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The Orthopedic Sports Doctor Visit

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Yesterday afternoon I’d about had it up to my ears with *The Boot*! My ankle was really starting to hurt worse then my actual foot injury and I know it was because of the boot.

I couldn’t take it anymore and cast the boot aside. However, walking barefoot wasn’t any better except that my ankle didn’t hurt.

When my husband called from work and I was telling him I couldn’t take wearing the boot anymore, he suggested I wear my runners. I thought my foot was too swollen to get into them but I tried it.

Holy Moly!! What a difference!

I could actually walk with the runners on! Yes, I was still limping but I could actually walk! And it didn’t hurt nearly as bad as the boot or barefoot!

As the day progressed, I really started getting more excited about the doctor’s visit because I was CONFIDENT that all was going to be all right. I was walking better and without much pain by the end of the night.


Night came; I took my runners off and walked to the bathroom.

Um, not good! Walking barefoot was really hurting. I’d say my confidence decreased somewhat but I remained positive that I was going to get a good report from the doctor.

Sure, the *What Ifs* set in but I had to cast them aside just like the boot. I couldn’t let myself think in that direction. If any of the *What Ifs* happened, I’d just have to deal with them then. No sense in working myself up over something that may not happen.

When I woke up this morning, my foot was still swollen and as soon as it touched the floor, yep, you guessed it….IT HURT!

I decided to just get ready for my doctors appointment so I could put my runners back on and yep, you guessed it again, much better.

So, my thought before going into the doctors was this. I didn’t have a diagnosis but I just knew he was going to tell me I could run again in 2 weeks….I was positive of that! I mean after all, I could walk in my runner’s so why couldn’t I run in my runners?

Well, it actually turned out better!!

I really liked this orthopedic sports doctor. He was very thorough. He actually spent time talking to me and he explained everything with props!

It turns out that this current injury is in the same place as an injury I had 20+ years ago when I broke my foot in 3 places and did some muscle and tendon damage then. I knew I had a broken foot long ago but I couldn’t remember which one it was or how bad it was.

The doc showed me exactly where I broke it on the current x-rays. Although it healed well, there was still some damage.

Fast forward to this injury….same place, same muscles and tendons, same bones involved only the bones weren’t broken this time.

During the examination, he checked the pulses, range of motion, Babinski test, (and other named test that I forgot), standing on toes and back on heels, pressure points, push, pull, yadda, yadda, yadda. When he was done, he determined that I didn’t need an MRI! I was really happy about that….to me, that could only mean good news!

He said I more then likely had microscopic tears because of the two injuries.

He did warn me though, that because I’ve had 2 *traumatic* injuries in the same spot, that I have weakened the tendon and if I have another injury, don’t be surprised if I do tear it to the point that it requires surgery. (Ok, so I didn’t really want to hear that but good to know…I won’t be surprised.)

He was not concerned about my black toenail one bit. He said I probably got that from running. Ha! I guess I’m going to lose my first toenail…EW, GROSS!

After all this, we got into the *running conversation*….You know the one…When can I start running again?

He briefly skirted around answering that question by asking me questions such as:
How long have I been running?
How many times a week?
How many miles a week?
What’s the longest distance I’ve gone?

He asked me all kinds of questions related to running.

And then he asked…

“When do you think you can start running again?”

I said, “Well, I am registered for a 10k race tomorrow.”

He laughed!

Then he said, “I’ll tell you what….you skip that race tomorrow. Then, next Friday….”

Wait a minute, did I hear him correctly?? Did he say NEXT FRIDAY?

“…. you can go out for a brief 1 to 2 mile jog. See how it goes. You’re a smart girl. I’m sure you can figure the rest out. If it feels good, add more mileage the next time, if it hurts, back off for a day or two more.”

I was speechless! SERIOUSLY??? Next Friday?? I could start running again NEXT FRIDAY!! That’s better than I imagined!! Woo Hoo!!

I think I was ready to jump off the exam table and throw my arms around him when he suddenly said……


Ok, here it comes…I’m thinking, go ahead and burst my bubble.

