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Old 05-25-08, 10:25 PM   #1
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so on Monday, purely on my own stupidity, I dislocated my ankle with a broken fibula. I was in the worst pain from the time I did it to the time when they relocated it. I had surgery the next day on it to put a metal plate and two( not 4 like the doctor thought) screws in so that was the best news I could have gotten. So now I'm on the long road to recovery and the doc said that I would have a cast on for 10-12 weeks completely non- weight bearing. And that it takes about 3 times the cast time to get 100%.

Has anyone on here had this injury? If so how long did it take to heal?( Im 18 yrs old by the way) It seems to me that the time I was told is alot but I have never had the injury so I wouldnt know. If the healing time is as much as the doctor says it is, i might mess up my college plans in the fall. But that is a ways away.

I know the hardest part is the fact that I cannot put any weight on my left leg for a few months I'm very nervous as to how I will get around, sit in school, sit in a car ect...

When I first injured it and I saw it twisted I was just concerned about how bad the injury was, but now im concerned about being able to walk and eventually play soccer and lax and be able to cycle again. Someone put my mind at ease.
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I didn't do that, but i did mess my ankle up worse then if i had simply broken it. I ended up tearing some ligaments and severing a tendon (one of the leg bones cut it in half, basically) in my ankle playing indoor soccer. The hospital was a joke...the whole 'its not broken so not our problem' thing...but the specialist i saw + MRI revealed the damage. My foot was black and blue halfway up my shin, so pretty serious internal damage. Anyways, I could not put any weight on my foot for 5 weeks. Came very close to surgery, but decided not to as it would basically have same results as 6 months of therapy (which would also occur after the surgery).

Once you hit the physical therapy point, just do what they tell you. Practice it at home. Slowly build up. 100% flexibility didn't return in my ankle, but the tendons/ligaments aren't guaranteed to heal back the way they were originally. When i play soccer I wear an ankle brace, but thats more to prevent it from happening again and provide support for an ankle now weaker then it was. The first few times i cycled on it there were some stiffness issues, but i'm perfectly fine on my bike now.

So yeah - do the therapy, do it at home, and try not to do anything stupid to it. Wear an ankle brace when you do get back to sports.
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Mount a cleat to the bottom of your cast.
Best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery.
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Prayer offered for your recovery; having had a leg in a cast before due to a major tendon injury, I recommend finding active things you can still do with the rest of your body. Keep those abs and upper body occupied, and do sensible things with your good leg. Happy healing!
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thanks, I will try to make the best of this... which will not be easy
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Sorry to hear about your mishap.

Me - 49 years, no broken bones (knock on wood).
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I know of 2 professional soccer players that have had the same injury as you in the past 2 or so years. One of them is back playing at the top level and the other is in the middle of recovery and is expected to be playing top level football again 9 moths after the injury.

You are young and your body has incredible healing powers, if you keep a positive outlook and concetrate on healing yourself and not on what might happen afterwards you'll be fine.

If your interested look up Eduardo or Abu Diaby (both play for Arsenal in England) they are the players I mentioned earlier.

Best of luck and remeber to only do what feels right to you and don;t push yourself too hard to start.
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Eduardo's Injusy....*shudder*....I'm surprised that he's even expected to make a full recovery. (woot Arsenal...Gooners forever).
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I know of 2 professional soccer players that have had the same injury as you in the past 2 or so years. One of them is back playing at the top level and the other is in the middle of recovery and is expected to be playing top level football again 9 moths after the injury.

You are young and your body has incredible healing powers, if you keep a positive outlook and concetrate on healing yourself and not on what might happen afterwards you'll be fine.

If your interested look up Eduardo or Abu Diaby (both play for Arsenal in England) they are the players I mentioned earlier.

Best of luck and remeber to only do what feels right to you and don;t push yourself too hard to start.

they likely are getting some top notch medical care and attention that the normal everyday person can not and does not get.

best of luck to the OP.

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Hope the recovery is quick!
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Old 05-28-08, 11:15 PM   #11
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thank you all. I know all about eduardo, I actually watched that game... My injury isn't as bad as his is; my shin didnt snap in half and the bone didnt break the skin. I cringe at the thought of that. So things could be worse for me.

