I'll pretend I didn't read that!
Actually it is normal. Keep working the foot but stick ice on afterwards.
BTW, Doctors don't qualify as someone. There is nothing, nothing you could possibly have that would get them to even blink.
You don't have ugly feet. You have feet. Would you look pretty if you were squashed inside a shoe and walked about on?
Yeah. Have you never seen Embarrassing Bodies? Doctors look at ugly, smelly, pus ridden and just generally MINGING body parts all the time. It's unlikely your feet are actually all that bad, in the grand scheme of things.
If your ankle is mostly better after a week then it was probably a fairly mild sprain. Even so, it could continue to be slightly uncomfortable for a few more weeks or even months. What you've described sounds very normal and I don't think you need to see a doctor. If any bruising/swelling you had is gone and you can walk okay, you can try a gentle jog. If it feels okay, great. If not, rest a bit longer. And even once it's healed, you might be able to feel it a bit when running. As long as there's no sharp pain, you should be okay. And like RicF says, icing it after runs for a while would be a good idea to prevent further swelling.
Thanks everyone!!! Good advice
RicF - what's wrong with Gangnam Style?
The thing I love about runners is the willingness - nay, eagerness - to be gross. Black toenails. Ja, I've had a few of them from sprinting down hills in Cumbria
What Gerry Alexis describes seems to be pretty much the same as mine. Don't think it's worth seeing my GP. I live in one of the worst boroughs in the UK and as a result only have access to a GP who shuts for about 4 hours in the middle of every day and gives out prescriptions like candy without even looking me in the eye. Thankfully I don't have to go often!
I did it about 4 weeks ago and it REALLY hurt at the time but I was able to walk on it straightaway. I started running again a few days ago and cycling. Interestingly the only time it has really twinged since I started training again was at the traffic lights when I had to twist out of the cleats on my road bike
I fell of a kerb about 7 weeks ago, which was 2 weeks before my first marathon. Two days earlier I'd done my last long run of 24 miles in a decent time, so was pretty well prepared and was (still am) absolutely gutted about it.
My ankle still isn't right, and I can't even contemplate running on it but I've been doing plenty of other exercise. However looking at it, it's still fairly swollen and I get stabbing pains in it from time to time if I twist it or put too much weight on it.
I was originally following the advice of RICE for 2 or 3 weeks, and then contrast bathing and wobble board, for a couple of weeks but am getting increasingly pi$$ed off that it's not 100% fixed yet.
Not sure what to do now.
Did my first run since the sprain this evening. Bit of a twinge but not too bad so far.
runs-with-dogs wrote (see)
Sometimes I think a broken bone would heal quicker than a whole bunch of torn ligaments...
Yep, completely agree. Still when I move it in a certain way I get a sharp pain through. But I've been running and cycling every day now since last Tuesday. Seems ok. Definitely think you should get an X-ray, Rajdeep.
I sprained mine in May this year and it took a good 3 months for it to get better to the point of approaching normal. I still get twinges from time to time but I am more careful now about how I place my feet which I suppose is a good thing.
I read a LOT about how to get things back to normal at the time and the general consensus seems to be that as soon as you can bear weight on it without pain then start rebuilding the strength in the ankle. When it gets sprained the ligaments get stretched and they don't just spring back into place so you have to actively strengthen all of the muscles surrounding the ankle to make sure that you don't end up in a chronic situation where it constantly gets re-sprained. I got a wobble board relatively cheaply and I found that to be really helpful. as is standing on one leg whenever possible (think brushing your teeth, washing dishes etc).
Other than that you just have to let it heal. By all means try little tester jogs but if it hurts stop immediately and give it some more time. Hope this helps!
PS. Totally agree, a broken ankle would be far better than a sprain.
Yeah you do get a good few funny looks - especially when you fall over!!
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