Our feet are our body’s connection to the earth. ~Andrew Weil, American celebrity doctor
Most of us give little thought to our feet … until something happens to make them hurt.
For me, that something happened over the holidays when I twisted my ankle going down the stairs.
Now I’m no stranger to falling. But this time, I DIDN’T FALL!
I did, however, crumple to a crouching heap after landing full force on the outside of my ankle.
Assuming the pain would ease eventually, I went about my business … gingerly. The next day, my ankle was swollen and showing signs of bruising, so I did some online research. And learned X-rays would be useless, as injuries to ligaments don’t show up. So I started the RICE treatment (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
I determined to return to my daily exercise regimen, despite the pain, as soon as possible. In fact, I was on the treadmill the very next morning, limping along slowly and grimacing through the agony, though for a much shorter time period than usual.
“Kill or cure,” you know.
It’s been two months now, and still, I’m experiencing pain in my ankle. When I try to fall asleep. When I turn it a certain way.
And there’s a mysterious feeling of instability, kind of like part of me is expecting to trip again.
So this time, I headed back to the chiropractor — to reassure myself the ankle was healing properly and to receive instructions on strengthening it so this doesn’t happen again. Turns out, a twisted ankle is a common complaint, especially among athletes, and responds well to exercises.
So every other day (to give my ankle time to heal), I’m doing a regime of ankle movements — including drawing the alphabet in mid-air with my toes. ‘Tis hard to do because I’m not left-footed, any more than I’m left-handed!
But I can tell it’s helping, and that’s enough encouragement for me to keep at it.
Injuries are not only a physical question, which is the most important thing, of course, but also a question of your mind. If you’re thinking: ‘I’m not going to make it’, ‘I can’t cope’, ‘it hurts’, ‘it’s never going to get better’, then it won’t. ~ Luis Suarez, professional soccer player