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Workout? Working out with ankle problems?
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 34891, member since Wed May 22, 2002
On Wed Apr 27, 2016 08:45 PM

So, short version:

In January, I decided to get brave, and try a Jazz Technique class at our studio. You guys, I've been messed up ever since.

We did center leaps. The teacher gave a big speech about the centers, and you had to do them a certain way, and I got all hyped and went for it - and the only way I know how to describe the sensation when I landed was that it was something like if someone took a baseball bat, and just cracked the inside of my ankle. I stood there for a second, cause I didn't know what to do, and walked away. I have pain as high up as my mid-calf.

After a few days of living in denial that I was really totally fine, I went to the doctor. He did an X-Ray and an MRI to rule out a stress fracture. He never found a stress fracture, but he did find a bone spur, plantar fasciitis, and damage to the talofibular ligament. It's also believed that there's a high ankle sprain.

So, I worked it, and was careful, and was about back to normal...and relapsed about 10 days ago. It's just like when it was fresh. Everything hurts, always. I live on a steady diet of motrin. :(

I miss working out, you guys. I'd had a really good pain management day today, so I decided I was going to try to do a cardio video, just keep the feet portion low and slow, and really kill it on the upper arm portion...nope. Didn't make it halfway through the warmup before my ankle was screaming. EEERRRGGGHHH.

What can I do, when everything hurts? I miss getting to exercise! I'm not much of a swimmer - I call what I do "functional swimming". Like, I'm probably not going to drown...but that's about it. So I've never been much on the idea of swimming laps. Biking doesn't get my motivation up, my mind wanders and I quit after a few minutes. I like to walk on the treadmill, but uhh...nah.

I can't take it. I have a follow up appointment with the ortho doctor on May 9 - so not this coming Monday, the following one, and I have an appointment with a podiatrist in June, but in the mean time...help me!

6 Replies to Workout? Working out with ankle problems?

re: Workout? Working out with ankle problems?
By kandykanePremium member Comments: 16415, member since Mon May 01, 2006
On Wed Apr 27, 2016 09:05 PM
Do you have a Y or rec center that offers water aerobics or water zumba or something like that? You don't really swim, you are working out in the water, about chest deep and the water eases the impact. I've been taking these classes twice a week all winter.

kk~
re: Workout? Working out with ankle problems?
By hummingbird Comments: 10418, member since Mon Apr 18, 2005
On Wed Apr 27, 2016 10:29 PM
Pilates mat work should work for you too or Yoga, both of them are low impact and should give you a nice workout on the muscles you can use.
re: Workout? Working out with ankle problems?
By d4jmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 12490, member since Fri Aug 27, 2004
On Thu Apr 28, 2016 08:24 AM
The only thing that keeps me on a treadmill is loud EDM - it's like caffeine and a personal trainer yelling at you all in one, lol. Throw on some pandora and give it a try and go, go, go, go, GO! :)
re: Workout? Working out with ankle problems?
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 34891, member since Wed May 22, 2002
On Wed May 11, 2016 10:25 PM
So on my best pain managed days, I started going to the treadmill. I'd basically just walk until it hurt. Keep the speed low and slow, go til I couldn't take it. The first day, I think I made it to 7 minutes. :( But I did a half hour last...I think it was Saturday.

So I had an appointment with the ortho bright and early Monday morning. He comes in, and goes "Alright, good news? There's no cartilage damage, and nothing is broken. Bad news? That is an absolute BEAST of a sprain you have there."

It's a "tibiofibular ligament" sprain, so it's not *technically* a sprained ankle, it's considered a high ankle sprain (so it's a sprain of the ligaments that connect the tibia to the fibula), and good lord, is this thing complicated. I've always heard people with hard healing sprains say that they just wish they'd broken their ankle, the break would have healed faster. James had a stress fracture in his knee cap, and was dancing again in six weeks. I'm at SIXTEEN weeks, and still can't walk up my steps without pain.

Ortho guy gave me a stiff ankle brace (apparently the same the college athletes wear when this sort of injury happens to them. Which, judging by the look on his assistants face when she said it, was supposed to be encouraging), and told me that if I'm so much as standing upright, I need to be wearing the brace. He said I should be able to resume my normal activity levels over the next six weeks. Guess what's six weeks from now? RECITAL. So I've choreographed a kick butt trio dance that I was supposed to be participating in, that I'm now not at all comfortable with committing to being able to take part in. And yes, I've cried over it. More than once. :( :(
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By webstArmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3639, member since Wed Jan 15, 2003
On Fri May 13, 2016 09:25 AM
Are you seeing a physiotherapist? If not, you should. They can help treat the pain, promote healing, and give you exercises to help strengthen the muscles around the joint.

When it comes to exercise, you want to stick to low-impact. So, exercise on the treadmill would be the last thing you should be doing. Your best options for maintaining aerobic fitness would be a stationary bike, rowing machine, or maybe an elliptical if it doesn't flare things up too much.

Why on earth doctors and specialists don't recommend people to see a PT in these cases is beyond me.
re: Workout? Working out with ankle problems?
By Theresamember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 34891, member since Wed May 22, 2002
On Fri May 13, 2016 01:01 PM
The Ortho guy told me that he'd give me a list of physical therapists he recommended, but said that "If he were being completely honest..." (and ortho guys are good for that...), he'd seen just as many cases like mine where PT had caused extra problems as he had where PT had solved them, so PT was entirely elective, as far as he was concerned. I've got an appointment with a podiatrist next month (as part of this - in the testing to try to rule out a stress fracture, they discovered plantar fasciitis and a bone spur!), and he might feel differently.

The primary I saw went "You can go to PT if you want, I don't mind writing the letter..."

And my insurance coverage is maddeningly inconsistent in matters like this. My doctors office has a physical therapist right in it, and somehow the doctor is covered, and the physical therapist isn't.

And legit, the treadmill was on like, 1.5. It was all the jarring impact of walking to your car in your driveway, haha.

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