Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Das Boot (The Boot)


During a couple of junior high games yesterday afternoon, my ankle, which had been lightly sore for a day or two, started barking seriously. I went to my partner and said "I'll be able to finish, but bear with me. My ankle is hurting."

"What'd you do to it?" my partner said. It should be noted that she is 20...17 years my junior.

"I reffed a season on it," I replied.

With one game left on the season, and that not for another nine days, I figured I just needed to wait it out. Iced it last night, slept, and woke up today.

I was having trouble walking. I limped along, and it hurt like a mickey fickey.

I couldn't wait, so I went into the same-day clinic. Fortunately, I lucked into a doctor who is an orthopedist and a sports medicine specialist. I was expecting a little PT and a few pills.

I got The Boot.

4-6 weeks of it. Fortunately, it'll be off before Spring Break and our Ozarks trip.

Whoever designed this boot is a genius. I couldn't make it 40 yards without piercing pain without it...but with it, I've managed to clamber through two malls without a hint of pain.

Why through two malls, you ask?

Well, the problem of the boot is that it made me lean over a bit. The doctor recommended a taller shoe for my right foot, as the lopsided walking can cause minor hip pain. "This is usually easier for women than for men," she said.

If only there were a shoe expert in my life!

Oh wait. There is.

My bride took over driving me to two different malls--and a total of seven stores, I believe. We looked for tall shoes that would balance me out, but that I might want to wear later on.

I almost immediately came to love the feel of a Doc Martens shoe...but to dislike the look of it. The yellow sole under the black shoe...not my thing. But man, it felt just right as I walked. I actually tripped a little bit on the sole of the right foot. That was a good sign...but I didn't like the damn sole.

We tried other stores, other kinds of shoes...I tried them with an insert, without one...but nothing quite matched the Doc Martens. The new goal: find a Doc Marten as tall as the one with the yellow sole, but without a yellow sole.

Mission accomplished.

This one has black bottoms to the sole, so when I put my foot up, it's not that snot-yellow color. It's hidden kind of in the middle. And as I walk, it feels just right. But it seems to be as tall as the boot, and I'll be able to walk evenly and without pain.

The bummerest part of all of this is that I have to sleep with this thing on. I'm only allowed to take it off to shower and to exercise my foot for an hour or so a day. That's just no fun. Also, I need to figure out how to work out with a damn boot on. This was going to be the off-season when I finally, actually, really, seriously stayed in shape rather than going into yet another sedentary summer.

I'm actually handling this okay. I was annoyed when I was all lopsided walking, but now that I'm not lopsided, I'm ready to put up with a month of this.

(By the way, one of the shoe-store guys was the first to say "Whoa! Just like Tom Brady!" So you need not.)

UPDATE: Same story, her perspective.

9 comments:

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TeacherRefPoet said...

Dude! Andy! It's not that bad! I don't need all of this work done!

tommyspoon said...

Sigh... I thought you were going to talk about one of my favorite movies...

Wishing you a speedy recovery. And enjoy the Docs!

GrigorPDX said...

Swankette's assertion that you were unaware of "Doc's" existence until yesterday has convinced me that we simply *must* convince Peter Murphy and his pals to bring a Bauhaus show to Portland. That way we can properly inaugurate your new shoes by dragging you into the clove-scented haze of a quintessentially-gothic concert scene. It's something everyone who lived through the 80s should experience. :-)

tommyspoon said...

Dude, if you can swing that, I'm buying plane tickets!

Paula said...

Poor TRP! May it mend soon!