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Comment : Re: On the trimal journey
Posted by Annie on Mon 12:14pm 3 April 2006


Hi Kathryn!

I am so sorry to read of your fall and break. These trimals can be so frustrating at times. I am almost to the "end" of my journey (after 14 months); in fact, next week, I have an appointment with my OS and hopefully my last x-ray to see if my holes are completely filled in from my HW (hardware) removal surgery December 21, 2005. If the holes are filled in, I am "done" with this little adventure. I put that in quotes as I am not sure you are ever truly done. These breaks are traumatic injuries and while I have resumed my pre-break life for the most part, there are still constant little reminders of what happened to my leg. In brief, I still deal with some stiffness, though it really doesn't bother me too much. At times it is basically gone, at others, it is more noticable. I can do most of the physical activities I loved to do, although I have not been able to do them at quite the frequency as before. For the most part, I am back to where I was.

As for your specific questions: I can tell you emphatically, YES, the swelling does eventually go away. I will say though, it takes time. Bit by bit, you will notice it going away in some places and gradually, you will realize that for the most part, it is gone. The swelling around my anterior and posterior malleolus (the knobs) took the longest, but now, there is really no swelling left. As for the stiffness, like I said, I still have a bit. The operative word after 14 months, is a bit. It really is nothing 99% of the time. Every once in awhile, it seems to stay a bit stiff for a week, and then it is gone again. I really don't know why. At 4 months, I would expect you to still have quite a bit. Don't worry about walking slowly; really focus on your technique so you do not teach yourself bad habits as you relearn to walk. My PT hammered that into me and watched everything I did. As a result, I walk just fine. Take your time (even though for all of us patience was awfully hard to come by at times!). Now, as for your shoe question. There's both good and bad in the answer but remember, these are my results so they might not be yours. First for the bad; I had some beautiful dress boots that were all pull-on, no zippers. I found I could not get my foot to slide down and into them, mostly because my ankle knobs are bigger from the bone growth. I have since tried on boots with zippers so that pretty much solved the boot difficulties. I did however end up donating some pretty nice boots which really sucked! I also tried on my dress shoes, and the highest ones ended up in the donation pile as well. The angle they put my foot into was really uncomfortable and I felt unstable. My other shoes have all been fine, although the ones with the most rigid soles are a bit uncomfortable. I love my Teva's and my running shoes. I am finding that comfort is really important. Vanity doesn't really cut it any more. Your tight fit is definitely due to your swelling, and that will get better. And yes, the more you walk and move your foot, the more you will move that swelling. Also, at 4 months, don't fell funny at all about plopping down and elevating your foot. That will also help. I guess what I would say, is be patient and really nurture your foot and do everything you can to help it heal. Work hard at your exercises and you will get back to pretty much where you were before the break. I hope this helps. Please feel free to ask me anything. I'll be glad to answer. All the best to you in your recovery, Annie

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