Friday, 2 August 2013

High ankle sprain injury

So I finally know the extent of my injury, which is good but makes for a horror read. 

After finally getting to see the foot specialist at the hospital a few weeks back the diagnosis was this:
  • Rupture of the Anterior Talofibular ligament (ligament runs from talus, ankle bone, to fibular, outside bone in the lower leg)
  • Damage to Calcaneofibular ligament (ligament that runs from the heel bone to the outside bone in your lower leg)
  • Also damage to Deltoid ligament - name for 3 ligaments on the medial side of your ankle - Anterior Tibiotalar lig, Tibiocalcaneal lig, Posterior Tibiotalar lig and Tibionavicular ligament.
  • Also damage to Spring Ligament - another name for the Calcaneonavicular lig - it is found on the underside of the foot between the heel bone and another bone called the Navicular.
(Thank you Osteopath Helen at Finefettle for giving the explanations on the above).

Image from eorthopod website

As well as learning the full damage of my injury, I was also told not to run till my next consultants meeting which is early October, this will mean I will have been away from running for a full 6 months!

No more running means no more marathon. My 3rd marathon in Loch Ness, Scotland, due to take place at the end of September and one I had been really looking forward to, is not going to happen. I'd booked the flight and everything so a real disappointment. I may still go and support my friend running.

The last two weeks I have spent in Spain in a small town called Castalla...a town surrounded by mountains, it would have been perfect for my marathon training but alas, it was not to be.

Castalla, Spain...lamdscape made for running.

I returned home this week and today had my first Physio appointment at the hospital.

The good news is that I'm healing nicely and I think the Physio was surprised I was not feeling more pain as he twisted away at my ankle.

I was given a few exercises (lunges, heel raises and some theraband workouts) to see me through the next few weeks until I go back for some more intensive work on the ankle.

I made a short Instagram video of the theraband exercises here:

It would appear the physio chose the right career in physiotherapy rather than art!

It's been tough getting through the months but there definitely seems to be some light at the end of the tunnel and the ankle feels like its getting stronger. I've missed the whole of spring and summer so looks like I'll be back training in the dark and cold....but I can't wait!


  1. Wishing you all the best in recovery!

  2. Though it's unfortunate that you missed one of your most anticipated marathons because of your injury, it's good news that your ankle is now healing nicely. Keep in mind that it's just a few you missed. After fully recovering, there are a lot more events you can participate into and competitions to win. For now, focus on your recovery. Best of luck!
    Sienna @ Fort Lauderdale Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine