Post # 1
Hey bees, this is a stretch, but hoping I can get some help here…
A while ago, I was in a bad accident that left my left leg in a very sad state. Two surgeries, years of PT and 3 orthos for the permanent injuries later, and I’m STILL having trouble.
I am a college athlete, and I cannot get through a practice (regardless of how long) without being taped. The issue is, the athletic trainers are not always available, so there are days when I cannot be taped. I’ve tried those lace up braces with the supports that wrap around the ankle, but they are too bulky, and even though I’ve had two “custom” fit to my ankle, they don’t fit right.
I need something with a lot of support that mimics the result of using that flexible heat activated tape- sorry that I don’t know what its called. If it makes any difference, I had the ligament on the inside of my ankle sewn back together, and some shattered bones taken out. As of now, I still have permanent damage to the peroneal nerve which is where I feel I need the most support. Any suggestions?? I’m at a loss 🙁
Post # 2
How long ago was the accident? I would recommend more physical therapy. I’m a trainer and there really aren’t alot of support options that im aware of that can aid that much with such an injury. As far as tapping, do you feel it really helps? If so, maybe learn how to effectively tape and support oe you need it. I hate to say it, but that’s an extensive injury for anyone, particularly an athlete who continues to do high impact on the injury site. Its always tough as an athlete, I was a high school and college x-country and track runner and I suffered a compete IT band tear that completely derailed me. i still run and am able to marathon but not without pain and continued issues. I couldn’t imagine what skeletal damage ontop of that would do.
My only recommendation would be to strengthen the muscles and tendons that support the area vs always tap and pray. As far as bone loss, if you’ve got plates and depending on how well the bone sutured when it healed you’ll likely still always have issues 😕 sorry I couldn’t be of more help. I wouldnt give up and continue searching for an orthopedic and therapist who is conmited to helping you.
Post # 3
rosesareyellowandpink: I used to tape my feet for dance when I was a teen. I actually found after some practice I was better than the ‘experts’ because I could feel as I was applying it.
Post # 4
herbanlove: It has actually been a few years but I still have physical therapy (for that and other injuries, unfortunately) The taping actually makes a HUGE difference, I am in a good amount of pain most of the time, and having something tight on my ankle gives me instant relief. Even my SO just squeezing the outside of my ankle gives me relief.. Luckily my coach knows all about these injuries, and we’ve been able to adapt eveything in practice to make things lower impact (like running ona an eliptical or rebounder) its just frustrating! My doctors have all cleared me as long as I can deal with the pain I am ok to participate, it’s a permanent injury that won’t get any better 🙁 I will keep looking, hopefully someone has found something!
AB Bride: I’m actually on a dance and performance team! I also coach so I’m trained to tape, but I find I can’t do it quite right on my foot just because it’s a little deformed. But I had weak ankles in high school and I ALWAYS taped myself and it made a huge difference… Its all that pointing and jumping that did it, all of the girls on my high school team taped their ankles too