Hi I'm after other peoples experiences please. After breaking my ankle at the very start of January, I've had a big operation (plates and screws) followed by 2 weeks in a non-weight bearing cast. They then changed the cast and did one with a velcro shoe on it and the doctor said I could walk normally on it. The following day, I'd ditched the crutches and have been walking on it since (it's been just over 3 weeks). I've been back at school for the past 2 weeks so am fine with walking, allbeit slowly. I've not used painkillers or ibuprofen since the cast change and consider myself really lucky that I've been pretty mobile. I'm due to get the cast off on Thursday as it will have been 4 weeks since the cast change (so 6 weeks in total) but am getting rather nervous for some reason. From what I've read on the internet, people seem to find it a real struggle to walk and although I've been walking for the last 3 weeks, will I too struggle to walk (or is it because the chances are that these internet experiences are from 6-week non-weight-bearing people?). I'm hoping I can just put on a pair of shoes once the cast is off and be on my way! But am I being unrealistic? I'm also hoping I'll be able to drive pretty quickly soon after, but again, am I deluding myself? Part of me thinks that if they took the cast off now, I'd be fine as I'm walking fine (well, as fine as can be in a cast!). (following on from a previous thread I started about getting rid of the dead skin): Have realised that my ambitions to 'scrub' away the dead skin after is actually a bad move though as the skin will be really sensitive. So, it's a good job I didn't get any fancy body scrub! I think someone also mentioned that on the thread so thank you!