Jeffrey For – about me

Hey everyone!

I am a 55 year old fitness trainer and mournful former runner in the San Francisco Bay area.  I had a posterior approach hip replacement In June of 2013, so I am coming up to 1 year.  The hip replacement was the culmination of several years of pain, and bewilderment,  as it didn’t feel hip related.  Much more SI, or piriformis, but no pain coming from the hip capsule until the End stages.

Along with the right hip, my two great toes (First The right, And Then The left), We’re swollen and inflamed at The 1st joint.  Actually, the right toe happened well before (several years) any hip pain.


Now, the hip is great, but the toes are achey.  I will not pursue tow surgery, however.   Too risky,  too much down time (6 to 8 weeks).  I want to work on gait, and as I’m doing so, I’m moving freer, and less toe pain.  I have been told by my surgeon no running EVER.  I have been running, starting about 4 months ago, only a .2 to .4 of a mile at a time,  in between walking.  It’s not perfect, but it’s not painful either.  And, I spend less time and less pressure in my toes running than walking.


Another hip replacement friend days I am not thinking clearly about this.  There are no pain receptors in the new hip,  so I will not know if I am causing damage.  I will end here for now, but other than just how it feels in your body, how can I justify going against doctors orders?   I would love to talk to an orthopedic doctor who has a hip replacement and is running.  Any feedback?

3 thoughts on “Jeffrey For – about me

  1. I’d say, just like anything in life, there are no guarantees. My Doc knows I run and I’m less than 5 month out from surgery. Furthermore, he knows I plan to run the La Jolla Half Marathon in a few weeks. Your Dr needs to understand your goals and help you achieve them. Furthermore, THR components are better and stronger today. I figure if I need a revision in 10 – 15 years, oh well, I’m living the healthy life that I want to.

  2. It is definitely a choice you have to decide on Jeffrey. There is no clear answer and there are other options that may prolong the life of the hip. But for me, running has always been my drug. From both a mental and physical standpoint, running has always been the best medicine. It has to be your call though, and what you feel is good for you. Keep us posted and good luck on your decision.

  3. Hi, Jeffrey
    I am 56 years old. I had THR at OCT 2013. My surgeon said you ‘d better not to run again. But, I tried research NHS site in UK. One of gentle man who had to both THR 6 years ago. He achieved Full marathons , He is still running 50k per week. and also, I found this web site. I like triathlon, not only running. My surgeon recommended for cycling and swimming. If you are worried or concerned running , why you don’t try other sports as well as running to keep fit. Sure, Any sports make us great! People’s ideas are different, But, I must say whatever you do , Listen your body and enjoy your life.

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