Good info to know, and it's nice to know there are knowledgeable people
here on rec. Unfortunately, I'm well acquainted w/ ankle injuries:
two broken ankles, dislocated foot, ankle surgery, and countless
sprains... they're already messed up. I think when I hurt myself now,
my body goes into shock for a day or two then mellows out. I think I
exacerbated the current injury (left ankle) by not icing/elevating
immediately after the injury. I was headed to a party that evening, so
I didn't want to take any anti-inflammatory meds, and I ended up
standing around all evening, so it didn't feel very good the next
morning. I took good care of it the following days, and it feels
pretty good now, but I'm definitely going to take it easy for a little
while longer. Thanks for looking out for me.
BTW, how does your ankle feel? I dislocated my left foot (severe
eversion) at the end of 1999 and had to have surgery to***the two
lower leg bones back together. It feels pretty creaky, and sometimes I
wonder how necessary my surgery was. Just curious to hear if and how
modern science/medicine is changing.
> Hey Kevin,
> Forgive me for giving ya some unsolicited medical advice, especially if you
> already know it. For all I know you could be an orthopaedic surgeon. I
> just wanted to share what I learned after ripping several ligaments in my
> right ankle 2 years ago.
> I'm assuming that you suffered a major sprain (~grade 2) if you had to be on
> crutches. To decrease the chances of future chronic instability, avoid
> spraining your ankle for at least six weeks. Right now your body is laying
> down scar tissue, stem cells that will grow into new ligament tissue, and a
> new *** vessel network. This process can be permanently interupted by a
> subsequent sprain. Walking and putting as much weight on the ankle as it
> can bear is an important part of the healing process.
> My injury use to be an automatic surgery 5-7 years ago. However, it has
> been established that the body can repair this type of ankle damage with the
> same success rate as surgery.
> Best of luck to you. Hope your back as well as your ankle heals well. And
> again, sorry if you know this already.
> >> Hey Kev, what's the status of the nerve problem in your upper back?
> >> I know you were slated for MRI, did you get the results.
> >> Sucks one of the better freestylers is laid up on some old man's
> >> injury....
> > Hey LeeD,
> > Thanks for asking. It seems to be getting better. I actually never
> > got an MRI, b/c all the other people I went to said that my condition
> > didn't sound like a herniated disk (even though that's what the first
> > two doctors said).
> > Anyway, it seems to be getting better. I've actually windsurfed twice
> > in the last two weeks, and it hasn't gotten any worse :-D
> > However, my 2nd session (Saturday at Bodega), was cut short after I ran
> > aground on a sand bar. I guess I was so e***d to be windsurfing
> > again, I forgot about the sandbars :-(
> > Actually, that's not totally true. I was being mindful of the
> > sandbars, but the tide was over 4ft, so the bars usually aren't a
> > problem, and I had only an 8" fin. Usually, you can see the sand bars
> > b/c the water texture changes, but it was late in the day, and the sun
> > was already down... my excuses for basically being a moron.
> > cracked open the nose of my board, cracked the mast clamp on my boom,
> > and sprained my ankle pretty good (was on crutches the next morning).
> > However, a lot of R.I.C.E. and I'm walking fine again... just a little
> > sore. nothing broken that can't be easily fixed.
> > Waiting for that next blow.
> > kev