La cheville cassée- the Cankle Chronicles part two

img_20170121_102921So here we are. Please excuse the remnants of an ancient pedicure; I will not be rocking any cute high heeled sandals any time soon.

My normal, skinny foot and bony ankle right helps illustrate what I am limping on left.

Xrays show that above and in front of my left inner ankle bone I have a (recently) healed fracture. This now makes perfect sense.

Back in September, I miss-stepped out of the back door in UK and it really hurt. I remember at the time telling Trev that “something crunched” . No apparent swelling. It hurt for  day or two only, then the pain went so I just carried on. Shortly after we spent two weeks of hard graft in France & I don’t recall  much more than a niggle.

Then, in the third week of November I spent two long work days on my feet in court shoes and it started hurting again. I switched to flats and it stopped. Then a week before Christmas the whole area around that ankle swelled right up, but as I could recall no very recent injury I ignored it till last week. Then I was told it was “probably” a sprain.

It wasn’t getting any better and I needed a definitive answer, hence my hospital trip yesterday. Numerous X rays later , healed fractures are located which fits the chronology above. I’m told they have healed well and in the correct alignment and I must work on getting back to normal use; a course of physiotherapy has been booked.

The red marks are a reaction to the neoprene ankle support. My skin is rejecting it big time!

It’s a pain, literally , but at least I know now.

Two positives here- one obvious thought I had was Osteoporosis/detriorating bone density (my bones are good apparently)  so that’s a relief. And I clearly heal well, so my basic health remains good. How I walked around on the break I don’t know; though , as a family, we have a high pain threshhold.

Oh, and a shout out to Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, UK  for the lovely staff I met yesterday  who were coping with an overstretched A & E department with  exceptional grace and humanity. This hospital often gets a bad rap. not least from me and I have taken issue with them in the past. This time? 11/10, even with the wait.



About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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19 Responses to La cheville cassée- the Cankle Chronicles part two

  1. Yes, I promise I will. I was thinking of you when I got that critical second opinion!! Hope your footdropsy ( never quite sure what “dropsy ” is!!!!) Is on the mend also. What a pair eh!!?


  2. Osyth says:

    Told you so! In my case I broke not only the ankle but exploded the fibular too at it’s high point which in turn damaged the perineal nerve meaning that I have a ‘Foot Drop’ or ‘Drop Foot’ (so Shakespearian) to contend with hence the brace that has a slender carbon fibre foot that slides under my actual foot and hold it in a place that forces it to walk properly and not like John Thaw if you look closely at him in Morse. You will get better now but please promise me that you will do the physio and stick with it after they have signed you off because I honestly think that is what saved the day for me …. x

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  3. francetaste says:

    OMG no wonder you had a melon-ankle. And what a relief that it healed correctly, with no need for “correction.” Good luck!!

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  4. poshbirdy says:

    Oh lordy! What is it with left ankles at the moment! Very relieve to hear that you are on the mend. Sending much love x


    • Thanks, How’s yours?
      I thought about you and Osyth as I sat waiting for X ray results. What’s the odds of three women from a small blogging community having injuries in same area?


      • poshbirdy says:

        It is a bit strange, isn’t it. Mine is fine now, thanks, but it took 5 months to stop swelling up. I must go and close all the bloody windows and shutters now. Why do workmen leave them open whenever they go in (and in this weather!)? It must have been like that for 2 months or more. Aaargh! Keep your foot up and rest a bit x


      • Yes, why do they leave stuff open? so annoying.
        Hope you have a productive trip. My cankle’s going nowhere till I can put weight on it properly and do needful things…

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  5. zipfslaw1 says:

    Ouch! Hope you’re feeling better soon.


  6. MELewis says:

    You are a living example of ‘keep calm and carry on’! Even with a high pain threshold, that is quite the performance. I am a cry baby who goes to bed with a sniffle so I am in wonder that you were able to do all that with a fracture. BTW, what happened in 2006?

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  7. Lynda says:

    You have my total empathy. I broke my foot years ago and it took forever to heal. I’m with Bev above in being amazed that you could function and get around on it! Glad to hear that it’s healed properly.


  8. Ellen A. says:

    This is very good news! Be good to yourself and rest it when you can.


  9. Nadia says:

    So glad to hear it has healed correctly by itself.


  10. Bev says:

    So glad that they found out what was causing it and totally amazed you walked around on a broken ankle and brilliant that it healed in the correct position, very blessed there!!! Hope the physio helps and you are back to normal very soon 🙂 xx

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