I have a lot of questions: My orthopedic surgeon (os) gave me the ok to run, I have plate and 8 screws for oblique fib fracture,12.28.09, will running cause my bone to rebreak? I am running 3-5 miles 4x per week with alot of hills, without pain in the bone during or after running. Will I ever be able to do a 1/2 marathon? If bone is breaking will I feel it?
Where I still feel things is more in my joint on the medial side, all the different opinions have me confused, Thanks!
Hi Martha, this is certainly a significant concern. I am sure your OS would not have given you the green light if he/she thought you at risk, and of course, they are the best placed person to make the call in your specific case. That said, there are consequences to having hardware on board. The hardware is not as flexible as the skeleton and creates a "stress riser" at the end of the hardware where the bone will flex more or less all of the time (the hardware being rigid and not allowing the bone to flex where the hardware is attached). That stress riser location is the place you would be likely to fracture. What I cannot tell you from here is if that represents a significant risk for you in your specific case, and you should ask that specific question of your OS. In general, I would say that the stress fracture would occur suddenly without alerting you that the issue was an issue if you ran too much on it. I would say this about the fibula, it is generally considered a non-weight bearing bone which is why the doc gave you the green light. But to be sure, make sure to ask your OS these same questions.
Best wishes for a successful 1/2.