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Broken Leg Recovery/Sprained Ankle

Hi all, hope you are having a good day. I broke my fibula back in late October and badly sprained my left ankle to boot....excuse the pun....As I went down, my leg twisted and I heard the crack. It was a nightmare and at first I thought it was just my foot, but found out later at A&E after an x-ray that I had broken my leg/clean break and badly sprained my ankle. I am still recovering; it has taken so long and I am still only able to wear certain shoes. Saw my GP yesterday and explained that the other knee (right) is really hurting at the back. It seems to jar when I move it or getting up from a seat. It is really painful. Possibly over compensated the weight on this leg, due to injury on left leg. I have been given some cream and been referred for an x-ray on my knee. Doctor did mention Osteoarthritis. Have any of you had anything like this. Would be glad to hear your comments.

Tannels xx

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Hi Tannels

I am so sorry to read that your suffering is ongoing with more added to it, and I genuinely hope that you can find the answers that you so desperately desire and deserve. I have Osteoarthritis in my spine and knees, and I get frequent pain and swelling especially if I exercise too much or not at all. I also notice that the cold can inflame the knee joint.

I have pasted you a link to the WebMD cache on Osteoarthritis below, so I hope that you find this useful:

WebMD - Osteoarthritis:

I want to wish you all the best of luck and I sincerely hope that you have a full and speedy recovery.

All my hopes and dreams for you



Hi Ken, Thanks for your reply. Looks like a long haul, but hopefully will get there. Due for some more physio in a couple of weeks time. Keep doing the exercises. Hope your having a good day. Must be quite painful having osteo in the spine. Fibro certainly prolongs the pain when damage to any part of the body is concerned. Tannels. Good info on the link.


Hi, I have some experience with this. In 2012 I sprained my ankle so badly that the bones in my ankle filled with water and change shape as well as the damage ligaments and tendons. It took me 4months to get off crutches and smith 8 months to stop needing a walking stick. I was told that the fibro makes the damage to our ligaments worse and causes them to heal slower. All I can recommend is patience and a good physiotherapist. The physio was the only thing that kept me sane as it helped pull the joint apart when my ligaments weren't able to stabilise the joint. The excess pressure on my other leg did cause extra problems but over time they have mostly resolved. I can't help with the osteoarthritis and am very sorry you have it. But lots of physio should helps with the ankle. Good luck and let me know if you need someone to moan about the pain through. I know enough about the pain and frustration. Big hugs.


Hi Stimpy, thanks for your reply. Yes, I can appreciate what you went through. GP did say the other day that it can take up to a year to get it back to 'some kind' of normal. Then again it may never be completely right. I am having some physio at the Hospital. Due for my third visit in a couple of weeks. Pleased you made a recovery. Tannels


Hi Tannels. Our stories have a lot in common.

I have osteoarthritis. Right knee is metal. In December I fell off my bike and cracked left fibula (not as bad as yours). Xray & consultant mean I have a brace. Had MRI on Sunday and am waiting for consultant at end of month so I'm out of action until then. The similarity is that whether it's a big break or a crack, healing takes the same time.

I think the over compensation is normal. I'm careful with my lest leg and the right hurts. It's doing most of the work of walking.

When healed there are things you can do. Don't put my suggestions above those of the medical profession though. My GP was talking about the need to keep exercised - i.e. keep the muscle tone up. The physio exercises are all planned to get the muscles to take over the strength work. (As they should do anyway. I've had a few problems and this is true of back pain and both knees. Physio also gave me upper body work for my fibro. There seems to be a pattern here. If anyone suggests exercises by all means accept it as good advice BUT DONT JEAPORDISE the healing process. Your own body is one of the best indicators as to when it's a good time to stop.

I also plan my routine and chores to minimise stresses on the injured leg. (Haven't hoovered for ages but the washing keeps going. Shopping trips are combined with something else to minimise the trauma of getting ready to go. I go out once, not 3 times etc)

Hope this helps


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