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I broke my ankle six weeks ago.

I broke my ankle six weeks ago and it is still painful. I have a splint for the next couple of weeks and still use crutches outdoors but not inside. I can put weight on the leg/foot. I want to start exercising but the consultant said no swimming, just a little walking. In your experience, is it best to start walking without crutches or should I be more tentative to start? I was thinking of going to the gym and asking their advice, but obviously they are not experts. Any advice would be most welcome. I have to be back at work next week and will have to walk or take a taxi, as I don't think I can drive yet. It is a 15 minute walk.

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The answer

It is always best to take the sensible approach when you are recovering from a broken ankle. While it may seem fine walking short distances in the house without any crutches, you may find the pain is worse when you have to walk for longer distances. You will also find the pain is worse at the end of the day and you may really need the crutches on the journey home. Start slowly with the crutches and you will hopefully make a quick recovery.

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