“You have to wear an ankle brace, only when running, for the next 6 to 8 weeks until the tendon and muscles strengthen and heal, and so there is no chance that you can roll your ankle again, because at this point, that would not be a good thing.”

OKAY!! I can handle that!!

Then we start talking about my other upcoming races.

I started with JASR in Pittsburgh on March 26th. (Turns out my doctor is from Pittsburgh.)

He said I shouldn’t have any problems with the distance but I shouldn’t race this one. He told me I should treat it as a long training run.

The same with the Iron Girl HM in Clearwater on April 10th because it’s so close to the last one. That’s good because my mom will be here.

Then I have a 5k on May 7th. He said by that time, I should be able to ditch the ankle brace and be good to go!

Basically, he told me to just use good judgement. Ok, I can do that!!

He showed me the different types of ankle braces and told me to get one at a medical supply store as it would be cheaper there. He wrote me a script for it so I can submit it to the insurance company.

Overall, I think it all went really well!

Actually, it went better then I thought it would.

My injury isn’t as bad as the pain felt!

I don’t have to get an expensive MRI.

It’s still swollen and bruised but that will start to decrease at a faster pace now. (HA! At least something has a faster pace because I sure don’t...LOL)

I can run again….. NEXT FRIDAY!!!

Life IS Good!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BARBIETEC 5/8/2011 6:36PM

    whowho!!!! Have a fantastic run on Friday :)

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DJ4HEALTH 3/21/2011 8:50PM

    Glad that you can run again., emoticon

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SPARKYJEANIE1 3/17/2011 3:36PM

    Hey, just saw this bloggie of yours sweets.


Sounds like that doc really knew his stuff and I am so relieved for you that you don't have to cancel any of your upcoming runs - just take it easy this next one on the 26th! about music to your ears... emoticon

Bet you were smilin like a kid in a candy store who was told she could pick out all she wanted!!

Happy for ya love...yes, the little ankle brace is much more feasable than that pesky boot thingie-ma-bob!

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MOMONTHERUN1 3/5/2011 10:55AM

    Great news!

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CARILOUIE 3/4/2011 2:34PM

    Yahoo! Your doc sounds a lot like mine - he wants to get people out and moving as quickly as it's safe to do so.
Looking forward to P-burgh!!!

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GIGI1222 3/4/2011 8:45AM

    This is the first that I have been able to read online. I do not know how you got injured, but I am so sorry. Please be careful when you go out in those races and treat them as training runs. I know I get too into the mood and run harder than anticpated. That is how my strained hammy turned into a torn hammy. All looks good on what he tells you, and I am glad you did not have to spend the money on the MRI.

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RUNNERMOMTO3 3/1/2011 9:51PM

    emoticon emoticon so happy it went so well for you!

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KASHMIR 2/28/2011 5:58PM

    I wish you could see the HUGE smile on my face after reading this!!! emoticon Yep, that big!

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NUTRIGIRL08 2/28/2011 5:06PM


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    Suezette - I am so happy for you. Iron Girl you wouldn't want to race anyway with the 3 bridges and the expected heat.

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D_CLEM 2/28/2011 9:58AM

    This is great news!

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LALAFLOWERS 2/28/2011 6:47AM

    Glad that your injury is one that won't drain your medical funds.

Also very very happy that you got a doc that understands you, and runners in general. Take care of yourself, and I know that you'll be running again sooner than you could imagine.

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ROOT4HOME 2/28/2011 1:34AM

    Suezette - Just catching up on your injury and recovery...what great news taht you can start up again next week!! Hang in there!! emoticon

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JAVALOVERTOO 2/27/2011 11:37PM

    Awesome news!!! What a great doc!

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TORTUETOO 2/27/2011 11:10PM

    Yay! Great news!

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MARIE625 2/27/2011 10:09PM

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JELYLA 2/27/2011 9:28PM

    Glad to hear that you get to be back to running so soon. My ankle injury ( sever sprain ) is taking me out for 12 weeks at least. BUT I am listening to my Dr, so we can get it better, and get me back out running...not to mention find out WHY i keep doing this.

Congrats to the speedy recovery! emoticon

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_BACK2BASICS_ 2/27/2011 9:20PM

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so happy to hear your able to run real soon.

