Salad Days
Mister Woodchip

Winning At Ankle Injuries, Except Really the Opposite of That

The ER doctor warned me that my ankle would take at least four to six weeks to heal, and even longer if I didn't:

1) Stay off it

2) Stretch and exercise it

3) Elevate it

4) Ice it

5) Ice it, then soak it

6) Repeat items 2-5 at least five times a day

The ER nurse added to my aftercare instructions by yelling "NO SHOES NO" at me when I asked whether I was supposed to wear the air cast over or under my shoe.

No shoes no. Okay then. So...socks? I'm supposed to walk around in public with only a sock to protect my feet from general ground filth? That's going to be a really, really gross sock.

At that point the nurse rolled her eyes at me in frustration because NO SHOES NO, BECAUSE NO WALKING NO EITHER. IT'S LIKE THE FIRST THING WE TOLD YOU, IDIOT.

You can imagine how well I've been able to follow the above instructions. As soon as I could bear to put weight on my foot, I damn well did so, because the crutches were a huge pain in the ass and the arm muscles. I maybe remembered to ice it once or twice a day. I usually made it about halfway up or down the stairs following the "proper" ankle-injury stair-walking protocol (up with the good, down with the bad, one stair at a time) before getting impatient and walking up normally. Every time I elevated it, someone would inevitably come along and sit on it, to the point that I felt too much like a vulnerable wounded animal to lie down on the couch with my foot propped up and would flinch and yelp in proactive fear every time my children approached me. 

Last Thursday my air cast disappeared into thin air (okay, into a drawer that I didn't think to check), but then boys had karate so I went commando without it. And I wore yes shoes yes.

So of course, my ankle remains solidly, pathetically borked. The skin looks much less zombiefied now, as the bruises continue to make their way through the rainbow kaleidoscope of fucked-up colors, but I'm still limping and feel reeeeeally unstable and wobbly without the ankle support. And yes, it still really goddamn hurts and I kind of regret not filling my prescription for Percoset from the ER because "getting hooked on prescription painkillers and then like, having a full-on meth spiral five minutes later like a PSA commercial" ranks surprisingly high on my list of Irrational Fears. I threw it away and took Advil instead.

I keep swearing that no, today, I MEAN IT THIS TIME, I'm going to keep off it all day and ice it and stretch it and be the best little injured person I can possibly be. I'm going to get this right and let it heal properly so I'm not that person who sprains her ankle every time she steps off a curb in a stiff breeze.

(As opposed to the person who sprains her ankle every time she wears stiletto platforms and has to like, walk across a carpeted room. Whatever. That's a completely different kind of person.)

This resolution usually lasts about 20 minutes or so, or however long it takes for something like this to happen:

Ike and the bags

Semi-related: OH DEAR GOD MELISSA MCCARTHY WHAT ARE YOU DOOOOING STOP STOP STOP I CAN'T EVEN WATCH THIS.

Comments

Sarah

Amy, please get on the couch now. Also, consider getting another set of xrays. It sounds broken to me.

Sarah

Amy, please get on the couch now. Also, consider getting another set of xrays. It sounds broken to me.

Sarah

Amy, please get on the couch now. Also, consider getting another set of xrays. It sounds broken to me.

Laura

HA! I totally thought of you when I saw her monologue!!!

Laura

HA! I totally thought of you when I saw her monologue!!!

Laura

HA! I totally thought of you when I saw her monologue!!!

Lisa

Seven years (remember that number) I was outside standing on damp grass, minding my own, when all of a sudden my left foot just went rogue and I slid about three feet down an incline. I sprain every ligament and tendon in the top part of my foot and ankle, and the nice doctor told me in the ER, "You're going to wish you broke it."

Because lo, these SEVEN YEARS later, it is a half-size bigger than my other foot, it swells like a motherfucker at any increase in humidity, and now I have plantar faciitis in that heel because THIS FOOT. IT IS FUCKED. I can't wear heels; I can't wear flats. I am forever Orthaheel and FitFlops bitch.

