Oops - I sprained my left ankle today, twisting the foot sideways on the grass/dirt trails after only a half mile or so of running. From past experience I know that I could have kept going and finished the rest of the five miles without too much pain, but would have suffered for that later.
Instead, I phoned the girls and we all went back to the car so I could get home to ice the injury as soon as possible. It's not a bad sprain, just a moderate pain but no bruising evident at the skin (yet). Here is my approach to healing it:
- Ice it on and off, more on than off, for several hours to minimize swelling,
- Take one and only one Aleve (naproxen) capsule to further manage swelling, and
- Elevate the foot, same reason.
- Use the foot as necessary, and at least a little every hour, but avoid serious pain.
- A little dark chocolate has nothing to do with healing but improves my spirits.
- Switch to alternating heat and cold, off and on for a day or two at least,
- Use the foot. Avoid serious pain, but keep the foot working so that it heals correctly. No running at first, but walking and stairs are OK and even necessary.
- No more Aleve or other NSAID. I believe that these may actually impair the ability to heal in the long run, and I already take an aspirin every day as part of the myeloma therapy.
- Take Vitamin C, Zinc, and Glucosamine / Chondroitin, all of which may actually help rebuild connective tissue.
- Be guided by the pain. When running feels OK, start on a flat surface, such as a paved trail.
Any other suggestions?