I twisted my right ankle – don’t exactly know how I did it but I tried to shake it off, just like Taylor Swift taught me. However, it swelled. I started limping favoring the right ankle. When I must have forgot to sense my left lower limb and tripped on a rock and broke my foot. Immediately, the pain drained away from the right ankle and I felt an excruciating pain in my left foot! Again, I tried to “shake it off” but I must have been singing Taylor’s song off-key because the pain did not subside.
Fortunately, at Modern Family Medicine, we work closely with caring independent specialists. I called Dr. Anna Natcher, an exceptional podiatrist. She was able to fit me in the same day and take care of my painful lower extremities. http://www.drannanatcher.com/ Podiatrists are trained to treat foot pain and perform surgery on feet. They study only feet in podiatric medical school and are super specialists in the field of foot and ankle treatments.
So, now I’m hobbling around with a boot and a splint. Life has been a bit more challenging. It has been hard to give up some independence. Although, having two bum feet are not fun, I am grateful I can continue to drive. I am appreciative I didn’t break anything worse. I am motivated to improve and see the small signs of improvement daily. Ice has been a good friend. I hate being injured and don’t have time to slow down but it has made me more conscientious on feeling more grounded.
Sometimes, things happen that we did not plan for. How we deal with set backs, make us stronger. Sometimes things happen for some bigger reason we don’t understand. Perhaps, I was lucky to just hurt my feet? Perhaps, it prevented me from experiencing something worse? Although, we may never know.