High Ankle Sprain Taping

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a high ankle sprain?
    A player of mine was complaining of ankle pain, so I sent him in to the trainer for diagnosis. He said it was a high ankle sprain, and that there was nothing that could be done to treat/stretch it. This would mean that he will be bothered by this for the remaining 2 months of the season, and I wish to get him healed sooner than that. Is there any type of physical therapy I can do, or are there certain stretches I can have him do? We are taping his foot up really tight and just having him play on it right now. The trainer said this won’t cause further damage, but will delay the healing process.

    • ANSWER:
      taping it tightly when playing will help prevent further injury while he is playing but it WILL make healing slower.

      make sure he wraps it tightly with an ace bandage when he’s not playing and have him rest it as much as possible.

      elevate it when sitting down. he can also apply ice to help reduce swelling and ease pain. place ice in bag first to avoid direct contact with skin. apply for 10-15 mins at a time.

      if not allergic. he can take ibuprofen for pain/swelling. take 200-400mg every 6 hours as needed but no more than 1200mg in 24 hours.

      the best things for healing a sprain are rest and time. playing on it will make it harder for it to heal.

      hope he feels better soon

      hope he feels better soon.

  2. QUESTION:
    has anyone ever had a high ankle sprain?
    if so, how long does it take to heal? and what would happen if i taped it and then skiied or ran on it 2 weeks after the injury? please help! thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      no your the very first human to have that injury.

  3. QUESTION:
    High Ankle Sprain Help?
    Alright i have a high ankle sprain, it occurred on a thursday 2 weeks ago. I was practicing on it some days ago but it would hurt to run on it. i suited up for our game yesterday but i don’t get to play cause i’m a sophomore so i just participated in the warm ups. I have a J.V. game this monday and i want to know if i should play through the pain. And i want to know if i tape it tight enough will it help a bit?
    I don’t have anymore swelling and my doctor said i could probably return to football.
    and do i need to tape it really tight to take the pain away?

    • ANSWER:
      r rest
      i ice
      c compression
      e elevate

      use rice to insure a fast healthy recover
      do not play in next weeks game
      take 2 weeks off from high level activity
      after that, make sure to favor it
      if the pain gets bad, crutches
      if its bad enough to make you need pain pills, go to the doc ASAP

  4. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell/find the proper taping for a sprained ankle?
    When i was in high school, our sports trainers would always tape them for me when i needed them to but i would never play attention to how they did. i have everything i need, i just don’t remember how to do it. does anyone know how to do it or can find a video or diagram of how to do it. I’ve googled but couldn’t find anything. Please help, i have basketball games for like the next three nights and those elastic bands/wraps from walgreens are worthless for support. Thx for your time in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      If you just sprained your ankle, it’s not a great idea to tape your ankle and play on it because that’ll make your ankle a lot worse off after your done playing. Ideally you should rest it up for a few weeks before going back to playing. Ice is a huge help. Also, in the long term a nice lace-up ankle brace is what you need to keep that ankle tight when you play basketball. That can be purchased at www.healthyfeetstore.com. If you want to tape you ankle in the future, here’s a diagram on how to do it http://www.sportstek.net/ankle_taping.htm. Hope this helps!

  5. QUESTION:
    Ankle Sprain Prevetion – Braces?
    Hi, I apologize in advance that this is a little long. I have a question about if I should wear ankle braces. About 7 1/2 years ago, I sprained my right ankle while trying to learn a tumbling move in gymnastics. It required me to wear a boot for at least a month. Afterward, I went to my high school sports trainer and did exercises and had electrical stimulation of some sort on my ankle. I needed to have my ankle taped up and I wore a lace up ASO brand ankle brace anytime I did gymnastics. After all this time, that ankle still looks a bit “puffier” or “lumpier” than the other one, and has ever since that injury. 2 1/2 years after that, my left ankle gave out while I was playing tennis in gym class and I ended up chipping the bone of that foot and needed a plaster cast for a month followed by another boot for some time after that. At the time of those two injuries, I was a relatively skinny gal (5’4″ around 100-115 lbs). However, in the years that have gone by I have gained a substantial amount of weight, and I want to start exercising to lose this weight. My concern is that I might be prone to ankle sprains, especially since they sometimes give out on me when I am walking normally. I am worried that a combination of what I perceive to be “weak” ankles and the extra weight I’ve put on that my ankles now have to support is a little bit dangerous. I am wondering that if before I start “really” exercising (jumping around and such), should I invest in a pair of ankle braces, and if so, what kind would be best for me? Thanks for any advice!

    • ANSWER:
      What you should do to lose the weight is swim. Swimming puts no pressure on your joints or ankles and allows you to exercise.

      The basic kick in swimming is a flutter kick where you keep your ankles relaxed. If you have any concerns then you can buy an Ace brand neoprene ankle brace over the counter. I have to use them for an tendon tear – they work well and don’t come off. Cheaper things like tape don’t last. I’ve never tried to wear them with shoes but those do offer the most support.

      In addition to exercising you can modify your diet as much as possible to get your weight down to wear you wont need to worry as much about ankle injuries. You can also strengthen your ankles using resistance bands and special exercises and/or yoga.

  6. QUESTION:
    Anybody know how to tape ankles to prevent ankle sprains?
    Im not in high school and not in college. I dont have access to any trainers either. So im kinda on my own on this. Anybody know how to do it or know any websites that’ll help? Im only interested in taping only. Ankle braces tend to restrict my movement too much during training and ankle sleeves offer very little support. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It’s kind of hard to explain taping methods in writing so I would suggest going down to your local council library, I know mine has a book on sports taping so yours probably does too. That’s the best way to learn a technique as they include pictures which make it a lot easier to understand.

      UItimately though taping will not provide long term answers to preventing ankle sprains…all that you will do is end up spending a huge amount of money on tape, believe I know!

      I know you said you were interested in taping only but a few simple exercises are all that’s needed to improve ankle stability. First strengthen muscles around the ankle, 1-point your toes against a resistance, 2- to strengthen the muscles at the side of your ankle turn your foot outwards, also against a resistance. 3 – do the same turning your foot inwards and 4-pulling your toes towards your shin.
      Balance or proprioception is also really important to joint stability so each day practice standing on the bad ankle on an unstable surface like your mattress. Do this with your eyes open and closed. This particular exercise will really really help.

  7. QUESTION:
    6 month old ankle sprain, still swollen?
    Bare with me here…

    Last August, at volleyball try-outs I went up to hit, and came down and rolled out on my right ankle really badly.

    It was VERY swollen! And horrendously bruised for about a week. About 24 or so hours later, I went to the ER. I got an x-ray and they said for what they could see, it wasn’t broken, but they couldn’t really tell because of the way the growth plates were or something. They were pretty vague…

    They gave me crutches and a brace and said to keep off of it for a while, but to go back to playing when it feels good.

    Me being the person I am, I bought like 3 ankle supports at Sports Authority, and got it taped everyday by the high school trainer, and limped around on it.

    I made the JV team, and continued to play on it the whole season. I got it taped pretty much everyday from late August to the end of October.

    Now I can run and work out and what not, but it is still swollen. Most of the swelling is right in front of the ball on the outside of your ankle. It is six months later and I don’t know what I should do? It doesn’t really hurt, unless I do a strenuous exercise that involves a lot of weight on my ankle.

    Should I see an orthopedic?
    Will it ever completely heal?

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it was broken and it has healed without being fixed correctly.

      Thats what happened to me anyway. I was playing football in gym and as I was trying to catch the ball, it hit the tip of my middle finger and hurt like crazy! I went to the nurse and she just thought it was nothing. So I went home and was still in the same amount of pain the next day when I went to school. So my mom took me to the doctors that afternoon and they sent me to the E.R. Turns out I had a hairline fracture in the top knuckle in that finger. My finger was fat and swollen. Well, they put a splint on it for which I had to wear about 2 weeks. Evidently, it wasn’t put on correctly and now my finger is still fat and the knuckle won’t straighten all the way. The only way to fix it is if they re-break my finger.

