In March, I had my second foot surgery: a plantar fasciotomy with heel spur reduction.
The recovery for this foot has been much faster and straight forward than it was for my left foot. My left foot was pretty effed up from two bad sprains when I was younger. I think this contributed to the bruising and long recovery on my left foot. My right foot recovery was pretty fast and straight forward.
But nothing can ever be that simple, eh?
The x-ray above doesn't actually show the injury (need an MRI) -- but I've been dealing with a peroneal subluxation. Basically the tendons behind my ankle pop out of place and most always snap back into place shortly thereafter. When it's not doing that, I'm usually okay, but when it dislocates, it's super painful and gross feeling. The MRI will hopefully reveal why it's dislocating. I brought my 2017 CT scan of my feet (from after my feet getting run over) and the ortho could already tell that I have a shallow retromalleolar groove (i.e., the place where the tendons hang out behind the ankle). That could be one reason. I could also be dealing with a torn tendon or a torn superior retinaculum (the tissue that holds everything in place).
One of the better descriptions was in regards (to bigoted asshole) Curt Schilling's injury during the 2004 World Series:
Schilling's ankle tendon is normally held taut against his ankle by a thin but strong sheath, similar to sausage casing. The sheath keeps the tendon snuggly in a groove along his fibula bone. This tight arrangement allows for ankle movement, balance, and muscle power. The latter is crucial to Schilling, who generates much of his pitching power from his right foot.
Fun, right?This sheath somehow has torn, likely from intense stress during recent pitching outings."You can't generate muscle power with this injury," said Martin. Braces, no matter how sturdy, cannot replicate the sheath, she said. "It's not something you can brace or tape well enough to tolerate playing," said Martin. "There's nothing externally that holds it as snuggly as that sheath can internally."
So I might be facing yet another foot surgery.
Sorry for not blogging more, but I really do feel like a broken record. Or a broken broken record. I thought 3 years, 3 surgeries was a bit much and repetitive. I can't imagine what 3 years and 4 surgeries would make me sound like.
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