Last Sunday (March 16), I sprained my ankle in a particularly awkward way, two miles into my first mountain bike ride of the season.
On Monday (March 17), I went to Urgent Care and got x-rays of my ankle. No fracture. The PA I saw said I'd probably be fine to ski as soon as I could get my foot in the boot, since the boot holds the foot so still.
On Thursday (March 20), I saw a PT. He observed that the injury involved dorsiflexion, which is why my Achilles hurts. This made me wonder if I would be skiing quite as soon as the PA had predicted.
I can't take NSAIDs due to a medical condition, so I'm limited to ice and elevation (and rest, insofar as I am capable).
I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be skiing any real terrain while this is going on. But assuming my foot and ankle will fit in my ski boot without undo agony (and the jury's out on that one), with a skier's knowledge of how we use dorsiflexion to create shin pressure, how long do you think I should wait before getting on some groomers?
At this point, a week after the injury, I can do heel lifts without pain, but flexing my shin forward in classic skiing position definitely strains my Achilles. I have a pile of exercises given to me by my PT. I want to ask him for his opinions when I see him next on Wednesday, but he's not an advanced skier, so I'm not sure he's as aware of the movement patterns as I would like him to be.
I have Friday planned as a ski day, but I'm not sure it's worth the drive up there if I try and instantly have to stop. At the same time, I think groomers will be way too crowded to bother with on the actual weekend. I have friends who just flew in from PA, but I can meet up with them in the Front Range, too. I'm certainly not going to be skiing real terrain with them.
There are other complications, like trying to navigate what's usually pretty slippery terrain around our condo, plus dealing with two rambunctious dogs ... but right now I just want to think about the skiing. If skiing isn't even an option, I don't have to figure out the rest.
Opinions? Should I wait until I can flex my shin forward outside of the boot without any pain or strain?