      I’m pretty sure that is what happened to you but I would check with your doctor just in case. Hopefully this helped :)

  8. QUESTION:
    My 100th frustrating ankle sprain!?
    I’ve sprained my ankles since I was in the youth soccer leagues to now a senior in high school and it’s like the injuries keep getting worse. I cant step onto a field without rolling and popping my ankles. But recently when I did it, I keep getting a grinding noise in my ankle that will not go away. It’s so frustrating, I don’t know what to do, tape and braces don’t work its like my ankle has no support. Its to the point that daily activities are uncomfortable.

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a physical therapist and have them give you balance and proprioception exercises to improve the CONTROL of your ankles. You keep re injuring because you never rehabed the ankle properly in the first place. After a sprain the pain and swelling eventually goes away, strength returns but if you don’t restore or improve your control its just a matter of time before you re-injure

      good luck

  9. QUESTION:
    Why Can’t I dunk or grab rim even?
    Ok so over the summer I could dunk. Then I had a high ankle sprain and played the football season with it taping it every day. Now its partway through basketball and I’ve lost my vertical. I’m 6 foot 160 pounds, I squat 375, power clean and bench 185 and I lift weights a lot Don’t believe me I’ll post videos next time I go to the gym. Anyways why hasn’t my vertical jump come back yet and what else can I do. I stretch often and do pylometrics as well.
    and I’m lean. Forgot to mention that

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  10. QUESTION:
    Step By step on how to tape an ankle?
    Sprained ankle but i need to do long jump and high jump and soccer… have an ankle brace but it doesnt work alone…. neither does the ace bandage and neither does the combo of both of them. Taping is my last hope… so….. step by step please?????

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  11. QUESTION:
    Ankle Brace vs Getting Taped in Football?
    I’m going to be a junior in High School, and i recently sprained my left ankle badly. I play football and I play Middle Linebacker. Is it better to wear an ankle brace or get taped, or is it better to wear both the brace and get taped. I need to know ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m glad Will gave his medical advice since he has medical doctors degree from Harvard. If the Doctor says your good to go, than that’s all you need. I had ankle problems in High School and started taping my ankles. That was sufficient enough, but you may want to also put a brace OVER your taped ankle if you still have some discomfort. Also, it’s good to have a brace handy because it’s sometimes difficult to get your ankles taped all the time, especially if your just going to the YMCA to work out or shoot hoops. . .

  12. QUESTION:
    I want to dress up sexy, but have hurt my ankle :(?
    Just found this site and hoping someone has a solution of sorts for me! I’m seeing my boyfriend for the first time in 6 months tomorrow and was planning on dressing up in nice underwear and stockings, high heels, the lot. However, I sprained my ankle yesterday and now have it taped from toe to knee! This obviously doesn’t look too sexy. Now, he will understand etc, but does anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to improve the situation? Was thinking knee high boots but I can’t get them zipped up.

    • ANSWER:
      draw a shoe on it =]
      or, buy a larger size.

  13. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle a few days ago. Should I be playing basketball?
    About a year and a half ago i had a pretty bad ankle sprain, grade II, while wearing an ankle brace. I was on crutches for about three weeks after that. I never let it heal properly before running cross country, and missed half the next basketball season. I did some physical therapy and I’m pretty sure it healed pretty fully before the second half of the season. It has never felt the same though.

    That was last season.

    This is my last season.
    A few days ago in a League championship tournament I sprained the same ankle a little halfway through the game. A little swelling, no bruising, and quite bearable pain when walking. I played through it, and ended up playing the entire game. I went home, iced it, took ibuprofen, used icy hot as much as i could until the next game.
    League championship game the next day, i played all but a couple minutes. My ankle felt lot better after my treatments. No pain when walking, and I could rotate it, only with pain at one point in the rotation. My ankle bothered my jumping and running in warm ups, but once I was warm, it only affected my shot. I taped my ankle for the game and wore an ankle brace like I always do.

    I had a day off from basketball after that. After my day off, I have two days of practice, then division playoffs.

    The first of the two practices will probably be more rewarding because we will have better defensive players to practice against, but I don’t want to sit out the day before an important game.

    Right now, my ankle is a little bit swollen. Feels a little loose, hurts a little more to walk than it did before to walk. I can physically play, and a really big goal for us is winning this next game. If we win two, we go to state, and this is the best season our team has ever had, and probably the best the team will have for a while.

    Should I sit out a practice? We have a high seed, but our team could use the practice, as two or three players in our usual six player rotation are can’t play. The swelling is really hardly noticeable.
    What would you do?

    Thanks, everybody.

    • ANSWER:
      You body has a build in mechanism that tells you if you are injuring yourself, it’s called pain. If you practice with pain it will only injury your ankle more. You need an ankle brace. go to ultraankle.com and order an Ultra Ankle 2 brace. This brace will protect your ankle and lessen the impact that causes pain.

      good luck.

  14. QUESTION:
    my ankle still bothers me after 5 months, what should be done?
    i sprained my ankle 5 months ago, it was a little bit of a high ankle spain. up until june it was very swollen and i could not turn it outward in the direction of the sprain or sit cross legged. I went to PT from may till end of june, it was still swollen but most of the pain had gone away by the end of PT. I had throbbing pains on my leg and calve, even now at times.It is a tiny bit swollen still but nothign comapred to what it was originally. However, it hurts on my calve and outside bone on my ankle whenever i drive at times, run, workout, or sometimes randomly if i sit on it for a while. I never got an xray or saw a doctor because It happened during tennis season my trainer said it was just a sprain, i iced, elevated stayed off of it and got it taped every day I went on a trip this summer where hiking occured which i dont think made it anybetter. I really dont know where to go from here.
    I have gone to physcial therapy, i can play a full set of tennis and run for like 1/2 a mile without really pain, it feels fine walking around, its every now and then it kills, should i be worried? Or is the sprain just taking a reallly long time (5 months) to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      Generally if something has been bothering you longer than a week you should see a doctor. Seeing how it’s been 5 months, I’d say you should definitely get that checked out. Even if you don’t have health insurance one visit shouldn’t cost too much. Check out webmd at the very least, they’re the most informative health site on the web (but the internet is not substitute for a trained professional). Good luck and get it checked out.

  15. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle soccer help?
    Im 14, going into high school, and playing fall soccer.
    last week, i was playing in a scrimmage game and I rolled my ankle twice, right in a row, and I think i sprained it. it HURTS the amount of pain it hurts when you’ve sprained it.
    so what should I do?
    I can’t not play, as its pre-season for high school soccer, and I know if you have an ankle injury your supposed to stay off it as much as you can. Im doing the whole ice and elevate thing, but every time after I play it reeeaally hurts. It also hurts to kick with my right foot (thats the one that i hurt) after i’ve been playing on it for about half an hour- 45 minutes.
    i have a wrap-brace thing for it, but im thinking about just wearing that in the day.
    And should I tape my ankle with athletic tape when I’m playing? i’ve never done this before so I don’t know how…
    please any suggestions/help, i really don’t want to injure myself further/too much with fall soccer coming up…. :/
    thanks guys!
    -lucy

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  16. QUESTION:
    Severely damaged ligaments in ankle. Doctors, do you have an opinion?
    History:
    2 years ago I severely sprained my left ankle, I had a complete tear in my ATFL and a partial tear in my CFL. I am also born with an accessory bone on my Navicular which then fused to the Cuneiform next to it via cartilage. That sprain was treated on my own since I didnt have health insurance. I used crutches for 3 weeks while using RICE. The ankle and its ligaments healed, yet I had developed Posterior Tibial Tendinitis and was experiencing an aching pain on the medial side of my foot (where that fused lump is located) in the mornings, after exercises, and after standing up over 20 minutes.

    After nearly 9 months of that pain, I took 6 weeks off from any physical activity as hand surgery prohibited my participation in any sport. That sore/dull pain went away.

    I now have been able to play basketball, football, and soccer completely pain free for about 14-15 months. Now that is that is the ankles history, lets move on to where it gets tricky.

