A couple of weeks ago, I visited a family care clinic to have my ankle checked out. I’ve had ongoing pain issues off and on over the past 18 months since taking a tumble down two of the stairs in our apartment in early 2009 that just refuse to go away. It doesn’t help that I’ve taken the same tumble twice either. So, a couple of weeks ago I wen to the clinic to have it looked at and as part of my work-up they took x-rays. I’ve never had x-rays done of my foot before and b/c the clinic gave me digital copies, I of course just had to share for I think it is so cool.
More importantly, I learned from the x-rays that I have a lot going on.
- Area #1 is a cloudy spot on my tibia that the orthopedist wants me to have a MRI to look at. He said there may be a possibility that when I fell I fractured the bone and the increased density (that’s why it’s cloudy) may be where it is healing.
- Area #2 is a heel spur. I have one on both of my feet. This may help explain why I wake up with foot pain in the morning.
- Area #3 is a needle. That’s right, a needle! About 8 years ago I stepped on a needle on my floor (from my cross-stitching heyday) and thought I’d pulled it out. Life goes on and I forgot all about it until the clinician asked me about it as we were going over my x-rays. I couldn’t believe it but you can certainly see it’s a needle – you can see the eye and everything on the higher-res pic I have. That was too much! I don’t need to have it taken out though as long as it’s not bothering me, so I guess in my foot it will stay.
As for my ankle pain; still to be seen. I may have done something bad to the tendons that stabilize my ankle so we will see what happens with that. TMI? maybe