Last Monday, I left the doctor somewhat hopeful. She said no running for a few weeks. In the boot a week or two. Take the week off of work (since my job is all on my feet), ice, elevate. See a physical therapist as soon as possible. I honestly didn’t do any research. I went downstairs to the PT affiliated with the practice and made the appointment. Scheduled for Thursday. BOOM.
I felt optimistic until I got to the appointment. The PT wasn’t an athlete. She looked at me funny when I told her my regular workouts. She also looked at me funny when I told her I had 5 more 1/2 marathons I would like to run in the Fall, the first one on October 6th (okay, I know, lofty goals NOW, but still).
I attempted to talk to her about the AlterG. My massage therapist/chiropractor office has one and I was/am willing to pay for it. She had never heard of it. Say what PT lady? You have never heard of the AlterG? With a turned up nose and a negative attitude she said, “I don’t like chiropractors. Why does he have one of those?”
I proceeded to explain the chiros credentials, the machine, and restated my goals. I asked about training on the elliptical for the half. She said, “You can’t train for a race on an elliptical.” I wanted to say, you haven’t met XLMIC but I kept my mouth shut.
I left after learning some exercises and getting some really cool ice/compression treatment. I will admit, I made follow up appointments.
But the more I thought about it, the more pissed I was. I’m not some lazy-knee-replacement-whiner person (as were the ladies seated to my left and right last week). I’m an athlete. I need to find an athlete to treat me. Someone who won’t turn their nose at me or look at me funny. I need someone who “get’s it.”
So, I did. I met with a new PT on Wednesday and again today. I LOVE MY NEW PT.
I’m getting more answers, more work done, and even have some to share with yall. This is great to build up your feet muscles and apparently is a great way to treat Plantar Fasciatis.
Enjoy the accent? Okay back to the ankle…I use weight on top of the towel at the PT but I was at P’s house and he didn’t have weights to make the towel heavier.
I am doing lots of stretching and exercises, using my tiger tail to keep my calf muscles loose, balance movements (standing on a pillow 10x10secs each on my hurt leg), and icing.
I’ve been approved to do 10-20 minutes of cardio on the bike and/or elliptical and I can go to pilates. I had my first session post-injury yesterday and feel great. I can already tell a huge improvement in my ankle as well.
The PT said my October 6th 1/2 marathon may be out of the question but she is hopeful for the rest of my schedule. I may not be as fast, and it make set me back a few days, but it is doable. She also said a marathon in the Spring wouldn’t be a problem too (NUUNGENE what, what!?).
I’m staying positive. I’m hopeful and optimistic. It’s the only way to get through these things. I never thought I would love to be on a bike or elliptical-but I’m taking every baby step as a huge accomplishment!
Have you had an injury that has kept you from running for lengthy periods of time? Seen a sports PT? How have you handled it?