Since my ankle injury has not been improving with rest, I’ve been feeling more hopeless about it. I’ve been so frustrated because I was really excited about the prospect of staying fit and running throughout this pregnancy. My body failed me and I have run 3 or 4 times in the past 6 weeks. I kept thinking that “one more week of rest” or “two more weeks of rest” would do the trick. No dice. I saw improvement after my appointment with sports massage therapist, but I still felt like there was a bigger problem to uncover to completely fix my ankle.
That is how I came upon the decision to see a sports medicine chiropractor. I knew about the doctor I went to see because he lives in my neighborhood and started an endurance club here, but I had never actually met him. He has completed 5 Ironmans so he’s kind of awesome.
I had never been to a chiropractor before so I didn’t know what to expect from my appointment this morning. We discussed my ankle, my runner’s knee, and how all of my injuries tend to be on my left leg, all sprinkled in with some neighborhood gossip. Just kidding, our neighborhood isn’t cool enough to have anything to gossip about. The good news is that my defective leg can be fixed and does not need to be removed. What a relief.
He explained that with injuries like mine, there is most likely something out of whack at the hip level. He also talked about the importance of breaking apart any adhesions and scar tissue in the tendons. Without doing so, my injuries could become chronic and I’ll have to deal with them for a long time to come. I’m probably not doing the best job explaining it, but basically, if I don’t do something to fix these injuries now, they aren’t going to just go away on their own. That is something I had already begun to notice about my knee. The doctor that diagnosed me had said that it would only go away with 6-8 weeks rest. Let me tell you, after pretty much not running for 6 weeks, my knee is still stiff and achy at times. That’s not normal.
The chiropractor noted that one of my legs is ever so slightly longer than the other, but assured me it was an alignment issue and not an anatomical one. He did all kinds of stuff to my hip, knee, ankle, and calf. Pressing on different spots while bending my legs or foot certain ways. Then he applied some RockTape in a similar fashion to how the sports massage therapist did it.
Unfortunately, it’s not a one time fix to make me all better. He said it could take a few visits or it may take a bit longer. I head back on Friday for my next treatment then I’ll be back again a few times each week until I start feeling better.
In the meantime, he did say it was okay to run. Squeeeeee! He recommended doing run-walk intervals to give the tendon a break. Run for 2-3 minutes and walk for 2-3 minutes so that the tendon gets a break. If I find that running is still too painful, I won’t do it, but I’m going to give it a shot for a short distance tomorrow.
This may sound silly, but I was so stinkin’ excited after my appointment. I finally feel optimistic that I can get over both of my injuries – the ankle and the knee – and salvage some of my fitness during the rest of this pregnancy.
P.S. Maryland friends in the Howard County area, check out Elite Chiropractic and Sport. I can’t say enough good things about them!