November 25, 2014

Rolling an ankle

Saturday rolled around and a group run with some of my Without Limits teammates was on my schedule.  We hit the pavement at 8:30 am and the group had an eight mile run planned.  Holly had some speed work in the middle, and Lisa joined along, but Linda kept me company for a gentle pace of  9:15-9:30.  After the speedsters were done, we met up for the final couple miles back to Starbucks.  During that time, there was much more traffic than normal, and while looking at the oncoming cars instead of pavement, I had an accident.  Not only did I land on some kind of tree nut, but I went over on my ankle, and I went over hard. It was fortunate there was no spill involved, but as Holly watched this happen to me, she then hit the same nut and did a less deadly twist of her ankle.  It was painful and I walked/limped and caught my breath for about a minute.  Then I tried to jog thinking that would help work it out.  It was no worse by slow running, and that is what I did for the mile or so back to the parking lot.  After a nice peppermint hot chocolate at Starbucks with my pals, I drove home to take care of my ankle.  First up was some ice and of course Lulu kept me company!


Yep, she needs a haircut and a bath!

 Rolling an ankle is no joke and the ligaments and tendons in your foot can become strained and inflamed.  While a visit to the doctor may make sense if you have swelling, bruising or pain, I experienced neither swelling or bruising and the pain was manageable, so I chose to treat myself with plenty of advice from Tom!

After 20 minutes of icing, I did a Google search on ankle roll.  The information I found was exactly what I expected.  RICE = rest, ice, compression, elevate. The resting part was easy after completing an 8 mile run.  Sitting in my "ma chair" with Lulu as company was the perfect way to spend the afternoon and keep the foot elevated!  I alternated icing with a bag of ice, a Dr. Cool wrap  and the Bucky for boo boo's that I received last Christmas in my stocking.  Taking Ibuprophen and icing eliminated any swelling in my foot.  The Voltaren gel which I use for arthritis on that same foot also came in handy to help ease the pain.



The last few days have been without exercise other than a short walk around the block with Lulu.  Resting the ankle/foot has really important since I am still hoping to run the Toys for Tots turkey trot on Thanksgiving with my family.  Most of all though, I want to recover so my training plan for the Boston Marathon can commence on December 20th.  Wow, I can't believe it is less than a month away!

Who has experienced an ankle roll?  Any recovery tips you can share?



18 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! I am so sorry to hear about you accident. Hope you feel better soon. Sounds like you are doing all the right thit to heal properly. -L

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    1. I hope so Lacey, although I think a trip to the gym today was probably a bit too soon.

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  2. Oh no Pam! SO sorry this happened! Yes I've rolled my ankle before...it's not fun. But rest was definitely the healing factor. Hope it feels better soon!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. rest is not something I do very well, but I know it is important.

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  3. Sorry to hear this happened, but glad to hear it wasn't worse! I'm always tripping over stuff and having those moments where your ankle starts to roll and you JUST catch yourself - fingers crossed I can keep it at that and not end up with a more serious injury!

    Keep R-I-C-Eing and hopefully it'll be feeling better soon!

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    1. I'm an accident waiting to happen, and the reason I own a Bucky to heal my boo boo's. Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  4. I also have found wearing the ProCompression socks post ankle roll helps to. They always make my rolled ankles feel better, along with ice and rest. Feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try those on our 4 hour car ride tomorrow.

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  5. I do have weak ankles but have never rolled them as bad as you described - ouch that sounds so painful! I'm so glad nothings swollen, broken, or torn! Hope resting it helps and the Turkey Trot goes well!! Fingers crossed for you!

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    1. Thanks Karen and have a great Thanksgiving and happy Black Friday shopping too!

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  6. My ankles are definitely a weak spot for me. I can certainly empathize. You are smart to spend a few days off of it. The main thing is to properly recover before you start your Boston training.

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    1. Yes, I am trying to be good and rest, ice and elevate. May have to DNS my 5k tomorrow.

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  7. I'm sorry! Hope it feels better soon. It sounds like peppermint hot chocolate is definitely the perfect kiss on the boo-boo though!

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    1. I am addicted to the seasonal drinks, speaking of which I have not had my weekly peppermint shake from Chick fil A!

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  8. Yikes! Glad to see your NOT following the Black Dog Recovery Program of ignore it until it gets so bad that you have to go to the ortho and end up having to wear ugly shoes. (Which thankfully, as it turns out, aren't quite THAT hideous!). And I'm glad see that adorable fluff of fur is making sure Mom gets her rest!

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  9. Oh no! Just RICE it to death!! Hope you feel better!

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  10. I'm hoping by now your ankle is already much better, and that taking it easy for a few more days takes care of it completely. (side note - Lulu is just adorable) Hope you, Christine and your respective gentlemen have a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether you trot or not!

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