Day 2 back in action
First, I thought I’d start off my catching you up on what injury I’m dealing with right now. Well, I should say ONE of the injuries I’m dealing with right now (*rolls eyes*). Remember that ankle/shin pain I was dealing with?
Yup, I was still seeing doctors about that when this happened.
Beginning of August, I rolled out of bed early in the morning to make it to my 6:45 am gym class (yay! Go me!). However afterwards, I wish I hadn’t. Called “Athlete’s Blast,” it’s an interval, cross-fit type of class. We were jumping/running over mini hurdles (about a foot high), when I landed on the base of one by accident, rolled my ankle, and fell.
“Ouch, that’s a little painful.” I thought as I hobbled over to the side to let that twinge die down. Then I looked down and saw a protruding softball sized lump coming out over my sock. Oh.
I iced it until I could hobble to my car and soon after went straight to the doctor. After x-rays confirmed no broken bones, and just a bad sprain, she sent me home with instructions to wear this beauty:
Luckily I had one from the last time I was instructed to wear a boot Well, I mean…not luckily, but….you know. (Also refer to that link for my endless list of injuries, oy!)
Interestingly enough, the Dr. didn’t recommend crutches or anything. I was slighly surprised, and was up and walking on the injured foot from day 1.
3 days post:
Ice Ice Baby
I wore the boot for about 1 1/2 weeks, then another week on/off. Switched to a lace-up brace, and then started PT 3 weeks post-injury.
(Finger is point to my highest point of pain up my shin – a pain my Dr. still isn’t quite sure what it’s from).
I was officially diagnosed with a Syndesmosis injury (high ankle sprain), which is a sprain of the ligaments connecting your fibia and tibia, slightly above your ankle. Painful, and longer to recover from. Great.
My left leg lost a crazy amount of muscle, which PT tried to restore, as well as balance and range of motion (which I lost a lot of. I couldn’t even move my ankle in any direction for a good coule weeks).
Little tootsies still showing signs of bruising about a month later!
At 8 weeks post, it was still uber stiff, and I was having pinching pain when I walked. The doc recommended a cortisone shot to help relieve the scar tissue build-up causing the impingement. I also had nerve tingling in multiple places, so she prescribed me a heavy dose of vitamin B-6 to help with the swelling (news to me that B-6 helps with that!!)
It definitely brought down the swelling and pain. Bones and ligaments and veins started popping up!
And then about 2 weeks after that, I was stretching the ankle and some shooting pain sent me hurdling towards the nearest seat on my first step. I don’t if I re-sprained something, or what happened, but it caused immense pain for weeks. So then the doc sent me for an MRI (my second MRI on the same ankle in 4 months – oy, but I’ll get to that!).
It came back negative for any tears or tendon tears (yay). Officially:
Tendonitis in multiple locations
Os trigonum inflammation
Scar tissue build up in multiple location
Synovitis (fluid build-up/inflammation)
Bone bruising of the talus
Basically nothing they could really fix at the moment. Bittersweet I suppose.
Anyways, the doctor gave me the go ahead to exercise as pain permits. So I’ve done a little bit of elliptical, walking, and lower body exercises (such as my PT work and squats). It’s been feeling way better (but nowhere near 100%) until this week and I’ve had a big flare-up again.
I have another follow-up appointment with the orthopedic tomorrow, so that’s why I was posting this today!
She was previously talking about possibly another cortisone injection if it was still causing pain, however I’m wary…it worries me getting them into my joints (based on what I’ve heard/read).
Needless to say, I wish I had been lazy and slept in that morning instead of making it to the gym!
What’s the worse injury you’ve experienced or ever had?
This was my first acute injury that I could pinpoint and give a time, date and place. Every other injury has been more gradual from running, etc.