I dislocated and broke my ankle in 2 places and tore the ligament back in March 2008. I had an Open Reduction Internal Fixation with 4 screws placed in my ankle the day of the break. I started in a boot for 2 weeks following surgery and then was placed in a hard cast for 8 weeks. I had surgery after the 8 weeks to remove 2 of the screws and was placed in a walking cast for 3 weeks.
I completed about 6 weeks of PT. My ankle healed nicely according to my Ortho. I went for my 12 month follow-up back in March and was told that everything was good and that the pain should lessen over time.
Well, I am in month 18 since I broke it and I have a lot of tightness in my ankle as well as recurring pain. My ankle feels like and needs to be "popped" frequently to relieve the uncomfortableness of it. It still appears swollen to me in comparison to my other foot.
Is this kind of pain, tightness, and uncomfortableness something that I can expect to have to deal with for the rest of my life or is this uncommon?