Hike Distance: 6.0 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 768.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 812 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 90799 feet

I’m getting out very late today because I had an appointment with my orthopedist on the MRI results for my ankle. He was very late and so it took me awhile to get back, considering it’s located in Portland. The results are not very good. 😦   Basically I have a lesion on my right ankle joint that is probably been causing all of my pain the past couple of years. The pain is intensified as a result of getting a leg lifts and this is not making things better.

His normal recommendation would be to take two months off and see if all the swelling goes down. However, he knows I have a lot planned for the summer and has instead referred me to a specialist. He indicated that this could lead to arthritis and I would prefer not to have that.

Dr Chesnutt called me back at the beginning of this hike and indicated he had already talked to a specialist, and they felt that this was more chronic and that I can continue hiking, as planned. Their feeling is that it might be useful to get some cortisone to calm the inflammation down.   I do have minor arthritis but it’s not significant and that’s a good thing.   I’m so glad Dr Chesnutt called me back, and was willing to go the extra mile to actually talk with a specialist, before I actually saw one!   This is the kind of amazing qualities that Dr Chesnutt has, and why I see him!  He understands the importance of hiking to me, and goes above and beyond to make sure I’m getting the best care!

Basically, I just looped around the park today and managed some of the ivy.  Hot and humid today.  Definitely worth getting out and enjoying the fresh air.

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