When your ankle won't hold you up when standing on the balls of your feet something is wrong and I've "baby'd" it for long enough. I'm not sure what to hope for though. A fracture, joint displacement or soft tissue tears/ruptures. As long as it can be repaired, I'll deal with it as needed. I NEED TO DANCE, DAMN IT!
It felt so good to dance last week but then the ankle flared. To stretch, to move, the joy I felt in it all. The ballet and the jazz class.
I just wish I knew what the heck happened. When I had my R knee replaced, calf raises or releves, were part of the rehab and were no problem to perform. I kept thinking that maybe the fall I took in Cabo San Lucas was the initial cause but then I remembered the rehab. So that fall must not be it. Hmmm, oh well, the waiting is almost over.
I already have a "boot" from a long ago injury so I'll save on that! Yay!
So, now I'm back to walking, which doesn't hurt unless its a really long walk over rough terrain. I have a spin bike but, Lord, I hate spinning. I use it for clients. I have tried to get on the thing but, to me, it's just moving, exercise. Yuck. Dancing hits my heart and my soul. I do also love the pool but my ankle gives me so much trouble when I tried to climb out on the ladder in the deep end.
I am sick of not functioning correctly. I'll do the barre workouts too, but it typically needs to be floor work because there is so much lunging in barre and, you guessed it, my ankle can't hold me. My balance and more gets really destroyed trying to do them. I have no idea how much I've trashed it by trying to "rest" it then workout.
As always, I don't recommend waiting so long to see whats up. As a dancer/trainer/instructor I just am used to moving through pain and letting myself heal. I also keep forgetting that I'm not 17 anymore and don't heal so well anymore. Lesson learned, I think. Well, probably not.?.
I'll admit I got a little depressed when the pain level jumped after the Jazz class. I'd hoped the ankle brace I wore would help but no such luck. Leave it to the professionals to diagnose.
Enough whining, move on Judi. Movin' on.
I wish you all an injury-free year and that you find and keep doing what you love. It does really make a difference on your health goals.
As for me, I've begun letting go of the Nutrisystem meals because I believe I've learned how to portion myself and keep my metabolism going smoothly. I even get to "Jonesin'" for vegetables so I roast massive amounts of them, I steam or stir-fry massive amounts of them and eat them like a snack!
I've lost 2-3 of the 4#'s I'd put back on so I'm on the right track. Like the song says, "Ain't no stoppin' me now!" and when I find out what wrong with my foot I begin my future plan for movement. I'll continue to keep you posted, of course.
Peace out folks and, as always, keep dancing.