An Injury Update
|October 31, 2011||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
With all of the birthday excitement (ps THANKS everyone for the birthday wishes, you guys made me smile all day long, even when I was tripping on my own crutches and breaking my fall with my broken foot. true story.) and all of the mom excitement, I haven’t really let you guys know what’s up with the whole broken foot thing.
So, let’s talk broken feet.
The week I broke my foot, I went to see an orthopedic surgeon and I really, really didn’t like him. If you follow my tweets, you know that the guy could give McDreamy and McSteamy a run for their money, but when it came to providing me with information on my foot, his doctoring didn’t really live up to his looks. He basically handed me a sheet on ankle exercises, told me I could start ditching the crutches in a couple of days and ignored my desperate pleas to talk to me about running, even though he advertises himself as being focused on helping athletes recover as quickly and safely as possible. Clearly I should have followed through on my plan to show up for the appointment decked out in my Boston Marathon jacket and Ironman Lake Placid finishers medal.
So, I began soliciting recommendations for another doctor from fellow runners and ended up getting a second opinion from a podiatrist who ran Boston last year in 2:57. Not that I judge the quality of my medical professionals from their race results, but hot damn, doc.
So I spent my birthday trekking to his office, and while he didn’t give me the good news I hoped for, I did really like him and am extremely grateful I sought a second opinion from him.
First, he told me the third different thing about my broken foot in as many doctors. The first doctor I saw told me it was a Jones Fracture, after googling this injury for .5 seconds, I immediately freaked out as it seems to be among the worst breaks your body can suffer.
The second doctor told me I have an avulsion fracture. Google told me this was a much better thing though obviously still not great.
And the third doctor, the one from Friday, told me the break is none of the above and is just a straight up 5th metatarsal break with low enough separation of boneage to not require surgery and a screw. You don’t have to tell me that my medical knowledge and vocabulary is spectacular.
The best part about my third doctor, after my 3 minute appointment with the ortho, was that he gave me the impression that he had all of the time in the world to entertain my bazillion questions about the healing process, how I can stay active and when I might run again. He also told me that he thinks my bone stimulator will certainly not hurt the healing time and totally supported me buying it and using it as often as possible.
As far as staying active and returning to running, he told me I can stay active by swim/pulling, doing pilates and working my upper body strength. He is making me stay on the crutches for at least another month. I knew the first doctor I saw was wrong about when I’d be able to bear weight…
He was optimistic about my return to running and kept telling me to not be discouraged, because the break is not as awful as it could be and he thinks I will heal quickly and proceed to make the epic comeback I’m plotting in my head on a daily basis.
Oh, and ICYMI, I started the weekend with a killer ear infection so I can now officially do zero kinds of cardio for 10 very long days. It looks like there will be a lot of pilates and pushups going on in this sweaty world for the next week.