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posted Nov-21-2006 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodgers209   Click Here to Email Rodgers209     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sustained a badly broken ankle two years ago. After going the route with the cast, crutches and rehab, I am finally able to run a mile a day. The only pain I feel is when I walk after long periods of time sitting because of stiffness.
I was wondering if anyone has come back from a broken ankle to train and race again. I feel like it's going to take FOREVER!!!
Thanks in advance!

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posted Nov-21-2006 10:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tdc   Click Here to Email tdc     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I broke mine 3 years ago in January. 3 places, pins plates then hole nine yards. I have been running now for about a year and a half. It does take time and mine will really tighten up after long runs. My advice is to take it slow. I started running on the treadmill until I felt like the ankle joints and tendons were strong enough to run outside. After long runs 20+ miles I will run the next week inside just to give it more of a chance to rest. When I got started running I used that C25K program and it really got me into the swing of things. I will run my first Marathon in December. Hang in there and good luck... Oh yea how did you break it?

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posted Nov-21-2006 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodgers209   Click Here to Email Rodgers209     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I broke it in a car accident...STUPID!!!! It sounds as though you did a REAL good job on your ankle with the pins and all. Thank you for the advice. The doctor said the pain I have now is from a lack of a range of motion and flexibility. I've been doing a lot of stretching.
Good luck in the marathon!

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posted Nov-29-2006 09:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jellie   Click Here to Email jellie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I broke my ankle 2 years ago.(didn't wear cast) I walked and starting running last year. Injury after injury I returned to the Doctor. There was a fragment floating in the soft tissue of the joint. When I decided to have surgery the Doctor found another fragment behind the ankle bone. The fragments were the sizes of dimes. Neither the Doc or I ever thought there were 2 fragments it didn't show up on the MRI. And I was only in discomfort not pain.

Anyway 5 weeks out from the surgery and my ankle is weak. And I have knee pain from a weak ankle. (visous circle). I have gotten a trainer/coach runner. She thinks it may take 6 months to strengthen. I could maybe run on it but if I hit a hole it would set me back.
I am also working core and hips.

If I were you I would go slow and make sure that it is very strong. Muscles and tendions really need to be strong around the bone.
Hope these ideas help and good luck.

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