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Alan : Football (soccer injury)
Diary entry posted Fri 4:55am 6 January 2006

Hi all. I'm a 28 year old bloke living near Leeds in England.

I broke my left tib and fib on 3rd December after a nasty accidental collision on the football pitch. The tibula break was a compound fracture and exposed through the skin.

They operated on me that evening for 4 hours -inserting a nail down the length of the tib with 2 screws at the top and 3 at the bottom, leaving a big scar down the knee. The plastic surgeons then got involved to patch me up where the bone protruded - allegedly I'd lost a fair amount of skin tissue. They put some kind of plastic insertion under the skin - not sure why!

Anyway, I spent 5 days in hospital while they drip-fed me antibiotics. A jigsaw cast was applied while in hospital (great - I can take it off when needed to do exercises and have a scratch - plus it allowed the doctors to look at how the wounds were healing).

I came off the painkillers 4 weeks post-op and have had little pain since. The wounds appear to have healed up well.

Saw the consultant this week and there was little obvious bone growth. I am not seeing him for another 6 weeks - so I'll have the cast on for at least 10 weeks in total. He told me I can bear 25% of my weight on the leg so there is some little progress.

So I need to concentrate on helping the bones grow over the next few weeks - I want to be on my feet by end Feb as we are expecting our first baby in March! That would be 12 weeks which I believe is realistic.

I'd love to hear from anyone who has had the same injury so I can read their diaries. As you can probably tell from my post, I'm upbeat at the moment about the whole ordeal but I've been through low patches/lots of pain like the rest of us.

My concerns at the moment however are:

- How long do you need to keep the leg elevated for? i.e. until walking again/for 4 weeks etc?
- Are there any good exercises to help the ankle and thigh?
- How much is 25% weight bearing?! (I don't have scales)
- Any tips on sleeping better - I'm waking about every half hour.
- I still have bad swelling in my ankle. Does this seem normal at 5 weeks post-op?

Thanks and all the best for 2006.

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