Went to a specialist at Children's Hospital in Boston who said that the tear is a non-issue because it is longitudinal. The real issue was severe tightness of the tendons and muscles in the foot, ankle, and calves, coupled with severe pronation. Thus, the ankle had very limited range of motion and the major bone forming the arch of the foot was lifted nearly a centimeter, causing sharp pain as the ligaments stretched over the sharp edge. He recommended heel lifts & stretches of the tendons and calf muscles, which cleared the problem, and he cleared me for the Yellowstone hike, which I just completed with minor discomfort! Woohoo!
Thanks to all who have wished me well!
I just had an MRI done and found that I've a longitudinal tear of the Peroneal Brevis tendon in my right ankle. All indications point to surgery and 6-8 weeks in a non-weight-bearing cast and 6 months recovery.
Ugh. There goes today's 36 miler in the White Mountains and next month's 75 mile trip with the family through Yellowstone, not to mention not even being able to exercise for 6 months.
Anyone ever been through this?
Do they make lightweight wheelchairs? Where can they be rented/purchased? I've got a lot of business travel coming up that is going to be a tad uncomfortable...
On the plus side, my teen kids are ecstatic about being able to decorate my cast in all kinds of horrific colors. They're threatening to physically restrain me while they bedazzle it. Problem is that even one of the three is big enough to do it alone. I don't stand a chance! :-)