There are some injuries that seem to be common to running — shin splints, plantar fasciitis and the dreaded IT band syndrome. But there are other injuries that can happen from running… like sprained ankles.
You hit the pavement wrong or you misjudge the depth of a step, and BAM, you twist your ankle and end up limping home.
If you do sprain your ankle, there are a few things that can help you with recovery.
First and most important is RICE:
Stop running! That’s the most important thing. It may sound logical, but hey, you know how those runner brains are! As part of rest, make sure you are spending time off your feet.
During the time you are off your feet, ice the swollen area. The ice will help the swelling go down and as an added bonus, will help the pain go away!
No, not compression socks (I know that’s what you’re thinking!). But compression with something like the ACE™ Brand Elastic Bandage. Compression will help to reduce swelling… and reducing swelling will help you get back on your feet, and back on the trails, faster!
If you’ve ever used ACE Brand Bandages before, you probably thought that the metal clip was super annoying. But, the good news is that the new ACE Brand Elastic Bandages have the new ACE Brand Clip — which makes it way more comfortable and more secure.
P.S. Check out these cute videos featuring “Arthur, ACE™ Brand Motivational Sportsgent” talking about how ACE™ Brand “Fixed the Clip!”–
Make sure you elevate your leg. Take a day and lay on the couch with a pillow (or two) underneath the calf on the injured leg. Your goal is to get your injured ankle higher than your heart. It will help to drain the fluid and again, make your recovery much better!
So, next time you hit the trails and tweak your ankle, have no fear! With the right treatment plan, you can be back out on the road in no time. And, you can add another layer of confidence to your performance with the ACE Brand Elastic Bandage with the new and innovative fastener.
Any other tips for ankle sprains? What’s the oddest injury you’ve gotten from running (or any sport!)?
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