I've been fracture boot-free for the past three months, and I'm STILL having problems with this stinking leg! I ended up going back to the broken leg doc this morning. He took more x-rays, and came up with the following brilliant analysis:
The doc thinks the reason I’m still having problems with my leg is that there’s a nerve that runs right along the break site. My leg is healing, but there’s kind of a “hook” where the bone is calcifying. He thinks when I move in certain ways, that pointy “hook” interferes with the nerve, causing the stabbing sensation that pretty much brings me to my knees. He wants me to give it ANOTHER six months before we talk about doing surgery though because he said that it is healing, just slowly. He’s hopeful that as it heals more, it will start feeling better. (You're hopeful, Doc?!? What about me?!? I'm the hopeful one!!!) If not, he would “just” remove that section of bone where the break is. He said that the fibula is the bone that they take away from to do bone grafts because it’s non-weight bearing so by taking away the jagged portion where the break is, it would just be like I’d had bone removed for a bone graft.
His words of wisdom… “The bone and ankle are stable, so you can try to do whatever you want, but if it hurts, don’t do it.” Thanks, Doc! You’re so smart! I was like, "Wow, Dr. P.! Your wisdom is astonishing! That $300,000 paid for med school was well spent!"
So I guess this means that my leg is healing, just very, very slowly... He said it was a bad break, and that it could take up to a year for it to heal completely. (What happened to the fracture being "inconsequential" like you had initially said, huh?) I wish I had been able to get copies of today's x-rays though. You can definitely see why I'm having some trouble. At least he reassured me that I didn't re-injure it when I was playing with the kids in the pool a couple of weeks ago. I moved in a way that nearly brought me to my knees it hurt so bad. Turns out it was most likely just my "hook" and nerve.