Coming back from a broken leg / ankle

Coming back from a broken leg / ankle

Post by Eelusi » Tue, 10 Oct 2000 04:00:00


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
comeback?

Thanks,

Ann

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Coming back from a broken leg / ankle

Post by The Trailrunne » Tue, 10 Oct 2000 04:00:00

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!

Quote:

> 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
> comeback?

> Thanks,

> Ann

> --
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> crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante

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Coming back from a broken leg / ankle

Post by Clyde Sol » Tue, 10 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> 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
> comeback?

Do the physical therapy! Cycling (indoors and out) will be your friend.
Don't rush the running. good luck

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Coming back from a broken leg / ankle

Post by Eelusi » Tue, 10 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Thanks.  I am printing out responses from this group to help me remember
about patience, not my strong point when it comes to physical activity.

My break was at the ankle and came from falling walking downstairs.  I think
just not noticing a couple of steps and coming down really badly.

Both bones in leg broke, required almost immediate surgery and now have
nails and hardware in the bones.  There was some fear I'd lose the foot,
which is probably the hardest aspect of the mental part.

Have stairs at home so I've already faced that fear at least some.

Again, thanks for sharing.

Ann


Quote:
> 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
> > comeback?

> > Thanks,

> > Ann

> > --
> > "The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of
m***
> > crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante

> --
> Anti-Spam Alert: If you wish to reply, cut the *BS*

> Trails of The Diablo Valley
> *Running - Hiking - Nature*
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Coming back from a broken leg / ankle

Post by Eelusi » Tue, 10 Oct 2000 04:00:00

So the message I'm getting is to focus on first regaining strength in the
leg / ankle that has been in the cast.

They had a physical therapist visiting me.

And she said I'd go to outpatient PT when the cast came off.

But there is also a center for sports medicine in town that a friend of mine
began checking on for me, and was told that treatment there would be covered
by insurance.  Wonder what they could do to help.

Thanks,

Ann


Quote:

> > 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
> > comeback?

> Do the physical therapy! Cycling (indoors and out) will be your friend.
> Don't rush the running. good luck

> --
> DISCLAIMER: Unless otherwise indicated, this post is personal
> opinion and NOT an official statement of my employer.

> http://home.rmi.net/~csoles/index.htm