    1 month ago I incurred another ankle inversion on that same ankle while coming down awkwardly off a rebound in a game of basketball. This time I have insurance and made an appointment with my local Podiatrist. He ordered an MRI and it showed:

    -Bifid os tibiale externum and slight edema at the synchondrosis associated with midfoot pronation and posterior tibial paratendinitis.

    -Peroneal tenosynovitis with slight adhesion’s within the peroneal tendon sheath, an os peroneum, and mild peroneus longus tendinosis proximal to and within the cubital tunnel, but no morphologic high grade tear.

    -Anterior Talofibular ligament is torn.

    -Mild Achilles tendinosis without tearing or advanced tendinopathy.

    -Tibiotalar and posterior subtalar joint effusions with synovitis and/or hemorrhage. Mild talonvaicular and naviculocuneiform degenerative changes.

    (Speaking with my podiatrist and doing my own research on these terms I completely understand what is going on with the ankle.)

    The ankle was mildly swollen, no discoloration, and I was able to bear weight on it with a slight limp the very next day; however that old aching dull pain came back. Im thinking tendinitis again. After being in a Cam-walker for 1 month I was ordered for physical therapy and didnt need the boot anymore. My physical therapy was mainly just for the tendinitis so it involved a lot of stretches and electro-stimulation therapy.

    Since I was in the cam-walker for a month, the pain went away. So I decided to tape my ankles up and get back to running and getting back on the basketball court. Well after 2 days of 70% basketball, the ankle felt perfectly fine during and after the game. On the 3rd day of basketball, I inverted my ankle while jumping up off an opponents foot and re-tore my ATFL and possibly my CFL as well.

    This is the 2nd ATFL tear in the last 35 days, and the 3rd in its lifetime. Also, that fused bone on the medial side of my foot is aggravating the tibialis tendon trying to enter into it.

    I am going to see my podiatrist tomorrow morning, but wanted to see if anyone else has an opinion on what I should do from here on out.

    My questions are:

    1. With two grade 3 sprains in the past 35 days, does this diagnose me with Chronic Ankle Instability?

    2. Should surgery be an option to repair the ligaments that have been torn a few times and to shave that accessory bone deformation down to relieve stress on the tibialis tendon?

    3. If healing conservatively, is there a chance to get back to full strength if rested the proper amount of time (several weeks) followed by a more intense physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles and ligaments damaged?

    4.Can the ATFL naturally heal after two severe injuries to it within 35 days, or is surgery a must?

    5. Since I was able to play going about 70% with 0 pain during and after, was this last inversion simply bad luck, or was it because the ligament wasn’t fully healed?

    • ANSWER:
      1. Yes, absolutely. Chronic Ankle instability is more of a subjective diagnosis based on your ability to function, but it sounds like your ankle is pretty jacked.

      2. An orthopedic foot or sports med specialist can perform a bronstrom repair to re-attach your ATFL and tighten your CFL. While they were in there, they could probably deal with the accessory navicular. It would be a significant surgery and require some serious PT and rest, but it would eventually get you back on your feet. You’re talking about roughly 4 weeks of non weight bearing followed by another 4 in the boot. This would probably help with the posteior tibialis tendonitis eventually.

      3. Typically when an MRI reports that a ligament is torn, that means it’s torn all the way through and basically gone. Your ATFL may scar down to a certain degree, but would always be very loose. I think at a bare minimum, you’d be doing regular ankle exercises, like daily, and wearing a quality brace for many years. While it’s not an easy decision, I’ve seen some good results from the Bronstrom repair, including one girl playing Div. I college volleyball.

      4. See the first part of answer 3

      5. Once you have a few good sprains, you’re always more likely to sprain again. In addition to having very loose ligaments, your peroneal muscles (which are responsible for protecting against inversion sprains) tend to have reduced reaction time and poor proprioception. A lot of the PT exercises they made you do were to re-train your peroneals.

      One other thing that stands out in your MRI is the “Mild talonvaicular and naviculocuneiform degenerative changes.” This basically states that you’re starting to develop some arthritis in the ankle. The fact that you’re not hurting right now is good, but that’s the sort of injury that catches up to you at 55 or 60 years, sometimes earlier.

      I’m assuming you’re a younger person so you have to think about the long term health of your ankles. All in all, you might have to transfer your care to an orthopedic foot/ankle surgeon. I don’t know what surgical procedures your podiatrist does. You kinda got delt a bad hand, good luck with everything.

  17. QUESTION:
    Torn ligiment in ankle isnt healing. HELP ESP FROM ROWERS/COXSWAINS OR PEOPLE WHO ARE IN MARCHING BAND!!!!!?
    ok so i sprained my ankle running during labor day weekend of last yr. training for high school school soccer. i was pretty in shape except I think i stepped on a curb wrong because i felt like a stabbing pain but i kept running on it any way. i used it on and off during the soccer season and always taped it and spinted it. after the season was over i went on crutches for a week and stopped using it almost completely. In January i started crew season and i made sure to always tape and splint my ankle. My ankle was doing pretty good with only minor pain with the erg training (rowers and coxs, you know how intence it gets), the thousands of jumpies, the running (running about 5 miles a day) and doing other intence tranings.But one day in late march/early april i forgot my splint and didnt tape my ankle either we ran a two or three miles and did a bunch of jumpies. While doing this i started feeling a constant sharp pain in my ankle and something in my ankle moved out of place 6 times (im not sure whether it was a ligament or a bone, all i no is i managed to get it back in place by hitting it as hard as i could.) I took some motrin and i was able to rest my ankle for 2 days but then i went back to rowing on it and what not. I still felt the pain in it but it wasnt as sharp as a pain. The friday stotesburry (for people who dont know what that is, its a ragatta (A crew race) in may) i managed to rehurt my ankle. at the end of the practice we rowed 2 race peices my ankle didnt hurt tooo bad. We then rowed a third race peice my ankle was pretty much ok until the sprint. When we reached the final sprint, my ankle felt like it had been stabbed with a knife but i obviously kept rowing cuz u cant stop in the middle of a race peice. When i got to the boat house lockerroom and i took off my splint and tape me and my team mates notticed that there was something on the outer left side of my ankle majorly sticking out and i couldnt put any pressure on it with out it being taped and splinted. I re-taped and splinted it after i got my shower and when we got to school that day i got ice from the school nurse and iced it the intire day and didnt use it at all (i had friends carry my books left class early so i could hop on one foot to get to classs to class) the coach gave me saterday and sunday to rest but then i came back to rowing on monday morning and the pain was unbarable (obviously i didnt tell coach that it was unbarable and tryed to block out the pain when rowing and i told coach it didnt hurt even tho it was like insaine how bad it hurt but coach decided that he was going to pull our boat out of the stotes. so i ended my crew season, got on crutches for 4 weeks got off the crutches but it was still hurting. i went ot the orthopedic and he said if it doesnt heal on its on i might need sergery. I just started marching band for my school (im the tenor sax player) amd it hurts like crazy to march but im marching anyway and trying not to let the band instructor or our drum major see im in pain. Any advice on how i can heal this long term injery so i can march in the comps and so come january i can row again?

    • ANSWER:
      Pain is a way to tell your brain to stop working that part of your body so much… The tissue in your ankle will not heal overnight and you need to stop using it with any extra pressure other than to walk on it. If you continue to overuse it, im sorry to say but it will effect you in the long term years from now….

      Best advice I can give you is to rest for 1-2 months with RICE method whenever you can. Than try and start using it gradually.

      R Rest
      I Ice
      C Compress
      E Elevate

  18. QUESTION:
    How long will it take for a sprained ankle to recover?
    I sprained my ankle last week in a high school soccer game and it has gotten a little better, but it is still bothering me. I tried to tape it up and just play through the pain, but the pain was just to bad. I couldn’t sprint like I am able to do normally. Should I just play throught the pain? PLEASE HELP!
    I started soccer camp in early August and on the first day of camp, i pulled by hip flexor and had to sit out for 3 wks. I then was able to play and about a week later, his happened to my ankle.

