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Posted: Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:10 pm
by Jen
I fell down the stairs this past Tuesday and suffered a bad sprain in my left ankle. My doctor gave me a brace that I have to wear until the swelling goes down. I've already signed up for a 5k on April 3rd and before my accident I had gotten through week 6 run 1. I still have to limp quite a bit and the top of my foot and aide of my ankle is bruised. Do you think I'll be able to finish the program and do the 5k? :-/

Re: Injuries

Posted: Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:48 pm
by benjohn
Hi Jen, I'm really sorry to hear that :-(

I injured myself at about the same point in c25k – I was climbing over a fence and landed badly! You'd think I'd know better!

I have absolutely no medical experience, so I can't give any medical guidance. What I would suggest is to talk to your doctor about it, as I'm sure they will have a good idea of how that particular injury will heal. If you have a follow up appointment booked, then I would definitely take that opportunity to ask – I would think that at that appointment, the doctor will have a good idea of how quickly you are recovering, and will be able to give you a good idea of when you'll be healed enough to start up with exercise again.

Even if you don't finish the plan, if you are mobile enough, why not do the 5k anyway? You'll get a great feel for how it is to run with other people, and you can always mix running and walking along the course (you'll probably not be the only one).

Good luck – I hope it'll go well for you!

Re: Injuries

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:49 am
by smannle
I hope you are recovering well. I am an ER nurse practitioner, with orthopedic experience. As a general rule we instruct ankle sprain patients to use the brace until they can walk completely pain free and give the go ahead to resume athletic training when they can run full speed and change directions with absolutely no pain. Sprains can be very tricky and they require adequate healing time or you can develop "weak ankles" and be prone to chronic ankle problems.

Again, hopefully you are already up and around.

Good luck,

Re: Injuries

Posted: Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:31 am
by benjohn
Thank you very much Sarah!

There are a few questions about injuries on the forum, and as I've not got a medical background, I can only suggest people ask their doctor, or at their gym if they have one and have a google on reputable sites. It's really valuable to have a reply from someone who actually knows what they're talking about!

Thanks again, and I hope your running is going really well too!