Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thirteen Thoughts and Bits of Advice on Sprained Ankles

Earlier this week, I stepped off the curb and turned my ankle. It hurt, but I figured I’d walk it off. Then, yesterday when I got up, I couldn’t put weight on my foot. It was all swollen up, so I went to the doctor. 

The doctor diagnosed my injury as a mildly sprained ankle. I guess that wasn’t too surprising. Ankle injuries happen a lot. According to the American College of Sports Medicine 25, 000 Americans sprain their ankles each day. What is a sprained ankle? Well, it’s the tearing of the ligaments, those bands of tissue that connect bones and cartilage. Usually people injure the outside ligament when their ankle rolls. That’s what happened to me. My doctor recommended the typical treatment, known as RICE. It is rest, ice, compression and elevation. She told me that I should try to stay off my foot as much as possible. Apply ice during the first day or so after the injury. Consider wrapping my ankle, and sitting in a recliner. Good news though, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons states that, “studies have shown that the sooner you return to activity, the better and typically the faster you will recover.” They advise, “If pain allows, start moving the ankle early.” Cool. I started hobbling around.

Of course, common sense had to be applied as well. Drayer Physical Theory’s blog said that it takes about two to four weeks to “regain full mobility and for the swelling to fully resolve,” when a person has a grade one sprain. 

What does this have to do with writing you might ask. Well, first, I can write while I’m applying the RICE treatment and second, this experience gives me fuel for my fiction. As Natalie Goldberg puts it in Writing Down the Bones, “Writers live twice. They go along with their regular life, are as fast as anyone in the grocery store, crossing the street, getting dressed for work in the morning. But there's another part of them that they have been training. The one that lives every second at a time. That sits down and sees their life again and goes over it. Looks at the texture and details.” 

What experiences have you had that you want to record sometime? Please share. 

Sources tirza-van-dijk


  1. They've got me on the RICE thing too. Did I mention the compression hose? It goes from toes to the top of my thigh.

    1. Alice Audrey,
      No, I don't think you did. I hope you mend quickly.

  2. I do RICE a lot. Wishing you a speedy recovery! These things are no fun, but good that you went to the doctor. Sometimes, we just can't afford to "tough it out" because it leads to worse down the road. Heal Up!

  3. Thanks Zippi,
    I'm feeling a lot better now than I did earlier. :)

  4. Hope you are doing better! I journal so I tend to record everything. Conversations, the weather, what I had for dinner. I pity the person who gets a hold of that stuff after I die.