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Offline FruitLoop

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TPF - 4 weeks post surgery and really fed up
« on: August 08, 2012, 07:30:35 PM »
Hi - I am a 37 year old mum of 3 living in Cheshire.

just over 4 weeks ago i slipped in the kitchen and x-rays showed a displaced TP fracture - i had surgery and plate and screws were inserted.

I have a plaster on my foot/lower leg and another on my thigh with a brace connecting the 2 that gets altered every other week to increase the range of movement in my knee.

The surgeons were pretty vague about recovery and just said 2-4 months none weight bearing (kind of big gap between the two!).  They seemed to think the plaster would be off after 8 weeks - what happens then ?

Also i am now 4 weeks post op but my leg still aches like mad and my shin feels sore if i dont elevate my leg all the time. Is this normal?

Do i need to elevate my leg still all the time ?

Also should i be exercising the leg at all ? i.e should i ust leave it still inside the plaster or should i "wiggle" it ?

Thanks for any advice

Offline maryc

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Re: TPF - 4 weeks post surgery and really fed up
« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2012, 08:59:47 PM »
FruitLoop - welcome to the world of TPFs.  The link below takes you to the specialist's office section of this board where most of us TPFs hang out.
TPFs are a rare injury and each one is different.  That's why it's so hard for OS's to give you a good healing timeline.  Add in the factor that people heal at different rates and that diet, rest and other factors can effect your healing and you can see that the range given is scientific guess more than anything else.
While you are non-weight bearing keeping your leg elevated helps with the blood circulation, blood pooling is one of the reasons your leg aches.  Also increasing circulation helps with the healing process.
As each injury is different so be sure to check with your OS about exercises, my OS allowed ankle pumps, alphabets, straight leg raises and side leg raises.  I wouldn't recommend "wiggling it", but check about other exercises.

Sending healing rays your way

8/4/07 fell
8/5 diagnosed TPF
8/6 surgery plate and 6 screws
8/12 out of hospital NWM
8/21 staples removed
9/18 OS appt - WBAT with crutches
10/10 - WBAT with cane
10/27 - back to work w/cane
12/26 - no cane, slight limp when tired
1/25/08 - released from PT, no limp
2/3/09 - Released by OS