I feel your pain, sister. ::fist bump::

Lisa

Seven years (remember that number) I was outside standing on damp grass, minding my own, when all of a sudden my left foot just went rogue and I slid about three feet down an incline. I sprain every ligament and tendon in the top part of my foot and ankle, and the nice doctor told me in the ER, "You're going to wish you broke it."

Because lo, these SEVEN YEARS later, it is a half-size bigger than my other foot, it swells like a motherfucker at any increase in humidity, and now I have plantar faciitis in that heel because THIS FOOT. IT IS FUCKED. I can't wear heels; I can't wear flats. I am forever Orthaheel and FitFlops bitch.

I feel your pain, sister. ::fist bump::

Lisa

Seven years (remember that number) I was outside standing on damp grass, minding my own, when all of a sudden my left foot just went rogue and I slid about three feet down an incline. I sprain every ligament and tendon in the top part of my foot and ankle, and the nice doctor told me in the ER, "You're going to wish you broke it."

Because lo, these SEVEN YEARS later, it is a half-size bigger than my other foot, it swells like a motherfucker at any increase in humidity, and now I have plantar faciitis in that heel because THIS FOOT. IT IS FUCKED. I can't wear heels; I can't wear flats. I am forever Orthaheel and FitFlops bitch.

I feel your pain, sister. ::fist bump::

Jen

I really, really think you need another opinion. A walking boot would be so much more practical, for one thing.

My ankle (when broken) didn't look nearly as roughed up as yours. Pics here:
http://wp.me/p1LGFP-Je

Jen

I really, really think you need another opinion. A walking boot would be so much more practical, for one thing.

My ankle (when broken) didn't look nearly as roughed up as yours. Pics here:
http://wp.me/p1LGFP-Je

Jen

I really, really think you need another opinion. A walking boot would be so much more practical, for one thing.

My ankle (when broken) didn't look nearly as roughed up as yours. Pics here:
http://wp.me/p1LGFP-Je

Jen

I really, really think you need another opinion. A walking boot would be so much more practical, for one thing.

My ankle (when broken) didn't look nearly as roughed up as yours. Pics here:
http://onechicklette.com/2012/06/02/woman-down/

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Strathwood-Anti-Gravity-Adjustable-Recliner-Champagne/dp/B001BSQB94/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_5_8S0E

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Strathwood-Anti-Gravity-Adjustable-Recliner-Champagne/dp/B001BSQB94/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_5_8S0E

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

Jen

Oops. Didn't mean to post three times. I kept getting an error.

Sarah

Amy, please get on the couch now. Also, consider getting another set of xrays. It sounds broken to me.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these: http://www.amazon.com/Strathwood-Anti-Gravity-Adjustable-Recliner-Champagne

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Strathwood-Anti-Gravity-Adjustable-Recliner-Champagne/dp/B001BSQB94/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_5_8S0E

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these Strathwood Anti Gravity Chair (Amazon $65)

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these Strathwood Anti Gravity Chair (Amazon $65)

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these Strathwood Anti Gravity Chair (Amazon $65)

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these Strathwood Anti Gravity Chair (Amazon $65)http://www.amazon.com/Strathwood-Anti-Gravity-Adjustable-Recliner-Champagne/dp/B001BSQB94/ref=pd_rhf_se_s_cp_5_8S0E

BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these Strathwood Anti Gravity Chair (Amazon $65)
BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

aew

So my husband broke his heel bone in half last year. We happened to have one of these Strathwood Anti Gravity Chair (Amazon $65)
BEST THING EVER FOR ELEVATING YOUR FEET! He lived in it for a two weeks. Best part is while you are reclined, your torso is still "up" enough to watch TV.

Linda

I broke and dislocated my ankle two years ago. I didn't have the swelling and bruising you do. Pics here:warning- not pretty http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h400/Linnee423/

Lisa, when you sprain your ankle so severely that you break bones, you wish you had just sprained it.

Amy,the mom in me wants to suggest you have an orthopedic doctor check your ankle. A walking boot is a good idea. Ice and elevate. Rinse. Repeat.

Linda

I broke and dislocated my ankle two years ago. I didn't have the swelling and bruising you do. Pics here:warning- not pretty http://s1107.photobucket.com/albums/h400/Linnee423/

Lisa, when you sprain your ankle so severely that you break bones, you wish you had just sprained it.

