Patience! I fractured my patella a couple of years ago and while I'm
stronger and faster now than before, it took a long time (a year after
the cast came off before I could even think about training hard). No
matter how much your doctor warned you about atrophy, you may be shocked
when the cast comes off. So the first thing will be to get the leg
strong enough so you don't favor it and injure something else. Be
prepared to spend time every day strengthening the leg and even then it
may never be as sound as it was before. Then once the leg is
strengthened and you are able to walk normally again, you will
essentially be starting from scratch, i.e. a beginner's running program.
Also be prepared for dealing with the mental aspect. Depending on how
you how you fractured it (I did mine while running), you will probably
worry about doing it again. As you get stronger, and more confident in
the leg, this will fade.
I still have periodical flare-ups (swelling) in my knee and it gets
really frustrating as it seemingly comes on at random. But when I get
really down, I think back to when I was hobbling around in the cast, and
just appreciate being able to run at all. Good luck!
> Not out of the cast quite yet, but looking ahead at returning to physical
> activity including running.
> Anyone had any experience they might like to share in making such a
> "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of m***
> crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante
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