Posted: 15/09/2016 at 09:53
Sticky88 - I had this exact injury at this time last year, and I got it pretty much the exact same way you did by standing on a plastic bottle and twisting my foot. Sadly the only real solution to this injury is rest.
I picked up the injury at the beginning of August. I had the support boot on for 8 weeks. Once it came off it was another week before I was walking normally. Be prepared that your leg will feel like jelly when you first remove the boot. At the start of October I managed some swimming, which I understand you can't do, but I can't think of much else you can do with this injury. By mid-October I was doing some very easy paced jogging, taking it slow and being very careful about where I ran.
On returning to running the biggest difference initially was I could feel every lump and bump in the pavement. The slightest deviation from completely flat and smooth tarmac and a little twinge at the point of injury was to be expected. Attempting to run around corners on the side of the injured foot was now difficult. I certainly started to take a much wider path when I first started back running.
From November onwards I was able to ramp up my running. By December I was running regularly and putting in the miles, but still had the odd twinge and was still a bit nervous about running bad surfaces. I raced a 10km in early January and in early January started marathon training. I got through that training perfectly well and managed to get my form back to close to what it had been pre-injury. I'd say it was probably February by the time I was truly running freely and confident enough to push hard and not worry about every bump on the pavement.
The main thing with this injury is time. You do have to accept that you'll be out for a period of time and that you will have a similar length of time building yourself back up and putting up with little niggles and twinges.The plus point is that once the bone has healed you're good to go, as long as you let the injury heal properly you shouldn't have any future issues from it. I've been running and racing, including marathons and trails, this year and the foot has been fine. Give it time and you'll be good to go again.