Saturday, April 30, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

Made it, yay! And Zzzzz seemed perfect. I spent months sleeping in the day and not sleeping at night! Months and months and months ......


Friday, April 29, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’



YOU TUBE - So if you’re squeamish, please ignore ‘Y’ :)  Okay, I'm not going to add the links as the videos can be quite graphic and I would hate to land on a blog and see something I wasn't expecting. But, if like me, you have a bit of a twisted desire to know more, then there’s several You Tube clips that show the operation repairs in all its gory detail :) However, if you’ve broken your foot, and landed here for some info – maybe leave the viewing till after the op!
Thursday, April 28, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

X-RAY -A photographic or digital image of the internal composition of something, especially a part of the body, produced by X-rays being passed through it and being absorbed to different degrees by different materials......the fracture was clearly visible on the X-ray.......
 Definition from Oxford Dictionary
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

WEIGHT BEARING X-RAYS - The weightbearing foot series will usually be composed of a weightbearing DP foot radiograph and a weightbearing lateral foot radiograph with possible additional views as directed by an orthopaedic surgeon or if the radiographers need to highlight an area of pathology. It is important that alignment is assessed using weightbearing radiographs because the functional position of the bones of the foot is needed, in other words, you can't see the damage unless you make the foot act as normal.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

VITAMINS - Any of a group of organic compounds which are essential for normal growth and nutrition and are required in small quantities in the diet because they cannot be synthesized by the body....... most people can get all the vitamins they need from a healthy diet........
1. Calcium - is the primary mineral found in bones. Avoid taking with high iron foods
2. Magnesium - is required for bone formation
3. Vitamin D - is essential for calcium absorption
4. Omega-3 fats - are necessary for wound healing and for reducing inflammation caused by an acute injury
5. Green superfood powder - look for a powder that contains nutrient-rich sea vegetables and essential minerals for bone rebuilding (following package instructions carefully)

Definition from Oxford Dictionary
Monday, April 25, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

ULTRASOUND - An ultrasound scan, especially one of a pregnant woman to examine the foetus ...... I have to take my daughter-in-law for her ultrasound ........ This can help with diagnosis.
Definition taken from Oxford Dictionary
Saturday, April 23, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

Just a quick one - funny that usually one of the easiest letters in the A-Z proved the most challenging! So tiring. Everything is hard work when you've a broken bone. Your body protects you so during the pain stage you've little energy to do anything. Then you have the anaesthesia  running round your system which wipes you out, and that can vary from a few hours to quite a few days. Then using crutches - now that is really tiring LOL!

Sorry for the cop out, have a smile for on your way :)

Friday, April 22, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

STITCHES (or sutures) - A loop of thread to join the edges of a wound or surgical incision ...The surgical wound clips or stitches may be removed while in hospital just before going home, but on occasion they will be removed after discharge from hospital by a GP or a nurse. ........ Depending on the type of wound and the individual doctors preference these may need taking out, but if you're lucky they are absorbable (yes, that is a word!). Although you can also be unlucky and be allergic to the absorbable type, that would suck!

Definition from Oxford Dictionary
Thursday, April 21, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

RECOVERY - A return to a normal state of health, mind or strength ....  it is hoped that Lawrence can make a full recovery........ Sadly, there is no definitive answer for this very common question. I think the standard response should be "How long is a piece of string?" There are so many factors, including the obvious consideration - how much damage has been done? As this can range from a small ligament tear

Definition from Oxford Dictionary
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

BRADY QUINN - Okay, so anyone that joins in the A-Z knows that there are a few letters that you dread, and Q is one of them. Imagine my relief when I found this NFL player who had sustained a Lisfranc injury - I'm guessing he wasn't so happy about it! It does lead onto though how common this sort of injury is among athletes. Found an informative article on this here :)
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

PHYSIOTHERAPY - The treatment of disease, injury or deformity by physical methods such as massage, heat treatment and exercise rather than by drugs or surgery. In the USA called physical therapy....... I've had 2 lots of PT, the first after the operation once I was fully weight bearing. This was helpful as I hadn't realised my gait had changed. I had started to walk in a safe and pain free way, but in the long term would have caused other complications. The second time was when I went back after 2 years. In all honesty it wasn't successful, but needed to be tried.
Definition from Oxford Dictionary
Monday, April 18, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

