Monday, July 20, 2009

One down. One to go.

I'm talking about doctor appointments.

I drove across the bay early this morning to meet another orthopedist. First, his two assistants came in and asked me tons of questions about my ankle and the injury. It makes me wonder if doctors ever read notes from previous doctors, on patients they are seeing. It certainly would save a bit of time.

Bottom line is..............

Get the right ankle to move like the left ankle. Period! And start NOW. It is so sore and extremely tight, I cringe to think of the work I have ahead of me. He says it may take six months for it to fully heal. And that's with a lot of dedication on my part.

I have a prescription for physical therapy. I have a list of places I can get this done. I just need to choose one close to home.

I came home and took Boomer for a two mile walk around the neighborhood. I tried to do the heel to toe, normal step while walking but of course this is impossible right now. So, I walk mostly flat footed. This is what he wants to stop. I need to strengthen the ankle and be able to move it properly. After walking, I tried rolling it around a bit and stretching it. I need to be able to stand on my tippy toes eventually too. After that I iced it for 20 minutes. Then I had to take a pain pill.

This afternoon I have had some painful twitching going on. I guess that is to be expected when I'm stretching the tendons and ligaments inside there.

I'm going for another walk this evening and will stretch and ice again.

MRI on the knee tomorrow.


Until later.............

14 comments:

Iris said...

Sounds like good news to me! Yay for you. If the doc is saying to walk on it, that means that the tendon wasn't completely torn. Good luck with the recovery!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

Physical therapy should help. And I think practicing correct ankle movement on your walks wiht Boomer sounds like a great idea also.

RunningLaur said...

Good luck at the next appointment. I'm sure Boomer will love the walks, every one is one step closer to the trails. Keep up the good work!

Irene said...

Glad to hear you're getting to go to physical therapy.

Good luck with the next appointment, too!

Marci said...

Good job on your walks today. That news sounds good, and pT should help.

Missy said...

PT is great. Make sure to get some ultrasound therapy while you're there to help break up the scar tissue!

AnthonyP said...

I hope all of these appointments go well and that you get back at it soon. I have a bit of knee swelling from Badwater, but I'm avoiding the doctor because I HATE going !

Donald said...

Good luck with the rehab.

aron said...

walking is good news!

sounds like you know what to do to get yourself recovered and back out there. keep at it, it will pay off!!! good luck with the MRI!

i let emma off leash this morning on our run for a little bit because we were at this big field nearby and she did SO GOOD :) i was thinking of you the whole time. i will be posting it but coudlnt wait to tell you hehe. i need to take her some more places where she doesnt have to be attached to me :)

Judi said...

damn girl, this IS bad. have you thought about swimming? something other than using that leg? the PT will help a lot. Good luck!

Stephanie Gehrsitz said...

Step by step and you'll be back soon. Good to hear you are starting PT.

Stuart said...

On the road to recovery...you'll be back before you know it.

Remember the longest journey starts with a single step and put your best foot forward while you're at it!

AKA Alice said...

I love my PT...seriously...

While I didn't hurt my ankle, my PT issues sound very similar to yours...and it all boiled down to strengthening my calf, hip, & glutes because they were /aren't strong enough, and my foot was taking all the punishment. The PT is working...and my glutes are looking GREAT! (double bonus, huh?)

Find a sports PT if you can, even if you have to drive a little farther. It's been worth it to me.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Progress is progress!! Good luck with the MRI. :)