|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?