During football practice a few months ago, I strained my achilles tendon and my flexor hallucus longus muscle in my calf. I did physical therapy and wore a walking boot for a while and my doctor gave me the all clear to ski if i felt up to it, so naturally I decided to ski over the weekend and now I'm regretting it. There were a few small jumps on the one open trail at Jay Peak, and I was having a lot of fun doing 3's, and small grabs etc. until on one landing a shooting pain went up my left ankle and calf. I kept skiing and the pain in my heel and my ankle only got worse. I have a history of plantar fasciitis (basically jut inflamed tissue under the heel) on the injured side (left) and tendonitis in both ankles, so basically i currently have a combination of a very sore and inflamed achilles, bad plantar fasciitis and tendonitis all on my left leg. Anyway, i was wondering if anybody had any tips to help heal faster, because I want to be able to ski again ASAP. Thanks
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i would say take it easy for a bit you definitely dont want to make it worse to the point where you are out longer than you need to be just rest up until it feels 100% again. Ive had many ankle injuries and have broken both of them i would say just take it slow at first even after pt and since you strained your muscle its important to stay off it because even if its almost done healing or feels better so it can fully heal, i strained my back once and honestly it hurt to even run and walk sometimes i went to the chiropractor multiple times the problem was i would get so excited to go back out and do athletic things again and i would end up re injuring it because i wouldnt let it heal fully and i would continue to do so instead of just taking an extra couple weeks to let it heal. I would really focus on icing it to bring down the internal inflammation and take advil because it is an anti-inflammatory and will also help bring down the inflammation.
Give yourself sometime to heal, seriously. If you push it now, you can potentially screw your whole season. Then EASE your way back into it, be a pussy, seriously. Lay off the tricks, call it a day early, go watch murder she wrote, and be a post whore like Dennis Reynolds, seriously. But seriously, I'm serious. Jk, kinda, but not really.
Any sort of compression sleeve should help a ton. Also, take a tennis ball and roll beneath your arch. Should help break up any scar tissue and stretch the muscle. The main thing for any inflammation is RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Take the recommended dose of Ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin) every 8 hours for a couple days then once a day before you ski.
Source: both parents are doctors and I'm premed with pretty extensive athletic training knowledge as well
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