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Fused ankle?
« on: 03.06. 2018 15:11 »
I have various knackered joints but my left ankle is the worst. The vet says I could have the joint fused; ie. no movement in the joint. Do you know anyone who manages to ride a motorcycle with a fused ankle? How do they get on with the brake pedal/gear lever?
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #1 on: 03.06. 2018 16:15 »
G'day GB.
My left ankle isn't fused but it only has about 50% movement compared to the right. I lifted the height of the brake pedal and lift my foot off the peg to stomp on it. Now my hip is going it's even getting harder to do that.
It's called getting old. Yes I know I'm a bit younger than the majority of members but I'm paying for a hard (read fun) life. My right leg is about the only thing I haven't broken so at least I can still start'em.
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #2 on: 03.06. 2018 16:50 »
Are there not replacement joints for ankles similar to knees and hips?

Muskrat, why not a hip replacement for you?

GB, once the bike is running, how about binding or bracing the ankle in a way that simulates fusing so you can experience the affects?  I would think one answer might be forward controls.

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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #3 on: 03.06. 2018 17:05 »
Are there not replacement joints for ankles...?
Not on our national health service. One could probably get it done privately but I'm not that rich! I believe Julie Andrews had it done a few years ago.
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Muskrat, why not a hip replacement for you?
The doctors tend to advise doing it later in life; presumably due to the relatively short life of the parts.
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GB, once the bike is running, how about binding or bracing the ankle in a way that simulates fusing so you can experience the affects?  I would think one answer might be forward controls.
Hmm, maybe I'll try the brace idea.
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #4 on: 03.06. 2018 17:09 »
My son (45) has had his left ankle fused but still rides his Kawasaki. He did a 600 mile day trip last week. He is currently awaiting a left knee replacement...
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #5 on: 03.06. 2018 17:10 »
My son (45) has had his left ankle fused but still rides his Kawasaki. He did a 600 mile day trip last week. He is currently awaiting a left knee replacement...
Does he have to take his foot off the rest to change gear?
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #6 on: 03.06. 2018 17:47 »
Three thing:

Three things about the link attached here:

1. I'm sure you've done your own research.
2. I don't know how it applies to the UK health system or if you can argue a case.
3. I didn't read the whole thing.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3094612/

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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #7 on: 03.06. 2018 18:24 »
Hoping it will turn out alright. Good luck.
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #8 on: 03.06. 2018 18:27 »
I have various knackered joints but my left ankle is the worst. The vet says I could have the joint fused; ie. no movement in the joint. Do you know anyone who manages to ride a motorcycle with a fused ankle? How do they get on with the brake pedal/gear lever?
My left ankle has almost no movement due to being flattened against my spitfire engine in 1968.
I manage to use the back brake ok, I just move my foot foreword to stamp on the brake pedal. 
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=youtube+total+ankle+replacement&oq=youtube+ankle+replacement&aqs=chrome.2.0j69i57j0j69i64.16852j1j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #9 on: 03.06. 2018 18:47 »
I think I could press the brake pedal if my ankle moved as well as these patients can after ankle fusing.

https://youtu.be/jZ70TqmjeX8
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #10 on: 03.06. 2018 18:51 »
Ian Hutchinson is back racing this week at the TT for Honda, he had his removed and joint fused and now has a thumb brake, you could also look up NABD who carry out modifications and assist bikers with various modifications to help and assist bikers with various disabilities to keep riding? tis just a thought .   Dave
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #11 on: 03.06. 2018 19:15 »
Hi All,
An 82 year old friend who has had both hips and a shoulder replaced in the last 18 months and is back riding his bikes
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"The one good thing about old age is that it might not last very long  *ex*  *eek* *eek*)

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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #12 on: 03.06. 2018 20:02 »
Think ankles are not like knees, but maybe a bit like hips as it's a ball and socket set up, my doctor explained when I did my left ankle that they do not break as such, the ball bit when badly twisted fractures and expands the socket, which never goes back to its original tightness = weak ankle.

Knee op I found fantastic, ok you lose some movement (120 degrees is good) and takes about two years for swelling to go down and muscle recovery (I hope) but in one day out the next and after a week or two that damn pain gone, gone, gone along with the morphine and it's side affects
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Re: Fused ankle?
« Reply #13 on: 03.06. 2018 21:44 »
along with the morphine and it's side affects
Don't mention Morphine, took me over 12 months to get off it, horrible stuff.
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