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Title: I lost my ability to walk..Full Knee Dislocation & Drop Foot
Post by: hansnet on December 02, 2006, 10:41:03 PM
Friday October 13th, 2006

Well I was hiking in Idaho and fell off the trail, ended up falling off a pretty serious cliff (Anyone that knows twin falls area, knows the canyon). Well I dont know the exact distance I was in the air, but when I hit the ground my right leg got stuck in a pile of rock and my weight litterally twisted my leg at the knee about 180 degrees. Therefore it looked like my foot was on backwards..I thought I was dead or something but made it to the hosptial. Well that was 2 months ago and I suffered a full knee dislocation with complete tear of the LCL, PCL, and ACL, basically everything that had to tear to allow my leg to go on backwards. In this process I also stretched and ripped the peroneal nerve in half, therefore I'm now unable to move my foot (known as a foot drop).


Well I had surgery 5 weeks ago, the accident happened 13th of October.

I had a graft surgery on the PCL only and then a seperate surgury for a peroneal nerve graft. So the PCL, ACL and possibly MCL are still torn. It hurts like a mother******* but my main concern is getting back on the slopes.



They tell me with a foot drop I will not be able to move my foot again, I'm currently in a splint and an AFO brace to keep my foot at a 90* angle.










pics:

these are right out of the emergency room, no surgery yet:


(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/leg1.jpg)

(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/leg2.jpg)












Here are pics after the surgery, Last week of october.

(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast1.jpg)


(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast2.jpg)


(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast3.jpg)








November 6th, 2006 photos, after cast was removed:





WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE OF A GRAPHIC NATURE, VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK.



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast4.jpg)

This is the new splint and piece that keeps my foot at a 90* angle.





(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast5.jpg)

I'm a big dude, 5' 11"/210lbs, look at how swelled the bad leg is compared to my good leg.






(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast6.jpg)

Over 60 staples were removed




(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast7.jpg)

60 staples.




(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast9.jpg)

Surgery Blows IMO.






(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast10.jpg)

The bill for the FIRST surgery....the "cheap one"













Tuesday November 14th, 2006 Pictures...one month later.




(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast1.jpg)



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast2.jpg)



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast3.jpg)



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast4.jpg)











I'm healing up, just wondered if anyone on here has had a foot drop and been able to ski with it? I know the knee will recover, but its the nerve damage that I'm worried about.


btw, i'm a 20 year old male, 5' 11" 210lbs.
Title: Re: I lost my ability to walk..Full Knee Dislocation & Drop Foot
Post by: bdn310 on December 03, 2006, 03:34:05 AM
"main concern is getting back on the slopes."
Good in your rehab, man.   Carson Palmer had a similar knee injury but without the foot drop.  It was potentially career ending but he played NFL football again in less than a year. I'd be happy to be able to walk again after something like that.

Friday October 13th, 2006

Well I was hiking in Idaho and fell off the trail, ended up falling off a pretty serious cliff (Anyone that knows twin falls area, knows the canyon). Well I dont know the exact distance I was in the air, but when I hit the ground my right leg got stuck in a pile of rock and my weight litterally twisted my leg at the knee about 180 degrees. Therefore it looked like my foot was on backwards..I thought I was dead or something but made it to the hosptial. Well that was 2 months ago and I suffered a full knee dislocation with complete tear of the LCL, PCL, and ACL, basically everything that had to tear to allow my leg to go on backwards. In this process I also stretched and ripped the peroneal nerve in half, therefore I'm now unable to move my foot (known as a foot drop).


Well I had surgery 5 weeks ago, the accident happened 13th of October.

I had a graft surgery on the PCL only and then a seperate surgury for a peroneal nerve graft. So the PCL, ACL and possibly MCL are still torn. It hurts like a mother******* but my main concern is getting back on the slopes.



They tell me with a foot drop I will not be able to move my foot again, I'm currently in a splint and an AFO brace to keep my foot at a 90* angle.










pics:

these are right out of the emergency room, no surgery yet:


(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/leg1.jpg)

(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/leg2.jpg)












Here are pics after the surgery, Last week of october.

(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast1.jpg)


(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast2.jpg)


(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast3.jpg)








November 6th, 2006 photos, after cast was removed:





WARNING: THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS ARE OF A GRAPHIC NATURE, VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK.



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast4.jpg)

This is the new splint and piece that keeps my foot at a 90* angle.





(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast5.jpg)

I'm a big dude, 5' 11"/210lbs, look at how swelled the bad leg is compared to my good leg.






(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast6.jpg)

Over 60 staples were removed




(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast7.jpg)

60 staples.




(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast9.jpg)

Surgery Blows IMO.






(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/newcast10.jpg)

The bill for the FIRST surgery....the "cheap one"













Tuesday November 14th, 2006 Pictures...one month later.




(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast1.jpg)



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast2.jpg)



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast3.jpg)



(http://www.mfxers.com/bc/nocast4.jpg)











I'm healing up, just wondered if anyone on here has had a foot drop and been able to ski with it? I know the knee will recover, but its the nerve damage that I'm worried about.


btw, i'm a 20 year old male, 5' 11" 210lbs.
Title: Re: I lost my ability to walk..Full Knee Dislocation & Drop Foot
Post by: Homer on December 03, 2006, 10:43:15 AM
Hey i don't think i've seen or read anything as serious as your injury on this site. I don't envy you at all but wish you well with your recovery.

I've had drop foot but under different circumstances. I occasionally get sciatica due to ruptured disk at bottom of my spine. I had a bout in 2000 & recovered no problem. In 2002 I had sciatica & it kept me off work 3 days (a lot of pain) - anyway i was left with no movement of toes & could not pull a calf muscle. The first consultant had me try walk on my heels - i couldn't do it with affected leg (drop  foot). He said the sciatica had "destroyed" my nerve & was not very optomistic. I went for 2nd opinion & this consultant thought it had been a chemical reaction but again advised the nerve had been destroyed.

Now the hope - The 2nd consultant  told me nerves can regenerate at 1mm per day (he said i was fortunate to have short legs!). About 3-4 months later i started getting some toe movement & improved from that point on. The calf on this leg is still smaller (partly due to this & also due to having ruptured my achilees in the past).

I have read there are ways of testing if nerves are re-generating but i didn't pursue this.

Good Luck.
Title: Re: I lost my ability to walk..Full Knee Dislocation & Drop Foot
Post by: jose.a.ortiz1 on December 08, 2006, 08:45:11 AM
I hope you get well,

Just wanted to say hello and wish you well in your recovery from your surgery.

Jose
Title: Re: I lost my ability to walk..Full Knee Dislocation & Drop Foot
Post by: Audice on December 08, 2006, 11:03:22 AM
Like you, Homer, I had foot drop after a sciatica bout but WOW, hansnet, that's one horrific injury you've sustained. Wishing you the best in your recovery...Ellie
Title: Re: I lost my ability to walk..Full Knee Dislocation & Drop Foot
Post by: daveybc on January 05, 2007, 06:38:19 PM
hansnet...how are you doing now? 

I'm having surgery today to sew together my poreneal nerve after it was cut 90% from a stab wound (not a very fun New Years eve.  I was attacked my 6 men who stabbed me 4 times. sucks!)

anyway, i have foot drop as well and am just looking to find out how you are doing.  i'm a 28 year old male so i'm much older than you in terms of nerve regeneration (so i'm told) but any hope at all would help.  Hopefully you're doing well.  Good luck.