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Comment : Re: I did mine surfing as well.
Posted by Andrew Laming on Tue 6:07am 3 February 2009
Good to hear from you. The recovery has been extremely positive, I'm really surprised how quick it's been. I will go and read your posts in a minute, but assuming they put the nail in it's a surprisingly quick recovery. You don't get the muscle wastage of a cast. Once you are able to partially weight bare and the initial problem of blood rushing to your foot every time you put your foot down wears off which takes a few weeks, you get back on your feet very quickly, you might be past that point already. The problem bit is where they cut through the knee. The soft tissue damage can be a problem and it's down to luck whether they have matched the two halves well when they sewed them back together. Mine was OK. I've been running for about six months now and doing a race tomorrow with everything fine so far. Since starting this reply I've done the race and did alright. I can sometimes feel the top of the nail in the bone under the knee cap, it aches occasionally but not much. From speaking to other people, if the nail gives you no serious trouble, don't ask them to take it out as every time they cut your knee open there's a risk of poor alignment of the soft tissue and that can cause pain apparently. I spoke to a woman who insisted on having it removed and has had trouble with her knee ever since.
Masses of ice on it but the sooner you can get active again the better.
My surfing is almost back where it was now. It took a while before I was able to just throw the board into a late take-off and trust my feet to land right and not break anything. I did start surfing quite early though, I just took no chances over the waves I picked for a while. I had hoped mine was a freak accident so it's a little worrying to hear someone else has done the same thing. I had a look for your diary on here but couldn't find it.
Best of luck, how's your recovery going?