Broken leg/ankle recovery--regaining ROM?
About five weeks ago, I broken my leg and ankle (specifically, I broke the tibia (and maybe fibula? I forget) where they come into the ankle--those bumps on either side of your ankle). Now I have roughly equal amounts of bone and titanium in my leg, and screws in my tibia.
Anyhow, I've been cleared for "weight-bearing as tolerated", and am relearning how to walk. The biggest problem is that I have very little range of motion in my ankle, which makes walking really hard. I'm not sure if it's stiffness from not moving it much for five weeks, or if maybe the screws are getting in the way.
Does anyone have experience with this kind of injury? Tips for getting motion back? My surgeon didn't say anything about PT, and I don't go back to him for almost two months. Would heat help? I'm thinking about using Thermaflex liniment and wrapping it or something.