Friday, November 9, 2012
November 9: I am thankful for advances in medicine. When I broke my ankle 30 years ago I had to wear a plaster walking cast for 8 weeks, so while wearing this book was uncomfortable at times, it was nothing compared to the misery of that cast. Even though I've had to wear this boot for the last five weeks to heal stress fractures and torn tendons, I was able to take it off at times - to shower and to sleep (and even illegally to go to Em's wedding!). And today, I got to take it off completely!
Yes indeed as of 7:35 this morning I am boot-free!
I met with my own doctor this morning and got the full low-down on just exactly what was going on. As it turns out, not only did I have the two stress fractures and the torn Plantar Tendon, I also had severe heel bruising and my Peroneal Tendon was getting ready to tear. Or as the doc said, "I'm not sure how you did this but you really managed to mess that foot up!"
Today, the only thing I'm feeling is some tenderness at the back of the heel. The doctor believes this to be continued bruising, which he says takes a long time to heal. So, he told me to avoid things that would put pressure there. For example, when I lay down to do crunches or ab work, If I put my leg so that I'm resting on the heel, I feel the bruising then. Therefore when I do ab work, I need to put my foot flat.
Of course this also means I still have other restrictions - i.e., no running. But, the doctor did say I could do the elliptical, so this weekend I'll be off to Planet Fitness to join up. They're even running a deal right now - $10 to join and $10 a month. Can't beat that and at least being on the elliptical will help me to get my cardio endurance back in shape.
I also was not cleared for all the running I will need to do for my black belt test but I have to check back in with him in two weeks and he will make a determination then. He said if I'm very, very good there's a chance he'll clear me for at least some of the running.
Hello matching shoes!