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10-27-2015 10:00 PM
Max Agro I was doing a lot of martial arts and it started to bother me. And then I started thinking that it might not be the best thing to leave in forever (that the metal might eventually cause rheumatism, etc.).... plus I got tied of setting off alarms at security when I was flying
10-26-2015 06:27 AM
DevilWithin Last season my ankle held up perfectly, so no worries there. I rode the entire season without any issues other than the hot spot (which I easily solved). I was more curious if any of the other guys ended up leaving in the hardware since getting it removed is more of a hassle at this point than leaving it in. My plan is to wait to see if the pin heads start to push out over the years, but leave it alone otherwise. It sounds like you did the same. Why after 8 years did you get it removed?
10-26-2015 12:27 AM
Max Agro I shattered my left tibia and fibula and broke my left ankle snowboarding at Whistler many years ago. The docs at Vancouver West General did an awesome job (I guess they see a lot of similar injuries from Whistler) .. any way I ended up with a 10 inch plate with 9 screws and multiple staples to hold it altogether along with a bone graft from my hip. It was a total drag as I was 26 weeks non-weight bearing before I could even start to walk.

After it healed which took about a year in total I started snowboarding. At first I was very scared of it breaking on me again and sometimes it felt like it would snap on me when I was just walking.. let alone snowboarding. But I persevered and got through the mental part of it and all was good. I ended up keeping the hardware in for around 8 years before I finally had it removed and it never really bothered me too much although there was some ankle pressure and discomfort from the boots when I was riding.

Finally, I got it all removed but as long as it doesn't bother you don't worry about it.

TLDR: you're gtg as long as it doesn't bother you too much.
10-25-2015 07:09 PM
DevilWithin By the way, did any of you actually get your hardware removed yet? I finished this past season without any real issues and the pin heads weren't poking out, so I decided to leave them in this summer and avoid the removal surgery. So I'll be giving it a go this coming season with them still in. I plan on using that mole skin padding on my ankle near the pins to prevent hot spots from developing.

Curious what the rest of you did after a full season and summer post initial surgery.
03-04-2015 01:13 AM
ryannorthcott Yea I'm finding on my new boots that the ankle starts to get pretty sore in the late afternoon of day 2. 3 days plus and the hardware would start to limit my riding. Definitely looking forward to getting the parts out, but all things considered it definitely could be worse
02-03-2015 12:44 AM
Magnum626 I didn't get to read the whole thread. I had a dislocation/fracture and it took them like 3 tries to reduce the dislocation.

I had my hardware removed 2 years after the initial surgery. I had 6 screws and a 5 inch plate removed. I was lucky the screws didn't rub on anything but I did feel them sitting legs crossed like and indian or lying on the side of my injury. Not painful but I knew they were there.

Sooo much better with the hardware removed. The only other major drawback was that my right ankle is bigger than my left (non-injured) side.

Did you ever check out some interesting discussions there.

Glad you're back to riding!
02-01-2015 01:21 PM
DevilWithin Great news! Glad you didn't have any issues. My season has been going great too so far. I still think I'll get the pins removed this summer, but those moleskins work well and once I started using them I haven't had any issues. I'm sure a lot of it has to do with placement. Mine is right where that round nub on the inside of your ankle is located.

Have fun riding!
02-01-2015 01:11 PM
ryannorthcott Final update:
Just had my first day of riding, due to a tropical holiday in December and intense work schedule since I've been back, I haven't been able to make it out until last weekend.
Unfortunately, the girlfriend packed our stuff and brought my old boots when I really wanted to test out the new ones which are a size smaller and much stiffer. Anyways, I had absolutely no problems with the ankle. No painkillers, patches, pads or anything were used, I just jumped in and rode. I felt no pain on the direct site from pressure and no pain from the articulating or increased pressure on the joint. While not pushing myself too hard, I tried to put it through it's paces with some smaller jumps and hits and impact felt fine.
Overall, I was very surprised (and stoked) that it did not bother me in the slightest
12-30-2014 06:46 PM
DevilWithin You're welcome. We're in the same boat, so happy to share my experiences to save you some pain and discomfort. The ankle felt great otherwise and once I started using the moleskin it was as if I hadn't had surgery. The PT definitely paid off. I also bought stiffer boots this year to provide more support.

Hopefully you get out there and ride soon!
12-30-2014 01:46 PM
Originally Posted by DevilWithin View Post
Ryan - I've been riding 15 days so far this season and just returned from a 10-day trip where I was riding every day / all day. I previously mentioned that I also left in the hardware for this season, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on what I experienced. What I found is that after a couple days I was starting to get a "hot spot" where the pins are located. The pressure from initiating turns and the shape of the boot was irritating the spot of the injury. I could feel where the pins were and at the end of the day the spot was all red. I ended up buying some of those Dr. Scholls Moleskin Padding strips and they helped a ton. I'd just put one of those pads over the area of the pins / scar and it helped prevent the irritation I was previously getting. I was surprised that the location of the pin heads was about a 1/2 inch away from the scar.

Here is a link to the product in case you want to buy some to try out: Self-Stick Moleskin Plus Padding for Feet | Dr. Scholl'sŪ

They also sell a thicker version with more padding. I tried it out since the store ran out of the one I posted above. It worked just as well, but was definitely bulkier and wasn't needed in my case.

I'll likely get the hardware removed once the season is over.

Good luck!
Many thanks for sharing your experience with the hardware and that product link, I am definitely going to give those a try. Hopefully when I combine those pads plus heatmolding I should last the full day.
Thanks again!
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