I am no stranger to sprained ankles. Both my ankles have experienced their fair share of sprains over the course of my life and it’s to be expected when you’ve spent most of your time on earth running, jumping, and doing all sorts of ankle jeopardizing activities. So, the fact that I’ve been nursing a slightly sprained ankle for the past couple of days is no surprise. What is a surprise though, is I have absolutely no idea how I hurt it. Not only that, I’ve only ever sprained the outside of my ankle, and this time I managed to do the opposite. The whole thing is quite strange and perplexing and I’m almost certain that one of my competitors has a secret voodoo doll with my face attached and has been poking me with pins in the ankle region. It’s either that, or I’ve been sleep bounding and not knowing it.
Whatever the case, I have been prescribed the most ancient and annoying of all remedies… R.I.C.E. For those of you that spent your childhood playing piano and dissecting frogs, you may not be familiar with this, but it stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. This kind of treatment bothers a person like me tremendously and I end up feeling like a helpless caged animal. Yesterday, I tried to add my own twist to it and include med ball throws, bench press, leg press, core circuit, and bike, but in the end the swelling ended up increasing instead of decreasing, and that’s not really what I was after. So, today I will follow it a little closer and hope that this little niggle disappears as quickly and as miraculously as it appeared in the first place.
And if you are reading this and you are the one with the voodoo doll, PLEASE STOP!