Last year, I wrote a blog post about a patient who fractured her ankle and was wondering when she could run again after her fracture (and subsequent surgery) had healed. The post has been quite popular, and many folks who have suffered similar injuries have written about their rehab and their personal story.
My patient had been doing well, and she was back to running short distances, but her ankle range of motion (ROM) continued to be quite limited, and this prevented her from really taking long strides while running and walking fast. She elected to have another surgery last month to remove some hardware from her ankle.
Since her surgery, she has started physical therapy once again for gait training and to help improve her ROM and ankle strength. Her ROM appears to be progressing nicely, and it looks like the surgery was successful in helping her regain a few extra degrees of motion around her ankle. Hopefully that will equate to improved function related to running.