Last night I went to my appointment for my ankle. I couldn’t tell if he was sports trainer or a physical therapist because he didn’t really introduce himself.
Let’s back up-I was really looking forward to this appointment. I felt all adult about making & keeping the appt despite having to drive through a mini blizzard to get there. This is an accomplishment for me!
I walked to the front desk & they told me to go to this conference room around the bend & go in. I followed these instructions & walked in:
Him: “umm-I’m with someone. I can only help one person at a time. Take a seat out there.”
I slunk out to a chair & debated walking out right then & there. He was rude & condescending. But I thought I would give it a go – maybe I was just embarrassed and he really wasn’t as rude as I thought?
He called me in after the other guy, & I said: “my apologies was barging in-the front desk told me to walk right in”
Him: “well, they don’t always know what they doing now do they”
He said he needed to finish notes on the other guy first so I just sat there. Finally he asked what the problem was. I explained my ankle issue but only said it had been bothering me for 6 months as opposed to the full year and half.
Him: “so, this has been a problem for 6 months & you are just NOW seeing someone?”
Me: “well, I wasn’t sure if it was an on-going issue. I didn’t know where to start & then I saw this & thought I would try it. But if I need to start someplace else that’s fine & I can go”. Yes, I did have a tone because he was being such an ass! I think he heard it as he then hemmed & hawed & said we could start & see where that led us.
He tweaked around my ankle & peroneal tendonitis was the determination (got it/knew it). He told me lack of flexibility was the problem so I asked about some stretches to help this:
Him: “well, there are about 80 of them,” like I was the biggest idiot on he planet. I started saying I could just look them up as he stood up like he was leaving. Alas, he showed me a couple of stretches & told me I need to stand up straight while stretching since I’m not an “ape” & he “certainly doesn’t believe we descended from apes, some ppl do, I don’t!”Religious convo?! What is happening?!
He showed me two stretches, explaining how he was much more flexible than I am & that “if I ever want to be a runner” then I need to do these.
“IF I ever want to be a runner?!!!”
I practically ran out of there. He didn’t want me there, & I didn’t want to be there. My interwebbing was more informative. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any suggestions about what else to do beyond these stretches-heat? Taping it? I really wanted a KT tape demo (in person) & ask about my arch but questions were not encouraged. I barely tied my shoes & I was clearly dismissed as he barely acknowledged my departure.
I was kind of crushed.
I’m sticking with my google knowledge. He showed me one stretch that I will utilize but other than that it was a waste of my time. I’ve read blogs where they had wonderful experiences with sports therapists and/or PT folk & I WANTED this. I also don’t do well when ppl are condescending & simply blatantly rude to me. I get flustered. I even tried to keep my bitchy resting face positive in hopes of turning it around.