Scott Douglas’ Terse Bloviation

Peroneal Tendon Surgery, #2

So, uh, things were worse in there than suspected. Both peroneal tendons were torn. The peroneus brevis was only about 20 percent intact, while the peroneus longus was 40 percent intact. The MRI reading had indicated “only” severe tendonosis in the longus. Whatever. The surgeon repaired them as best able via stitching, and shaved down part of a bone, the peroneal tubercle, that was irritating the tendons.

I’ve had “extra stuff” forever (like 20 years) in the area where I think the peroneal tubercle lives. So I wonder if that bone spur he shaved down was a, if not the, prime instigator for the downward spiral that led to having surgery.

For those interested in learning more about the background of and surgery for this injury, I’ll get to that eventually. I’m still fairly out of it and it’s hard to concentrate on one thing for a long time, so I’ll leave you with a picture of splint and day nurse. I’ll be in the splint for four weeks, with no weight bearing on the right leg during that time.

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Peroneal Tendon Surgery, #1

Later this afternoon I’m going to have surgery to repair my right peroneus brevis tendon. I had hoped to avoid ever being cut open for running-related reasons, but oh well. Once every 34 years and 100,000 miles seems acceptable.

I’ll try to document this experience in the hope that others who might be having similar issues can learn. As with most health-related Internet searches, especially for relatively obscure running injuries, I encountered more confusion than clarity.

Later I’ll describe at length the symptoms, probable causes and concatenation of bad decisions I made that led to having surgery. For now I’ll keep it to a few pre-surgery photos that show some of what’s been going on.

The other day I took photos of my lateral right and left ankles. These are far from the most illustrative images, but you should get the idea. Notice the swelling and general “extra stuff” around the right ankle compared to the left. (Both look a little weirder than usual because I’d just gotten off the bike when I took these.)

First is the asymptomatic (but hardly beautiful!) left ankle.

Here’s the right ankle.

The other at-a-glance noticeable difference is left and right lower leg diameter. Here the right one is smaller, because favoring the damaged tendon for months led to atrophy of the muscles on that side. In this photo the difference is most noticeable toward the top of the lateral lower leg, where the relevant tendons and muscles start. There’s also a significant difference in calf diameter that I wasn’t able to capture using my iPhone.

Hmm, seems I need to start getting ready to leave for surgery. The next post will probably be immediate post-surgery stuff, then I’ll get more into the back story.

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How Cell Phone Yakkers Hijack Our Brains

A short piece I did for The Atlantic’s Health channel.

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Excerpt From My Minimalism Book

Chapter on the future of minimalism.

Because the excerpt doesn’t contain a link to easy purchase of the book, here’s one.

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Happy Birthday to My New Book

We’ll ignore the fact that the author is in an aircast, okay?

Buy it here or really wherever you see it.

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Minimalism Book (Finally) Comes Out March 12

Please to buy.

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February 28 Appearance on Public Radio

The folks at Here & Now were nice enough to ask me on to discuss doping in running. Listen to how I worked in a mention of my father-in-law’s bridge playing here.

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My Atlantic Interview With a Chocolate Researcher

Can be read here.

I was hoping for a different answer to the question about whether she or colleagues have gained weight because of nibbling on the research materials.

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My Atlantic Piece on Health Risks of Doping

Summary: It’s risky!

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How Forks Gave Us Overbites

My Atlantic interview with Bee Wilson, author of Consider the Fork.

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