Its not acutely torn, so that's good too.
But everything else is a mess. From their reports:
- No evidence of acute fracture, stress fracture, dislocation, bone contusion or significant bone marrow edema of the left ankle or hindfoot, particularly the calcaneus.
- There is a small subcortical cyst in the superior aspect the calcaneous just deep to the insertion of the subtalar ligaments
- Small ankle joint effusion but disproportioned pooling of fluid posterior to the tibiotalar and subtalar joint and fluid within the tarsal sinus
- Tear of the anterior talofibular ligament, but I suspect that this is of long-standing.
- Mild Achilles tendinosis but no evidence of Achilles tendon tear.
- Edematous changes and fluid posterior to the Achilles tendon felt to represent a combination of peritendinitis and retro-Achilles bursitis
- Retrocalcaneal bursitis
There is a small amount of fluid within the posterior tibialis tendon sheath. This may indicate mild tenosynovitis, although the posterior tibialis tendon itself is intact.
Ultimately, I am not that kind of almost-doctor, so I really don't know much about what is going on, but this is not necessarily good. I don't need surgery. I don't have any breaks. But it is a soft tissue (with multiple injuries as has been explained to me), so it means it will take time. And rest. But mostly time.
I am looking at 6 weeks in my boot (at least), but thankfully I have been cleared to ride my bike without the boot to allow for some cross training. And I have been cleared to run 3-5 miles twice a week over the next 2 weeks.
But best of all, I have been cleared to run the 6 in 6 series I have been training for. I agreed to wear the boot to and from the races and wear the boot as if it is my full time job for the next 6 weeks, and in exchange I get to run my series.
Obviously I will have the option to slow down to a walk if I need to during this event, but did I mention that I get to at least try to run it?
The Dr. warned that the pain may be excruciating, that I will need to be taking pain killers and anti-inflammatories through the whole trip, and that ice is a must.... but he isn't discounting me altogether.
In the meantime, I may be allowed to run 78.6 miles in 6 days 2 weeks from now... but I also have a handicapped parking pass and have been told to use it. Seems kind of amusing to me.