Amy,the mom in me wants to suggest you have an orthopedic doctor check your ankle. A walking boot is a good idea. Ice and elevate. Rinse. Repeat.

Amalah

(Why are comments all triple posting? I have no idea. Iz ghostz, probz.)

Thanks for all the concern but my ankle really isn't broken, I swear. It's a torn ligament, which is super prone to the crazy swelling and bruising and fits with pretty much every symptom/stage I've gone through. Probably something between a Level II and Level III sprain. Like Lisa described, sprains can be really underrated as to How Much They Can Suck when you damage the ligaments and tendons.

I have a splint now that I can wear shoes with -- my problems are totally my own fault because I overdo it the instant I feel a little better. (Usually on the stairs. My house has too many stairs and I am perpetually on the wrong end of them.)

Linda

I broke and dislocated my ankle two years ago. I didn't have the swelling and bruising you do.

Lisa, when you sprain your ankle so severely that you break bones, you wish you had just sprained it.

Amy,the mom in me wants to suggest you have an orthopedic doctor check your ankle. A walking boot is a good idea. Ice and elevate. Rinse. Repeat.

Beth

""getting hooked on prescription painkillers and then like, having a full-on meth spiral five minutes later like a PSA commercial" ranks surprisingly high on my list of Irrational Fears"

YES, me too! I didn't take any pain medication after having my son, not because I thought I was some warrior mom, but because I was convinced I'd be hooked.

Beth

""getting hooked on prescription painkillers and then like, having a full-on meth spiral five minutes later like a PSA commercial" ranks surprisingly high on my list of Irrational Fears"

YES, me too! I didn't take any pain medication after having my son, not because I thought I was some warrior mom, but because I was convinced I'd be hooked.

Christina

The comments posting three times (at minimum) per person is cracking me up. Bet it's making you wonder if someone slipped you some pills after all...

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug. This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

Linda

I broke and dislocated my ankle two years ago. I didn't have the swelling and bruising you do.

Lisa, when you sprain your ankle so severely that you break bones, you wish you had just sprained it.

Amy,the mom in me wants to suggest you have an orthopedic doctor check your ankle. A walking boot is a good idea. Ice and elevate. Rinse. Repeat.

Jillian

I tore a bunch of crap in my ankle when carrying my newborn down the stairs. He was fine. I was not. At least get a lace up ankle brace thing like athletes wear to keep it stabilized. And you can still wear shoes! I wore one for about a month and my ankle finally felt "normal-ish" after about 3 months. It blew.

Jillian

I tore a bunch of crap in my ankle when carrying my newborn down the stairs. He was fine. I was not. At least get a lace up ankle brace thing like athletes wear to keep it stabilized. And you can still wear shoes! I wore one for about a month and my ankle finally felt "normal-ish" after about 3 months. It blew.

Amy in StL

WTF? Put the damn air-cast back on! Seriously! It's not going to get better with you walking on it so just fucking quit already! (Yes, I'm being mean.)

Amy in StL

WTF? Put the damn air-cast back on! Seriously! It's not going to get better with you walking on it so just fucking quit already! (Yes, I'm being mean.)

Amy in StL

WTF? Put the damn air-cast back on! Seriously! It's not going to get better with you walking on it so just quit already! (Yes, I'm being mean.)

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels for me. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels for me. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. I suddenly had stability! My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels only. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your calf muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

The site is giving us all errors which is why we are repeatedly posting the same comments! Gah!!!

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels for me. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

The site is giving us all errors which is why we are repeatedly posting the same comments! Gah!!!

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels for me. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

The site is giving us all errors which is why we are repeatedly posting the same comments! Gah!!!

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels for me. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

The site is giving us all errors which is why we are repeatedly posting the same comments! Gah!!!

Karen

I know it costs a lot to do physical therapy - but two years ago - I rolled the old ankle as I had many, many times. I did it at work this time so I got PT! Score! It was only about 6 sessions but the exercises they do are so much better than the a-b-c's and round and round ones the doctors show you. My ankle is so much stronger now (knocking on wood in hope to scare off jinxing powers) than it ever was. I was carrying the baby with me (only a few months old at the time) and the PT scared me into working so hard because "the next time" I could drop him or land on him...*gasp*.

