pain in the ankle:(

Back in September I broke my ankle (spiral to the fibula about 6" above the ankle joint and a fracture to the medial malleolus) To summarize: Was put in cast for 5 weeks (since the breaks were in pretty good alignment), then air boot for 5 weeks, and then an air splint and PT. I work in the travel industry and am on my feet a lot, so my initial treatment was in AK and at 7 weeks I moved and followed up with a new Ortho in TX. The new Dr said he would have definitely suggested surgery to fix the breaks, but the conservative method seems to be working but taking longer to heal. I am still having major pain especially all around the medial malleolus when I turn my ankle, mainly when I turn it outward there is sharp pain. There is still light bruising, and no noticeable swelling, Iím about 16 weeks now. I do remember that when the original cast/splint from the ER was taken off in the office, the inside of my ankle had a huge knot and was very bruised. PT has helped with my range of motion, but not with the pain. Now I am starting to have pain on the outside of my ankle and around the back. I can walk on it for short distances with usually no pain (unless I turn it "wrong"). My Ortho decided to put me on anti-inflammatory and forgo the PT to see if that would help for a couple of weeks. It isnít helping. He mentioned getting a CT. I think he thinks my medial malleolus isnít healing, but I feel like it has do to with ligaments or something like that. He did do stress x-rays last visit, but they didnít seem to show anything. Anyways, I called to see if we could go ahead and get the CT set up before my next appointment and he said I could, but he suggests to wait until next appt. (in a week) so we can discuss . . . who knows what. Do you have any possible answers of what the problem could be, or questions that I can ask him. I also made an appointment with a DPM next week for a . . . 3rd opinion. I am really getting annoyed by all this. Iíve put work on hold so I can get this taken care of. I realize ankle injuries can take a very long time to heal, but I can only "not work" for so long. Any help or answers would be greatly appreciated!!

Posted By stpehanie on December 29, 2005 at 19:12:37:

A silicone insert on the back of the Achillotrain leaves tendon pressure-free and provides intermittent compression for the reduction of swelling and edema.

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