It's been exactly one week since I rolled my ankle/foot and ended up with a pretty bad foot sprain. It is getting better, less bruising, swelling is down but not yet gone, and I can bear more weight on it. However, and I know it's only been a week, it just feels like this is going to take forever. I try to walk around the house without the boot and have started to do some rehab on it. Not much but at least it's something. So, I was just curious as to others experiences with a badly sprained foot and how long until you were able to run again. I'm already getting impatient.
I may be slow but I never quit.
The worst thing you can do is get back out there too soon because someone else healed up in "x" time. You will heal at your own rate - no faster and no slower.
Short term goal: 2:59:59 (November, 2013)
Mid term goal: Any race over 80% of top AG standard
Long term goal: To say I've been a runner half my life. (I started running at age 45).
It's been over 25 years for me, but when I rolled my foot and badly sprained my ankle, I also snapped two metatarsals in my foot at the time. I heard them break too; it sound just like a small tree branch snapping in two. The silly doctor wanted to put a plaster cast on my foot all the way up to my knee, but I nixed that idea and walked around on my heel for about 8 weeks until it healed up. My PT says that foot looks a little wonky to him when I run, but it doesn't seem to affect my running at all. Give it time, you will heal, and you will run again. I speak from a great deal of personal experience here...
Ankle sprains can take a very long time to heal depending on how serious they are. Don't rush it. If you haven't seen a doc and it doesn't seem to be getting better fast enough for you, see the doc and ask for a PT referral. They can improve your healing. You will be more susceptible to sprains in the future, so a PT can help with that as well.
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