Sprained ankle

Sprained ankle

Post by Jurgen Fritzsch » Thu, 15 Apr 1999 04:00:00


After some hard hill repetitions I ran past a building site over some sand
and rocks, twisted my ankle and landed on the ground very hard.
My wounds are not disturbing me but my ankle is swollen like never before.
Question: Besides icing - what can I do?
               When is it ok to run again?
               What can I do to strengthen my tendons because I twist
               both ankles very often. Other people just keep on running
               when this happens to them without being injured. The
               slightest uneven surface causes injuries to me even when
               I just walk.

Are there any ice packs that are re-usable besides the ones you keep in the
fridge? I heard about one you can take with you and just press a button and
the whole things inflates and gets cool. After use you throw it in hot water
to deflate it again.

Thanks for any advice, I'd like to be on the road again as soon as possible.

Gundi

 
 
 

Sprained ankle

Post by Andrew McNet » Fri, 16 Apr 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

>After some hard hill repetitions I ran past a building site over some sand
>and rocks, twisted my ankle and landed on the ground very hard.
>My wounds are not disturbing me but my ankle is swollen like never before.
>Question: Besides icing - what can I do?
>               When is it ok to run again?
>               What can I do to strengthen my tendons because I twist
>               both ankles very often. Other people just keep on running
>               when this happens to them without being injured. The
>               slightest uneven surface causes injuries to me even when
>               I just walk.

>Are there any ice packs that are re-usable besides the ones you keep in the
>fridge? I heard about one you can take with you and just press a button and
>the whole things inflates and gets cool. After use you throw it in hot
water
>to deflate it again.

I have been a cross country runner for six years and have never had problems
with major ankle sprains.  I believe that running lots of miles on varied
terrain has helped strengthen the tendons and muscles that otherwise get
ignored on the road.  In the Spring, prior to foot injuries, I was a hurdler
(another ankle-injuring event) and had no problems.  If you can, try to
throw in some trail running, or at least go to a park and run on the
playfields.  Not only will it help strengthen your tendons, but the soft
surfaces will give your joints some relief.

Best of luck to you (and everyone else)!
-Andrew