Saturday, December 16, 2006


I’ve known for several years now that I’ve got bad joints. I don’t have arthritis—yet, anyway—but I do certainly have a propensity for sprains. One joint in particular has given me a lot of grief for quite some time now: my right ankle.

It all started with a moderate sprain almost seven years ago, followed by a pretty severe sprain about a year later. I tore two ligaments (one on the front and one on the outside) and was on crutches for a couple of weeks, followed by a walking cast for a few more. The bruising went from my toes to about halfway up my shin. It was really spectacular.

But eventually it healed, and I didn’t really think much about it for the next few years. After all, I was walking quite a bit on campus, and it never seemed to bother me. I did notice, however, that my shoes were wearing down unevenly; that is, I was still favoring my right foot just a little bit, but I didn’t realize how big of a problem that was until I sprained it again this summer.

It was a pretty minor sprain, but it actually seems to have been getting worse the last few months. I’m way too young to have deteriorating joints, so I decided it was time to bust out the ankle brace again. And boy howdy, what a difference it made. I went to the mall to do some Christmas shopping, and when I came home, I was sore all the way up to my right hip—obviously I was starting to use muscles that I hadn’t used much in a while—but I didn’t hobble nearly so much.

I suppose I’d better start on some sort of physical therapy regimen so that it doesn’t keep getting worse. Meh. I guess that’s what I get for not doing it in the first place. And for inheriting my mother’s genes for crappy joints.

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Jonathon Owen


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    I thought this blog was gonna be about GIMP (the open source image manipulation program — it’s awesome, btw).

    I have really shoddy ankles, too. One I sprained pretty severely when I was 8, and the other I sprained as a senior in high school. Both have been crappy ever since. One of the athletic trainers in college told me that once you stretch out those tendons and ligaments they have a hard time regaining all of their elasticity, making it easier to sprain them again.

    But it sounds like you have it worse than me, because unless I do something really strenuous (like full court basketball) I have no problems beyond some occasional swelling after jogging.

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