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Old 06-01-2014, 05:11 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 06-01-2014, 06:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm about two weeks ahead of you on recovering from my own ankle surgery. Not exactly the same thing, but similar. I broke my ankle in three places towards the end of March during my last trip to CO for the season. I needed to get a plate and pins for one of the three since it was displaced. I figured I could share my recovery process so you at least have a reference to use while your doc is out.

My surgery was on 4/1 and I was in a hard cast (non-weight bearing) for 6 weeks post surgery. I then moved to an aircast walking boot for two weeks (no crutches). I was able to walk around the house short distances during that time without the boot and did toe pointing exercises twice a day to help start getting my range of motion back. I'd push my ankle forward from a seated position like I was pushing a gas pedal and hold for 30 secs. Then pull up towards me in the opposite direction and hold 30 secs. I'd repeat this three times. I'd also spell the alphabet with my big toe using capital letters (doing it twice per session). I started physical therapy on week 9 (this past week). I am still instructed to wear the boot when I'm working or walking longer distances. Goal is to transition out of it in 3 weeks.

I go to PT twice a week and do exercises every morning and evening. The first exercise is a single leg stance on my injured leg while my good leg is bent behind me for 30 seconds (could only hold for 5 initially and after a few days got it to 30 secs). This is to help rebuild balance. I also continue doing the alphabet spelling exercise (ankle ABC's). Then I have five exercises using a resistance band: seated calf stretch, ankle dorsiflection, ankle plantarflexion, ankle eversion, and ankle inversion. Let me know if you can't find a video of them and I'll describe the specifics. Additionally, I was told to massage the scar tissue daily. It was a lot more fun having the cute PT girl massage it for me though.

All that said, my first PT visit focused on assessing my injured ankle compared to my good ankle. My range was better than expected, so my specific plan may not be the same your doc or PT would recommend. I'd just focus on basic stretching, but I wouldn't walk without a boot until your doc gives you the green light. Better to wait a week or two then push it and get stuck with arthritis or a permanently damaged ankle.

Good luck man! I know how it feels...it really starts to return quickly though once you're body is ready. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about what I wrote.
This is what I was looking for. Thank you!

I have been getting a head start on those PT exercises you mentioned with help from google and youtube. I feel like my range of motion is doing quite well. I've been trying to mainly walk in the boot, saving non-boot walking for just around the house, but my problem is i'll get a bit too confident sometimes and go out to the bar or a buddies house without the boot or anything and spend the evening walking around on the bad foot. Surprising to me, it doesn't really hurt at the time, but the next day I definitely feel it. Your advice is perfect though and it sounds to me like we had similar injuries albeit yours was a bit more intense having broke it in three places. From my research, it's not really the fractures/breaks that are the cause for concern when walking, it's the joint and the fact that it was displaced and needs to be reset properly. By massaging the scar tissue, this turns out to be the most painful thing, especially higher up near the top of the plate... I suppose I'll find out when I go for PT exactly how to do it, I've sort of just been firmly pressing into it with my thumb...
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:52 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I'm about two weeks ahead of you on recovering from my own ankle surgery. Not exactly the same thing, but similar. I broke my ankle in three places towards the end of March during my last trip to CO for the season. I needed to get a plate and pins for one of the three since it was displaced. I figured I could share my recovery process so you at least have a reference to use while your doc is out.

My surgery was on 4/1 and I was in a hard cast (non-weight bearing) for 6 weeks post surgery. I then moved to an aircast walking boot for two weeks (no crutches). I was able to walk around the house short distances during that time without the boot and did toe pointing exercises twice a day to help start getting my range of motion back. I'd push my ankle forward from a seated position like I was pushing a gas pedal and hold for 30 secs. Then pull up towards me in the opposite direction and hold 30 secs. I'd repeat this three times. I'd also spell the alphabet with my big toe using capital letters (doing it twice per session). I started physical therapy on week 9 (this past week). I am still instructed to wear the boot when I'm working or walking longer distances. Goal is to transition out of it in 3 weeks.

I go to PT twice a week and do exercises every morning and evening. The first exercise is a single leg stance on my injured leg while my good leg is bent behind me for 30 seconds (could only hold for 5 initially and after a few days got it to 30 secs). This is to help rebuild balance. I also continue doing the alphabet spelling exercise (ankle ABC's). Then I have five exercises using a resistance band: seated calf stretch, ankle dorsiflection, ankle plantarflexion, ankle eversion, and ankle inversion. Let me know if you can't find a video of them and I'll describe the specifics. Additionally, I was told to massage the scar tissue daily. It was a lot more fun having the cute PT girl massage it for me though.

