Hi! I'm new to the forums.
Almost nine months ago, I strained my ankle in an over-use injury for work (a tendon behind my lateral malleolus; I know bones but not tendons and ligaments, so it's around that area - behind my outer ankle, for non-bone people). I originally had a poor diagnosis and didn't address it as well as I should've. When the injury (predictably) recurred about 6 weeks later, I began regular physical therapy and doctors' visits. I have been consistently doing this for the last 7 months. Many of my exercises are described on this site in some place or another. About three months ago, my doctor encouraged me to start exercising at the gym; shortly after, to start hiking again.
I did fine at the gym, and at some basic hikes, but as soon as I tried progressing to what I'd consider a moderate hike (easily within my reach pre-injury) is now incredibly strenuous, I can't finish, and causes bad relapses in how my ankle is progressing.
I will admit that this disheartened me and I have since not been as good about doing my PT exercises daily. I know to some extent, my ankle may never operate at full capacity, but my question is this:
**For how long I've been doing physical therapy (which had become very easy) and for how well I'd been doing in the gym, should I have expected such difficulty hiking a moderate hike?
**Has anyone else had problems like this with recovery, and if so, how have you dealt with them? I need to be able to hike long distances in difficult terrain for work, so the longer my recovery takes, the longer I am out of work. I am worried that taking anti-inflammatory meds and using a brace at work aren't enough to keep me from a serious relapse and putting me back at square one.
Thanks for any ideas or help; I could really use some ideas from other people who've dealt with this before.
Asked by kiwikiwi - 3 answers - 5 years 5 weeks ago