So I went to get a microphone for my phone on the weekend. Because I want to take amazing videos and post awesome tips and tricks for you right? And I see this man literally hobbling around. He is wincing every time he took a step and placed his foot rather awkwardly on the floor. It took me a second to realise that it was his ankle ( I’m such an awesome physio!). Great customer service though. He sort of hopped from one end of the room to the other to show me a product that he thought would be good for me. How nice of him. He even did some research on his computer to tell me which product will be best to start with for my budget. Ok this person is being so nice to me . I got concerned about his limping. This physio brain of mine. So I asked him “have you seen a physio?” . Do you know what he said? “Oh it isn’t that bad . I don’t think I need to see a physio”. What??? So do you see a physio when your ankle is on it’s death bed? I thought mentally but of course I dared not utter a word. Come to think of it now, I should have! Where’s my duty of care?
Pain is not normal , first of all. It’s your body’s way of telling you “don’t do it stupid, it’s sore”. So if you ignore your body’s cues, can you imagine what will happen? Yes, you guessed it right. It’ll get worse. Because our bodies are very good at compensating. Which means if you’re ankle is sore and you’ve been hobbling around for a little while, chances are your calf will come for your rescue. So don’t be surprised if you end up with muscle cramps. If you still decided to be stubborn and pushed it more, your knee will come into the picture too. Eventually, your hip might decide to come to the party too. Does this make sense? So instead of trying to get rid of one pain you’ll end up nursing 3!
This is exactly why it’s just so so important to have a physio look at it and tell you what’s going on. What’s the worse that can happen? You’ll need some sessions to get your ankle fixed right? But if you let the pain go on, yes it might get better a little bit by itself. But, again! and Yes this a big one, I can tell you from experience that it will not go away a 100%. It may even stop you from doing acitivities you love doing. Because if it had to get better by itself, it would have done that within a week. Just the fact that it hasn’t healed means that it needs help. The longer you take to get physio treatment, the longer it might take you to get better. Is it really worth it? You decide.