It’s not as bad as I thought. I’m only 3.5 inches lower than my personal best, before the ankle sprain.
I’d been doing single leg squats to try and keep some strength in my legs while I waited for the ankle to recover. I’ve also be extremely active with rehabbing the ankle itself, so today when I tried a maximum effort jump there was very little pain.
The swelling is almost completely gone, which is incredible considering it looked like this just over a month ago:
I’m just grateful that I can jump again. Having this forced time away from jumping has shown me that I’m really just lucky to be able to use my legs at all.
The game now is going to be finding explosive movements I can do without further pissing my ankle off. So far, every plyometric jump movement seems to require high amounts of force to travel through the ankle joint. So for now I’ll probably just limit exertion to a point where I’m not feeling any pain, and hope to do more good than harm.