- WCA Ankle update for those who are interested
Went to see the quack to see if he could do anything new to my ankle. Apparently it is now ‘proper ****’ and needs fusing. Another 3 months in a boot and 3 months recovery to look forward to. At least this time I can choose when I have the work done so I will wait until after the summer and the BBB.
Anyway, 1st X-Ray shortly after the injury before they took out the big boltsand 2nd from this morning.
Notice the clean clear line between the leg bone and the ankle and also the clear area towards the front of the ankle in the first picture. Not there in the second.
Posted 4 years ago
1st x-ray is side on
2nd x-ray has the toe pointing slightly towards the camera.
If you look at the heel bone, that hasn’t changed much but appears shorter because it goes back into the screen a bit rather than just across it if that makes sense
2ndPosted 4 years ago
I’ve had my ankle fused which was great after 15 years of pain. Plenty of mobility because the foot still flexes but you do use your ankles as shock absorbers so I gave up rock climbing as falling off wasn’t great.Posted 4 years ago
Walking up steep hills results in me leaning forward at the waist to stop me toppling over backwards.
I do lurch about a bit sometimes because you can’t just flex the ankle to regain balance like you would normally.
Biking is great though. Jumping pathetic as no push from the lower leg. Need clip pedals as I can’t drop my heels on droppy stuff.
Hope things work out for you; on the plus side, they will give you Diamorphine when you get the opp! 😀
chickenman – Thanks for the heads up. I am never sure if some of my injuries aren’t self inflicted just to get the cheap drugs – you have got to love that ice cool feeling as the morphine kicks in.
Glad to hear the pain goes, only 18 months so far for me but it gets wearing even with daily dihydrocodiene.
Any negative impact for your knees and hips? At the moment my knee gets bent backwards when I walk which really hurts and the hip gets twisted because I twist my foot to walk more easily. I am hoping these will go after the op.Posted 4 years ago
Drink more Beer = Kind of clashes with the last thread I started : http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/benefits-of-not-drinking
Apparently losing 40lb will help the ankle too… 🙁Posted 4 years ago
DezB – WCAnkle – You fused the words together – very clever. Now you have reminded me about you I wilkl be chasing for a deposit for the BBB lodge 😉
I’ll wager those feet have never been sawn clean off by a falling sail and swept into the sea before your very eyes
That was the first time I did the ankle 😉Posted 4 years ago
hooli – Bottom of page 2 & 3 give pictures from when I first did itPosted 4 years agochickenmanSubscriber
WCA: If your knees are hurting it’ll be because you’re walking weirdly to take the weight off your ankle. My right ankle was fused in the dead straight ahead position which required relearning to walk as I naturally walk slightly duck footed. My left ACL (ligament below knee) was hurting as my left foot was pointing at 11 O’clock whilst the right stayed straight ahead. Had to learn to rotate my left knee all the way clockwise to get both feet parallel. Supportive insoles good too.Posted 4 years ago
Chickenman – I am naturally splay footed. Heels together and toes pointing outwards. As a kid I could point both feet backwards i and walk if I wanted to but my hips aren’t that flexible now. The consultant said that this would be a big focus of the post op rehab, teaching my good leg to behave like the one he operates on.
The reason my knee hurts at the moment is that my foot won’t currently bend to 90 degrees so unless I lean back at about 85 degrees as I walk my knee gets bent 5 degrees past fully straight with every step. If you sit down, rest your heel on a low table and then get someone to sit on your unsupported knee you will see why it hurts.
Please keep sharing hints, tips and experiences as you are the only other person I know who has been through this. Feel free to email direct if you don’t want to post.
Probably not having the op until after the Big Bike Bash in August so plenty of time
NickPosted 4 years ago
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