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I broke my tibia and shattered my fibula playing soccer in 2005. I have a rod from my knee to my ankle and several pins still in place. These won't be removed. I wondered if it was safe for me to run with them or if there were any tips or techniques I could use to prevent any further injuries or damage. Any advice would be appreciated and thanks in advance.
HI Gravy77-since no one else seems to be interested in responding to your inquiry or mine (ankle fracture) I will be happy to give you my "opinion'" for what it's worth.
I am not a surgeon, but I do have soem experience in the medical field. My question woudl be what has your activity level been since 2005? Are you involved in any athletic activity?
I think biking, swimming, would be a great non impact excersice, but then again I am not really answering your question specifically.
I zuggest talking with your surgeon or find a doctor who specializes in sports medicine before undertaking running. The only area of concern I might have is the impact on your heel to your fibula and tibia. And most important, listen to your body. If you start to experience pain, stop.
I hope this helps
Well, the reason you're not getting an answer is you're asking a very involved medical question. One that can best be answered by a good sports medicine doctor. I can guess but that's what it would be, a guess.
A rod the length of your lower leg? I would be very cautious and rely on the doctor for advice.
Broken ankle? I would imagine you'd be OK if it heal's well . . . and doesn't involve rods and pins. Actually, I know someone who broke both bones in his lower leg, I think he has pins in there, and he is back to running at something like an 8:30 or so pace.
I understand (for lack of answers).
It 's kind of like; "If I have a 2cm Glioma next to my Occipital Lobe, when can I run my next Triathlon?"
I also re-read my response and realize I'd better click "Spellchecker" too.
I was looking for support and reassurance. I had never broken anything in my life, running is my life, and now this happens.
Ok, thanks for the answers guys. I had surmised before I posted I would need clearance from a doctor. I guess I was just looking for any one with experince. Thanks for the suggestions too Trumpet 69 !~
Sorry, I didn't mean to sound short in my previous reply. Unfortunately, some of these questions really need some expertise to answer. And many are specifically looking for someone else who has had the same injury. I've had some of the usual aches and pains and can comment on those. Beyond that I'm taking, at best, an educated guess.
I'll give my two cents worth but obviously consult your physician. Male, 36, 5'9", 246 lbs.. (fat guy!) I shattered by tibia and fibula in a bad work fall two years ago. I have two 4 inch bolts on the inside of the leg above the ankle and a 5 inch plate on the outside with 12 screws. It took me 18 months to get back to walking normally (hence the massive weight gain). I did the Couch to 5 K program in the winter and am just finishing up the One Hour Runner program. So, I am no expert but given my "hardware", my weight and my weekly mileage (about 12-15 miles per week) I am happy to report that I have had next to zero problems with my ankle/lower leg (lots of other little problems but hey.. I'm a fat guy running after all).
So, I would say go for it. IF however, you get ANY problems with that leg, man... go straight to the orthopedic surgeon and don't stop. It is just not worth fooling around with.
I'll offer my own personal experience but again strongly recommend speaking to your doctor for clearance first. I too had a spiral fracture of the left tib/fib about 5 years ago thanks to some blind ice and a dog that needed walking. I still have a bar (plate whatever you want to call it) attached with 8 screws to my leg which will never come out. Hurt like heck for a long time and did no physcial activty (had a lot of trouble with muscle sheath or whatever rubbing against the screws) and gained a ton of weight. About a year ago I started running slowly with the support of my medical team (I also have lupus which only complicated things). I built my distance (and a little on my speed) over the past year with NO issues with my leg. I actually have had issues with my other leg (hamstring pull) but thank God the "bad" leg has been great. I've done it slow, steady and progressive and try not to overtrain although I do overtrain occassionally because of my inexperience but am getting better at that. If your doctor clears you, you can do anything even with the hardware but the doctor clearing you is critical. I personally would never want to experience the pain and agony of that break, subsequent surgery, and healing and recovery again.....and I'm sure you don't either so don't risk it for a copay and an office visit. Good luck!
TRUST THE TRAINING!
Thanks for those replies. I appreciate hearing that there is hope ! I've been to the doctor and got a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. Got to get some x-rays done first. I'l do that and then make a start. Thanks again !
No probs.. one thing I would add. Don't know how your general fitness level is now but I would recommend a boatload of crosstraining as well. Preferably non weight bearing as well (biking,swimming,etc..) The running hasn't hurt my bum lower leg but I have developed a painful adductor problem in the same leg. I think it is an injury related to my leg compensating for the overall weakness brought about by the injury (my leg really withered away to nothing after my accident). Crosstraining will make the whole leg stronger and make sure it doesn't cause releated injuries.
Ohh, and do whatever the docs say obviously.
Thanks for everyones replies to this question. I am packing on the pounds post broken ankle (plate and screws) still in. (Sept 6, 2008). I lost a lot of weight right after the accident but in the last year the pain became an issue and I stopped excercising. I am now starting PT again. I want to find some excercise that I enjoy that I can maintain. I am looking at the C25K program to start with. I plan on starting next week. Running is something my DH loves (he will be out of commision with an ACL surgery but I am hoping by the time he gets back to running I can join him. I am bit concerned about the hardware but I know I can do it. Thanks again to those who shared their succes stories. Before I start the program I will talk with the PT.