    What is better after a week, ice or heat??

    • ANSWER:
      I am the worst patient ever, so when I sprain my ankles (which I do all the time due to the fact that I have loose ligaments) I just walk, run, and dance like it isn’t there. This is the WRONG thing to do. Once, I thought that I sprained it and in fact I had fractured my ankle! I didn’t learn about it until after it had healed and I sprained it again, causing it to turn black (I now have a little bone piece floating around in my ankle). The best advice is to go to a doctor (NOT Urgent Care) if u can’t do that just stay off of it for about 3 weeks. Yeah, I know it sucks. But if you don’t do it consistently until it completely heals then it is possible the pain won’t go away and it won’t heal. It heals rapidly if you just stay completely off it, but will hurt more until it heals. In short go to the doctor or stay off of it. DO NOT play through the pain!

  19. QUESTION:
    Sprained my ankle quite bad?
    I’m a showjumper, eventer, dressage rider and showrider. I managed to sprained my ankle completely out of the blue by falling during high jump (ground slippery, I jumped and then fellon my ankle……) I am ment to be riding competetively for the nxt 2 weeks . I rode for the previous two days (i sprained it Wednesday) but pain was quite bad, but I just ignored it. I haven’t really rested at all but I also don’t have time to rest. Suggestions on pain relief and ways to help it get better (eg. Wrapping, taping?)
    Thanks :) olivia

    • ANSWER:
      You need to ice it every chance you get. Ice it for about 15 minutes or until your skin becomes bright pink and numb and then take you ice off and do it again later in the day. You do this about twice a day. Elevation makes the swelling go away. You want to make sure your ankle is above your heart. If your ankle is starting to turn purple then you might want to try to stay off of it with crutches or just staying off of your feet. If you heard a pop when you first heard it then you want to stay off of it.
      Wrapping an ankle really helps exspecially if you are going to do activities. It keeps secure and prevents further injuries. or an ankle brace would help just as good.

  20. QUESTION:
    Lace-up ankle brace or ankle support for weak ankles?
    From my high school basketball and soccer days, I have incredibly weak ankles. I’ve torn ligaments and sprained the left once and sprained the right one probably 4-5 times, so I have an abundance of scar tissue. I’m running more now and playing soccer for a city league and I can feel my ankles “slide” especially when I’m just in my running shoes. I have a lace-up brace for my left ankle and it works all right, but I’ve gotten the most support from taping (lower on the ankle though) and I want something more permanent. I’ve been looking at the Bauerfeind Malleotrain Ankle Support http://www.activesupports.com/product/malleotrain-ankle.htm. I wanted to know what offered better support: a lace-up brace or a support-style brace? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You have several options for lace-up ankles braces and a support type brace. Sometimes, insurances will cover for a support type brace that needs to be specifically casted for. You can get these made from your nearest podiatrist. A Swede-o-Lok type of support/lace up ankle brace is one I use for my weak R ankle and it helps a lot. You may be able to find it on www.healthyfeetstore.com. If you feel really unstable in your ankle, it may good to be evaluated to see if you want those ligaments tightened up. There’s a procedure that can retighten your ankle ligaments so it feels stable again. Also, orthotics can help with a weak ankle as well. All of these things you should ask your podiatric surgeon. Good luck!

  21. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my ankle is sprained or fractured?
    Yesterday, during a soccer game, I collided into another player, knocking both her and myself to the ground. When I got back up, my ankle was throbbing. I attempted to run through the pain for about two minutes and then told my coach I needed a sub. On the bench, the provided trainer looked at the ankle and didn’t seem to think it was a big deal. He said if I wanted to play through it, he would tape it up to help me do so. I played for about two minutes until my coach saw that I was limping and took me out of the game. What I find interesting is that, yesterday, it never swelled very much. My whole foot plumped up a little bit, and my hurt ankle got a little puffy, but not very significantly. Since then, I’ve been following the RICE rule (rest, ice, compress, and elevate), but my ankle still hurts as much as it did yesterday. I think that now it is more swollen than it was yesterday–the outside is obviously swollen, the right side only slightly. There is some slight bruising, but again, nothing major. However, it hurts too much to walk on it. I find it odd to have such significant pain without any significant physical reflection of it. I can easily move my toes. I can also move my ankle up and inside almost painlessly. However, it is turning my ankle outside and downwards that causes significant pain. But again, walking on that foot hurts the most. My dad says he sees that my foot is slightly turned inward when relaxed, while my other foot does not seem to do that. Could this be the sign of a hairline fracture?

    I am just looking for a second opinion of what’s going on. I’m not too worried. However, I am surprised that it is still unbearable to walk. I have a relatively high pain tolerance when it comes to things like this. However, in this case, I feel like the pain is telling me something; I’m just trying to figure out what that ‘something’ is.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Did I break my ankle (should I get x-rays)?
    Four weeks ago in a football game, someone fell into my ankle and it rolled (what seemed like) completely over. I was barely able to limp off the field but I did and I had the trainer tape it up. I tried to go back in for a play but that was a terrible idea–it hurt like hell. So I sat for the rest of the game. I went to the doctor and he checked it out and said it was just a sprain. He said x-rays were not needed because I could walk “fine.” Let me add, I have an extremely high pain tolerance as I have finished a game with a fractured femur and a wrestling tournament with a torn ACL. Anyways, it was hugely swollen and bruised for a couple weeks. Now, I have tried to come back to playing and it is still swollen (not as bad) and deformed around the outer bone (and inner but not as bad.) I now have a calcium deposit on my very lower shin towards my ankle. My tendons/ ligaments have tightened up in my ankle and it still hurts (but not as bad.) Do y’all think I should go get x-rays just to rule it out?
    What does PAD mean?
    I also have lost range of motion. I cannot extend my foot all the way down, out, in, or up.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you shoulda got an exray the trainer isnt trained in this.

  23. QUESTION:
    Do college coaches consider playing time missed due to injury when they evaluate recruits?
    I’m a 6’7″ 223lb Junior Center with a 3.7 GPA top 10% in my class. I play on a really good team in SoCal in the highest division, so even though I’m big by high school standards I didn’t get a chance to start until this year since there was an upper classman playing center who was big too (he plays DI football now.) I played just limited minutes the first 5 games this season because I had an ankle sprain, and I didn’t get my first start until the other day so my game by game stat averages are way low. Right now I’m looking at 4pts, 4rebs and 1blk per game at this point, with a lot of games left to play, which is pretty bad if you ask me . Even though I’m pretty sure my averages for the season are going to improve since I put up like 15 and 10 last game and I think my skills will really show up on my game film (already got some big dunks on tape) I don’t know if I’ll be able to make up ground against the guys who are putting up big numbers now. There’s guys my size and my year just in California who are averaging 20 and 10 now game and averaged better than my current average LAST YEAR when they were SOPHMORES! I think, especially because of my size and vertical I could at least make the team at a major D1 school, and maybe even play center and not just forward if I grow a little bit, but it’s so competitive! So do the coaches look at time missed for an injury and look at how strong I came back or is it more likely a coach will just say oh this other guy stayed healthy or this other guy was putting up huge numbers since his Sophmore season so we want him more? I’m especially concerned because my coach told me that I have potential to go DI but he doesn’t want to talk about it until AFTER the season. THANKS! P.S. what kind of numbers do D1 coaches want to see from high school recruits, like what’s the bare minimum, and just in case I don’t get those what else besides game film and stats might help my case. THANKS AGAIN!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You cannot help the team if you are not on the field to practice or play, peroid. Scholarships are too valuable in NCAA hoops.

      Lesser programs may take a shot at you because they are more in needs of talent.

