Recover Quickly Sprained Ankle

Best thing Sprained Ankle

Have you ever sprained an ankle?  How long did it take you to recover?

Three days? A week?  Six weeks?  Usually you can expect the ankle to be affected much longer than desired!


I awoke in the morning, raring to start my day.  Today I would have three families helping me blitz a move from a dark, damaged temporary residence, where I lived for 2 years waiting for this very opportunity –  a light and airy new residence.  I was so eager to enjoy its beautiful environment, inside and out. There remained a few packing tasks that I personally wanted to do before the group arrived.  First, I would shower, eat  breakfast and finish my tasks before the gang came at 9 AM.

In the shower, my foot slipped.  I sprained my ankle!  Why?  Why did it have to happen TODAY?

I finished, dried and dressed, protecting my sore ankle.  I could barely walk.  I called and told my daughter.  She said, “Get off your foot.  Leslie will come and you direct her from your chair.” Just what I wanted to do….NOT!  But I had no choice.  “Eat breakfast.”  Eating breakfast, and staying off my foot, was a real oxymoron.  Impossible!  I did use an office roll chair that helped me negotiate between one side and the other of my 14′ kitchen.  It was not very functional, and I was not functioning well, either.  Great combination!  But I did get some beakfast.  Leslie arrived, and from the desk chair I was able to direct the commotion called “moving!”  It was difficult to totally stay off my foot.

Lunch-time came.  The workers gathered at my daughter’s home where a prepared meal was waiting.  By that time my ankle and foot were really hurting.  My daughter assessed the moving project and instructed the helping hands how to proceed.  Then she and I remained behind while the moving team went back to work.  

Heidi prepared and gave me a treatment to help my painful, swollen foot/ankle.  

“But what is best thing sprained ankle?” you may ask.  How do you take care sprained ankle?  These are excellent questions!

Many people go to the doctor for examination, receive his instruction, and this is what he might say:

      1.  Apply ice as soon as possible to slow or reduce the swelling.

      2. Stay off your foot! while the world swirls around you.

     3.  If it pains you too much, here is a prescription for pain meds.  It may be about 6 weeks before you can use it again.  Here is a brace to protect it.   Get crutches if you really must move about the home.  

I lived alone. What a fix to be in!

My daughter and I had a theory; would it work?  This is what we tried; and this is the result.

After noon lunch, Heidi gave me a hydrotherapy treatment. First, Hydro means water.  Hydrotherapy is a form of water therapy used in 1800’s and early 1900’s.  It has mostly been forgotten as the pill-popping medicine developed. Around Danville, NY was a popular health resort frequented not only by commoners, but popular among well-known leading citizens.

 There are several ways to do this.

It is an old-time way of helping people heal; but it goes against conventional wisdom.  There are two schools of thought,  both based on principles of physiology.

Sprained ankle care #1.  REDUCE the symptom – SWELLING.  Use ice cold initially to stop the swelling.     What are the expected results?  Swelling will go down so the injury can heal.  Does it work?  Yes.  How long does it take to heal?  Approximately six weeks.

Sprained ankle care #2.  INCREASE the circulation to hasten healing.  Use alternating Hot and Cold water baths on foot and ankle. What are the expected results?  Circulation will be increased at the site of injury, which may reduce swelling and hasten healing.  Does it work?  Yes.  How long does it take to heal?  We decided to find out.  My daughter worked where the doctor’s recommended and used this therapy successfully.

The Process          

We placed a piece of shower curtain, or hunk of plastic on the floor, large enough to protect the carpet or wood within the expected splash area.  We set up two wastebaskets side by side, tall enough for water to cover 10″ up my leg, and big enough at the base that my feet would fit in comfortably.  We treated both feet, as the treatment can have increased benefit reciprocally.

Because of swelling, we reduced the length of heat treatment from 3 minutes to 2 minutes hot water, but maintained the normal 1/2 minute in the cold.  Most Hot/Cold water-bath treatments are 3 changes of H/C, taking about 20 minutes.  We doubled the H/C cycle to 6 changes.  A good treatment always ends with cold, to close the pores of the skin. Following treatment, the patient rests 30 minutes, giving the body a longer circulation opportunity.

