bearing using your crutches.
You will have decreased propriception (sense of balance) and loss of strength so you will need to use crutches initially. Gradually progress to walking in athletic shoes and do calf raises. If you have any pain...Stop.
Dr. Brynn Ewen
Dr. Brynn Ewen
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Dr. Brynn Ewen
If your radiographs show that the fractures are healed and the fixation is intact and in good position and you have been given instructions that it is okay to put weight on it then you could use one crutch. Again if you have any pain, stop. If not sure, then just wait the extra week until you see your surgeon. It's always better safe than sorry.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry

In brief: Talk to your surgeon

There are so many possible answers to this question and this is because of the vast number of procedures that can be done to the ankle.
These range from traumatic to reconstructive to elective. These are questions that you should discuss with your surgeon and physical therapist.

In brief: Talk to your surgeon

There are so many possible answers to this question and this is because of the vast number of procedures that can be done to the ankle.
These range from traumatic to reconstructive to elective. These are questions that you should discuss with your surgeon and physical therapist.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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