  24. QUESTION:
    braces, pads, and tape-jobs?
    can braces, pads, and tape-jobs be worn to protect from injury, or are they only used to relive pain from existing ones?

    i don’t have much of a past with injuries(a few sprained ankles and bruised knees at worst), and fortunately i haven’t suffered from anything major lately. but i have been feeling some slight pain in my ankle and knees after some excessive running, so i’ve been experimenting with some new gear to see what feels good.

    i have a pair of padded knee sleeves that my dad used to use for his running, and i’m considering buying an ankle brace with adjustable straps. i also learned how to tape an ankle on youtube. lately, i’ve been playing a lot with the knee pads and i’m really enjoying the support. but i haven’t had time to to buy the brace or tape. my captain, who is currently recovering from an ankle injury, is wearing a brace with a higher level of protection than the one i’m looking to get, and he says i should just do away with these things all together it’ll slow me down.

    what are your thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      yes allot three are excellent for injury prevention i have worn padded knee braces for years and they work great. as far as taping if the job is done right they protect and hinder motion very little. it really isn’t a tough choice the braces and pads wont slow you down half as much as an injury will.


Halloween is a great fun night that is celebrated on 31st October. This festival is for children, men and women all. Thus if it is for all then why plus size women think they cannot dress up in Halloween costume. Halloween costumes do come for plus size women also and that too in all styles like for ordinary women. There are plenty of costume ideas of plus size dress for women.

It is a very wrong notion that large size women cannot attend Halloween. Why just because they are plus size? Is a festival mention that only middle or thin size people can enjoy it? No, then who are we decide it? Whatever your size is you are fully liable to enjoy Halloween. A great Halloween costume is not far from you. Go and grab it. Halloween is for everyone these days.

Halloween costumes decks all body sizes. The main mantra to wear them is to wear them in best advantage to your figure. Accept your figure and do not be ashamed of it. You have to dress up in such a way so as to make your figure asset for you. Costume you wear be confident in it. Also accessories and make up are important part of Halloween ensemble thus do not forget them. Apply make up in ghost style and wear wigs and hats to look authentic for Halloween party.


High Ankle Sprain Treatment And Recovery

Ankle arthritis is one of the most common problems seen in a rheumatology office. While it is a relatively small joint complex, it is subjected to a great deal of stress because of the weight-bearing required with standing and walking.

Throw in the need to make forward and backward movements as well as side to side movements, it becomes clear that the stress placed on the bones, ligaments and tendons is tremendous. And that doesn’t even account for the twisting and [pivoting motions that are often required during a typical day.

Because of this responsibility and location, ankles are probably injured more than any other joint complex.

Many different kinds of arthritis can affect the ankle. The most common are osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear type of arthritis. The cartilage that cushions the joint begins to wear away prematurely as a result of trauma and localized inflammation. This type of osteoarthritis that occurs following injury is referred to as post-traumatic osteoarthritis. A common scenario is someone who sprains their ankle as an adolescent or young adult and then develops ankle arthritis years later.

Rheumatoid arthritis comprises about 15 per cent of ankle arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that affects virtually all joints. The chronic inflammation leads to progressive deterioration of cartilage, bone, and ligaments.

Other types of arthritis that can attack the ankle include psoriatic arthritis, Reiter’s disease, gout, pseudogout, sarcoidosis, juvenile arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Treatment of ankle arthritis first consists of making the correct diagnosis. That takes a careful history and physical examination. Laboratory testing and imaging studies such as x-ray, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging are useful.

Treatment for mild discomfort is straightforward. Limit activities that cause pain. That means high impact sports like running, soccer, and basketball. If excess weight is an issue, then weight loss is mandatory. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can also provide symptomatic relief.

Various ankle braces can be a lifesaver. These come in different varieties and shapes. They can fasten using laces or Velcro. Braces may be soft or may contain a hard synthetic shell. It is best to consult with your rheumatologist or orthopedist before purchasing a brace.

Orthotics are shoe inserts that tilt the ankle and relieve pain by altering the direction of stress forces. These should be custom-made for optimal results.

Rocker bottom shoes reduce pain with walking because they limit the amount of motion the joint has to go through. People who have had ankle fusion surgery 9where the joijt is fused together) often find rocker bottom shoes helpful.

When ankle pain is severe due to inflammation and/or fluid accumulation, then aspirating the joint with a needle and injecting a long-acting glucocorticoid (“steroid”) may be very useful. Following a procedure like this, it is a good idea for the patient to have their ankle braced for at least three days to rest the joint.

Physical therapy is also an excellent adjunctive therapeutic approach. The therapist can help the patient with different modalities that can reduce edema (soft tissue swelling0 as well as inflammation and also teach a patient exercises to strengthen and stabilize the ankle so that future ankle sprains and strains are less likely.

Patients who have severe ankle arthritis due to osteoarthritis may benefit from viscosupplementation. This is a procedure where a lubricant is injected into the joint. Viscosupplements have been used successfully in many joints including the knee, hip, and shoulder, as well as the ankle.

Surgery is an option for patients who have failed more conservative measures. Arthroscopy, which is a procedure where a small telescope is inserted into the ankle joint through a tiny incision. Small instruments are used to remove loose pieces of cartilage. This procedure can also be incorporated with simultaneous cartilage transplant where healthy cartilage is inserted in place of damaged cartilage at the time of the procedure. Cartilage transplant procedures are very time intensive and require limited weight bearing for several weeks to months afterward.

Joint realignment is a procedure where a wedge of bone is removed from one side of the ankle so that stress forces are transferred to the healthy part of the ankle. While this is a temporary fix, it is useful for some patients.

Ankle fusion is a surgical procedure where the tibia (leg bone) is screwed to the talus (upper ankle bone). This restores alignment and reduces pain. Unfortunately, the patient loses about half of the plantar and dorsiflexion (toe down and toe up) movement in the ankle. The ability to walk without pain is restored to the ankle; however, there is more stress placed on other weight-bearing joints such as the knee, which can lead to the development of osteoarthritis in these joints.

Ankle replacement is an increasingly popular option. In the past, ankle replacements weren’t that effective but technological advances have improved their success. Good candidates for ankle replacement are those who are older than 55 years of age, in good medial condition, have their weight in the normal range, and who don’t engage in high impact activities either at work or during their leisure time.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Osteochondral lesion of the talus recovery?
    In January of 2008 I injured my ankle (high heels on ice…durh!), and initial Xrays from urgent care didn’t show a break, so it was treated as a bad sprain (I was unable to bear weight for almost a week after the initial injury).
    After seeing my regular podiatrist about a month later when there was slow recovery, he diagnosed an OCD of the talus from an MRI. His solution was a lace up brace with boning and aquatic physical therapy. I still had little mobility and lots of pain, so after reading about surgical options, sought out an orthopedic surgeon for more aggressive treatment.
    I had the ankle drilled in April 2009 (retrograde drilling) and remained non-weightbearing for 5 weeks post-surgery. Recovery was effortless and painless, and I noticed immediate improvement in pain and mobility, but the ankle still fatigued after overuse such as Zumba classes, long days shopping, at fairs, traveling, etc (which I attributed to my obesity).
    After a year, however, the ankle started swelling more and becoming painful and unstable again. A followup visit to the orthopedist provided no relief (xray showed healing was good, and no physical therapy, braces, etc was recommended – pretty much got a response of “it is what it is”).
    This year, I visited a podiatrist who speculated that pain and instability was due to arthritis. Most recently, the pain has become insufferable (think head rush after drinking a Slurpee kind of pain, but in the ankle…if that makes sense!)

    So my questions are:
    Was my ultimate recovery worsened by the delay in surgical treatment between the time of the injury and surgery?
    Does arthritis seem to be a reasonable diagnosis for an obese patient post-surgery?
    Would more surgical treatment (OATS, other options) be advisable at this point?
    Or….is this something I will have to just deal with the rest of my life?

    I know it’s impossible to assess site unseen, but I just really need direction on alternatives to “just live with it” because, at 36, this injury has disrupted and taken over my life!

    Thanks in advance for any and all answers!

    • ANSWER:
      HI…

      1. Although we can only speculate, I would say the delay in surgical treatment did not cause the arthritis (Osteochondral lesion). Drilling procedures are already used in injuries that fail to fully recover. This type of procedure is never a first line of treatment approaches. Rather, I would speculate that the injury itself was what led to the arthritis.

