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Skiing on Broken Foot

post #1 of 36
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My first two days of skiing this year were apparently done on a broken ankle.

Do I get the Jack Palance Tough Guy award (an icon who passed today), or the Gilligan Dufus award?

I turned the ankle sharply in the parking lot as I headed to the lifts of Keystone. Determined not to miss my first day, I "shook it off", and went skiing.

The next day, I almost passed-out as I forced my boot over my swollen, discolored ankle, and skied another day.

My doctor slowly shook his head has he peered at me over the x-rays. I'm out for at least a month, in a walking cast.

Between my doctor and my wife, the Gilligan award is gaining momentum. :
post #2 of 36
Jack Palance award on a Gilligan base. (Cause you didn't listen to your body or inner common sense)
post #3 of 36
how about the stanley cup?
post #4 of 36
A couple years ago at Sugaloaf (Maine), I rode up the chair with a guy who had a sneaker on his left foot and the regular ski boot / ski combination on his right. I asked him about this unusual setup and he mentioned that he had recently had foot surgery. Apparently his doctor told him that there's no way to put a ski boot on anytime soon, so he decided to just ski on his one good foot. : I mentioned that skiing on one foot probably isn't what his doctor had in mind and he agreed but said "I decided not to seek clarification".

He was an amazingly good skier -- I followed him down a ways. I was in awe.
post #5 of 36
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He was an amazingly good skier -- I followed him down a ways. I was in awe.
Hmmm...I'm not sure anyone felt that way about me. :

Amazingly, on the first day, I felt great on the skis (new skis and newly foamed boots - exciting).

On the second day, I began to dread left turns (most pressure on the right - broken - foot).

By the 3rd day, I was gulping Advil 6 at a time - 24 per day - and scrubbed skiing.

I'd worked hard to fit a few days skiing into the business trip, and wasn't about to be thwarted.

It's amazing how pig-headedness trumps pain and common sense.
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A couple years ago at Sugaloaf (Maine), I rode up the chair with a guy who had a sneaker on his left foot and the regular ski boot / ski combination on his right. I asked him about this unusual setup and he mentioned that he had recently had foot surgery. Apparently his doctor told him that there's no way to put a ski boot on anytime soon, so he decided to just ski on his one good foot. : I mentioned that skiing on one foot probably isn't what his doctor had in mind and he agreed but said "I decided not to seek clarification".

He was an amazingly good skier -- I followed him down a ways. I was in awe.
Are you sure that wasn't in Utah? A friend of mine twisted his ankle on a trip, and skied the rest of the week on one ski, and a plastic bag over his sneaker.
post #7 of 36
: what about a snowboard boot...really 1 snowboard boot 1 cast...head to the dark side make the Gilligan Dufus award a lock
post #8 of 36
or borrow some outriggers, and 3 track it.
post #9 of 36
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or borrow some outriggers, and 3 track it.
post #10 of 36
About six years ago, my friend went airborne and bounced off a tree at about 3:45pm just below the top of the JH gondola with 10 feet of visibility on a traverse. His 17 year old son was with him. It took about an hour but he managed to ski down. His son got me and said, his dad had an accident and can't get his boot off. It turns out he skied down 2000 feet of vertical with a greenstick fractured fibula (small bone lower leg) . I mentioned it to a ski patroller the next morning that my friend broke his fibula yesterday first day skiing at JH. He looks at me and says, oh yeah the whole mountain is talking about that guy. I didn't ask if they were thinking macho man or dufus. I know what his wife was thinking when he called her.
post #11 of 36
Cap'n -- sorry to hear about your hoof. Let it get better, not worse.

I'd like to point out that, during the recovery cycle, there will be a period when you can tour and ski soft snow well before you are ready to whack your wounds against moguls and "packed powder". Let me know.
post #12 of 36
Then you start a thread about how well your boots fit! Jack Palance had nothing on you. (I would have gone with a different story than the parking lot thing). Get well soon.

I rarely go in the first day that I fractured something. I like to take a day or four to see if it's going to get better on it's own.
post #13 of 36
Ben, sorry... that gets the dufus award, period. :

What were you thinking? especially since it was discolored and begging not to be stuffed into your boot the next day???

you're not alone. my ankle bone is currently healing as well, although mine was by choice - I wasn't quite expecting this season to start up this quickly after all that rain and decided to get some elective work done.

stay off it and you'll be quickly ready to go.

It's amazing you weren't screaming on the plane flying home. Usually the decreased pressure makes breaks and cuts pretty hard to tolerate.
post #14 of 36
The last time I might have broken my foot, I never bothered with the docs. They would have made me wear a cast for a month, and I had just gotten out of a cast. I now think that might have been a mistake.
post #15 of 36
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Cap'n -- sorry to hear about your hoof. Let it get better, not worse.

I'd like to point out that, during the recovery cycle, there will be a period when you can tour and ski soft snow well before you are ready to whack your wounds against moguls and "packed powder". Let me know.
Hey Guest1: Thanks for the good wishes.

I'm still looking forward to some soft snow hiking turns with you. I know it's not a good long-term solution, but I may pick-up a pair of Alpine-Trekkers as an interim option.

Now I've gotta do the pre-season conditioning thing over again. Now THAT's painful!
post #16 of 36
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By the 3rd day, I was gulping Advil 6 at a time - 24 per day - and scrubbed skiing.
I find most of those pain remedies don't do a heck of a lot; you need to get some oxycodone if you want to take a holiday from your pain.:
post #17 of 36
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Then you start a thread about how well your boots fit! Jack Palance had nothing on you. (I would have gone with a different story than the parking lot thing). Get well soon.

