Broken Ankle

arnsider
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Broken Ankle

Postby arnsider » 6 Oct 2016, 11:07am

I broke my left Ankle walking down off Penyghent, the Sunday of the Three Peaks Cyclo Cross race.
It is the lower fibula/lateral malleolus.
Has anyone had a similar fracture on here and does anyone know what sort of recovery time to expect before I can start cycling?
I am a big guy, 66 years old and a regular cyclist, doing 40-60n mile rides in hilly terrain.

whoof
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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby whoof » 6 Oct 2016, 1:22pm

I broke my fibula and tibula just above the ankle which required plates and pins. I was in plaster for 6 weeks and rode a turbo trainer the day the plaster came off. The following day I cycled on the road, spinning a light gear. Within a few days I was doing three hour rides without and trouble. However if I stood up for more than 15 minutes the ankle would swell and it was painful. As cycling was non weight bearing exercise that got the blood pumping around the doctor said it would aid recovery.

I would say talk to your doctor and if you do start riding do so sitting down, use a low gear and spin. If you don't normally ride like this then this is a great opportunity to learn.


18 months after the brake I had a second operation to remove the pins and plates.

arnsider
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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby arnsider » 6 Oct 2016, 2:41pm

Well, that is very encouraging.
I am six days in plaster and cannot yet bear any weight on my duff leg.
I don't think I will need metal work as the X ray comments did not suggest such.
I will copy your comments to the hospital Doc and many thanks.

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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby AlaninWales » 6 Oct 2016, 4:57pm

Some years ago I broke my left ankle. I cycled one-legged to A&E and home again with the plaster cast on.

whoof
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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby whoof » 7 Oct 2016, 10:07am

arnsider wrote:Well, that is very encouraging.
I am six days in plaster and cannot yet bear any weight on my duff leg.
I don't think I will need metal work as the X ray comments did not suggest such.
I will copy your comments to the hospital Doc and many thanks.



When I was in plaster I didn't put any weight on the leg with the break I used crutches.

arnsider
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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby arnsider » 4 Nov 2016, 7:28am

Well, here I am thirty five days after the fracture. I am still in the cast, but see the Orthos next Wednesday and I'm praying it comes off on the day.

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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby arnsider » 15 Nov 2016, 8:29pm

Sweet relief!
The cast came off last Wednesday and I am back in the saddle.
I have lowered the saddle and got some flat shoes so I do not need to clip into my single sided pedals.
I did about twenty three miles today, on the flat, around Arnside, Milnethorpe and Holme.
The ankle is still swollen and painful if I try to put too much power in.
But it's great to be back!

arnsider
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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby arnsider » 11 Jan 2017, 12:06pm

Well, it is thirteen weeks since the fracture and seven weeks since the cast came off.
I am steadily building my fitness and Sunday I rode with my pals some thirty miles with two thousand feet of ascent.
I was off the back on the steeper climbs as my general fitness is the remaining problem.
Pain associated with the break is minimal and honking is OK.
My ankle is however still quite swollen.
Walking is a bigger problem and I tend to overcompensate with my right leg.
After a six mile walk on the flank of Ingleborough, finishing with the awkward descent of Sulber Nick, my arches on both feet were very sore.

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Re: Broken Ankle

Postby brynpoeth » 11 Jan 2017, 7:59pm

arnsider wrote:Well, it is thirteen weeks since the fracture and seven weeks since the cast came off.
I am steadily building my fitness and Sunday I rode with my pals some thirty miles with two thousand feet of ascent.
I was off the back on the steeper climbs as my general fitness is the remaining problem.
Pain associated with the break is minimal and honking is OK.
My ankle is however still quite swollen.
Walking is a bigger problem and I tend to overcompensate with my right leg.
After a six mile walk on the flank of Ingleborough, finishing with the awkward descent of Sulber Nick, my arches on both feet were very sore.



Walking is a bigger problem...

Obviously you/we/the human race evolved (or were created) to cycle first and walk second.


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