I fractured my tibia, fibula & talius from a fall on hard wood floor in kitchen. I went to the er and they put me in a soft cast until I could go to the ortho surgen. The ortho surgen put me in a cast for 4 weeks, then a walking cast for another 4 weeks being on crutches the whole time. Then he put me in a air cast for another 4 weeks. It has now been 5 months since I broke it and I am still having pain and swelling at the back of my ankle that hasn't improved. I had an MRI done which didn't show any tears in any tendions, but showed alot of inflamation so it was hard to read. The MRI also showed that I had a fracture in my talius that didn't show up on any of the x-rays. The doctor then ordered me to have a CT scan to check to make sure the bone had healed. The results showed it was 90% healed. The next option was to get a cortosine injection then he said if it helps then it means it could be the cartlidge, otherwise it will just take time to heal. I had the shot and the pain was 70% better then got alot worst after a few hours, but then was better in the next few weeks. I don't have another follow up with the ortho surgeon for another month and was wondering what to do next. Could it be the cartlidge and what do they do for that. I just want relief from the pain and not sure what to do.
You can take intermittent pain killers and can also call your orthopedician to give you a repeat shot of cortisone if it helped the 1st time.
Fractures involving tibia and fibula are very cumbersome to heal and it takes a while. If there is involvement of cartilage, tendons, and ligaments during injuries then this takes a while in complete recovery.
Follow up with your orthopedician as after your complete healing you would need physiotherapy.
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