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alright Bike tester 10.14 mi 01:00 10.2mph pace

I've decided that I shouldn't even walk. The ankle feels unstable, and after only 1/4 mile walking, I am in pain. Could be my posterior tibial tendon. It's possible I've torn, or even ruptured the tendon so I'm getting a scan for that. Although the actual injury goes right the way up the inside of my left leg into the calf muscle, where there is also clearly a tear (very large tender knot), and right down into the plantar region of my foot too. I am amazed than I was able to run so far after this injury, much of it without any obvious pain. Which is hopefully a sign I haven't ruptured the PTT (that would be the end of my running career).

So, yes, I'm calling doctors - local ortho can't see me for a month, so trying to get my primary care doc to see it, and get me a scan and something that can immobilize the ankle when I walk (which I still have to do) because walking sucks.

But biking?

There were some nervous moments - I obviously cannot put my left foot on the ground, and I was worried that the kind of clunky feeling in the ankle would become pain. But even when I loaded up the PTT with the strong down-pedal on an uphill, it all worked fine without pain.

So it looks like I may be able to stay fit, even though I doubt I will be running, or even walking, any significant distance, any time in the near future.

10mph is not *much* quicker than I can run, so now I just have to get my speed up to something acceptable for a bike :)

  • Jeff L.
    Jeff L.

    Sorry to hear this bad news, but I'm hopeful that your injury isn't as serious as it could be. Biking gives me hope that this is the case. Keep resistance low and cadence high as you ease into this. Then slowly increase resistance each session. If you're working up a sweat, you're doing enough cardio for now.

    10 days ago Like1 person

  • Mike K.
    Mike K.

    I'm sorry you are going through this injury - it sounds bad. I hope that there is a clear path out. In the meantime, I'm sure that the bike will serve you well. And I agree with Jeff that the ability to bike pain free is a very good sign!

    10 days ago Like2 people

  • John K.
    John K.

    Thanks guys. I agree, if I can flex my foot at all, I probably haven't ruptured the tendon, but I'm really unable to walk for long without pain, so it's not great.

    10 days ago Like1 person

  • Jeff L.
    Jeff L.

    Understood. My ankle is still bothering me (and at its worse, walking was not great), but it is getting better each day. Not sure if icing would help you, might keep inflammation down if it's less serious...

    10 days ago Like1 person

  • Pierre M.
    Pierre M.

    As Jeff said. Sorry this happened... life throws these things at you, and the only thing to do is keep on somehow. You should be fine in about 4-6 weeks max.

    10 days ago Like1 person

  • John K.
    John K.

    Pierre: I doubt I will be fine in 4-6 weeks only, but we'll see. PTT tear can be very hard to heal, with many weeks off running completely. There's likely that, and what feels like additional (less serious) tears in the calf attachment. Hopefully a scan will show nothing more than tears... if they'll even give me a scan upfront. Seeing my doc tomorrow. As you say though, I just have to keep on somehow, which is probably biking for a week or two :)

    10 days ago Like

  • Cari H.
    Cari H.

    Oh goodness. So sorry. Here’s hoping it is not as serious as you suspect. Glad you are getting it examined. Fingers crossed for you

    10 days ago Like1 person

  • John K.
    John K.

    Amazingly, I am able to walk to this morning, which gives me a bit more hope :)

    10 days ago Like

  • Pierre M.
    Pierre M.

    Keep it easy for a while. The body knits quickly but takes time to properly heal.

    10 days ago Like1 person

  • Paul S.
    Paul S.

    Dang John that's awful!

    10 days ago Like

  • John K.
    John K.

    Although it's sore, I am getting a bit more hopeful after being able to bike yesterday, and get not only no reaction today, but actually feeling able to walk more normally :)

    10 days ago Like3 people

  • Marina
    Marina

    Oh boo. Sorry to hear this John - I hope it's a mild setback and you'll heal up quickly. Biking is perfect. just do what you can to keep those legs moving (pool-running is a great option too!)

    9 days ago Like1 person

  • Cari H.
    Cari H.

    You may just have a big trigger point there that is causing the symptoms. If all else checks out maybe a manual PT or some self treatment but have it examined first! Glad it is a little better today

    9 days ago Like