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The more I read about TPFs and what everyone’s stories consist of, the more my gut tells me I’m not on the right path. When I first landed in hospital, I was only given x-rays, and I didn’t get a CT scan until the next week. For the first week, I was in a knee immobilizer but when the results of the CT scan came back, it was on with a full leg cast. No MRIs were ever done to ascertain damage to the surrounding soft tissues, and no mention of any sort of physio (I had to push and ask to find out what I could and could not do).
What worries me is both the short- and long-term. I’ve been in a full leg cast now for three weeks with another three to go, and the most my leg’s been bent was at 10 degrees. I understand the NWB part, but is the no-bending part normal, too?
With my TPF, I had a displacement of 6mm, which was in the grey zone for surgery. So far, it’s not surgery, but do displacements align themselves in the healing process? Or once I get to the weight bearing stage, am I going to be putting undue stress on the meniscus and ACL/LCL/MCL and screwing myself up much later on down the road, and risk a higher chance of osteoarthritis? Is it going to be harming my short-term prognosis, too?
I’m also worried about the blood supply to my foot, as I don’t think it’s as efficient and strong as it needs to be. Since my July 3rd accident, I’ve only cut two toenails once, and my foot feels cold if I’m moving around on crutches.
My doc doesn’t seem too concerned about sitting me down and going through all the options with me, and one of the downsides of the Canadian healthcare system is it takes a LONG time to see anyone else, so I’m feeling stuck, frustrated, worried, and a little despaired and hopeless.