Also - she told me NO PLATFORM anythings. Kitten or hourglass heels for me. Also, no flats! She said the best type of heel is the clog or hourglass style because they engage your muscles to help support the ankles when the ligaments are torn to hell.

The site is giving us all errors which is why we are repeatedly posting the same comments! Gah!!!

Anastasia

Don't know if this would help or not, but when my husband broke his foot, falling down a ladder, he had very similar issues with staying still. My grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream, and it worked miracles. Google says Diclofenac is a non steroidal anti inflammatory drug (NSAID). This medicine works by reducing substances in the body that cause pain inflammation. I don't know if you need a prescription for it or not, but it may help, and get you back on your foot.

sheilah

Ahhh...look at that face!

(and sit the f$@# down!)

sheilah

Ahhh...look at that face!

(and sit the f$@# down!)

LD's Mom

I thought of you instantly when I watched that SNL clip. Too funny!

Rachel N.

I used the "moon" boot for a month and it allowed me to be super mobile and yet protected and stabilized my ankle. TOTALLY worth it. Also worth it? Physical therapy. Getting the muscles in your ankle strengthened will go a long way toward preventing re-injury. You know, just fit it into your wide open schedule! :)

Suzy Q

I can't believe you tossed out a script for Percocet. Not that I'm into drugs or anything, but you never know when they might come in handy.

That picture of Ike is so damn cute. That little guilty face!

That SNL monologue was PAINFUL to watch. Haven't seen the whole show yet. WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO HER WHY DOES SHE LET THEM WHY.

Suzy Q

I can't believe you tossed out a script for Percocet. Not that I'm into drugs or anything, but you never know when they might come in handy.

That picture of Ike is so damn cute. That little guilty face!

That SNL monologue was PAINFUL to watch. Haven't seen the whole show yet. WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO HER WHY DOES SHE LET THEM WHY.

Suzy Q

I can't believe you tossed out a script for Percocet. Not that I'm into drugs or anything, but you never know when they might come in handy.

That picture of Ike is so damn cute. That little guilty face!

That SNL monologue was PAINFUL to watch. Haven't seen the whole show yet. WHY DO THEY DO THIS TO HER WHY DOES SHE LET THEM WHY.

Baddest Mother Ever

That FACE. That is the face that gets away with a looooooot of shit in my house! (And I think the triple-posting comments are a little known side effect of those pain meds)

Apryl

Ok so I fell down the stairs almost 2 years ago (Memorial Day). (Someone added another step to the stairs I SWEAR TO ALL THAT IS HOLY!) Ended up in the ER at 1am via ambulance cuz someone had to stay with the heathens and it just looked wrong as I was laying on the floor and hurt like a mutha. My foot looked similar to yours and my diagnosis was that I stretched and sprained all the tendons I could without breaking the damn thing. I was also give the same post ER care guidelines as yourself including that pesky stay off of it part. HA! I've got 2 kids and 2 flights of stairs...oh and husband in the Army he left me 2 days after the fall for some sort of training (likely story right). My next door neighbor had a boot thing (velcro hard plastic, etc) that she loaned me. I didn't put it on but when I had to do stuff...ie go cheer my kid on at the 1k at his school, drive 2nd kid to/from daycare ya know those types of things. 2 years later and I still get a twinge when I leave it extended for extended amts of time (like pointing like a ballerina) and it does get more swelling then my other foot after I walk a lot, etc.
Side note..aren't the bruises just so purdy???

LD's Mom

I have the exact same Irrational Fear about painkillers.

And, when I saw that SNL skit I immediately thought of you!

Lisa

OMG - i am LMFAO from that SNL clip. She is so doing me.

Do the rehab, and be sure to SPEAK UP if the pain seems to linger - I did the same thing and didn't speak up and it all too soooo much longer to heal. Of course I didn't go to the ER until I had relentless tummy pain from too much ibuprophen - see how i am?

