>> 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
>> 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
>> this and how it has effected their running. The doctor told me there is
>> possibility of developing osetoarthritis, but that I should be fully fit
>> three months.
>> Thank you.
>-- 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
>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).