I rarely go in the first day that I fractured something. I like to take a day or four to see if it's going to get better on it's own.
Yeah - It's true! I was so enamoured with the performance and control of the foamed boots, the broken foot took a back seat (I was sure I'd just "get over it"). Duh!

It's also true that the parking lot story doesn't evoke much sympathy or admiration. Mostly, people just shake their heads. :

I waited almost a week before seeing the doc. I was sure I just sprained the ankle. However, as I saw stars and nearly fainted upon removing the boot - it could have been in indication.

I see my wife polishing my "Homer Simpson Award".
post #18 of 36
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I find most of those pain remedies don't do a heck of a lot; you need to get some oxycodone if you want to take a holiday from your pain.:
My man, you hit the bullseye! Those advil were like little mints - they did absolutely nothing.

The pain wears you out and grinds you down. The good doc has now fortified me with Vicodin - one pill and I'm loopy as a teenage girl (but not as good-looking).
post #19 of 36
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Ben, sorry... that gets the dufus award, period. :

What were you thinking? especially since it was discolored and begging not to be stuffed into your boot the next day???

you're not alone. my ankle bone is currently healing as well, although mine was by choice - I wasn't quite expecting this season to start up this quickly after all that rain and decided to get some elective work done.

stay off it and you'll be quickly ready to go.

It's amazing you weren't screaming on the plane flying home. Usually the decreased pressure makes breaks and cuts pretty hard to tolerate.
On behalf of all those who made it possible, I gratefully accept this award!

I had planned the trip for weeks, dammit, and wasn't about to be derailed 100 feet from my first chair by a stupid little rock.

If the foot had come off, I may have reconsidered. :

The plane thing is for real. You feel the change in pressure.
post #20 of 36
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: what about a snowboard boot...really 1 snowboard boot 1 cast...head to the dark side make the Gilligan Dufus award a lock
Me on a snowboard with a cracked hoof? :

Might as well unleash a wrecking ball from the tram!

Now, THAT would end in tears! (and likely, a local hanging)
post #21 of 36
Advil + percocet + rest = ski very soon.

putting aside the dufus bit, sorry to hear about this. it sucks, especially doing it in the parking lot on the way to the lifts. that really sucks.

you can go hang out in the base lodge, wherever you go, drinking beer and getting sympathy from those present. good way to meet girls!
post #22 of 36
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you can go hang out in the base lodge, wherever you go, drinking beer and getting sympathy from those present. good way to meet girls!
In which case the story quickly changes from a parking lot to parachute malfuntion off that 600 foot cliff:

Sorry to hear about your loss. A month of skiing is a though thing to lose, but it'll just make you cherish the rest of the season even more
post #23 of 36
My dad broke his ankle coming down the steps from the aeroplane: didn't even reach the parking lot.
post #24 of 36
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In which case the story quickly changes from a parking lot to parachute malfuntion off that 600 foot cliff:

Sorry to hear about your loss. A month of skiing is a though thing to lose, but it'll just make you cherish the rest of the season even more
Hmmm...I'm liking the sound of that parachute BASE-Jump tale. A tad more heroic!

It's kinda strange. What single women consider "heroic", the woman who's married to you considers: moronic and dumb - mostly, I suspect, because she now has to do all the chores.

Thanks for all the well-wishes. I'm lucky to not have porked much of the season. Better now than February!
post #25 of 36
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My first two days of skiing this year were apparently done on a broken ankle.

Do I get the Jack Palance Tough Guy award (an icon who passed today), or the Gilligan Dufus award?

I turned the ankle sharply in the parking lot as I headed to the lifts of Keystone. Determined not to miss my first day, I "shook it off", and went skiing.

The next day, I almost passed-out as I forced my boot over my swollen, discolored ankle, and skied another day.

My doctor slowly shook his head has he peered at me over the x-rays. I'm out for at least a month, in a walking cast.

Between my doctor and my wife, the Gilligan award is gaining momentum. :
YOWSA!!!

I'm voting for you being TOUGH!

: What's next? Are you going to start training for a UFC career?!! :
post #26 of 36
Do you have a walking cast? Go for the Fibre-glass.
Have you got a cain. Crutches suck!
post #27 of 36
Captain, it's and individual choice, but I skied with a broken ankle and it really improved my balance (one ski skiing).
post #28 of 36
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YOWSA!!!

I'm voting for you being TOUGH!

: What's next? Are you going to start training for a UFC career?!! :
OldSchool: I'm redeemed!

I'm showing this to my wife and doctor. Both think I have the IQ of amoeba!
post #29 of 36
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Do you have a walking cast? Go for the Fibre-glass.
Have you got a cain. Crutches suck!
They gave me one of those velcro-air-pumpable casts. Looks spiffy, but puts pressure right on the broken ankle bone. :

I'm going in today for a re-fit - just like ski boots.

Currently using a ski pole for my gimp-walk. I feel like Captain Ahab.
post #30 of 36
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Captain, it's and individual choice, but I skied with a broken ankle and it really improved my balance (one ski skiing).
When I started seeing those little white spots, I realized I'd hit the threshold.

It's actually not so much the skiing, as getting the boot on an off.

One ski skiing could work - unless you fall! Ouuuuch!
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