Advice on recovery from ankle fracture

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  1. NJ-Brett

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    Time for an electric start 250.

    An xl600 is a smaller enduro????



  2. hateithere

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    Well, yeah, compared to R100GSPD with big metal panniers, crashbars and all the other attendant crap bolted onto it,(the camel hauls around 90lbs of gas when filled)yes:D I myself am 6'2" 240lb, so for me the XL600 is a smaller enduro, compared to my usual. It might be time for the magic button.
    I think my lack of proper footwear is what ultimately has brought me to my current horizontal state.
    going in on Wed to see how my surgery is doing and hopefully to get a new, more substantial cast
  3. Eyes Shut

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    Yipes. Welcome to the club. Hope everything goes okay for your healing.
  4. PETDOC

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    Believe me, I feel your pain. I hope your recovery is uneventful.
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    Thanks you too!
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    Mine is about the same. Broke right ankle in 1992, 20 years ago, and got a cast. No surgery but followed the doctor rules. Range of motion is slightly less than "normal" but can do anything that I want (rock climbing, hiking, snow skiing, motorbikes etc). Cold weather and evening fatigue let me know it was once broken... not really pain, just lets me know it's there. Ibuprofen usually works, but try to keep off pills as much as possible.

    I went on a Colorado elk hunt with my doctor's permission while still wearing the "walking cast". Had to ride a horse out to my blind and the wrangler left me from dark to dark. I had my director chair, a small stove, coffee pot and a snow machine suit. Got a nice bull after several days of sitting. Best part... didn't have to field dress it. The other hunters in camp came to help me, so I just watched while holding a beer.

    Dave
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    It's good to know that while the injury itself is pretty bad, overall there seems to be a good shot at a fully functional recovery.
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    One of the few advantages of having this sort of injury....."Oh honey, can you get me a beer?" :lol3
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    Went to the doc today for my first post op. Stitches out,Xrays show a nice, solid recovery! Got the aircast which is great, I can remove it when not mobile and for showers etc..., nice to have some relief. No weight bearing for the next 3 weeks then I can slowly add weight.Should be back on 2 wheels in a month!.I'll be wearing MX boots for sure!
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    Great news for you!

    I had my 12-week post-injury check today. My ankle looks good, my tibia still has some gaps (not surprising as the doctor removed some bone pieces during surgery). I can do partial weight-bearing and don't have to wear the darth boot at night anymore. :clap
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    After my first right ankle surgery I asked the doc if I could still ride offroad bikes. I was also stupid enough to do it with my wife in the room. He said sure just wear good MX boots and NO KICKSTART. He promised me I was one kickback away from being a cripple with a fused ankle.

    Given the fact that I had just spent over six months in various types of surgical boots, I took him at his word. So not only did I still get to ride, but Grreatwife and I went bike shopping. I told her I knew of a bike with left side kick AND electric start. All of which is how I ended up with the LC4.

    Oh, and I got an antique table out of the deal. The inmate I bought it from lived near a nice antique shop. I was hard pressed to say no to Grreatwife with a new bike on the back of the 4Runner. :lol3

    Anyway, there is still riding after trashing your ankle. Mine has been rebuilt twice. The ligaments are held in place by being run through holes drilled in my leg bone. I don't have much left in the way of cartilage so it hurts most of the time. I limp sometimes, can't run at all and can't move my foot much in a couple of directions.

    But I can still ride.
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    That's atleast encouraging, no bionic boot!, I would say you're just in time for spring, i'm sure spring has less signifigance in Santa Barbara:D

    Greatdog's post is has tipped the scale for me in regards to selling the XL and getting something with The Magic Button.maybe someone will trade me straight across.probably should thin the herd anyway:lol3or atleast try something new , maybe a 640 adventure:wink:
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    An XL600R is what I sold for the LC4. :evil
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    Mine will be going up for sale this week, too bad I really like that bike, it's set up just the way I want, I'm glad I read your post, I definately want to take care to not have this happen again, it's been no picnic:lol3 Plus it's a great excuse to get the katoom!
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    I did, too. It was well on its way to being an XR600R. My old XL600R had the best seat I have ever parked my ass on, had good power and cornered great. So I am glad it went back to its original owner. It was a good do everything bike. That said, the suspension under my LC4E is an order of magnitude (or two) better than the Honda even with an aftermarket shock on it.

