Mayor Thomas M. Menino begins physical therapy after surgery to repair broken leg

Mayor Thomas M. Menino has begun physical therapy after undergoing surgery over the weekend to repair a broken bone in his leg, a spokeswoman said.

The mayor remains at Brigham and Women’s Hospital today while he recovers from surgery on his right leg, which he broke Friday while walking into a Dorchester school.

Dot Joyce, Menino’s press secretary, said the mayor was walking today as part of physical therapy. He is wearing a pressurized air boot and using crutches, she said.

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“He just had surgery so he can put some weight on the ankle, which is why they did the surgery in the first place,” Joyce said. “He’s taking it one day at a time.”

The broken leg snapped a short-lived interval of good health, which saw Menino back in the neighborhoods and back at his home in Readville after recovering from a series of illnesses that left him hospitalized for several months last year.

The 70-year-old mayor, who announced in March that he would not seek a sixth term, had appeared exuberant in recent weeks while attending events around the city, cane in hand.

He suffered this most recent injury on his way to an Autism Awareness month event at the Lee School in Dorchester, when he slipped and twisted his ankle while entering the building.

Surgeons placed a metal plate and screws in Menino’s leg during a one-hour operation Saturday to reinforce his broken fibula, which they expect will leave the mayor on crutches for several months, doctors from the Brigham said after the surgery.

“It is our expectation that Mayor Menino will make a full and complete recovery,” the doctors said.

Menino spent today in physical therapy, watching the Boston Marathon on TV from his hospital bed, and speaking to Governor Deval Patrick, who paid the mayor a visit, Joyce said.

She said Menino will return to the Parkman House on Beacon Hill—where he spent three months recovering from his hospitalization last year—when he is cleared to leave the hospital.

Menino left the mansion just three weeks ago to return to his Readville home.