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    Suezette!!! I was so excited to read this blog! I thought of you through the weekend. and I'm very happy that you got this report!!! Watch out next Friday!!!

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DREBENEZER 2/27/2011 8:56PM

    Sounds like a good plan!! Wishing you well and see you in a month!

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COOPSM 2/27/2011 8:37PM

    Great news Suezette!!! How has it been feeling???

Can't wait for you to start up with CLX again....

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LUV4CHOCOLATE 2/27/2011 4:11PM

    Great news!

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BUCKEYESKIER 2/27/2011 6:11AM

    Awesome news!

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LYNNANN43 2/26/2011 11:50PM

    emoticon news!

See ya in March for sure!!!

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BOBBYD31 2/26/2011 10:42PM

    very cool! i guess you be following the ghost in the burgh!

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PHDMAMA06 2/26/2011 9:52PM

    Sounds like great news! So happy to hear it!!

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BILLALEX70 2/26/2011 9:29PM


See you in Pittsburgh! emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 2/26/2011 9:28PM


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LAURIE5658 2/26/2011 8:44PM

    See you in our room, roomie!

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SHINAKO 2/26/2011 8:21PM

    Glad to hear the excellent news!

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JOANN562 2/26/2011 8:01PM

Congrats on the Great news!!!

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KAYALI 2/26/2011 7:16PM

    Glad to hear the good news!!

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MIAMIA7 2/26/2011 6:54PM

    Doin' the happy dance! See ya soon!

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AMCG2002 2/26/2011 6:51PM

    Yeah!! I'm not glad that you're injured, but that is about the best news you could have heard! Congratulations! I'm so glad that after making the trip to Pittsburgh you'll be able to run after all, even if it's not a race. Be smart and see you soon!

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YOGINIMAMA108 2/26/2011 6:46PM

    Really wonderful news!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 2/26/2011 6:37PM

    Wow, that is fantastic. Is is just amazing the difference it makes having a good doctor huh?!?

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JUSTTRIING 2/26/2011 6:14PM

    Be smart...I know you will be.
Congrats on not being sidelined for too long!

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RUN2BEFREE 2/26/2011 5:26PM

    Great news! Glad to hear that it went better than you would have expected! Woot! Woot!

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RUNNER_TIFF_07 2/26/2011 5:04PM

    Glad to hear the good news! I thought of you during my run today. I was scheduled for 4 miles, wanted to stop at 3, but ended up going me planned distance plus an extra mile. That one was for you :).

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FELIXC 2/26/2011 3:12PM

    Hooray for the GREAT news, Suezette! Now, don't overdo it and injure yourself more! Easy does it, girl!


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DEEJ4FITNESS 2/26/2011 2:19PM

    That is the BEST news Suezette!!! Oh my goodness; can imagine how elated you were!! A good, trusted ortho sports guy is invaluable!!!! Smart hubby for suggesting you wait on the MRI!! And what a relief to know you'll be back on the pavement in no time!! :)

THRILLED for you!

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TIGGER622 2/26/2011 2:14PM

    YAY such great news!!! YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!

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EUPHRATES 2/26/2011 1:52PM

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BMRBUDDY 2/26/2011 1:30PM

    So happy for you!!! emoticon

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RELLIMTENAJ 2/26/2011 1:15PM

    I'm so happy for you! Listen to your body and have fun on the "don't race" races; look, talk, and listen.

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RENLA6991 2/26/2011 1:00PM

    That is fantastic news! I bet you can't believe you're actually allowed to run JASR. I'm so happy for you, Suezette!
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IFDEEVARUNS2 2/26/2011 12:17PM

What great news! It makes such a difference seeing the RIGHT doc, doesn't it?

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GSDMIKE 2/26/2011 11:12AM

    Interesting about the lack of pain in your running shoes. These days, I guess I'm either in a pair of my running shoes or barefoot. I have a pair of slippers I wear around the house, but when I'm feeling a little creaky after a run, I'll switch from those to runners and with the extra support everything feels right again.

Glad you got a good prognosis.

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    Great News!!! I'm sure you are a happy runner girls this morning!!!

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