ulgh the ankle thing. I am familiar with and hate the ankle thing. I think it’s the only thing so far that has made me actually fall in a way I can’t catch myself. It’s kind of scary.
Yes. Exactly. I just twist the ankle under me and hit the ground when this happens and it’s not the first time in the past few months. I sprained my other ankle in the exact same spot, falling the exact same way. My ankle twists under me, and then my foot gets injured. It’s not my ankle that gets injured, it’s my foot itself, on the side, near the arch. I feel like I have the same injury now as I did a few months ago on the other foot, just much less severe. (The other one swelled up like a balloon and looked almost like a break and I couldn’t walk on it, but it turned out to be a nasty sprain.)
What really sucked was that when I’d fallen, my ankle stayed twisted under me in a way that was clearly injuring it more every second, and I couldn’t get up without help. Luckily there was literally a big guy standing right next to me who pulled me up again.
^^ Yeah, the Ankle Thing. I broke both my feet last year doing The Ankle Thing. Usually when it happens I happen to be on solid or reasonably solid ground, so your foot rolls out and the side of the foot takes the impact. But your foot is only hitting with the impact of the height of your foot off the ground, so maybe 2 inches. And with the weight of probably only one leg or half your body, since usually for me some weight is still on the other foot. And doing the ankle thing on solid ground usually ends up somewhere between OUCH OUCH OUCH walk it off, to a nasty sprain and a foot bruise, not being able to walk at first without help or get up and pain that lasts for a month+.
Both times I broke the bones in my arches was when the ankle rolled out as I happened to be on stairs/a curb. So I fell onto the top of my still rolled foot, but with the momentum from falling 12 inches, and with the weight of my whole body in free-fall on top of it. And I definitely couldn’t get up without help either time at first. Getting stuck on top of a twisted, sprained ankle with your weight bearing the impact site into the ground really blows.
So yeah, if you have the Ankle Thing happen it can definitely break bones, and if you tell them you how fell they’ll probably want to test your ankle. You may need to insist that what they need to look at is also your foot, if your foot is where the pain is located. Both times in the ER I had to insist it was my foot, and then insist again when the X-Ray tech was asked just to do ankles. “No, I need the foot, too.” Even though the second time I was coherent enough that I drove myself there and was able to say “Hi, I’ve probably sprained my ankle and broken my fifth metatarsal.” But then they forgot/declined to order the needed x-rays.
*fist bump Team Ankle Thing.*
*fist bump Team Giving Myself Mild Flashbacks Thinking Too Much about Breaking My Foot Alone in the Dark aww yeah*