Yesterday I was listening to musician/actor Jack Black on the Smartless podcast. He mentioned that he was a guest on Conan O’Brien’s last Late Night TV show in June of 2020.
Something that I have always known or assumed, when you are watching say Late Night with Dave Letterman (I know, he’s now retired) and he does one of his bits where he gets up and leaves the stage to go, say, down to the street below or into a back office, all of the footage you see was filmed in advance and the host is merely sitting down offstage while it runs. Their only problem is continuity, to be sure he is wearing the same clothing for both the advance shots and the live broadcast.
So the day before Black was shooting footage for the following day’s show down at street level, and for some reason the bit required him to run from the street into the building where the show was filmed. He came upon uneven pavement and managed to severely sprain his ankle. Because the network (TBS) is cautious and thorough, they put him in an ambulance and took him to the emergency room. He was able to do his appearance on the show the following day, and they used the footage from the prior day too for the bit, except for the sprain.
One of the hosts of the podcast asked him how long it took for the ankle to heal. This was two years after the injury. He answered that it still had not healed, and that he didn’t think that it ever would.
On January 30 of this year I was cross country skiing and had a fall. That is common, and I was not injured, as part of XC is to fall properly on your ass. However, in getting up I managed to hyper extend my ankle, i.e., sprain it, just as Black did. A sprain is usually damage to a ligament, either torn or stressed. When mine did not heal within a month, I visited a podiatrist and was given physical therapy appointments for a couple of months. They did no good.
It is now 5-1/2 months after the injury, and there is no improvement. I wonder if it is ever going to heal. The physical therapist said that it would, eventually, heal, and to keep up with normal activities as if it were not damaged. So I do go to the gym, use a treadmill, do weight-bearing lifting that involves the ankle, and even the dreaded StairMaster. I have also gone on hikes, the longest 9+ miles. I wear a brace for all these activities, but I am wondering now if I was given good advice.
I cannot bear the thought of staying off the foot. Typical of a gym rat, I fear if I do not work out regularly, I will backslide. We rats are a bit obsessive that way.
Has anyone reading this had a similar experience? Offer any advice? Do ankle sprains indeed heal … eventually?
Thanks for helping.