My Aching Foot

So it hasn’t been a great week. On Tuesday I tripped on my way down the stairs and sprained my ankle. Oh my goodness, it hurt so much I thought it was broken! I just lay there on the floor crying for about 20 minutes before my friend came and helped me up! She thought I should go to the hospital, but since I realized since I could still walk on it, it probably wasn’t broken! I called my Mom to see what she thought I should do – I know, I’m still a big kid really! She told me I’ve probably just sprained it and gave me some of her advice. Isn’t it amazing that Moms just seem to know everything!

sprained foot

She asked me for my symptoms – I told her that it was swollen, painful, especially when standing and walking, and it was hot and red. She said that it sounded like a sprain and suggested a few simple remedies to take care of it so it would feel better.

 

She told me about RICE – no, not the stuff you eat! Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. They’re the four things that you should do to help a sprain.

 

Rest helps to stop the injury from getting worse by avoiding putting extra stress on the inflamed tissues.

 

Ice is a great way to reduce the pain experienced by counteracting the increased flow of blood to the area to reduce heat and swelling. She told me, however, to never apply ice onto my skin directly, but to always put a towel between the injury and the ice. She said to leave it in place for 20 minutes then to wait 30 minutes then reapply so frostbite doesn’t occur.

 

Compression offers additional support and helps in preventing inflammation. Using an elastic wrap can help, but she said not to wrap it too tightly as this could impede the blood flow.

 

Elevation by keeping my foot up helps the body to absorb the fluids which have leaked into the tissues. She said I had to prop my foot up to keep it above my heart level using pillows or a reclining chair.

 

She suggested I take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen to reduce the swelling and pain.

girl drinking medicine

She told me that if it wasn’t starting to feel better in 7 days to go and see the doctor, but she was pretty sure that I’d be feeling just fine in a few days. She was right! It’s been 4 days now, and although I still have an aching foot, it’s much better than it was. I can limp around anyway!

 

My mom told me that to prevent it happening again I should always wear sensible shoes and to consider doing some strengthening exercises so my foot will be better supported. She suggested that I keep a brace on it when doing sports for a few more months until it’s fully healed. I think I might take her advice for a change – I think I’m starting to learn that mother really does know best.

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