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1613 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Jul 17, 2010 6:55 AM by lenzlaw
djsturtevant Amateur 16 posts since
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Jul 16, 2010 2:42 PM

Out with an ankle sprain.  What can I do?

I sprained my ankle on Monday stepping in a hole while on a hike.  This was one of the worst sprains I've had and I have experienced many.  My ankle looked like someone had shoved a tennis ball inside of it.  Clearly running is out of the question for a few weeks, I even had to miss a 5k this week because of it.  It is healing and I am RICE-ing the heck out of it.  However, I am getting a little punchy.  


I am going to start going to the gym in the next day or two to continue my weight lifting program that I began a few months back.  I'll be doing activity that only involes sitting until I can bear extra weight while standing.  I know I'll lose some level of conditioning, endurance, and speed but what can I do when I work out to help minimize that loss?  Should I focus on my legs more often?  Ideas for exercises to help?

  • Haselsmasher Legend 538 posts since
    May 25, 2009
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    1. Jul 17, 2010 6:28 AM (in response to djsturtevant)
    Re: Out with an ankle sprain. What can I do?

    It's a little dusty, but I wrote a short article about sprained ankle and rehabbing it.  It's not comprehensive - but it has some ideas.


    I think the bottom line is 1) work on getting the nervous system working well so the ankle and brain can sense when it's in a bad situation and 2) make it strong so if it needs to react it has the strength to do so.


    If you haven't already I'd look at going to a good sports PT.  They'll have all sorts of things you can do to make it better.



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  • lenzlaw Community Moderator 10,539 posts since
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    2. Jul 17, 2010 6:55 AM (in response to Haselsmasher)
    Re: Out with an ankle sprain. What can I do?

    Ditto on going to a PT.  The last time I sprained an ankle I did the usual RICE home treatment and didn't run for a couple weeks.  When I tried to go back to running, I still couldn't.  PT fixed me up in a 10 or 12 visits, and I added some ankle strengthening exercise to my routine.




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