Brace Yourself

Thursday I had what will hopefully be my last post-op appointment.  Final x-rays were taken and look great!  The doctor said my fibula is completely healed and he can’t even tell where the break was.  Woot!  Woot!  And with that the cast came off forever!

I can now wear regular shoes.  And by that he means flat shoes.  No heels for two weeks.  Of course, when he told me that I was wearing a wedge sandals on the other foot.  Ha!  I love heels!  In fact, I only own two pairs of flat summer sandals.  But after two weeks, I can try out the heels and see how my ankle does with them.

Another question I asked about being barefoot at home, yoga and Pilates.  All okay!

And the most important question, besides the wearing of heels, when can I run?!  And that’s where the appointment hit the brakes.  I can’t run just yet.  But I can in two weeks!  He wants me to give the ankle time to adjust to bearing all the weight first before I begin putting pressure from running on it.  He does want me to build up my walking regiment.  For the past week, I had only been able to walk 10 minutes at a time on it on the treadmill.  Now I can start adding to that each time I walk, be in on a treadmill or outside.

Another “fun” part that will be a part of my running?  An ankle brace.  Oh my, it’s hideous.  When he first pulled it out of the box, I wasn’t even sure how to put it on.  So many straps and laces!

ankle brace

First slip into it and lace up.

ankle brace

Next take one of two side straps, wrap it over laces, under foot and up along other side to attach with velcro.  Repeat with second side strap.

ankle brace

Finally, wrap top strap around leg.

ankle brace

Ta-da!

ankle brace

My first thought once my doctor put this on me, was it’s big.  It’s bulky.  And it allows for almost zero movement of the ankle.  I have no idea how I am going to run in it.  I also have no idea how I’m going to get it into my shoe!  But per doctor’s orders, I have to wear it the first two months of running.  After that I can transition to a thinner, neoprene brace for a couple more months.

Now let’s talk scars.  The road rash on my right knee and leg are still visible in a few places.  But they are hardly noticeable to people who don’t know what they are.

The scab (TMI?) on the top of my foot from my fracture blister has finally fallen completely off.  I have a nice pink and brown scar from it.

fracture blister scar

And my incision scar.  The doctor said the purple will fade with time.

broken ankle incision scar

As you can see, by the end of the day, my ankle is pretty swollen.  That should improve, too.

I am to continue with physical therapy for a couple more weeks.  He said the therapist will release me when she feels I am ready.  And as far as going back to see him?  I have an appointment for a follow-up in six weeks, but I don’t have to keep it if all is going well!

The only problem with any of this may be the plate and screws.  We talked about the need to maybe remove it if it becomes irritated from rubbing against my running shoe.  First thing would be to try to find a running shoe that doesn’t rub it.  If that doesn’t work, they would then remove it.  He said it’s a pretty easy procedure.  I would have stitches and about two weeks recovery, but no cast.

All in all, a very good appointment with a very good outlook!  It’s been, what has seemed at times, a very, very long 12 weeks.  Maybe because this happened in the springtime.  Spring is definitely my favorite season to run in.  Other times, the 12 weeks seemed to fly by.  Either way, I am so happy to have it all behind me!

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Yesterday’s eats:

  • Morning: Iced coffee = 12 oz. coffee, plus 1/4 cup Italian sweet creme creamer & 2 packets of Splenda.
  • Breakfast: Coconut Chocolate Chip Clif Bar
  • Snack: Banana
  • Afternoon: Sonic Diet Cherry Limeade
  • Snack: Weight Watchers Popped Red Pepper Crisps
  • Dinner: Open face sandwich = whole wheat toast, 1 Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedge, & 1/4 medium avocado.
  • Snack: Jolly Time Healthy Pop Kettle Corn
  • Evening: Coffee = 12 oz. coffee, plus 1/4 cup coconut creme creamer & 2 packets of Splenda.
  • Snack: Bowl of watermelon
  • Snack: Weight Watchers Key Lime Surprise Mini Bar

Fridays’s eats:

  • Morning: Iced coffee = 12 oz. coffee, plus 1/4 cup coconut creme creamer & 2 packets of Splenda.
  • Breakfast: Open face sandwich = whole wheat toast, 1 Laughing Cow garlic & herb wedge, & 1/4 medium avocado.
  • Snack: Pepper jack cheese stick
  • Snack: Bowl of watermelon
  • Dinner: Two jumbo flaky biscuits, 1/2 country gravy
  • Snack: McDonald’s twist cone

Thursday’s eats:

  • Morning: Iced coffee = 12 oz. coffee, plus 1/4 cup Italian sweet creme creamer & 2 packets of Splenda.
  • Breakfast: Gary’s Panforte Clif Bar & banana
  • Lunch: Veggie Egg Scramble = Spinach, sweet onion, & mushrooms sautéed in 1t olive oil, 1 Weight Watchers Smoked-flavored string cheese, two egg whites.  All topped with salsa and 1/4 of a medium avocado.
  • Snack: Jolly Time Healthy Pop Kettle Corn
  • Dinner: 1 cup of brown rice, 2T of low sodium soy sauce
  • Snack: Weight Watchers Key Lime Pie Surprise mini bar

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What’s your favorite season to run in?

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4 thoughts on “Brace Yourself

  1. Kim

    Progress!!!
    That is a ginormous brace! The brace might give you peace of mind when you start running – seems like the first time or two might be a little nerve wracking!!

    Reply
  2. Melissa @ My Peach Life

    Wow your ankle is looking great! For the scar, get some vitamin E gel tablets and pop them open and massage into the scar. Your therapist should be able to tell you how to do a proper scar massage to break up the tissue.

    Reply

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