Feel Better soon.

Amy v

OMG, I had to turn off the Melissa McCarthy clip after the second ankle roll because I'm a recurrent ankle sprainer too, and. . . just watching it hurts.

Once the ankle is feeling normal again, using a wobble board regularly is the best sprain prevention ever. Seriously.

Lise

Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. I'm sorry. To help with the elevating-without-children-hurting-it, you can make a cage for your ankle out of a box. Take a medium-sized box, cut out a tunnel shape in one end to fit over your shin, and place over your foot and ankle when it's propped up. Sexy *and* attractive. Because you didn't feel dorky enough already. (If it makes you feel any better, some of my honeymoon photos were taken in an emergency room.)

A follow-up visit with an orthopedist would be a good idea. Xrays don't always show hairline fractures until they begin to calcify, about a week after the injury. I've never been treated in the E.R. for an injury without being told to see my own doctor or an orthopedic surgeon within a week. And he or she could refer you to a physical therapist. A PT doesn't just make you exercise. They can do ultrasound and electrical stimulation therapy to help with the pain and swelling.

Haley

Sprains hurt much, much worse than breaks. When I tore my ligament, the ortho doc had the nerve to say to me, "I bet you wish you broke it." Having broken my other ankle twice before, I wholeheartedly agreed. There is no pain like a sprain, and there is also no recovery like it either. Especially if you hurt the nerves, too. If you are going to insist on shoes, put the air cast back on and get some fabulous Crocks, preferably in some exotic color. They won't give you any support, so don't wear them without the brace!

And get Ike to fill one of his plastic bags with ice and hand it to you. It will help...for reals.

Leah

Ha! My daughter loves doing that with the sandwich bags.

I broke my ankle a few years ago but it was before I had my kids so you have my respect (although navigating the stairs in our fourth-floor walkup and the NYC subway system were challenging in their own way).

Marnie

Oh, and, Hugs! I'm so sorry your ankle hurts!

Erin

Ouch and OUCH. What a total bummer. I had a sprain and avulsion fracture three years ago on New Year's Eve (Just from walking! So lame! I wasn't even doing anything fun!) and it took months to really heal, plus physical therapy. The best thing I did for it was ice. Ice ice ice ice ice. It helps so much. Feel better soon.

Emily

I sprained my ankle about a year and a half ago and I'm only just now starting to wear heels again because they make me so nervous! (even though i fell while wearing Toms!) Mine wasn't as bad as yours, but I did have the benefit of myhusband being a physical therapist. I wore a black brace thingy that we got at Walgreens for about 6-8 weeks or so and then my husband showed me how to tape it with athletic tape (super easy, I could probably find you a YouTube video or something on it) to wean off the brace. He said sprains are much worse in the long run than breaks because if you don't strengthen those ligaments back up, you will keep doing this because your ankle will have no stability. When I was past the ice/super pain stage, he said the best thing I could do to rehab it is to balance on it. Start with just a few seconds and work your way up. Do it while you do the dishes, brush your teeth, whatever. Eventually on an unstable surface. You do need stability, ice, and elevation though. What a nightmare with a toddler, I'm so sorry!!!

Leigh Ann

Telling a mom to "stay off it" is super helpful. Like when I was told to "stay on the couch" when I had mild preeclampsia in my second pregnancy and was home taking care of not even 2year old twins. Good idea.

When I sprained my ankle years ago, the nurse actually told me that I was going to wish I'd broken it -- it'd be a lot less painful.

sara

13 years ago, I ended up with what the university health services doc said was the worst sprain he'd ever seen. That was my right ankle. It's still weak. But it's stronger than my left, because that "worst sprain" only happened 4 years ago (when I was living in a 3 story townhome with a mobile-but-not-yet-walking baby). Thanks to that one, I'm rehabbing a sprain again. I highly recommend

