I went to the doctor today to get my hip and ankle checked after having swelling for over a week since the Princess. I figured it would be a good idea to get everything checked out before I undertook a massive training effort to do a 5k in May, a half marathon in November, and ultimately the princess next February again. I cannot afford to have another injury that kept me from finishing, so it is better to start healthy and stay healthy.
So the good news, to some extent, is that I do not have any major issue with my left hip. The bursa sac surrounding my left hip socket is very inflamed, most-likely from favoring the right ankle. He said the best thing to do would be to do a cortisone injection to reduce the inflammation, and then PT to keep it from getting inflamed again.
The not-so-good news was that I have a VERY arthritic ankle for a 37 year old woman. Basically a bone spur and arthritis are pretty much the same thing. You can see in the x-ray where my bone is supposed to end, and the bony growth beyond that. He says he feels like I would be a good candidate for arthroscopic ankle surgery. This is pretty interesting because when I have seen doctors in the recent past, they typically want to attribute everything to my weight and tell me that the way to make it better is to lose the weight, which is difficult to do when you hurt so bad every time you try to exercise. So my appointment with the foot and ankle specialist is on March 19. In the interim, he gave me a lace-up brace for my ankle to keep it supported and prevent any more damage to my ankle.
I'm anxiously awaiting my training calendar in the mail. I missed my workout this morning due to the swelling in my ankle from dance class last night. Now that I know I can walk and do some light jogging, within my comfort zone and keeping the pain at bay. So, while this is definitely a work in progress, It is definitely something that I can and WILL do!
I also want to take a moment to thank everyone that took the time to not only read, but respond to my previous blog post. It means so very much to me that so many people are reading my blog and being supportive. I will need a lot of support and motivation as I continue this journey to become a running mama, rather than a hobbling mama. Please do continue to let me know what you think of my blog and its content! I really do appreciate your support.
I'm going to close this blog with my favorite new quite, which I saw a lot of at the Princess Half Marathon; "The miracle isn't that I finished, it is that I had the courage to start." This is a quote from John Bingham, who I keep hearing I need to read the books he has written.