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    At least check with the doctor as to the timing of your progression, likely from a full and/or nonweight-bearing cast to a partial and/or walking cast, etc. With that timeframe in hand, you will want to do every friggin' exercise they give you and then some, especially while in casts. Once the cast comes off, you find out how much you were relying on it for support, so keep all your muscles flexing and ready for supporting the leg. You'll be surprised if you find yourself back on crutches or using a cane after having been in a walking cast, but you work through this stage quickly if you were exercising.

    I broke the tibia and fibula and ankle all at the same time. I was able to ride the bike fairly soon after the second cast came off (6 weeks full casts, 4 weeks half casts), I even rode to physical therapy, but I couldn't turn it around or park it on gravel; that took another two weeks to build that strength and confidence, too.

    As long as you are healing and knitting the bone (sometimes older bones take longer to knit), the bones grow back even stronger. I take it you didn't need any hardware for the repair? That's when folks overstrain the bones, since they aren't fully knitted and the hardware allows them to feel they are healed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Montana View Post
    At least check with the doctor as to the timing of your progression, likely from a full and/or nonweight-bearing cast to a partial and/or walking cast, etc. With that timeframe in hand, you will want to do every friggin' exercise they give you and then some, especially while in casts. Once the cast comes off, you find out how much you were relying on it for support, so keep all your muscles flexing and ready for supporting the leg. You'll be surprised if you find yourself back on crutches or using a cane after having been in a walking cast, but you work through this stage quickly if you were exercising.

    I broke the tibia and fibula and ankle all at the same time. I was able to ride the bike fairly soon after the second cast came off (6 weeks full casts, 4 weeks half casts), I even rode to physical therapy, but I couldn't turn it around or park it on gravel; that took another two weeks to build that strength and confidence, too.

    As long as you are healing and knitting the bone (sometimes older bones take longer to knit), the bones grow back even stronger. I take it you didn't need any hardware for the repair? That's when folks overstrain the bones, since they aren't fully knitted and the hardware allows them to feel they are healed.
    Thanks for the excellent advice. I will admit I have some experience with this since it is the fourth broken bone I have had in my short life of 72 years. I promise to listen to the docs and therapists. The worst part is how difficult it is to get around and do the normal things I like to do. I think I will be ready for the rally.
    Thanks to all you others that have offered advice and humor.
    There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. -Logan Pearsall Smith, essayist (1865-1946)

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