Just wondering if any of you BPLers have had to recover from serious ankle injuries, and how it may have affected your hiking. Early in February, I slipped on some black ice in my driveway and severely broke my ankle. It required an operation to implant a titanium plate that runs almost to my calf, that is fastened to my fibula with seven screws. I seem to have made a great recovery, and have been back at work for about three weeks now (I'm a server, so I was off of work for a few months), physical therapy is going well, and I am somewhat relieved. The first few weeks after the injury, I began working myself up with all sorts of thoughts that this could end my ability to participate in this passion of ours, or severely limit it.
I was hoping to hear anyone's experiences of recovering from similar injuries. How long did it take to feel back to 100%? Any new precautions you take when you go on hikes now, especially long-distance ones where you could find yourself in a bad position if you re-injured yourself miles from help? I've never been a trekking pole user, but I was thinking they could be especially beneficial to me now.
Anyhow, I would love to hear any insight you all would care to offer. I really want to make the best possible recovery so I can continue to do this thing of ours... Thanks guys and gals.