Lipedema Isn’t Cosmetic and My Ankle is Proof

A lot of people (*cough* insurance companies) seem to think that lipedema is cosmetic.  It isn’t, it causes real pain and real problems with your body.

Today I went to pick up my roller blades from the podiatrist’s office since I commissioned her to make a custom pair of inlays for my skates.  However, since the swelling has been going down in my right thigh (and possibly because of Pokemon Go), I’ve been doing a lot of walking lately and my left ankle has been killing me.

I’m not new to my left ankle hurting.  This was the first place I really slid into decline on the whole lipedema front when my ankle started hurting so badly I could no longer jog since the tendon running through my ankle became inflamed due to my walking/running on the outside of my foot.  This of course was caused by the fat growing between my thighs and making me “bowlegged” in a way.

Of course now that my activity has really revved up due to being more mobile, the tendon is complaining and it’s presenting as pain in another spot than before.  Near my heel, right behind the ankle (and the ankle is fairly swollen too).  Apparently, according to the podiatrist, the tendon became really stretched out over the past 6 years due to the way I was forced to walk, even though I wear very supportive hiking boots.  So that’s why it’s all sore and swollen.

She has absolutely no idea if this is going to go away, it’s pretty damaged from the years of abuse.  However, the aftermath of lipdema is starting.  I have yet another appointment with yet another physical therapist.  This one is specialized in foot and ankle problems, so I’ll probably need to start working on making my ankle stronger.

In the mean time, I’m supposed to let my ankle rest.  The good news is this doesn’t rule out my lifting, roller blading (as the podiatrist pointed out, my ankle isn’t going anywhere in those boots), and cycling.  So since my lower back is acting up again and long distance walking isn’t really in the cards anyways, it could be loads worse.


PetraAnn was first diagnosed with Lipedema in fall 2015 after years of eating keto and exercising with no weight loss results.After diagnosis, she has gone through 8 tumescent liposuction procedures from 2016 until 2018 and on 17 December 2019 underwent an abdominoplasty to remove the remaining 3-4 liters of lippy fat and loose skin.

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