I'm in constant pain with my ankle, I shattered my left Talus bone in 1988 and lost 95% of the blood supply to that bone. I was told by an orthapedic expert, Dr. Roger Mann, I believe he's from California that nothing could be done medically to repair my injury, basically what he said was If you baby your ankle you may be able to keep your foot for life but if you beat your ankle up you're most likely going to have the foot amputated at some point, I went from being VERY active to doing very little but eventually learning to redo some things differently like hunting.
I cant/dont tackle hunting situations that I know I cant handle any longer like hunting mountains which I think I was best at, I avoid locations that require long/or lots of walkiing. I do sometimes use tree stands but that really causes a lot of pain so I stay on the ground for the most part, My 4 wheeler is my best tool but now many land owners are closing down their lands from 4 wheelers because of the actions of the few idiots who care less about ruining it for anyone else. I try to pattern my hunts according to where I'm hunting and how I'm hunting that day but deer never cooperate some days I'll walk too far which means the next day I'm struggling to get out of bed becuse my ankle's become so swollen which means another late start or worse not even being able to get out that day.
Because of my love for hunting I'm going to make every effort to be in the woods as much as possible..
After all I've learned from my past hunts my present and future hunts are now smarter hunts not harder hunts.