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    Sorry to read you broke your ankle.

    I have had a quick look at the scientific literature available and there is little evidence that electrical stimulation works. Exercises are your best bet. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0072765/

    Here's a few enercises: https://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/l...ure_exercises/
    These exercises seem to be meant for children but I can't see any reason why adults wouldn't benefit.

    Hope you'll get better soon.
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    Hi...
    What puzles me is why was not surgical treatment an option...
    Putting a locked nail in that tibia would have got you walking in crutches a few days after and full weight bearing in 6-8weaks.

    The fact that the calf muscles have melted is a sign you skipped on the isometric exercises....

    Gotto be brave and start working these leg muscles or future complications can occur....like joint stifness...muscle and tendon retraction...local neurological coplications or vascular complications...

    The calf muscles act as a pump in the lower leg.
    Each contraction presses on the veins and pumps the blod up towards the heart...veins have valves that shut close after each pump...that's how blod returns to the heart...
    ...so if the calf pump does not work blod kind of slacks in the veins...and new arterial blod gets there harder...

    An electrical stimulator can help with the pumping...and general tone of the muscles...

    But if the bone is properly healed you should start agressive phisioterapy and kinetotheraphy and start using that healed bone or it will start to get dissuse osteoporosis...

    Be brave and get to work!...no matter how much you will pay others to help...in the end it is you that has to do all the work no one else!

    Get some rehab programs and start working them...

    Good luck!

    Orthopaedics and trauma surgeon here if you need advice.

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    Thanks guys for the posts. I will print these out and take them with me next week when I go to the VA Hospital for the ct scan. I will badger them into a quick session on what I can do for exercises.
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    If you need help add me on FB and you can message me. Acc is Cotiga Ovidiu. .... or email me at ovidiu_cotiga@yahoo.com...

    I would need to see some x rays and pics of how the leg looks and some more details about the treatment used so far.
    Good comunication with your attending phisician is paramount but like I said...if you feel you need some help I would be happy to.
    Have a nice day!

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    Isometric contractions but also a TENS machine is really good!


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    I've had some bad ankle sprains in the past & altho strengthening the joint etc is doable, proprioception is a challenge & the ankle remains susceptible.

    I found writing the alphabet mid air with the big toe really helps retrain the whole system
    Those in the room who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.

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    A small point.... TENS and EMS are not the same thing, though you can get combination units. TENS is used for pain, EMS is used to stimulate muscle, but as Kees noted... there is little evidence that it does very much.

    TENS=Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation

    EMS=Electrical muscle stimulation

    I'm guessing a trip to the physiotherapist will get you going in the right direction the quickest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by randydance062449 View Post
    ....VA Hospital...


    Aaahh!!!! THAT explains a lot!
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    Update ...... Went to the VA yesterday and reviewed a Cat scan with the Doctors. The unhealed portion of the fracture is 59 mm ( 2") high and the width of the fracture (crack) on the bottom of the tibia (shinbone) is 7.8 mm (o.3 ") at the outermost point. The decision is no surgery and hopefully it will eventually heal. The consequence will be massive arthritis in 2-3 years which will require bone fusion at that time. The good news is that there is no sign of gangrene. They will put a AMFO brace on the foot to immobilize it. Also a bone stimulator will be sent to me. They said to take a bunch of calcium and vitamin D3. For exercise they said I could only perform leg extensions, nothing that would flex the ankle joint.
    and put no weight on the foot until this heals ( if it heals).
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    That just sounds like no fun at all. I went through the same thing when I broke some bones in the arch of my foot at age 22 (dropped a big speaker cab on my foot), due to were the break was, walking was causing it to heal slowly, but it did heal fully at about 3 months.

    Try to get as much calcium as you can through food, maybe to the degree of getting a vegetable juicer
    https://www.globalhealingcenter.com/...gh-in-calcium/

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