Immediately I thought I sprained my ankle and limped home (friend lives across the street). Did the RICE sprained ankle treatment and then went to bed.
I woke up the next morning and it seemed ok. Some pain when limping on it, but not too bad. I noticed later in the day that it wasn't my ankle. I had full range of motion on the ankle. Instead, it was a pinpoint pain on my foot just below the second toe. After reading online, I decided to see a podiatrist first thing on Monday.
Well I'll skip the lolli-gagging and show you the damage (this is my left foot, the xray was was just put on the light backwards):
This happened this past weekend (Saturday night), and that Xray is from Monday morning. I'm supposed to be skiing tomorrow in Tahoe, but that has been canceled (now just hanging with the family). However, I have an epic skiing trip to Austria and Switzerland starting on Feb. 1st. The trip has been planned for about a year now and I don't think I can NOT ski.
The doctor can't make any promises and says, "It'll be a game time decision." After my reading online, I've seen people say 4-6 weeks for a metatarsal bone heal for athletes. I'd have to imagine skiing isn't as abusive on metatarsals as football or soccer, but I could be wrong.
Anyways, I've gone the aggressive method and have it in a full, non-weight bearing cast. I'm doing everything I can (improved diet, no alcohol, extra calcium) to improve my heal time.
Has anyone had experience with coming back to skiing from a metatarsal injury? I feel confident that I can ski, but I will probably need to lower my skiing level to more cruising which sucks, but it's better than nothing.
Wish me luck guys, and experienced comments are appreciated.
- I'm 27 so still semi-young.
- The doctor is doing another xray on Monday and said he may decide to do surgery next week and put two screws in it, but he says then I'll have to worry about only 5 weeks from recovering from that.