On Easter Sunday I fell from the porch steps and injured my foot. I heard the pop as I went down. My ankle itself did not hurt. I immediately got up and hobbled into the house, elevated my foot and applied an ice pack; 20 mins on followed w 40 mins off. Walking was very painful. The next morning I went to the ER, was x-rayed, and doctor confirmed the fracture. They fitted me with a rigid-walking boot and I walked out of the ER department and out of the Hospital using the walking boot and a walking staff. Except for washing my foot and changing socks, I have continued to wear the boot, even to bed.
I did not have much of a choice, but to walk on it due to the logistics of getting around. I live on a remote island, with a steep and rocky beach to traverse, and use a small runabout boat to commute to the dock in town for going to work.
Now, in the 2nd week I have tried limiting my weight-bearing - attempted again to use crutches in town and at work. After 3 days, my hands (CTS), upper-body and neck could no longer handle it. I switched to a walker (with almost no w.b.) and that was a little better. However, I cannot maneuver at work with the walker; the corridors and doorways where I have to work are not adequately clear or sized, definitely not ADA. I informed my supervisor that I would not be to work until after I see the Doctor next week for a follow-up and have been placed on FMLA.
Do you think that my walking on it for the first week has prevented or delayed the fracture's healing?View Thread
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