I have been silent for a few days because I have been sulking. While I was excited to go to the Ortho doctor on Monday I was not happy about the outcome.
While I have a bad sprain right now, I have ankle instability and my ligaments are very week. Here are the next steps.
Step #1: Come back in 6 weeks to re-evaluate
Step #2: Sign up to see a PT
Step #3: Wear boot for 2 more weeks
Step #4: Switch to lace up cast for 4 weeks
Step #5: At follow up in 6 weeks, if ankle is not stronger schedule MRI
Step #6: Discuss surgery options
If my ankle does not improve significantly over the next 6 weeks we will discuss surgery. The surgery would be to clear out old scar tissue and repair the ligaments (Brostrum). The procedure can include shortening and reattaching the lateral ligaments to reconstruct them. The MRI would tell us exactly how much needs to be done. This has a 3-6 months recovery time, or longer.
One thing the doctor pointed out, nicely is that I need to lose weight. He said I am carrying to much weight for my poor ankles to support. He is surprised that I was able to run without more injury or pain. He encouraged me to start working on weight loss. I have actually reached out to my doctor for a referral to a nutritionist.
Today is a new day a day to start fresh. I plan to start posting what I eat through out the day to help keep me accountable. As for running, we will see if I can get back to that at some point, my blog might need a new name. For now it is non weight baring exercise, bike, swimming, elliptical, rowing ect. Time to check out some classes at the local pool.
Happy First Day of October.