I just saw the doc today and I got my cast on and got an x ray. At the hospital they told me that I got 2 screws and a pin, and they x ray showed I had 6 screws in 2 pins, which was a little unsettling but there is little I can do now about it. They said that 4-6 weeks I will get the pins out and that when I can start to weight bear. There was little swelling and a little bruising so overall there were alot of positives today and I might be walking sooner than expected.
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So just to update you all that may have taken an interest in my injury, I didnt want to start a new thread so I will just post on the original. Today, after 6 weeks in a cast i got it off. Talk about a weird feeling. My ankle was very stiff, and hurts alot. I lost alot of muscle on my foot and lower leg, and its very weird having it off, Im not as excited as I thought it would be, but Im glad its off. Im finally making progress, Im 6 weeks in and I have 3 more, well 20 days non weight bearing and on the 22nd I get the pin out and then I start walking. Its gonna be tough to rehab, but I just want to start walking again.
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scarpi41- you in college at all? and are you an athlete?? I only ask because when I had my shoulder reconstructed I was a sophomore in college. My school had a great training staff and I did PT every day. Nice thing about it, it was free! My trainer was the head trainer for the NY Rangers, actually has a few Stanley cup rings so he knew his stuff.

PT can be pricy if you go about it through your insurance company...
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Make sure to follow doctors orders! It's important to get to full recovery.

I busted up an ankle pretty good on a rock climbing fall. I was in a cast for a long time. Followed by 6 months of PT. I ended up much better off than they (as in the docs) expected.

Do what they tell you and work hard in PT. Keep a positive attitude. Don't rush it.
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Stretch, stretch, stretch. Then stretch some more. Congrats on the progress!
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I have never had an injury - other than many broken ribs (same ones too) and broken tailbone, plus severe bad crushed/broken ribs with lung puncture last year that kept me down for a few months - but never had a big bone break in in any limb, skull or shoulder, etc. I just had to deal with the pain of breathing and keep moving on --- you however have rehab.

Sounds though that you should be able to time in on two wheels this year ---- keep on the physical therapy and do not push yourself so much that you reinjure yourself.

Glad yer outta that cast!!!!!!!!
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Thank you for the support. I use the fact that after PT I will be 100% again and that my ankle might even be stronger. Its been a long 6 weeks, but the next three should go quick--hopefully. I am going into college now, I will be about a month into PT when I have to go to school. I need to look into that actually. Im going to University at Buffalo in NY, and I was hoping I could do something with the school in terms of my PT. If not, I can just go off campus. (Another reason for my parents to give me the car ) I am a multisport athlete. I play soccer, lax, I golf, and I love to cycle. Its scary being in the position I am in, despite what the doctor may say I still have a couple of doubts. I want more than anything in the world to be able to get on my colnago and put up thirty miles with no pain, or play for the UB soccer team, or do some leisurely golf. I think Im giving up lax, I cant handle getting hit with the ball anymore(Im a goalie.) Anyways, I will definitely go hard with the physical therapy, I actually start this week. I will let you all know updates on my ankle.

Thanks for all the support. Scarp.
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scrap- i forgot you are going to UB.

UB has a great program for you then! They will hopefully hook you up with something nice. This is the good thing about going to a school a PT school and a med school at it :-P
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Well, Here I am on the 21st of July, 9 weeks(2 months and 2 days) at the end of a major part of my injury. On the 19th of May I dislocated my ankle and broke my Fibula in a very bizarre longboarding accident, about an hour after my final lacrosse game of my High School career. A few days in the hospital, 2 procedures to relocate my foot and another to put a plate and a pin in, 6 weeks in a cast, and another 3 weeks in an air cast(occasionally) I am here on the 21st of July, A day that seemed very far away. On the 22nd I will have a minor procedures(1 suture worth) to take the pin out that for the past 9 weeks has connected my fibula to my tibia. Once that is removed, I can start weight bearing. Partial for the first couple of days, but after that I can go to full bearing of weight, it looks like just in time for me to leave for college orientation. I am happy, a little worried about the surgery, a little worried about walking and all that, but its okay, Ive come this far I think I can come a little further.

Just wanted to let all those who have commented on this old thread how Im doing and where I am at in the process. But, I will admit, I am also looking for a little pep, a little motivation from you guys .

I seem to sweat the small and medium stuff too much, so Im trying to take this in stride and Im doing pretty good, Im happy but a little nervous as well.

It seems as though everyone in the soccer world is picking up ankle injuries though. I love soccer and plan to play in college, and I follow it pretty closely. First with Ronaldo having ankle surgery, Frank Ribery needs surgery for a couple of torn ligaments in his ankle, Aby Wambach broke both her tibia and fibula in a nasty collision. Guess Im not the only one with this ha.

Anyways, Tomorrow I go to the hospital, wish me luck!

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