broken ankle recovery time

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  1. bobby

    bobby Rookie

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    I recently broke my fibula close to where it ends at the ankle (I also sprained my ankle severely, which I think might be even worse than the broken bone) and was wondering if anyone else has had this injury before. Specifically, how long did it take before you felt fully confident with the strength of your ankle joint when you were playing tennis?
     
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  2. Marius_Hancu

    Marius_Hancu G.O.A.T.

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    Do a search on Usenet with Google at:
    http://groups.google.com/advanced_group_search

    Set the search with:
    Find messages with all of the words:
    broken fibula
    or
    broken ankle
    and you will find many articles from patients.

    Same at yahoo.

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    My case 3 years ago.

    I had a broken peronial ligament (lateral, in the ankle) not broken bones. Happened at skiing. Was able to play tennis after that, but the lateral support was completely missing when pushing towards the left side, thus I decided to have reconstructive ligament surgery.

    After surgery:

    - was 6 weeks in a special boot with crutches
    - then 3 weeks of physio with various ultrasound, currents, to reduce inflamation
    - then for 2 months I did only stationary bicycle and treadmill (initially only bicycle) VERY GRADUALLY
    - then I started weights for the legs, very gradually again, for another 3 months
    - for the first 3 months I was advised to avoid any rotations with the feet flat to the ground
    - started tennis I guess at about 7 month from surgery, when I was in better shape than ever before (even lost 12 pounds accumulated after surgery)
    - I timed my surgery for November, thus I didn't lose much in terms of tennis, a winter season, when I am playing less here in Canada

    I am good as new now, working with say 125lbs for ankle rotation (a machine with a weighted pedal, up and down action) and up to 400lbs for leg presses, but gave up on that because of stress on the knees. Keeping the muscles in great shape is essential.

    However, caveat: start tennis any faster and you risk ending up like Hingis, unable to play tennis competitively any more and generally to play more than 1 hr a day. She didn't listen to her doctors and restarted tennis at 2.5 months after ankle ligament surgery. Younger does not mean better in this case.

    You're having a broken fibula, could be more or less serious than a ligament, don't know. Read whatever you find in those searches, very important.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. bobby

    bobby Rookie

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    Thanks for the information. I tried doing a search as you suggested, and I found out that tennis player Arantxa Sanchez Vicario suffered the same exact sort of injury. Since it is my recovery time for tennis that I'm interested in, this article that explains Vicario's injury has proven very helpful.
     
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