This was me. 3 months ago. I was in the build phase of my 1/2 Ironman training when I was involved in a work related accident and broke my ankle. Long story short, the doctor screwed me back together and 4 weeks later took the cast off. I asked him when I could start running again, and he said "as soon as you think you can". I was elated! I got up off from the table and headed for the door...and almost fell over.
I looked at the doctor, who was smiling. He asked, "do you think you can?"
I'd never had a cast before, but I certainly didn't think I would lose all strength in my ankle in a short 4 weeks. But I sure did. I could only walk by keeping a stiff leg, and walking on my heel. If I tried to put any pressure on the ball of my foot, I'd fall over.
The doctor assured me that it was completely normal, and that I would regain my strength eventually. He said that it might take up to a year for the swelling to go down, and that I'd always know when a storm was brewing.
I rushed home and Googled ankle mobility exercises. I worked daily trying to strengthen my calf and ankle. I still remember the day that I could do one single calf raise! It was then that I became more confident that I would be able to run again.
And I did. In the past week, I've ran 16 miles, and biked 16 miles. They were slow, which is another hurdle I need to overcome, but at least I am back in the game. For now, I just need to remember that slow is good. The bone and soft tissues are still healing.