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Offline mhop

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4 years post-DeNovo
« on: November 18, 2017, 06:14:44 PM »
Hey, all.  I haven't been on this board in years, but I just got back from a run and thought I would post a little encouragement.

I had a pretty substantial talar OCD and multiple torn ligaments (from repeated strains).  I did surgery with Dr. Lew Schon 4 years and 1 week ago.  It has not been a linear journey to healing by any means, but I definitely don't regret the surgery.

I was running some pretty quick half-marathons before the surgery and was pretty much a life-long runner.  So, I can empathize with those of you feeling devastated about having to give up your sport. There can even be a depression that comes with the loss of endorphins if you've been an endurance athlete for most of your life.

The last 4 years have been interesting but mostly good.  I found a lot of activities I never thought I would like outside of running, and I now love these activities.  I prefer climbing to just about anything these days. 

I took a few years off from running.  However, I picked up running a few months back when I had a minor overuse injury to my shoulder and had to take a break from climbing.  I now run 1-2 days a week and do occasional sprints.  (The funny thing is that after years of being ADDICTED to running I no longer like the sport all that much.  I mean, it SUCKS if you don't do it regularly.)  I run very short distances now at a very slow pace.  The cardiovascular research would show that that is physiologically better as we age.  (I'm 35 now.)  But, for what it's worth, I CAN RUN AGAIN.  And I have set a small goal to race a 5k in a few months.

So, I just wanted to pass on encouragement to others that 1) you very much can find other passions while your joint can't take the pounding of your sport.  For me, it was a grieving process of sorts, but over time, I got to where I was no longer sad about being unable to run.   2) The healing process after surgery can be slow but very worthwhile.   3) I think Dr. Schon is an awesome surgeon.  I remember my OCD being large and complex with other joint issues, but it seems now that the problem is at least 90% repaired.

Offline Melbusefi

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Re: 4 years post-DeNovo
« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2017, 05:22:50 AM »
Thank you for sharing.

Offline Namelike

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Re: 4 years post-DeNovo
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2017, 10:07:48 AM »
Congrats so much on your huge success, thatís incredible that you are back to running.

I had DeNovo done with Dr Schon 3 years ago, so one year less than you. My OCD looks great on MRI but I have a bunch of other annoyances - I have had tendonitis in my peroneal and Achilles for over 2 years now and canít shake it. Have tried walking in a boot, multiple rounds of PT, everything, and I still feel it. It feels like a severe pinching/stiffness on the outside of my ankle and on the Achilles. It typically will start to feel a little better after it gets warmed up but for the most part it has been a thorn in my side.

Did you experience this at all after surgery or were you pretty much feeling great throughout the whole recovery? What/where exactly was your pain throughout recovery? How exactly did you get over the hurdles?

Congrats again.