Ok - so this is the last ankle post, I promise.
I had a physio appointment last night and he was really concerned that I still had a lot of pain while walking. He pondered the problem and tried a couple of diagnostic methods on my ankle to try and isolate the pain. He frowned, then mumbled "uh-oh". The conversation went like this:
Me: Did you just say "uh-oh"?
Him: Uh, yeah.
Him: Uh, well, it seems that you have a secondary sprain, above the ankle.
Him: Yeah, that happens with a severe injury. The lower inversion sprain and the pain and swelling that causes disguises the secondary sprain.
Me: So, since it is secondary, it isn't as severe and will heal up quickly. Right?
Him: Uh....so no.
Me: Uh, so how long are we talking here?
Him: it can take months.
Me: Mother fucker! OMFG! (then I realize there is a young teenager around the corner)
Him: so, we can tape it for a couple of days to help, but since you can't really exercise the tissue in between the tib/fib, it will just have to heal on its own. A brace might help too...but...
So, for those of us that are sort of fascinated by injuries (horse, human), I had to look up a "high ankle sprain" to read the gory details. Luckily mine seems to be minor. A severe high ankle sprain can result in the ligament pulling away from and fracturing the bone and requires surgery!
|Started with this...|
|and then this, for good measure! All in one quick fall.|
On that note, this is the last we will speak of the ankle. I'll leave you with a picture of Copper zooming through the snow a couple of winters ago.
|zoom, zoom! Copper, probably.|