broken 5th metatarsal and restoring ankle flexibility

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irishredbloke
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   Posted 7/22/2011 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Greetings all:

Here's a good synopsis of my injury (with a pics link): http://bit.ly/rqB3NY

As you can see from the pics the repair looks pretty good and I'm walking very well on the foot now. As I write this, I'm about to leave for the gym for 30 min on the elliptical and 30 min in the pool.

My concern has shifted to my ankle. The time spent in the casts and boot has stiffened this area tremendously. I can roll my right ankle to the floor, not even close with my left. So why is this a concern? Well, I play soccer "competitively" for a 35-year-old, and this lack of flexibility concerns me. I dont want to cause a new injury to another area. My doctor believes my level of activity is good enough to forego physical therapy but I tend to doubt that. Basically, he has left the decision of pt up to me. fyi, im 6' 2", 178lbs. Per the doc, I'm tentatively scheduled to begin running the treadmill in 4-5 weeks.

Can anyone provide some advice? maybe flexibiltiy exercises? should i go to PT?

Jim1969
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   Posted 7/22/2011 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I think physical therapy is the way to go at this point. They can help you develop the right types of strengthening and stretching exercises to minimize your recovery time without risking further injury.
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Angeleyes13
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   Posted 7/22/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I wrote you a nice long response and then it dissapeared, aarrgghh.

Welcome to HW, I have found tons of info here and many wonderful people that are very nice.

I do think your drs comment is reasonable for someone with moderate activity levels but considering your level of activity I would choose to go to therapy. You may only need some guidance to start you on the right track till you feel comfortable with your progress.

I would seek out a therapy center that has PT's that are also certifed Athletic Trainers. These duel certified therapists will have an increases knowledge of what you need to get back to competative sports. The good news is that getting the flexibility and strength back in that ankle shouldnt take to long, but its important to do it correctly to avoid a stress related injury.

Going to the pool wil be very helpful for you. Ankle pumps, toe raises on steps and fast walking in the water can be helpful to increase strength and flexibility.

Good luck with your rehab and keep us posted on your progress.

Shell
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irishredbloke
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   Posted 7/22/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
@Jim I agree that PT is the way to go. I may go see them a few visits and see how it goes.

@Shell Thanks for the reply. I think i understand your point on the moderate vs my activity level. My activity level is much higher and places more demand on the area so therefore I would benefit from professional help. I've been in the pool over a month now and it has restored the proper gait and strength from my hips to my ankle. Amazing. Can you expand a little on the ankle pumps and toe raises? I've not done those before.

Angeleyes13
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   Posted 7/22/2011 3:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Ankle pumps are just bringing your toes up and pointing your toes down while you are in bed. And toe raises are raising up on your tippy toes, this strengthens and stretches both the ankle and calf area. When done on the edge of the steps it intensifies the stretch.

In your case though a PT would be able to tell you exactly what is best for you based on your injury/ repair etc.... Its very important to follow any restrictions your dr may still have in place.

Good luck,
Shell
DX: CRPS/RSD full body, Fibro, CP, DDD, DJD, OSA, Syringomyelia, Arachnoiditis, failed fusion. Fusions C5-6, L5-S1, hardware removal and removal of scar tissue. SCS trial successful awaiting placement.
MEDS:To many to mention, changes every week it seems.
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