Yesterday I was out for a walk, and my mind must have started to wander, probably worrying once again about the opening of school. The next thing I know I rolled my ankle and nearly fell to the ground, trying to maintain my balance while hopping on one foot. I finally got things under control, limped for just a few steps, and resumed my walk. In the back of my mind though I was thinking that there was going to be some pain in my future.
It took a few hours, but then it hit me, and I was barely able to walk.
I then texted my nephew who is a physical therapist and asked what I should do. His first response was to tell me to stop being so clumsy. He then told me about RICE – rest, ice, compression, and elevation (I liked the sound of the rest part). Later in the day, my second cousin, who is a doctor, called me when she heard about my injury (she must have heard my whimpering from miles away…) and offered the same advice.
So with the help of my wife, I went upstairs to my bed where I propped my foot on several pillows and put a freeze pack across my ankle for 20 minutes. Later in the day, my wife switched the freeze pack for a bag of frozen peas, which seemed to work much better. I barely moved all day, spending part of my time in bed reading about rolled ankles at sites like WEB MD and the University of Michigan Medicine (they all offered the same advice – RICE). I repeated the ice pack thing a couple more times, and before I knew it, it was time for bed.
When I woke up this morning, it seemed like a miracle.
I had gone from not being able to put any pressure on my bad foot to walking almost normally. I rode my stationary bike with no problem, and just out of caution, I repeated the RIE thing one more time, for about 20 minutes.
My ankle (almost) feels like nothing happened to it.
It was then I realized that following the science works – what the health professionals and trustworthy web sites had recommended, was exactly what I needed to help with the healing process.
So three cheers for science.
And a little bit of TLC doesn’t hurt either…
*image from NY Orthopedics