OPERATION - An act of surgery performed on a patient ..... Patients can visit day surgery units for small operations and be allowed to return home later in the day or evening........ This terrified me. Last time I had been put under I was about 8 and when I came round I didn't know who my parents were or where I was! The anaesthetist was so calming, rightly pointed out that anesthesia had come along way in 40 years. He assured me he had 100% success rate, which I pointed out wasn't all that as no-one can maintain that. So we agreed if I didn't wake up then the others in the room were all allowed to slap him on my behalf. Sound morbid? Yes, but was my way of dealing with my anxieties. The first thing I remember after the operation was being given some morphine by a nurse. However, later when I looked at my notes, that was actually the fourth time I had woken! Scares me witless that I don't remember the previous 3 times, but I guess that's my brain protecting me from remembering the pain - bit like childbirth! Still got to go through it all again at some point to have the screws out!


Definition from Oxford Dictionaries 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

f you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

NON-WEIGHT BEARING -  Um, does exactly what it says on the tin LOL! (quote from a UK paint advert!) When you need to rest the injury and allow it time to heal you have to be NWB, which means crutches or another form of support. Although to be honest in the early days mobility is the last thing on your list after pain and surgery and pain and not sleeping and pain and ...... well you get the picture.

It doesn't sound like a big deal, I mean you see people on crutches all the time getting around. But they do take practice. And if you live somewhere with more than one storey you need to be able to get up and down the stairs. It's not that easy. Personally there was no way I was risking using the crutches on the stairs for the first few weeks, the thought of falling and re-injurying your foot is a huge and common concern. So I went back to pre-walking stage and bottom shuffled up and down the stairs! And what about a cup of tea, even if I could use the crutches to get to the kitchen and make the tea, there's no way I could carry it anywhere as two hands to 2 crutches!

Did I ever think about cheating? Absolutely not, it just wasn't worth the potential damage I could have created.

Friday, April 15, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

METATARSALS - Any of the bones of the foot ........ Well that's one of the shortest descriptions! And far be it for me to question the Oxford Dictionary, but ....okay, yeah, I'm going to question it LOL! The general opinion is that the metatarsals are only certain bones. Maybe a photo would be better :)



Definitions courtesy of Oxford Dictionaries
Thursday, April 14, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)

If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop :) But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

Just a quick one today, cos I forgot LOL! Here's the ligament ........

 "The midfoot is the middle region of the foot, where a cluster of small bones forms an arch on the top of the foot. From this cluster, five long bones (metatarsals) extend to the toes. The bones are held in place by connective tissues (ligaments) that stretch both across and down the foot. However, there is no connective tissue holding the first metatarsal to the second metatarsal. A twisting fall can break or shift (dislocate) these bones out of place. The midfoot is critical in stabilizing the arch and in walking (gait). During walking, the midfoot transfers the forces generated by the calf muscles to the front of the foot. The Lisfranc joint complex has a specialized bony and ligamentous structure, providing stability to this joint."

Taken from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons here


Tuesday, April 12, 2016

A-Z Journey of a Broken Foot (Lisfranc Injury)



If you’d like to know about my own injury, here’s a link to the inside scoop J But my daily A-Z posts are more general and informative, just so, if the time comes, you know what someone is going through because, trust me, it’s not ‘just a broken foot!’

JACQUES LIS FRANC DE St MARTIN - I remember when one of the doctors first said to me that I had a Lisfranc Fracture, my response was “Well, if it’s got its own name, that’s not a good thing!”
So, where did the word Lisfranc come from ?………
The Lisfranc is a ligament of the foot that runs between two bones called the medial cuneiform and the second metatarsal. The name comes from French surgeon Jacques Lisfranc de St. Martin (1790-1847), who was the first physician to describe injuries to this ligament.  This was first described by him during his time as a military surgeon in Napoleon's army around 1813 and occurred when riders fell from their horses with their feet caught in their stirrups, causing a twisting, high-impact injury.