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Anyone ever break an ankle?

  1. Jan 20, 2008 #1
    So I managed to break my fibula/tibia at the end near my ankle. I managed to do it, while, of all things, dancing. I was just doing my normal thing, doing a turn, I think I hopped just a little bit, heard a SNAP, then I was on the ground immediately. I heard someone freak out (I felt no pain or pressure/torque on my leg at all) and I expected to see bone shooting through my skin or something. Nope, when I looked down, my foot was twisted 90 degrees from the normal, straight position.

    My ankle was also bothering me a slight amount, just a little discomfort, for about a week before hand. I've been told by people who witnessed what happened along with paramedics and doctors that I have an unusually high pain tolerance because I never shed a tear or screamed or lost my sense of humor. (There were people that freaked out a lot worse than I did, but I think my joke making at the absurdity of the situation calmed them down a bit) I think I might have had a small fracture in my ankle and I didn't know it, making the final break that much easier.

    So now I'm stuck on crutches for about 6 weeks until I get a hard cast, then I don't know how much longer before I can walk normally again. They told me I should have most of the use of my joint back (with the plate and screws I have in my lower leg), but that I'll most likely develop arthritis in that joint.

    Anyone else go through something similar? How long did it take to recover? Can you still do the same things you used to do? I'd like to be able to dance again. :-)


    On another note, I think I'll take working out more seriously, so that I can strengthen my bones to prevent this or some other break from happening again.
     
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  3. Jan 20, 2008 #2

    lisab

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    If you don't mind me asking, how old are you? Having a bad break when you're 18 is quite different from when you're 48.

    My mother has a very bad sprain when she was about 45. The doc said it would have been better, at her age, to break the bone. They heal better than tendons and ligaments, especially in older people.

    Now she's in her 70s and yes, she does have bad arthritis in that joint.
     
  4. Jan 21, 2008 #3

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    I broke my upper arm (humerus) up by the shoulder joint on 6/10/07 and it is all better now. (I even forget which arm it was; at times now)
    When I did it (I flipped my ATV) I did not even know it was broke until I tried to flip the ATV back upright and my arm felt funny (kind of spongy).
    I did not have to have a cast and the bone went right back into place and healed up with no problems. I thought that was my first broken bone but when the doc looked the X-rays he said that I had broken my collar bone at some point in my life and it healed a little crooked, but I don't recall any injury to my collar bone.
     
  5. Jan 21, 2008 #4

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    When I was in the Army, I tore quite a few ligaments (or tendons, I can't remember) in my left ankle. I was in a cast for two months. Luckily after the first two weeks, I got to go back and get a walking cast which made things a bit more bearable. Still, two months of a cast pretty much stunk. IIRC, it took me another month after getting the cast off to really feel like I was back to normal and took chances with doing things like harder running workouts.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2008 #5

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    A colleague of mine did something similar during a sparring exercise in Kempo. The opponent fell on his foot and pinned it while he was rotating and the tibia or fibula sheared just above the ankle. I need to find the pictures.

    I once hyperextended my left foot after falling on it while doing a spinning hook kick. When I brought my left foot down, I landed it sideways, lost balance and basically sat down on top of it and it flexed backward way further than it was designed to. It swelled up and the top of my foot eventually turned various shades of yellow while the sides and toes turned various shades of purple. I didn't break any bones though - just wrenched a lot of ligaments and bruised a lot of tissue.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2008 #6
    had some injuries too, when I started playing tennis even I never exercise for along time, my advice is stretch those legs first and maybe a warmup exercise when doing something like that.
     
  8. Jan 21, 2008 #7
    lisab: I'm almost 24 right now, so yeah, it's not too serious of an injury.

    It's hard to imagine I'll be cast up for a another couple months and then I'll have to rehabilitate. I just hope it doesn't mess me up on job interviews.

    FredGarvin, ouch, I know someone who did something very similar to that recently. At least they can bear weight on it though. I've been told that's a big no-no for my situation.

    Astronuc, I'd love to see the pictures, if you have them. I'll try to hunt down the pictures of my foot twisted in the wrong direction.
     
  9. Jan 21, 2008 #8

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    Sounds like a good possibility. It would be pretty unusual to break a leg with just normal dancing, but if you had done something earlier in the week, or were developing some stress fractures from some other activity, then it would make more sense to break it with just jumping around. But, OUCH!!!

    Too bad you're so young. I thought maybe we'd finally found a match for Evo. She still has good legs, but needs someone with good arms left. :biggrin:
     
  10. Jan 21, 2008 #9
    Oh no, i just stepped into general discussion and already I've entered the dating auction! haha, just kidding.

    24 too young? Evo's not that old, is she? ;-)
     
  11. Jan 21, 2008 #10

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    That should earn you a few GOOBF* cards from Evo.

    *GOOBF: Get Out Of Banning Free
     
  12. Jan 21, 2008 #11

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    Well, she's got at least one daughter older than you, but I've tried to get her doweried-up so you'll be interested. (Hint: It involves an nice restored Evinrude Lightwin 3 outboard, a Grumman sport canoe, and some other goodies. I can teach her to tie dry flies and skin a deer, but the internships will cost her extra.)
     
  13. Jan 21, 2008 #12

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    <Sticks 5 GOOBF cards and 2 salmon fillets into Greg's computer.> :approve:

    I'm older than dirt, and as Moonbear put it "dinged up".
     
  14. Jan 21, 2008 #13
    I broke my ankle when I was 10. I scored my first soccer goal and right after the next kick off some dude on the other team cranked me in the ankle. Took me a few months to get back on my feet. I play three times a week now, but I was young and healed quickly.
     
  15. Jan 21, 2008 #14
    Greg, do you have any hardware in your ankle?

    And you other guys are starting to make my girlfriend nervous. :-)
     
  16. Jan 21, 2008 #15

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    I wish I had broken my ankle in HS. Instead, I suffered a severe sprain on my right ankle after the the last gate going full-out in a regional Giant Slalom competition. I told my coach that I wouldn't be able to show up for the cross-country competition the next day, and he accused me of malingering because he had cut me from the Slalom competition in favor of some kids from prominent families that couldn't match my consistency or times. Since I was the fastest cross-country skier, he threatened to cut me from the team for this "offense". Incredibly, he refused to apologize even after I showed up at school the next Monday on crutches with my ankle as big as my calf. What a jerk.

    I still have a network of blue/purple vines there, and pain/sensitivity in that ankle when the weather changes. A good clean break would have been better.
     
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  17. Jan 21, 2008 #16

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    No my daughters are younger. :grumpy:
     
  18. Jan 21, 2008 #17

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    My friend had several pins placed temporarily in his angle, and they were removed after several months. Geez - I need to find those pics.
     
  19. Jan 21, 2008 #18

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    I didn't know that! Well maybe I can get you married off without skills at moose-skinning, but you're still going to have to learn to tie fishing flies, along with producing the boat and motor. You can always learn moose-skinning and butchering as you go along, if I can place you with a tolerant mate.
     
  20. Jan 21, 2008 #19

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    I hope so!
     
  21. Jan 22, 2008 #20
    Yeah, I broke an ankle while dancing too. But fortunately it wasn't my own. My wife forgives me though. Ever since we met, she's swept me off her feet.
     
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