I’m in the USA for 2 conferences and I just spent 3 super days visiting my brother and his family in Las Vegas. We had a super hike in Red Rocks National Park.
We went early to avoid the heat and it was fabulous until I slipped on some sand when going down a steep section in the way out.
I twisted my ankle and at the time I thought this is bad! This is very bad!
It was a big relief that I was able to walk out. I walked very slowly and used my sister-in-law’s shoulder in the steep sections, always keeping my foot flat.
However when we got home I found I could not put any weight on it at all. The pain was really bad if I tried! How was I going to be able to navigate airports, hotels, conferences, speaking on stages and standing at my booth over the next 10 days?
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I had to get it healed as quickly as possible!
I pampered my foot for the next 12 hours, keeping it elevated and alternating between ice and using a compression bandage.
The RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevate – technique really does work.
I was taken care of my my darling nieces and little Rascal, the taco-terrier came to check on me from time to time.
I could not stand on my foot at all that first day. When I did need to get up, I used the crutches. I was keeping well- hydrated so there were frequent bathroom breaks.
I also used arnica cream topically and arnica orally 3 times a day.
By the next day I was able to walk – carefully and 2 days later I was almost walking with no limp. I did continue with all of the above too.
This is how my foot looks 4 days later. There is slight bruising and very little swelling. I can walk without a limp and can now wriggle my toes with no pain.
What tips do you have for a sprained ankle? And have you used a similar approach? Have you found GABA or DPA to help?