All that said, my first PT visit focused on assessing my injured ankle compared to my good ankle. My range was better than expected, so my specific plan may not be the same your doc or PT would recommend. I'd just focus on basic stretching, but I wouldn't walk without a boot until your doc gives you the green light. Better to wait a week or two then push it and get stuck with arthritis or a permanently damaged ankle.

Good luck man! I know how it feels...it really starts to return quickly though once you're body is ready. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about what I wrote.
Freaky. That actually sounds like the exact course my PT went as well minus the broken ankle part.

In regards to massaging the tissue, that's pretty much what I was taught by my therapist to do if I was having a crisis with my sprain.
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Cool...glad my info helped. It sounds like you're massaging the scar tissue properly. I just press down along the scar with my thumb and rub it in a circular motion along the entire length of the scar. Then go back and do the tissue to each side of the scar.

Be careful going to bars without a boot. The PT said the main reason to wear the boot for now is to protect my ankle in crowds. Some drunk asshole stepping on your foot or knocking into your ankle at this point could really suck. I didn't think my injury was a big deal either. Like you, it didn't hurt too badly...I kept riding for 2 hours after breaking it since I thought I just sprained it. Skating in the lift line was really the only thing that sucked. The doc basically told me it was a pretty serious injury and to take the time now to heal properly so I could be ready for next season. I was anxious to get out of the cast, which is when he reminded me it would take about 6 months for a full recovery.

Good luck on your recovery!
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Devil, where did you get worked on?
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I initially got checked out by the Vail Valley Medical Center Clinic at Beaver Creek. I remembered you worked for Vail Valley Medical Center and was going to see if I could find you if they had hauled me over to the main hospital in Vail. Fortunately, they were able to do the X-rays and put me in a splint on-site at the clinic and told me to see an orthopedic surgeon when I got home.

I had the surgery done back home in Atlanta by Dr. Spiegl. He ordered the CT Scan that showed it was actually three fractures and the break on the inner part was displaced a bit. The initial X-rays only showed what looked like two minor fractures, but they told me at the clinic that I should expect to get more X-rays since ankle injuries are often hard to see.

I'm all good and healing up nicely. I can't wait to get back out there next season!
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Cool...glad my info helped. It sounds like you're massaging the scar tissue properly. I just press down along the scar with my thumb and rub it in a circular motion along the entire length of the scar. Then go back and do the tissue to each side of the scar.

Be careful going to bars without a boot. The PT said the main reason to wear the boot for now is to protect my ankle in crowds. Some drunk asshole stepping on your foot or knocking into your ankle at this point could really suck. I didn't think my injury was a big deal either. Like you, it didn't hurt too badly...I kept riding for 2 hours after breaking it since I thought I just sprained it. Skating in the lift line was really the only thing that sucked. The doc basically told me it was a pretty serious injury and to take the time now to heal properly so I could be ready for next season. I was anxious to get out of the cast, which is when he reminded me it would take about 6 months for a full recovery.

Good luck on your recovery!
Yea, I mean when I crashed I was immediately thinking well could have been worse, until I tried to put a tiny bit of weight on it and it gave in slightly, definitely a weird feeling. As far as pain goes my shoulder tear was much worse. I have read the boot is mainly just for protection as well, but I definitely notice more pain while walking and afterwards without the boot, so have started to make a conscious effort to wear it even on short jaunts to take out the garbage or whatever. After limping around I definitely realize now it will take a lot longer to get back to normal than I initially thought, mainly it's my achilles and the top of my foot that is limited and doesn't like when I try and push it too much.

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Yeah, my achilles was screaming at me too the first week after getting out of my cast and into the boot. It just needed time to stretch after not using it for a while. I'm feeling progress on a daily basis, so I'm guessing you'll snap back quickly too. I think the main thing is to avoid injuring it again until your stabilizing muscles / balance and everything else are built back up.

Keep me posted…it sucks we both had a nasty end of season injury, but it's also nice to hear your doing well and going through a similar recovery process.
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Yeah, my achilles was screaming at me too the first week after getting out of my cast and into the boot. It just needed time to stretch after not using it for a while. I'm feeling progress on a daily basis, so I'm guessing you'll snap back quickly too. I think the main thing is to avoid injuring it again until your stabilizing muscles / balance and everything else are built back up.

Keep me posted…it sucks we both had a nasty end of season injury, but it's also nice to hear your doing well and going through a similar recovery process.
Ya will do. Thanks again
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welp, count me into the club too. broke my ankle skating, spiral fracture up the fibula and a piece off the tibia. have surgery today, plate and a "bunch" or screws/pins, do you guys think this will affect my season pass i already bought come november? lol.
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