    What I found is the electric start does protect my ankle but now I that am also riding on much better suspension I can sit most of the time. Even hauling ass I can sit through crazy bad rocks, ruts and small whoops and jumps that my XT's and XL had me constantly standing for. The only time I stand now is for big hits or technical crap that you simply have to stand for.

    Since standing leaves me limping for days I am sold on only riding offroad on real offroad bikes now.
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    I finally got in to see the Physical Therapist yesterday. Other than a couple more ankle and hip exercises to add to my daily routine, things are proceeding along okay, though slowly. I am starting to walk with one crutch, whoohoo! I also am walking around the neighborhood and riding my bicycle (on rollers) daily.

    How's everyone else's ankles and legs doing? Hope you are healing well! :1drink
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    Not too bad couple of small steps here and there.Slipped a little on the steps the other day and dropped my crutches, accidentally put my full weight on the broken ankle and it did'nt hurt,so for me that's a huge encouragement! I'm 5 weeks out, have another Dr. visit on Monday, hopefully he'll clear me to drive.

    Got my GS almost put back together from a different wreck last fall (The guys at work set it up in an open section of the shop, i put a couple of plastic lawn chairs around it and leap frog around, got most of it back together.If I graduate to a cane I'm golden!)As a result of this I'm probably going to sell off a couple of bikes that were not all that comfortable before and my kick only XL600 for either a 640 Adventure or a nice older R1100RT.

    hope everyone else is coming along okay!!!!!!!!!!
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    Cannot say enough good things about compression socks, they really work for the swelling thanks!
  19. PETDOC

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    What a difference a day makes!
    I rode my Cannondale bicycle to my PT session 3/9; 24 mile round trip. My ankle felt great. March 14 I invited a friend to go on a 30 mile bicycle ride. While pedaling at a good clip, est. 20-25 mph, my friend made an unexpected turn in front of me. I locked up my wheels and in slow motion was skidding into a T-bone collision. Next thing, I do an endo and am catapulted straight down onto the pavement. Bike fell to the side (did not flip) and was not damaged, I, however, broke my helmet (saved my life) and sustained a compound comminuted right clavicular fracture, right upper rib fracture, pneumothorax, and tore the costochondral junction of my lower left ribs. This resulted in more pain than I have ever experienced in my life, another ambulance ride, a plate on my clavicle that dwarfs the one on my fibula and the shoulder sling from hell, which comes off 5/11.
    Now back to my ankle; 5 1/2 months after fx/repair.
    1. I had to D/C PT and have been restricted in my activity since 3/14.
    2. I saw the foot orthopedic surgeon on 3/23. She told me my ankle joint space is absolutely normal, I had achieved excellent flexibility, and to come back in November for plate removal.
    3. While my left ankle is larger than the right the swelling has dramatically decreased. I no longer have an increase in ankle size after rising in the AM and have stopped using the compression socks.
    4. I walk normally with no pain; however, when I rise in the morning my ankle flexibility has significantly diminished since my bicycle accident. It takes about an hour before it really loosens up.
    5. At rest, if I position my left foot just right the distal fibula aches. I am hoping this is a result of the plate and will cease with plate removal.

    Several friends have asked if I have any reservations about riding my motorcycle or bicycle. I have none regarding the GS, but I'll be riding in a more sedate fashion, at least for awhile. Returning to the bicycle does give me pause. I now appreciate that on my bicycle I have a helmet and nothing else; therefore, any separation at speed will cause injury. My plan is to resume riding, but as a solo act.
    Best to all. I'll post my results after my fibular plate has been removed.
  20. Eyes Shut

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    PETDOC, oh man! That is not good news....you probably didn't really want more titanium in your body. I hope you heal up quickly.

    On my ankle/leg injury, 4 1/2 months after my accident, I am walking without assistance and have been on the tandem bicycle with my SO. It's been so nice to be out and about, finally. I'm still limping but expect that the limp will continue to minimize as I walk more.

    Hateithere, how are you doing? Walking yet?