Sunday, July 12, 2009

Follow-up on my Right Ankle

On June 29, 2009 I went and saw, Dr. Paul Langer,, to see what could be causing my problem and / or how to correct the problem.

About 14 years ago I jumped out of a moving van (work related) and partial tore a tendon around my ankle. This was covered by workman’s comp and I needed to get some custom orthotics. They were good for a couple years but instead of going back I began buying Smartfeet insoles for every shoe I had and for every shoe I have bought since then. These inserts are very good and they seemed to be doing the job for about 10 percent of the cost of the custom orthotics.

Last year I sprained my same right ankle while in Wabakimi. I haven’t had any more problems up until this trip.

Today when I went to see Dr. Langer I brought my NRS boots and other foot wear. The Doctor took some x-rays, did a strength exam on my foot and watched me walk.

It appears that I have been putting stress on the peroneal tendon so he did some modification to my Smartfeet inserts. He told me I should wear an ankle support for awhile.

I also got some thick moleskin to put around the inside of my ankle to keep the pressure off the inside ankle if I need it when wearing the NRS boots. Well, hopefully that will take care of my problem.

Since my doctor visit I’ve ordered some different footwear to try out. I ordered a pair of OTB Odhin Boots. I really like the NRS Storm boots, but they seem to put too much pressure on my tendon. I’ll have to see how these boots feel on my tendon.

On August 14, 2009 I begin my drive to Armstrong, Ontario where I will begin on the 16th three week canoe trip with Dave Phillips from Virginia. We will fly from Armstrong to Pashkokogan Lake and paddle on Crown Land, Wabakimi PP, Misehkow River and the Albany River. I’ll write a trip report at the conclusion of that trip as well.

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