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Shoes after a broken ankle

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pippinandtog Mon 04-Jul-16 20:40:01

I'm recovering from a badly broken ankle and subsequent surgery, and have just started to get out and about, practising walking short distances.
I bought some flat, plain navy lace up Hotter shoes , as I need something safe and supportive.
Do I need to hide them by wearing jeans and trousers, or would they look okay with a skirt or dress (with discreet trainer socks).
My priority at the moment is to learn to walk again, and to be safe, but I still want to look nice.

BikeRunSki Mon 04-Jul-16 20:46:16

I broke my ankle when I was 12 and have never really been able to wear heels. Wedges, yes, stilletos - no chance. I do like flat chunky shoes though, and veer much closer to
Dr Marten than Manolo Blahnik.

leadrightfoot Mon 04-Jul-16 22:16:04

As a veteran ankle breaker with multiple sets of surgery behind me and it's summer go supportive sandal like Birkenstocks or Fly Flot.

No style awards to be won but good robust shoes and are comfy.

I sold my awesome 140 plus pairs of high to sky scraper heels. Nothing above 3cm now. Sad day. Gabor or Van Dahl also good.

Do the Physio, religiously it makes a difference even years later

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 04-Jul-16 22:20:26


pippinandtog Tue 05-Jul-16 08:02:27

Thanks for advice.
Leadrightfoot, I'm sure you are right about physio.
Fourteen weeks after injury and surgery, I have still not been offered NHS physio. After initial poor care with NHS, I arranged private physio, to start the day after my plaster came off after six weeks. I have been doing exercises religiously, as you say, but it's such a long job and I am still on one crutch and an ankle support; I thought at the beginning that I would be back to normal by now. I feel that people might be thinking," Is she still off sick?"
I am a leadleftfoot.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 05-Jul-16 08:09:40

Sounds like you're doing really well actually, I was still very much on two crutches and could hardly manage anything out side the house .

Try and see a sports physio if you can.

pippinandtog Tue 05-Jul-16 08:22:50

DameDiazepam, thanks for encouragement.
The good thing is, I've had time on my hands while off sick from work, and I've discovered nice people to talk to; it's like having lots of new friends in my living room.
Got my coffee here and everything.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 05-Jul-16 08:26:05

I remember watching TONS of box setsgrin

pippinandtog Tue 05-Jul-16 08:30:41

Yes, got lots of recommendations for box sets and books to read, from MN.

ilovecherries Tue 05-Jul-16 08:55:47

I'm not that long crutch-free after a long spell (nearly a year) barely able to potter round the house, with going to the physio the highlight of my week - mainly because it meant my husband took the morning off work to take me, then took me to Waterstones for new books, and Starbucks for an early lunch before dropping me home again. Tuesday's were the absolute highlight of my week for months! I'm now walking outside again, and using my Fitbit to gradually build stamina, but the shoe issue is still problematic. I can wear trainers. And that's it really. And I'm mean proper New Balance trainers, not Converse. Which in turn means I can wear yoga pants. Or yoga pants. If I'm going somewhere by car, and not walking much at all at the other end, I can wear Sketcher Go Walks or Birkies, but I can't walk far in either. When I look how well I've recovered - despite my leg being a patchwork of surgical scars - it seems churlish to complain about shoes, but sometimes I think it would really cheer me up just to be able to wear something without thinking about whether I can find anything to put on my feet with it. To answer your specific question though, Id say don't hide the shoes - get out there and rock them with whatever you want to wear. Good luck with your recovery.

BikeRunSki Tue 05-Jul-16 09:01:32

YY to physio. Back to the original Q, basically, sensible shoes are going to be a large part of your wardrobe from now on. You need to love them, not hide them!

pippinandtog Tue 05-Jul-16 09:05:18

Thanks for your advice, ilovecherries.
Okay, I will rock the Hotter shoes: a new concept there grin

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 05-Jul-16 09:32:23

I'm 9 years on and this is the first year I've been able to wear a slight heel. Every year my foot has changed slightly and I'm able to wear more varied shoes. It was a huge milestone when one year I realised my ankle had stopped swelling after a long day or in the heat. I had a really bad break and 3 ops though so I'm sure you'll have a quicker recovery x

amarmai Tue 05-Jul-16 10:00:57

Avoid clogs,that,s what caused my ankle injury. I like lace up sneakers as I can adjust the tightness as necessary.

SugarMiceInTheRain Tue 05-Jul-16 10:05:03

I have recently succumbed to Hotter shoes and whilst a lot of the styles are grannyish, I've found a few that are ok, and they are so comfy I couldn't care less now. I have a pair of Clarks shoes with 2 inch heels but they have an ankle strap which helps as I don't need to contort my feet to keep them on!

RatOnnaStick Tue 05-Jul-16 10:07:42

I'm another one post ankle fracture. The cast has been off for nearly 9 weeks and I'm now crutch-free. Even though the leg is fixed and the swelling is better it still swells up and down throughout the day. All my sandals are not wearable anymore. The comfiest thing I have found is Skechers memory foam trainers and even they rub sometimes. I have found my local NHS physio good, though. I've just started lower leg gym group in the local hospital. I have definitely found the more I do my physio exercises the stronger and less swollen my ankle is getting.

Definitely have to stick to trainers for the foreseeable though.

pippinandtog Tue 05-Jul-16 10:39:55

Rat, I think I'm about a week behind you.
The general consensus is keep to the exercises and be patient, as it's a long job to get better.
I agree, some Hotter shoes are quite nice.
Not mine, though.

RatOnnaStick Tue 05-Jul-16 16:24:32

Patience is a virtue here certainly. My skechers are amazingly unflattering but they are damn comfortable.

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