Nick M

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The Common Experience of a Learned Man – “Had he only known”

I’m fit and active. In my forty some years of life I had never been injured, then it happened, I rolled my ankle.  This is not an area in which I have been educated. I didn’t know how badly I was hurt or the best thing to do. It didn’t seem to warrant a trip to the Emergency Room, but the next day I called my doctor, as it was swollen and painful. I wasn’t able to get in to see him for an additional two days. I used ice, but seemed to lose ground on managing the swelling, especially in bed overnight.

The diagnosis was a lateral sprain.  I was prescribed a walking boot. I would have been billed over $700, but I got the ok and found the same thing online for about half the price.  The boot was called a “fracture walker”. I found this confusing since I didn’t have a fracture. So, I decided to do some research and what I discovered made me realize what a poor experience I had with the standard health care establishment in trying to gain knowledge and care for this most common of injuries.

The method of treatment recognized as the “Gold Standard” with the Sports Medicine folks for managing pain and swelling is available as a low cost self-care item called the FirStep™ Fast Ankle Care Kit.  The website is  There are several instructional videos and published articles done by top sports medicine doctors posted there.  Their “OverNight Ankle Care Plan” instructs you on the essentials for a rapid recovery and overnight shipping is available if ordered by 5pm. What an incredible reduction of cost, hassle and suffering. Had I only known…

Nick M, Fort Lauderdale, FL

September 3, 2014