2.23.2006

The ankle did it in the billiard room with the ...

Stick.
Today at my visit with Sherlene (the massage therapist) we (I) diagnosed all my possible causes for the left side trauma. They included insufficient calcium supply, running with laces tied a hole too low, preliminary arthritis, overcompensative running for another problem, etc. Then I traced all my left side aches backwards in time and now remember that the first place to hurt was my left ankle which, this morning, had horrible flexibility after yesterday's run. It stiffens up a lot and was the root cause of me dropping a hole on the shoe laces, which probably led to the foot aches and the hip pain. My hip was not tight today while the ankle was a wreck. So I am writing the alphabet in cursive with my left foot as I type and it is amazing how often in cracks as I keep it loose. Meanwhile I'm raiding the vitamin drawer for calcium since I never drink milk or other providers of the bone and muscle builder.

8 comments:

jeanne said...

i love the ankle writing the alphabet-bit. I'm impressed you can do that and type at the same time! Hope you've finally reached the cause of the problem. And, drink your milk! (soy milk, i mean.)

Jack said...

I have been taking a daily calcium supplement for the last 6 months and have much less problems with cramps and other aches. Actually my swim instructor recommended this to me when I was taking a swim course during this time frame. It definetely seems to help me.

Anonymous said...

I'm grabbing my yogurt as I walk out to work

jeff said...

calcium fortified orange juice. that's the ticket...the vitamin c (folic acid) in oranges helps with calcium absorbtion. and, um...you're in florida. =)

21st Century Mom said...

I never cease to be amazed at how much of an impact shoes can have. Why I don't know when you consider that running is largely about poundint the hell out of your feet with the entire rest of your body. Is it any wonder that sometimes they just fight back?

Glad you got that worked out.

Christine said...

What's the Stick?

Michelle said...

I am a non milk drinking culprit also. But I do drink calcium fortified oj and eat the occasional yogurt. Does icecream count?

David said...

The Stick is a slightly flexible plastic rod with grips on the ends. Between the grips are a series of plastic open cylcinders that roll freely around the rod. When applied to sore muscles in a back and forth motion the Stick eventually helps muscles release and become more pliable.