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So a couple of weeks ago I twisted my ankle while doing a gym class. It wasn’t just any gym class. It’s called Combat and it’s sort of a combination of aerobics and punching and kicking. There’s a whole lot of moving around, running and jumping, and… yeah, I ended up twisting my right ankle.
Actually, there’s an even better word to describe what happened: I sprained my ankle. Have you ever sprained an ankle? It’s happened to me so many times I’ve lost count. When you sprain your ankle, that means you have injured a ligament around a joint in your ankle. A ligament connects one bone to another at the joint. So when you twist your foot, or your ankle beyond its limit, that might hurt your ligament and give you a so-called sprained ankle.
Like I said, that’s happened to me a number of times while I was walking, exercising, running and so on. They made me fill out an ‘incident report’ at the gym. I had to leave the class ’cause my foot and my ankle hurt.
When I got home I didn’t even put ice on it. I just had this feeling that this wasn’t too serious and I would just wait it out. So for the rest of the week I skipped the gym, and that was it. In a week or so I was back and there was no pain left.
Now, here’s another common accident involving our feet: stubbing a toe. You stub your toe when you strike it against something – let’s say, a table leg or a wall – accidentally. I don’t know which one is worse – stubbing a toe or spraining an ankle. I guess the pain from a stubbed toe is sharper, but it kinda goes away sooner. I have to say – I haven’t stubbed a toe in a while – knock on wood!
If you walk around barefoot regularly, you’ll probably stub a toe sooner or later.
Now, before we wrap up our episode, here’s one that I have yet to see happen: slip on a banana peel. Anyone! I haven’t seen this happen to anyone and it’s never happened to me either. I grew up hearing this phrase, in Brazil, but I’ve never seen anyone actually slip on a banana peel. Have you?
I mean, I’ve seen it happen in cartoons and that’s it. So now I’m thinking this is something cartoonists made up and it doesn’t really happen in real life.
Now, tell me – which of the accidents I just described have happened to you? How did you recover? Have you sprained your ankles a million times, like I have? Let me know in the comments, and talk to you next time!
joint = articulação
so-called = assim chamada
wait it out = esperar isso passar, acabar
knock on wood = frase dita enquanto a pessoa bate na madeira, para ter sorte e evitar o que ela falou
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