1) staying in the boot. But if that just won't cut it,, then:
2) try getting one of those ACE bandage ankle sock thingys. They can be worn under both socks and shoes, but provide added support and compression.
3) pick up some of those disposable instant cold packs (you can get them in the first aid section of any drug store). They're the ones where you sort of squeeze it shake it and it turns cold. Keep some in the purse or diaper bag, so you can ice when you're on the go (like sitting and waiting at a karate lesson, for instance).
4) not fashionable, but hiking boots are your friend (if you're not in the air cast). Again, the added ankle support will make you more stable when you are on your feet (which you shouldn't be in an ideal world, but you live in the real world as a SAHM of 3, so yeah, rest won't happen)

Good luck

Superfantastic

I used to sprain my ankles pretty frequently and they always told me to start walking on it as soon as possible, with a boot or air cast for the worse sprains. That's been at least a decade ago though, so maybe the thinking has changed. Ice, elevate, and Advil remain the same. Once I started running regularly, I guess it strengthened them enough that now I can roll one without spraining it. (I'm still too paranoid to run trails though - I stick to even pavement.) Having just typed that, I expect the mother of all sprains in my immediate future.

CLaire

if you dont ice and elevate and stretch it etc do you know what is going to happen? it will still heal. BUT. your ankle area will be swollen/bloated-looking for the rest of your life. the rest of your life you will have a fat ugly ankle area. if that is not reason enough to stay off it i dont know what is. cheers!

mamalang

My MIL was told she sprained her ankle several years ago. On second look, she broke both ankle bones. I add to the second opinion.

Amalah

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Kathy

When my daughter was 10 she fell roller skating and hurt her ankle. The ER doc said looked at the x-ray and said it was not broken; the radiologist looked at the x-ray and said it was not broken. We followed up with our family doctor, who said it was not broken. But God, she was being whiney about it, a regular little drama queen. We went to the orthopedist, who took one look at the x-ray, pointed and said, "It's broken right here in the growth plate." Oh. What color cast would you like Sweetie?

Anastasia

Don't know if you can actually get a hold of this or not, but when my husband broke his foot, my grampa gave him some Diclofenac cream to put on it, which is a sort of non-steroid anti-inflammatory cream that helps with sprains and such, and it helped my husband out a whole bunch, to where he felt like he could tolerate walking, because he, like you, fears prescription pain killers. Good Luck!

Arnebya

Comments in triplicate! Let's all get high off the interweb carbon (and Amy's pills. Wait...Advil? Ugh I can't do anything with that (said by the person who refused to use anything but Tylenol after a c-section because OXYCONTIN? SHID. NEXT STEP - CRACK WHORE.)

Victoria

Based on my own sprain ankle experiences, the Air Cast is meant to be used WITH shoes. You inflate it somewhat, not completely; you strap it on with about an inch of cast below your sole; you shove as much of your foot into a lacing shoe as you can. The splint holds your heel up, so it doesn't bear weight, and the inflation of the sides cushions the splinting to distribute the weight to your uninjured calf and shin. You may still need crutches for some of the hobbling initially, but the Air Cast is meant to be used to help you walk. It's different from a walking boot (which I recently had for plantar fasciitis in the same foot I sprained very badly in HS) in that the walking boot eases the impact, whle the Air Cast PREVENTS impact. That inch of leeway when you put it on gets squashed down once you're moving, but the weight, it goes unborne. Good luck!

Sarah

OK, Amy, not to pull rank here, but as a healthcare professional, you need repeat xrays to make sure a fracture wasn't missed/hasn't progressed since your first ER visit. Seriously.

MissMary

The Cascade dishwasher pods should prolly be moved to an inaccessible kid area (as if there is one...) but kiddos have been eating them cause they look so damn purdy, I guess. Love Ike's sad face of being caught!!

It's been 36 years (gawd, that makes me feel prehistoric) since I tore my tendon from the growth plate and I still roll that ankle several times a week. Good luck!

Josephine

So, my daughter had a similar "sprained" ankle from a horseback riding fall. It continued to be swollen and had lovely bruises. I took her to an orthopedic doctor and she had fractured it and chipped the bone. Next step:cast. And, I hurt my knee playing tennis. (different)ER said "bad sprain". MRI done by ortho showed a torn ACL. You might want to follow up with an ortho is what I'm sayin"...

linka72

And on another note...Baby Ike's hair is delicious...

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