Recovery after accident?

I had a bad fall on ice in December. My ankle looked broken, but it was badly sprained with ripped tendons and I needed a cast, physio and crutches for 3 weeks. Now I can walk normally again, but I'm afraid to do anything with more ballistic energy. It still swells by evening and I don't yet have full movement. I've been signed off physio and she said to slowly work up to more energetic exercise, but for now continue with the stretching exercise and balance cushion. I don't want to damage my ankle again when I know it has a weakness, but would like advice on how to work up to it again (when the ice and snow goes away! It scares me now!) anyone had any experience with recovery from ankle damage?

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  • My daughter also had ligament damage and we got her a wobble board to help build the muscles back up. She wears a boot inside her trainer when playing netball and it has definitely helped protect the ankle

  • I broke my ankle back in 1993. They put it in a cast, and I was convinced that it was not setting straight so went back to the hospital to get it checked. They said it was OK. Later, when it was set, they decided I was right and decided to break it and re fix it with a pin and plate and five screws. Before they took the pin and plate back out I dug the footings for my garage and wheelbarrowed all the soil away. So I'd say do as much as you feel comfortable with :)

    I think that my only mistake was to not work hard enough on getting my foot pointing straight forward afterward, as it still points outward a little when I run. Fortunately, despite that, I run with a completely neutral gait fortunately. So my avice would be to do your best with all of the physio exercises.

    Good luck.

  • You could try some swimming. It will exercise your ankle without putting weight on it. Hope it mends soon.

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