Inside the radiologist’s office, I learned way more about foot and ankle anatomy than I had ever wished to know.
A summary of the MRI results (I will spare you a verbatim report of the MRI findings, which read like the script of an M. Night Shyamalan film):
-complete tearing of 1 ligament and severe strains on another — anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) and calcaneo-fibular ligament (some acronym I don’t know and am too lazy to google…likely CFL).
-burst joint capsules, widespread edema in the ankle and subtalar joints
-bone contusions — severe bruising of the talus (the main ankle bone) and calcaneus (heal bone)
In English: while I did not have any clear breaks in bones (thank you, mom, for convincing me to take a daily calcium supplement), the internal structure of some key bones had been crushed. My soft tissue was a mess. A footwreck.
The radiologist’s departing words: “Man, it’s too bad you didn’t just break something. Bone heals much faster and more easily than soft tissue.”
Duly noted, Mr. Radiologist. The next time I damage a body part, I’ll make sure to break bone before tearing ligaments, bursting joint capsules, or acquiring bone contusions.
The flippant remark above stems from my knowledge that the radiologist was correct. I live with a deep wish that I had just cracked the tibula, fibula, or both and left the other anatomy alone. But pragmatism>unrealistic dreams…so rather than cursing the bone gods, I’ll ask the blog gods to help me in this effort to gather information about soft tissue damage (and intra-bone damage) to the ankle/subtalar region.
How can someone who has limited use of a foot (pain with weight-bearing and motion of the subtalar and ankle joints) and a strained upper back and shoulder (from being on crutches for about a year and overcompensating for lack of lower-body support), stay in aerobic shape?