Broken Ankle Recovery

Broken Ankle Recovery

Post by Chris Klepac » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00


About three weeks ago, I suffered a broken ankle during an indoor soccer
game.  It was a bad break that required immediate surgery.  I will be off my
feet for a total of about 6 weeks.  One***will be removed, but I will
have a plate and some smaller***in there forever.

I am interested in finding out if there is anyone else that has gone through
this and how it has effected their running.  The doctor told me there is a
possibility of developing osetoarthritis, but that I should be fully fit in
three months.

Thank you.

Chris

 
 
 

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Post by Maren Christens » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00

My husband broke his ankle last sept 1 playing soccer, he also had to have
several screws and a plate. It was close to Christmas before he could run
again and then he had to start out very slowly because of the pain after
running. We are cross country skiers and he had no problems skiing, but
could occaisionally feel the ankle on long workouts 4hrs or more. By the
time the snow melted he was back to running and even signed up to do a fall
marathon. The ankle is still a little bigger than the other one, but he was
told it could take a year for it to return to normal size. As he tore some
liagments and/or tendents. The best thing you can do right now is to ice it,
keep it elevated and wiggle your toes.

Good Luck,

Maren

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Post by Mark Mille » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Chris...

Four years ago, I did my very best Tarzan imitation with a beautiful back
flip off a rope*** 35 feet over a river --- unfortunately, a very
shallow river with a huge rock 6 feet under the surface.  (Hey -- no one
would put a rope someplace UNSAFE, would they?)  I knew something was broken
immediately - I can honestly say I have never felt such pain.  But what the
hell... on with the FIVE HOUR canoe ride down to where our car was parked,
all the while BEGGING my 15 year old son not to tip over the canoe.

Find the exit point to the river....  wait another hour for the rest of the
kids we had to take home...  drive home (another hour)...  drop them off (by
this time, my ankle looks like a grapefruit and I am grimacing in the
anxiety of EVERY single heart beat thumping through this useless
appendage -- just cut it off!  Please!)

To the hospital emergency room...  surgery scheduled the following day.  I
had sheared the inside fork of the bottom of the tibia in half, completely
separating it from the tibia.  Two 2-inch titanium screws ensured the proper
knit.

For me, the worst thing I did (aside from the near lunatic antic on the
rope) was fail to stretch and rebuild the flexibility as soon as the cast
was off.  Because of this, I limped for months and my full recovery took
nearly a year.

-- Tarzan Wannabe


Quote:
> About three weeks ago, I suffered a broken ankle during an indoor soccer
> game.  It was a bad break that required immediate surgery.  I will be off
my
> feet for a total of about 6 weeks.  One***will be removed, but I will
> have a plate and some smaller***in there forever.

> I am interested in finding out if there is anyone else that has gone
through
> this and how it has effected their running.  The doctor told me there is a
> possibility of developing osetoarthritis, but that I should be fully fit
in
> three months.

> Thank you.

> Chris


 
 
 

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Post by J Sterlin » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> About three weeks ago, I suffered a broken ankle during an indoor soccer
> game.  It was a bad break that required immediate surgery.  I will be off my
> feet for a total of about 6 weeks.  One***will be removed, but I will
> have a plate and some smaller***in there forever.

> I am interested in finding out if there is anyone else that has gone through
> this and how it has effected their running.  

   I broke my heel last summer and was non-weight-bearing (crutches) for
about three weeks and had to wear a "boot" (fastened with velcro straps
and went almost to the knee) for another couple of weeks.  When the boot
came off I did some walking, but what really helped ease me back into
running, gave me a good aerobic workout, and didn't put strain on the
newly healed heel was spinning.  I always thought that the spinners at
my Y were crazy, but I found that I enjoyed it and really got into it.
It was a great way to get going again for me.

                        Jean S.

 
 
 

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Post by Rick Gerwi » Fri, 23 Apr 1999 04:00:00


Quote:


>> About three weeks ago, I suffered a broken ankle during an indoor soccer
>> game.  It was a bad break that required immediate surgery.  I will be off
my
>> feet for a total of about 6 weeks.  One***will be removed, but I will
>> have a plate and some smaller***in there forever.

>> I am interested in finding out if there is anyone else that has gone
through
>> this and how it has effected their running.  The doctor told me there is
a
>> possibility of developing osetoarthritis, but that I should be fully fit
in
>> three months.

>> Thank you.

>> Chris

>-- 15 years ago I was in the same position. The break was similar to
>'Tarzan's' (see earlier post). I had 2 screws in for a year and returned to
>running within 3 months. The only advice I could offer, aside from that
>already given, is to get physical therapy. I did not and still have
slightly
>limited movement in that ankle. I have completed 20 marathons since then,
>however, so I would have to say that it did not 'permenantly' affect my
>running. In fact all my PR's beyond 2 miles came AFTER the broken ankle.
>Another thing, there was a 2 month period a few years ago during which I
>suffered from some arthritic conditions, but all is definately well! Good
>luck.... remember, P.T. !!!

>... ***s like us,

I can only echo the *PT* part. Especially for the ankle. You need more than
just strength--you need stability and balance as well, otherwise you can
develop biomechanical problems that can haunt you for years. I think the
3-month estimate is wildly optimistic (at least for a full recovery)--I
would expect to have ups and downs and some residual stiffness/soreness for
up to a year. But, long-term, I don't think there is any reason to think
your running career is over. One recommendation--hold off resuming running
until you have no strength deficits in any part of your ankle range of
motion. There are machines and/or assessment techniques to test for this
(which is another reason to work with a good therapist).

Rick Gerwin

 
 
 

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Post by Russell Makido » Sat, 24 Apr 1999 04:00:00

I have to admit, I just found a lot of inspiration in the posts here
responding to Chris Klepacz's question about running after breaking
an ankle.  For a number of years now, I've been "toying" with running,
by which I mean I don't run as my primary mode of fitness (that used
to be reserved for martial arts and cycling), but since I moved to the
Baltimore area, running seemed more and more like a good idea.

The problem is, after a few short weeks of being back in the spirit of
running, I suffered a borderline Class II sprain of the ligaments
around the ankle (with a bit of strain on the Achilles and Peroneous
Brevis tendons to boot).  No, the sprain didn't happen from running.
Anyway, it's been about three weeks, and the tendons are still quite
tender - and, truth be told, I've been wondering if running really is
for me or not.

But, after reading about people suffering through titanium screws and
plates being used to help hold ankles together... I have to say, I'm
inspired.

So, a little more rest, more stretching, and back to pounding the
pavement!

Thanks!

Russ Makidon

 
 
 

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Post by k.. » Sun, 25 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Hi!  Well, I will tell you how I broke my ankle.  I was going for a
50-50 ball and caught it on the end of my foot.  The force of the impact
on the ball and on the end of my foot drove my right foot to about 45
degrees or three o'clock.  It didn't really hurt, but it was
dislocated.  It actually felt like pins and needles.  The next day, the
swelling set in and it began to throb.  Later that day, I was in surgery
anyway.

Thanks to all of you for your inspiring stories.

Regards,

Chris Klepacz

Quote:

> To tell you the truth, folks, all those broken ankle stories with
> permanent screws thru the bone and metallic plates kinda freak me
> out... I used to play soccer quite seriously, but I can't imagine
> how one can break an ankle in such a way...
> But it also makes me realize how lucky we are to be able to run
> at all
> --
>  Oleg