Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Avulsion Fracture


So, after Providence, I decided to actually go and have a picture taken of my ankle, based on Kathy's advice. As it turns out, I have an avulsion fracture on the tip of my lateral malleolus.

English please?

When I rolled my ankle at Providence, the tendon pulled so hard that it separated a piece of bone from the tip of my left ankle with it. It's a small piece, and won't reattach. After seeing an orthopedic specialist, I am in a small air cast for stability, and have been advised against racing (actually running, but for 'cross, that means racing) for four weeks. Guess this is as good a time as any for a "break" ;).

6 comments:

claudia said...

Well, fuck. Doesn't this just put the cherry on your 2009 sundae?

Ankle injuries bite.

Take care.

Trigirlpink said...

Oh Kath.. so sorry honey. THAT SUCKS. We should get together for dinner.

Todd said...

Wait ... "won't reattach"? Ever? So what's the road to recovery look like? What happens after four weeks?

Cathy said...

Todd - the bone chip will continue to "float" unless it gives me problems (which it shouldn't). If that is the case, they can go in and remove the chip, but I'm only looking at that if absolutely necessary.

The way it has been explained to me re: healing is twofold:
1. The tendon needs to re-attach to the bone (or grow back to it);
2. The bone from which the chip came also needs to heal.

And after four weeks, I'm going back to racing ;)

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