Dara O'Bannon


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  1. Toni

    Hey Pyro

    Amazing blog you’ve got!

    I’ve enjoyed reading about your recovery from the ankle injury. You’ve been so positive!

    I’ve got a guestion for you about it.

    I got hurt playing football. I broke my fibula and tore my medial ankle ligament.

    I had 3 weeks ago ORIF surgery on it. The doc inserted a metal plate with 6 screws. One of the screws is coming out in 3 weeks and 2 weeks after that i can start putting some weight on the leg.

    I’ve always loved weightligting, especially squatting and olympic lifting. To be able to full squat and snatch i will need to have ample ankle ROM. I wanted to ask you how much ankle ROM you lost because of the injury? I’m wondering if i’ll be able to full squat and snatch in the future.

    Thanks already in advance

    1. Pyro Maim Ya Post author

      Thank you so much! I hope your recovery goes smoothly. At this point I have nearly full ROM in my ankle – I’d say 90%? Certainly enough for squatting & lifting. It took nearly a full year for my full range to come back, mostly because of the edema – swollen soft tissue was limiting ROM more than the actual metal. Icing & elevating helped tremendously, along with an anti-inflammatory diet. By 6 months out I had enough ROM to squat to at least 60 degrees.

      Please keep me posted on your progress! I’m going to start a series of posts entitled ORIF Superheroes & I’d love to feature your return to lifting.

      1. Toni

        Thanks for the encouraging words.

        I just had my last surgery on friday. They removed a screw that was connecting the tibia and fibula. Now I have to wait a couple of weeks and after that the stitches are going to be removed. Then I can start the physical therapy. Hopefully by then I will also be given permission to start putting some weight on the ankle.

        I am so much waiting to get better so that I can start to do some sports again. Now I just lift some dumbbels I have at home and it is so boring.

        I would love to be featured on the ORFI superheroes so let’s keep in touch

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