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I somehow sprained my ankle when I was walking on a gravel road a few weeks ago. It was just a niggle at first but it got really painful the same night.

Actually, I wasn't too worried at first because my ankle wasn't swollen and I actually attributed the pain around my arch to me changing to new shoes that week or maybe plantar fascitiis or something.

So it was just RICE  at first - rest, ice, elevate (putting the feet up) and compress.

That photo above - I was just experimenting using Salonpas instead of rubbing anti-inflammatory gel on my feet. Kekeke

After a few days with no sign of getting better, I went to see my GP and as usual he prescribed some painkillers for me.

Truthfully. I'm not too keen about taking painkillers but I did take the medicine for a few days.
We went on a vacation to Cherating later and although I still can't run, I figured some time walking barefoot would be good for me and I did it during our stay at Holiday Villa, Cherating.

With a race coming soon, I did at first waited for the foot to be pain-free before I train again but I wasn't too comfortable not working out for too long.
So the focus was cross-training and workouts that are not weight-bearing.
Like pool-walking and swimming.

After returning from our vacation, I went to a sports massage centre to have my foot checked out and it turned out that the ankle was the cause of the pain and was duly massaged for it.

The masseur showed me the point of pain and it's good to know for my next course of action.

I stopped taking painkillers after a week because as I said I wasn't comfortable taking them. Anyways taking food that is known for their anti-inflammatory benefits is much more enjoyable. Hah hah

So I've been taking and enjoying pineapples and taking food with turmeric. ^^

And soaking my foot in water mixed with Epsom Salt kinda help too.

Last Sunday I went to Dr Kenzo Kase symposium on Kinesio Taping and I taped my foot according to what was taught.
I had done taping to stabilise my foot earlier with Rocktape but didn't feel much different but after using Kinesio Tape and taping it with the Kinesio Taping method, I finally feel improvement and my foot pain is getting better.

Finally, after almost three week; I've started running yesterday and happy that nothing was too painful after the run. Plus I don't hobble anymore.

I'm still gingerly testing the foot and running slowly but boy, was I happy that I can run now!


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