      2. Yes, arthritis is a very reasonable diagnosis in anyone who is obese and has joint pain…being obese is risk factor for poor recovery after injury and for degenerative changes afterwards.

      3. I think a surgeon would probably best answer this question. I’ve never actually seen anyone who has had an OATS procedure in the ankle…I’ve only seen it in the knee…and that was years ago. I would say it’s less likely to be done in the ankle, especially in someone with a history of obesity.

      4. I would speculate that pain management is your best bet at this point: PT to increase the stability of the ankle, weight management, possible cortisone injections, etc. Ankle replacement may be a consideration for the future, but is not likely now.

      Best wishes.


High Ankle Sprain Treatment

Ankle arthritis is one of the most common problems seen in a rheumatology office. While it is a relatively small joint complex, it is subjected to a great deal of stress because of the weight-bearing required with standing and walking.

Throw in the need to make forward and backward movements as well as side to side movements, it becomes clear that the stress placed on the bones, ligaments and tendons is tremendous. And that doesn’t even account for the twisting and [pivoting motions that are often required during a typical day.

Because of this responsibility and location, ankles are probably injured more than any other joint complex.

Many different kinds of arthritis can affect the ankle. The most common are osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a wear and tear type of arthritis. The cartilage that cushions the joint begins to wear away prematurely as a result of trauma and localized inflammation. This type of osteoarthritis that occurs following injury is referred to as post-traumatic osteoarthritis. A common scenario is someone who sprains their ankle as an adolescent or young adult and then develops ankle arthritis years later.

Rheumatoid arthritis comprises about 15 per cent of ankle arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease that affects virtually all joints. The chronic inflammation leads to progressive deterioration of cartilage, bone, and ligaments.

Other types of arthritis that can attack the ankle include psoriatic arthritis, Reiter’s disease, gout, pseudogout, sarcoidosis, juvenile arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Treatment of ankle arthritis first consists of making the correct diagnosis. That takes a careful history and physical examination. Laboratory testing and imaging studies such as x-ray, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging are useful.

Treatment for mild discomfort is straightforward. Limit activities that cause pain. That means high impact sports like running, soccer, and basketball. If excess weight is an issue, then weight loss is mandatory. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicines can also provide symptomatic relief.

Various ankle braces can be a lifesaver. These come in different varieties and shapes. They can fasten using laces or Velcro. Braces may be soft or may contain a hard synthetic shell. It is best to consult with your rheumatologist or orthopedist before purchasing a brace.

Orthotics are shoe inserts that tilt the ankle and relieve pain by altering the direction of stress forces. These should be custom-made for optimal results.

Rocker bottom shoes reduce pain with walking because they limit the amount of motion the joint has to go through. People who have had ankle fusion surgery 9where the joijt is fused together) often find rocker bottom shoes helpful.

When ankle pain is severe due to inflammation and/or fluid accumulation, then aspirating the joint with a needle and injecting a long-acting glucocorticoid (“steroid”) may be very useful. Following a procedure like this, it is a good idea for the patient to have their ankle braced for at least three days to rest the joint.

Physical therapy is also an excellent adjunctive therapeutic approach. The therapist can help the patient with different modalities that can reduce edema (soft tissue swelling0 as well as inflammation and also teach a patient exercises to strengthen and stabilize the ankle so that future ankle sprains and strains are less likely.

Patients who have severe ankle arthritis due to osteoarthritis may benefit from viscosupplementation. This is a procedure where a lubricant is injected into the joint. Viscosupplements have been used successfully in many joints including the knee, hip, and shoulder, as well as the ankle.

Surgery is an option for patients who have failed more conservative measures. Arthroscopy, which is a procedure where a small telescope is inserted into the ankle joint through a tiny incision. Small instruments are used to remove loose pieces of cartilage. This procedure can also be incorporated with simultaneous cartilage transplant where healthy cartilage is inserted in place of damaged cartilage at the time of the procedure. Cartilage transplant procedures are very time intensive and require limited weight bearing for several weeks to months afterward.

Joint realignment is a procedure where a wedge of bone is removed from one side of the ankle so that stress forces are transferred to the healthy part of the ankle. While this is a temporary fix, it is useful for some patients.

Ankle fusion is a surgical procedure where the tibia (leg bone) is screwed to the talus (upper ankle bone). This restores alignment and reduces pain. Unfortunately, the patient loses about half of the plantar and dorsiflexion (toe down and toe up) movement in the ankle. The ability to walk without pain is restored to the ankle; however, there is more stress placed on other weight-bearing joints such as the knee, which can lead to the development of osteoarthritis in these joints.

Ankle replacement is an increasingly popular option. In the past, ankle replacements weren’t that effective but technological advances have improved their success. Good candidates for ankle replacement are those who are older than 55 years of age, in good medial condition, have their weight in the normal range, and who don’t engage in high impact activities either at work or during their leisure time.


High Ankle Sprain Test

Many people suffer from swollen ankles a painful condition that can make it hard to do many activities that require movement, such as walking, shopping, exercising, driving around, and even standing. In some cases, sufferers are sometimes even unable to wear shoes or socks thanks to how distended their feet and ankles can get. So sufferers need to find out the cause of swollen ankles to help them avoid getting them in the first place.

There are several potential causes of swollen ankles. They include the following.

Firstly, injuries like sprains, strains or broken bones can cause ankles to swell. Many of these injuries can be evident enough to be dealt with immediately, but some of them may be less obvious. Sufferers and their doctors alike should always consider the possibility of swelling caused by these injuries, particularly if the sufferer is into sports or is on his or her feet frequently.

Next, gout can also be a major cause of swollen ankles. Gout happens when uric acid crystals form within the fluid surrounding an ankle or ankles. This acid occurs normally within our bodies when we digest food and is used to help eliminate waste. However, gout sufferers accumulate it in the joints instead of expelling it properly, causing swelling and pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can an ankle sprain last more then 7 months?
    I injured myself at work over 7 months ago. The doctors initially diagnosed me with a high ankle sprain, but I have not gotten any better. In fact i think my mobility is worse. I have been in a boot for the last 6 months of the 7. When I am not in it, I can barely walk but all my tests have been normal. PT is unbearable, and I am still swelling and now having pins and needles, and twitches in my affected foot. Any suggestions? I have done R.I.C.E but everyday my ankle swells to the size of a baseball. I see neurologist next week, but im looking anywhere for answers. Its workmens comp related and I just dont know if they might be missing something. I have had, x ray, MRI, injection into ankle, PT multiple times, nerve block, bone scan, and more drugs then I care to think about, and nothing has helped. I have started to develop deformation in my good foot according to the bone scan and I believe its from the 7 months of limping. Can anyone help me?
    I have taken pictures to show the swelling amounts and differientials of the two ankles

    • ANSWER:
      no i dont think so you should go see a doctor

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a sprained ankle how do I make it heal faster?
    Would HGH make it rehab quicker? it is a severe high ankle spraind and has a lot of swelling. I do not have to worry about being tested because I am currently not it a sport and I think my doctor will prescribe it if I ask but I want to know if it would really work.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have an aircast and ace wrap?

      Syndesmotic ankle sprains, (high ankle sprains) usually take longer to heal than a basic sprain because you are dealing with the connective tissue between the tibia and fibula in the ankle and not just the basic lateral and medial ligaments of the ankle itself.

      Knowing it takes longer healing time, you can be more aggressive with your RICE — Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Ice for longer amounts of time and make sure to keep your ankle/lower leg ace wrapped to just under the belly of the calf muscle and wear the air cast (one that also goes higher on the leg) for additional support. Besides that elevate as much as possible, sleep with a pillow or two under your leg at night, sleep with the ace wrap on, and avoiding weight bearing or walking as much as possible. If you have crutches use them.

      Besides that, NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, take it every few hours and if the baseline amount isn’t enough, take an extra, but no more than 2 days, after that call your doctor and if they find it necessary they can write you an rx for something stronger.

