Tibialis Posterior Tendon Rupturereturn to running
Posted 12 June 2011 - 04:07 PM
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 10:25 PM
Had been long term runner since late 1950s, primarily 200-800 but ran over all distances & was placed in state championships on numerous occasions
Eventually referred for ultra-sound, informed that I should forget about running as the tendon sheath was shredded in three places and tendon itself was only thin thread size. set of
Referred to a surgeon (Adelaide Sports Med) who performed repair - this included a clean out of the ankle joint which has a small piece (small fingernail size) of bone from malleolus inside it which had made a mess of cartilage - the major repair was to use kevlar to fix tendon sheath and a reaming out of the groove for tendon in the ankle.
Discharged next morning on crutches with instructions to do as much weight bearing as tolerable and some exercises to perform - was prescribed pain control mediation but did not need it. Lots of physiotherapy and my first orthotics (these complicated by aftermath of motor bike accident which fractured 1st metatarsal many years before) over next 3 months and I was running once again.
Ankle is not quite as strong as the other one, has slightly less range of movement and balance on left side is not quite as good as it should be.
Now about 6-7 years later, and have run ever since - ankle basically OK apart from a slightly compromised gait - still place well in local fun-runs and won over 60 division in local half marathon (hilly course, pouring rain and 2 degrees - living in Canada now) when in my late 60s
Currently sidelined with crook left knee - arthritis quite bad but generally tolerable now complicated by torn meniscus due to bad fall running on snow & ice in a Cross Country race. Scheduled for surgery later this week so an hopefull of getting back to running in next few months.
CONCLUSION - yes it can be repaired and yes you can get back to running - this, of course being dependant on just what and how badly your ankle is damaged - my understanding is that they cant tell this until they get "inside".
Posted 13 June 2011 - 06:33 PM
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Posted 29 June 2011 - 09:45 AM
Hope it all goes well, I found that it was a good idea to get mobile as quickly as possible - bit like tightrope walking as it is important to do just a little less than you think you can as it is easy to do more than you should - hope that makes sense.
Posted 29 June 2011 - 01:06 PM