I want to thank everyone for their support and suggestions. I'm out of the boot and into a non weight bearing case on the left ankle. i have residual pain but it is less. I thought I might be able to reach a new level of coping on my own but I have difficulty pivoting on the right leg and my knee buckled last night even with the brace, after which I almost fell. i fought the idea of rehab but clearly I cannot do this on my own so I've asked my PCP to proceed with the referral. I'll post updates whenever I can. I've never been in a SNF for rehab, I'm low on optimism right now, and I don't know what to expect. The new ankle doctor was very helpful and informative. He says 6 weeks non weight bearing. He also looked at the left knee and noted I will have to have surgery to straighten it in the future, but that the ankle needs to heal first.