      I would not recommend any supplements besides maybe a daily vitamin. Synthetic HGH is not a good idea and though it has hyperplastic effects, I don’t see any reason for you taking it for an injury.

      Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Help please… Ankle sprain?
    I think i sprained my ankle three weeks ago in a soccer game…. it was really severe pain at first and i limped off the field immediatelyy. I went away after like two minutes and i kept playing tentatively. By the time i got home it was really swollen and my toes turned inward and my foot was kinda tilted so that the inside of my foot was higher off the ground. I went to bed and the next aday it hurt to walk but was managable. That was thursday night.
    Saturday i was fine and was doing high jump in a track meet. It completely gave out when i tried to jump and sent a sharp pain through my entire ankle.
    Now… three weeks later it will still often give out when jumping or cutting and when i walk it will either pop with each step as i go from heel to toe or grind in like the center of my ankle.
    There is no swelling or bruising.
    Oh and i did that test where you push your foot forward and shin back and it moves considerably and hurts. It will even move if i just put my legs out while sitting on the ground.
    What are my options and what did i do??? or am i just a whiny wimp???

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get it checked by a doctor. It is likely that you have a break in a bone.
      it’s hard to by a description if it is a break or a sprain. sometimes sprains are more painful than a broken bone. so you can’t go by relative pain. based on the popping and grinding sound, and the unusual movement you describe it is possible that you have a bad break.
      see a doctor, get an xray and be sure. If you’re interested in continuing sports, and walking/running without pain for as long as possible, a doctor visit is a small price to pay.

  4. QUESTION:
    Two week old ankle sprain?
    Ok so i think i have sprained my ankle or something playing soccer two weeks ago…. if i try to jump off it it collapses with a sharp pain. I did the anterior drawer test?? and my foot moved considerably.. what does that mean?? how do i know what grade it is?? not going to the doctors BTW they always misdiagnose me and its irritating. It took them two weeks to diagnose a concussion…..anyways i do long jump triple jump and high jump in track… and soccer
    oh and it doesnt hurt to walk on it at all. when it happened it hurt really bad when it happened. that night it was really swollen and the next day too. but now it doesnt hurt to walk and it only swells when i do activity.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry to say that it sounds serious enough to warrant an appointment with your Doctor (Physician in the US) to me. If what you belive is a strain hasn’t healed after 2 weeks, then it might be something more sinister, for example ligament damage.

      If you really don’t want to, then you could always go and see a physiotherapist, who are experts in just this kind of thing.

      Regarding finding out what grade it is, may I reccommend the following website?: http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/
      However, I can’t stress the importance of getting a proper diagnosis from a doctor/physio. As a sports coach, I know people who have ruined their careers by trying to carry on with an injury like yours.

      Finally, I don’t mean to sound rude, but may I suggest not jumping if it hurts? at least until it’s checked out, I think giving it as much rest as you can might be wise (even to the extent that if you had access to a set of crutches, then it certainly wouldn’t do any harm to use them).

      Yours,
      Tom

  5. QUESTION:
    What can this high liver function be?
    Hi all!

    So basically i had a routine blood test done, and it came back saying I had high liver function. My liver enzymes are up at 92 (should be 40 or less) and my white blood count is high. There were also 2 tests which came back low, can’t remember which ones though.

    So I am now really worried, what could this be? I was on some pain killers for a sprained ankle at the time of the blood test, but i wasn’t really taking them as I dont like to take pain killers. I don’t drink, or smoke either.
    hi thanks for replying. I’ve had a 2nd blood test today done, and they are checking my ferratin (sp) levels. She thinks i might be anemic! Not had any fever, or any pain at all, so was suprised by this. Could it simply be the medication i was taking for my sprained ankle? Hopefully the levels have gone down. So worried as my nan died of liver cancer

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an infection. How you been feverish? Are you having generalized pain. Abscess sounds most obvious? You should get a ct of your stomach/ ultrasound. P.S. get ferratin level tested to see if you have iron accumulation.

  6. QUESTION:
    What could the high liver function be?
    Hi all!

    So basically i had a routine blood test done, and it came back saying I had high liver function. My liver enzymes are up at 92 (should be 40 or less) and my white blood count is high. There were also 2 tests which came back low, can’t remember which ones though.

    So I am now really worried, what could this be? I was on some pain killers for a sprained ankle at the time of the blood test, but i wasn’t really taking them as I dont like to take pain killers. I don’t drink, or smoke either.

    • ANSWER:
      You need to talk with your doctor about this.

      A standard liver profile blood test covers a lot of different liver enzymes. Any diagnosis will depend on which enzymes are elevated, which are normal, and which are low.

      Common causes of abnormal liver function tests include various medications, chronic alcohol abuse, or an infection. It could also be caused by a few dozen other less common issues.

      Call or go back to the doc for follow-up. He needs to give you a proper diagnosis so you can know what you need to do.

  7. QUESTION:
    Ankle troubles?
    About a month ago, I jumped from a high place (long story don’t ask) and landed hard on my right ankle, compressing/spraining it. I was limping right afterward, but I could walk with pain.

    The thing was, I was part of a Marathon-running team…and the Marathon was the next week. So I put off my running schedule for a week for recovery. I test-ran two days before, and found that I could run normally with minimal pain.

    I wrapped my ankle and the marathon went well, but I CERTAINLY began to pay for it the day afterward. I was limping pretty badly, and every step was painful.

    Now it is a month later, and my ankle is still swollen. It doesn’t hurt with walking any more, but I can’t run. I’ve tried, and it starts to throb after a few hundred feet. I’m going stir-crazy! Is there any therapy I can do to get this ankle back in line? I’ve sprained it several times before…have I finally injured it beyond a simple sprain?

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor find out what you did to your ankle when you jumped down and when you ran.
      You realize that was not the smartest thing you have done in your life?

      Running injured is how you make it a lot worse.

      There are not simple fixes, you are needing professional help.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ankle/Foot/Heel Pain? :(?
    I have a very weak ankle. It sprains very easily. My P.E. teacher knows this but this was the last test of the year. On Tuesday, we had to do a mile run in P.E. but I walked all 10 laps of it. During the last 3 laps I started getting excruciating pain in my ankle, foot, and heel. I was wearing my ankle brace for protection but we had to walk on a field that was uneven. What could this be? My dad has Plantar Faciititis and he thinks I have it too but every time I go to the podiatrist for my ankle I forget to ask him about it. I really don’t want to have another sprain because I have graduation, a wedding, and an awards breakfast that I have to wear heels to. Please help me!
    I answered some questions if it helps.

    1) Is it sensitive to the touch/press on it?
    It hurts a little bit when I touch it, but hurts the most when I walk.

    2) Where exactly is the pain located in your heel?
    The pain is more towards the middle of my heel.

    3) Do you have high or low arches in your feet?
    I actually don’t have arches. I have flat feet.

    4) Is the pain just as bad as when you were “injured” or there is some improvement after resting?
    When I rest for a while the pain goes away, but it comes back when I stand up.

    5) What kind of shoes you usually wear? (when not running)
    I usually wear sneakers or Uggs.

    6) Is there any swelling or bruising visible?
    I can’t tell if there’s bruising. I think there’s very light swelling.

    7) Is there a visible bump on the back of your heel?
    There is no bump on my heel.

    Today, I wrapped it in an Ace Bandage & soaked it in Epsom Salt.

    • ANSWER:
      Your problems are a consequence of having flat feet. There are exercises you can do to correct your condition. Contact me to learn how these are done.

