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Surviving Surgery

I’VE HAD A GAMMY ANKLE as long as I can recall.

It’s almost been my thing. I’ve run with braces, strapping, and special orthotic inserts.

I can remember the worst of the twists, with the intense pain, the golf ball-swelling, and that awful black-and-green bruise that runs up the shin.

The early injuries were treated comprehensively, with orthopods, moon boots, crutches, and proper rehab and recovery programmes.

Later, the injury became chronic. A specialist surgeon advised me that I no longer had any functioning ligaments and tendons in that ankle. It became something I learned to live with.

I compensated for the lack of structural integrity with intense concentration and enhanced muscle strength in the affected leg. But that comes with a whole set of its own problems. I had been told there was an operation I could have but it was not viable if I was going to continue trail running, so that was put onto the back-burner.

Sadly, the injuries kept

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