I’m sure many of you have gone through the trauma of having a broken ankle, as I recently did myself. It’s excruciating and can be somewhat daunting to figure out how best to deal with it. Thanks to my doctor’s guidance and personal research, over time, I was successful in learning how to walk safely and confidently with a walking boot on my foot.

I’d like to share my experience with you. I’ll explain what led me down this path, the experiments that were done while attempting to figure it out for myself (and maybe even after consulting your physician!), and how I eventually overcame these challenges so that hopefully no one else has to face them while recovering from an injury similar mine (or yours).

By reading through what worked for me, you will also find creative solutions for tackling any issues, regardless of whether they are related.

Understanding The Healing Process: Timeline After Ankle Surgery

I want to share with you my timeline and experiences of healing, including the critical phase of walking in a boot, to shed some light on what might lie ahead for those embarking on a similar path.

Initial Weeks: Post-Operative Recovery

The first two weeks post-surgery were predominantly about managing pain and keeping the surgical site free of infection. I was instructed not to bear any weight on my injured ankle, which meant getting around on crutches or a knee scooter. This period required a great deal of rest, and I made sure my living space was set up to minimize the need to move around too much.

Weeks 3-6: Non-Weight Bearing to Partial Weight Bearing

As the weeks progressed, I was fitted with a boot and slowly started weight-bearing exercises as prescribed by my healthcare team. At this point, patience was my closest companion. Rushing the process was not an option.

Weeks 7-12: Increasing Strength And Mobility

My focus then shifted to gentle range-of-motion exercises. I remember flexing my foot forward and backward, gradually building strength with resistance bands. Each tiny movement was a step toward regaining my ankle’s functional mobility.

Months 3-6: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation

The actual test began with more structured physiotherapy. I worked on restoring strength, balance, and flexibility. At the six-month mark, I could walk unassisted, though not without a lingering stiffness and the occasional pang of discomfort.

Mastering The Art Of Walking In A Boot For A Broken Ankle:

My experience of walking in a boot for a broken ankle was its unique challenge. The boot was my safeguard, but it also required me to adapt to a new way of moving.

Learning To Balance:

The bulk and rigidity of the boot made balance an initial concern. I practiced standing on one foot (the good one, at first) and used a chair for support until I was confident enough to stand without aid.

Adjusting My Gait:

Walking without a limp was my next hurdle. I concentrated on even steps, using the boot’s rocker-bottom design to roll through my foot from heel to toe, trying not to favor one side.

Stairs demanded extra caution. I learned to lead with my good foot when stepping up and my boot-clad foot when stepping down, always keeping a firm hold on the handrail.

To avoid complications, I learned to trust the process and the expertise of my medical team. I kept up with all appointments and adhered to their

Dos And Don’ts When Walking In A Walking Boot:

Walking in a walking boot after breaking my ankle was a journey filled with learning and a fair share of trial and error. Through this experience, I’ve gathered a set of dos and don’ts that will serve anyone in a similar situation well.


  • After my injury, the first and most crucial step was to listen carefully to my doctor’s instructions on using the walking boot. Adjusting the straps for a snug fit without cutting off circulation was a delicate balance I had to learn.
  • I kept the boot clean to prevent any infections or skin issues. A damp environment could have worsened my situation, so I avoided getting it wet.
  • At first, walking in the boot felt unnatural. I started with short, slow walks, paying close attention to maintaining a normal walking motion as much as possible. This helped in preventing additional strain on other parts of my body.
  • Initially, I was overly confident and tried walking without any support. It didn’t take long to realize that crutches were necessary to help distribute my weight and provide support.


  • There was a time when I pushed through pain, thinking it was just part of the healing process. I was fastening the boot too tightly, hindering my circulation. I learned to adjust the fit and to stop and rest if I felt pain.
  • As tedious as they were, the rehabilitation exercises prescribed were vital. I noticed a significant improvement in flexibility and strength when I committed to them daily.
  • I quickly discovered that walking with a regular shoe on the non-injured foot lowered my balance. Investing in a shoe leveler or similarly elevated shoe helped prevent hip and back discomfort.

Caring For Broken Ankle - Additional Tips Beyond The Boot:

Having lived through the challenge of a broken ankle and the recovery process, I found that healing extends beyond the physical. Here are some additional tips that were crucial during my recovery:

Elevate Your Ankle Regularly:

Elevation is not just for the initial days following the injury. Throughout my recovery, I elevated my ankle above heart level several times daily to reduce swelling.

Apply Ice:

Ice became my best friend during the first few weeks. Even with the walking boot, I would ice my ankle for 15-20 minutes to control the swelling and relieve pain.

Keep Your Cast Or Boot Clean:

This might seem obvious, but keeping the boot clean is essential. I made sure to regularly inspect and clean the liner, as a dirty or damp boot can lead to skin irritation or infections.

Modify Your Living Space:

To reduce the risk of falls, I rearranged furniture to create clear walking paths in my home and secured loose rugs. Safety always comes first.

Maintain A Healthy Diet:

Proper nutrition is vital for healing. I focused on a diet rich in proteins, vitamins (especially vitamins C and D), and calcium to aid in recovering my broken ankle.

Follow Up With Your Doctor:

Regular check-ups were essential to track the healing progress. I also kept a list of questions and concerns to discuss during these visits.

Be Patient With Your Progress:

Healing is not linear. There were days I felt frustrated due to slow progress. It was crucial to remind myself that recovery takes time, and every small step forward was a victory.

From my experience, I learned that caring for a broken ankle is a complex process that involves more than just physical healing. Remember to give yourself grace as you heal and celebrate the small milestones.


I have gone through a difficult journey of walking with a walking boot after breaking my ankle. Yet, I still learned many valuable lessons from my experience, and they can help you in your journey of regaining your mobility after the injury. From learning how to adjust the walking boot properly to feeling more confident with putting pressure on the leg while being careful not to overdo it, the process is both habit-forming and patience-trying at times. Nonetheless, by pushing yourself step by step, you can eventually get back to living a life of normalcy.

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