If you regularly watch football, basketball, tennis or sports that move your feet constantly in every direction, you should know how serious your ankle injury is. Athletes who bend their ankles often collapsed on the field, screaming in pain, wrinkled nose faces looking miserably miserable. In serious situations, they will be taken to an ambulance and transferred directly to the hospital to assess the injury as well as to perform surgery if necessary. Depending on the ability of self-healing and training efforts under the guidance of a sports doctor, athletes can return to normal play after 3-6 months.
I also had my ankles folded during a football match in Hanoi in late 2013. That time I was lucky enough to not have broken my legs but my ankles were bruised and swollen with great pain. Now I think I still feel shivers. After several waves of physical therapy, the leg was much better. I can travel normally and play sports in low intensity but always be careful to carry ankle support because of the obsession of injury in the past. However, I have never felt my feet recover 100% because sometimes I still feel “sad” when I have to travel a lot. It looked like chewing on a tiny powder that had not been smashed in a fragrant sponge cake. The feeling of discomfort is only so small, but it still makes me quite upset.
Some time later I went to Edinburgh, Scotland to start a new life. Back to the habit of familiar hiking, I could clearly feel that my legs were not okay, so I decided to see a doctor to resolve this situation completely.
Before I start my story, I will briefly talk about the NHS (National Health Service) health system divided by rank in the UK. All patients (except for emergencies) start their primary care at the polyclinic. Here they receive consultation and consultation from general practitioners, often referred to in English as a general (GP). NHS polyclinic system is covered nationwide. Each residential area usually has a general clinic equipped with basic facilities to solve common diseases such as abdominal pain, headache, runny nose … If more severe, the patient will be transferred to level 2 ( secondary) at general or tertiary hospitals in specialized hospitals (cancer, cardiology, neurology, organ transplantation …) to continue treatment with specialist or specialist doctors narrow.
The word “free” is too stimulating. Because I am free, I try to spend time and effort to cure the trauma, and also see this as an opportunity to experience the greatness of the foreign health system.