Finally... This morning the sports doc confirmed what I suspected all along, I have a stress fracture in the right ankle. That sucks, yes, but I've been over that for a while. I'm actually pretty damn happy now. No joke! It's great to know for sure what's up and that I can formulate a game plan.
However, the game plan won't be decided for sure until the MRI is done next week and they can see the severity of it. The physician's assistant did point it out on the x-ray though. Hopefully, I'll just be out 6-8 weeks. Long time, but I can deal with that. Was glad it was this and not another soft tissue related injury, which are a lot trickier to treat a lot of the time.
I also feel even better now about dropping at Western States. I was feeling the stress fracture about three weeks prior to the race. Makes having to quit at mile 43 because of this issue (and subsequent quad pull because of the altered gait) a bit easier to swallow.
In the meantime, I get to where this really cool, medieval looking pneumatic boot. It's actually pretty comfortable. The little gray oval you see at the top is the air pump which you press to fill the bladders around the foot to hold it in place.