Saturday, March 26, 2016

THE BOOT


So. This is happening.

After much frustration, and still feeling like the Ankle of Doom wasn't getting any better despite my best PTing efforts, I talked to the doctor and it was decided that I should try wearing The Boot in order to try and see if immobilization would calm things the heck down.  Since we have a two week dance break it seemed like a good time, but it turns out that I'm stuck in this sucker for FOUR WEEKS.

Not only that, but because my body can't behave itself, I get to graduate to a tall boot next week (I'm wearing a short one in the pic above), because I'm still getting too much movement and my peroneal tendon is POPPING.

Speaking of peroneal tendons popping, during the PT session prior to my doc visit, I noticed popping when I went to point my foot, and the PT said it may be peroneal instability (the doc agrees), which basically means my tendon is moving in and out of its groove (though not completely subluxing over the bone). This could be rather bad, and I may be doomed for surgery.  Time will tell.

All in all, after FOUR WEEKS in the boot, I will then basically be starting over, working back into things gradually/properly. Everyone cross your fingers for me, please?


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Medieval Torture, or PT?

I keep mentioning the Graston technique, and thought perhaps it would be good to actually show you guys what it looks like.

Here are some of the tools the PT uses on me:

They really do look like torture implements, don't they?

And here is a very short clip of her working the top part of my ankle/foot (she also does the back, but I flip onto my stomach for that and can't film it, heh!)

video


I have a pretty high pain tolerance, and generally this doesn't actually feel terrible unless she hits a tender spot. I just hope it works! The PT says that everything feels better to her than it did just one month ago, though when I did some releves for her in pointe shoes the other day, I could feel/she could see that my flexibility in that ankle isn't quite there yet.

I just want the pinching to go away :(