We started with icecubes in the cold water, and hot water comfortably hot.  After each cold change, it is followed by the hot increased to toleration.  Toleration increases as the blood starts to circulate.  You should see a healthy rosy glow develop in the treated part of the body.  Remember:  Always end with cold.  Dry the feet and patient rests 30 minutes lying down.

Day 1: 

 By Sunday evening I had received 2 treatments, and went home to rest and elevate my feet.  Heidi applied a poultice to the ankle, known to draw out inflamation and bruising. I wore it all night long.  Next morning my ankle felt good as new!

Day 2:  

In the morning  I took the poultice off.  My ankle felt SO much better.  I could walk, again!  But as I  walked and worked, the pain slowly returned. By noon I could barely walk again. Heidi gave another H/C Water bath; then she applied another poultice.  I elevated my foot as often as possible, and went home to bed after evening treatment.

Day 3:

Next day, I got out of bed, removed the poultice, and tested my foot.  Again, there was no pain.  As long as there was no pain, I kept using my foot.  I was on my foot all day long.  The sprain was gone in three days!

The best thing Sprained Ankle

I experienced that the best thing sprained ankle proves to be applying hot and cold alternate water therapy; then adding on the night-time poultice.  Keeping the injury elevated at night, and during the day as much as possible, aids good circulation.  Good circulation restores health at the site of injury.

Poultice instructions

Activated Charcoal draws out bruising injuries, and carries toxins away.   

To make the poultice:   3 parts Activated Charcoal Powder

                                      1 part Ground Flaxseed into meal

                                       Enough warm water to mix into soft Jelly consistency, but not to be too soupy!

Select bandage material (see suggestions below), and spread black jelly on an old piece of sheet, a paper towel; or, cut a “CHUX” underpad.    Place poultice on injury overlapping the surrounding skin by at least an inch.  Tape to secure in place over the injury.

NOTES:  Too dry is less effective; but too moist is a sloppy MESS.  This stuff will stain your sheets, bed clothes and carpet.    Mess prevention is easier than clean-up; but IF you have an accident, pour hot water through to rinse out as much as possible. 

Three ways to make a bandage:

1.  The delux method uses CHUX Underpad.  Cut to size with additional inch circumference beyond desired size.  Lay bandage, blue plastic down, white facing up.  Peel back the top white mesh and spread the black jelly on the soft cotton underneath.  Then replace the white mesh on top of the jelly.  Now, fold 1/2″ of blue plastic back over the white top all around the edge to help prevent leakage.  Secure with medical tape or staple in place.  Put the moist white centered poultice on the injury and tape in place.  

Protect the bed by placing a leak-proof plastic sheet covered with old towel on the bed in the area of your injury. 

2.  Follow the same process using layers of paper towel.  Wound and poultice may be wrapped in a plastic bag.  OR,  wrap with pressure adhesive self-sealing kitchen plastic wrap.  Good quality Saran Wrap may stick to itself well enough to create a leak-proof bandage cover.  I used plastic bag over the charcoal bandage, secured with masking tape.

3.  Buy pre-made charcoal sheets, and cut to size.  For best effect, moisten the premade pieces before applying.

Leave your choice of bandage on for a minimum 2 hours to overnight. When removing, wash with OLD washcloth.

Best Thing Sprained Ankle

Using hydrotherapy treatments together with Charcoal/Flax poultices cut the time of pain and injury.  Usual length of healing time would take about six weeks (around 42 days).  Using these treatments shortened the time of injury and pain by 39 days, over a month!  I am so thankful for these simple methods to help heal a sprained ankle.  I find the Best Thing Sprained Ankle to be H/C Hydrotherapy treatments combined with Charcoal/Flax poultices.

Consider this blessing in your hour of extremity! 

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Surely Healthy          


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