  9. QUESTION:
    Drug Test Help! Vicodin in Urine Test?
    Ok, So im an idiot. And no I’m not a drug addict. Heres my story. I sprained my ankle approximately a week ago, and i took 2 Tylenol for 2 days, and the pain wouldn’t go away so on MAY 16th, 2010 I took 1 and a half Vicodin 7.5 mg + 3.25 mg so 10.75 MG in total, at 10 AM. The Vicodin were prescribed to my mom for her root canal or something of that sort, and I knew they were pain medication. Today is MAY 20th, 2010 and I got a job interview at some place and was hired, but I was required to give a drug test. I have a high metabolism but never drink water, im 125 pounds 5’9 and 19 years old. These pills were also expired and had no effect what so ever on me. The drug test was a urine sample, will it come back positive, and how long does Vicodin stay in the urine? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Nadine is wrong Vicodin or the generic hydrocodone comes in many combinations with Tylenol It comes in 5/325mg, 5/500mg, 7.5/500mg, 7.5/750mg,10/325mg, 10/650mg, 10/500mg (could be more I just can’t think of any at this time) the different combinations have different names ie. Norco, Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab. The generic is the most prescribed hydrocodone/apap. The small number is the narcotic portion and the large number is acetaminophen or Tylenol. As far as how long it takes to not show up on a urine drug screen varies from person to person. It is the metabolites that show up in the urine screen. Usually 3 days but it varies.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long of a recovery time for a sprained ankle and seriousness of reaggravating this injury?
    10 days ago, I sprained my ankle rather severely. It was about the size of a softball, swollen on both sides, and hurt a little into my lower leg (it was somewhere between a Grade 2 and 3 sprain). I am a rather fast healer, and the swelling went down as did the pain, and I was able to walk normally 6 days after the injury. While testing it with a jog yesterday, I re-rolled it and it is now the size of a tennis ball, I walk with a limp again, and it hurts a little higher into my leg this time, along with pain in other spots on my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      You can walk & run on a broken ankle. I know I did it. If you have not had your ankle ex-rayed INSIST on it.

      Its not like a tight tendon that will hurt less & less each time you stretch it. Its a load bearing joint that is injured. Being able to run or walk on it doesn’t mean you should. Some people have amazing tolerances to pain & can’t tell when they are exacerbating an issue. Which you obviously are, otherwise you wouldn’t have rolled it the second time.

      GET OFF THE ANKLE.

      If you didn’t break it before you probably did this time & pain is not a scientific indicator of the stress capacity of your BONES. Its likely that a broken bone will cause pain, But that’s not the only thing you should go by.

  11. QUESTION:
    Could it be Lyme’s Disease? have knee & ankle probs, hair shedding and 3 diff tick-bite incidents in 15 yrs?
    Upon the suggestion of a dr/friend, I am wondering if Lyme can explain a lot of my symptoms. Here’s my history (sorry its long) -
    1. Summer 1995, bit by tick, classic symptoms, treated with 3wk antibiotics. Afterward, the drs at the lyme disease clinic said they hadn’t seen anyone that was as sick as I had before. (extreme flu-like symptoms 3 wks after bite). But after treatment I was fine.
    2. Summer 2002. Found a tick bite, but never got ‘sick’, assumed I wasn’t infected. Later that summer, I suddently developed extreme knee pain on both knees. Had been training in martial arts for years and had to suddently quit. Diagnosed with bilateral patella femoral. I went through 1.5yrs with a top phys therapist and my knees didn’t get any better. It was painful to just walk.
    3. Nov. 2003. I barey turned my ankle and it became a swollen and painful. It was frequently swollen for 4 years, even with therapy. I had previously recovered quickly from sprained ankles. One dr noted there was lots of fluid in my ankle.
    4. Jan 2004, started experiencing intense hair loss. Went to several docs, nothing worked. Drs diagnosed me with hormone imbalance and low iron. Improved diet, added vitamins, eventually went on rogaine, eventually went on special BCP, then later went on higher dose BCP specialized for anti-androgenic effect. The BCPs and Rogaine have reduced the intensity of the shedding, but until recently I still had periods of intense shedding.
    5. Aug 2008. I got two tick bites on my thigh, they instantly turned into huge itchy rashes, so doc didn’t wait and put me on 3 weeks antibiotics for lymes. Since then (3 months later), my knees have been better, my hair loss has been normal, my ankle is still achy but not swollen.
    Could it be that I had lymes and didn’t know it and the recent antibiotics treated it? would any tests at this point make sense, in case there is still some lingering infection? I would love to reduce my BCP dose as its not FDA approved in US (but pretty much every where else) and I have to travel to Canada to see my doc there.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like Lyme disease is a strong possibility. All the symptoms you mentioned are possible Lyme disease symptoms. At this point, 3 weeks of antibiotics will be useless. You’ll need to find a knowledgable Lyme doctor who will treat you until you have gone 2 months without symptoms. This could take over a year. These doctors follow the ILADS guidelines for treating Lyme disease. http://www.ilads.org

      To find a doctor:

      http://www.lymediseaseassociation.org/

      click on “doctor referral” top left

      http://flash.lymenet.org/scripts/ultimatebb.cgi?

  12. QUESTION:
    Broken? Sprain? Ways to tell at home?
    Last night I was running on stage when I slipped on some water. I caught myself, luckily, but I twisted my ankle very severely. I was in high heels. I limped around a little bit, but soon got back into the groove of things. Later, on stage, a fellow cat member had to fall into my arms. I felt a sharp pain in the foot, and again began to limp. I went home that night and iced my foot – it hurt to elevate, but started to feel a little better. This morning I woke up and I can barely walk on it. The pain is on the top of the foot – above my pinky toe.

    I really would like to avoid going to the doctor if I can – are there any ways to test whether it is broken at home?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go to a doctor. If its broken it will be to be set, otherwise it will heal wrong and you may have continued difficulty walking on that foot.
      Most likely though, you’ve either strained or torn a tendon in you foot. You can feel around the damaged area to assess whether it is broken or not, but if you have torn or strained a tendon, poking at it will only make it worse.
      Ice it and strap and go to either your doctor or the er.

  13. QUESTION:
    Blood pressure taking anxiety, help?
    A year ago, I was diagnosed with either borderline high blood pressure or white coat syndrome. I was at 130/90 to 130/80 and sometimes even 120/80. I greatly felt that the readings corresponded to my anxiety with the room and doctor where the readings were taken. Doctor said no meds, just life style changes. I don’t eat salt, and I’m slightly over weight (about 12 pounds over weight). I’m 34, female. I have not reduced weight since then, but watched my salt carefully. Also since then my bp has been taken about 3 times for various medical complaints (like sprain ankle) but doctors said nothing to me about my bp, and I didn’t ask, so I assumed it was fine. I once asked only, and it was still 130/90.
    Last reading was 4 months ago, so I decided to go check again. I went to our campus nurse, and I was nervous. I have a history of anxiety disorder, so I tried to drink lots of water and calm down. Readings were 150/90, 150/80 and two hours later again at 140/80. I told the nurse this pattern is familiar, anxiety goes down, bp goes down. I thought this is enough for the day, and I think the bp would go down even further with calming down completely. My husband advises me not to go check my bp when I’m in a hectic day/tired/stressed. I didn’t re-check the next day (my goal was to keep checking for two weeks), but the day after it was 150/90 twice, and my heart was beating the minute the cuffs were on me. When I went back home, I told myself, this is NO way to check anyone’s blood pressure if it causes me anxiety during, and depression almost a panick attack afterwards. It would also be very difficult for me to purchase one for home, for obvious reasons. What can I do to get rid of this problem? I remember just one place I was always relaxed, at the ER of our small local hospital, but I’m afraid I’d ruin it for myself if I go and tell them I want my bp checked and they’d freak me out and ask me questions (Do you feel dizzy? and I wouldn’t feel dizzy until they ask me, and then I’d start feeling dizzy, it’s insane!). I do have slight obsessive compuslive behaviour that I’m trying to overcome. My deepest fear is that I’d really have liked to get pregnant next year, and this problem is making me extremely sad. Help please, thanks.
    1 hour ago – 4 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    On some level, I do believe nothing is wrong with me. We have some distant history of bp in my family (grandpa, uncle) but not mom or dad. However, lately mom at 60 years old, started having anxiety only when bp is at hospital, and hers at home is optimal. I think anxiety, rather than bp, runs in the family. So, for pregnancy, on some deep level, i’m not worried about a healthy pregnancy but rather about not performing correctly on these bp tests (by having bp go high due to anxiety) and then the doctors would get all anxious, and me as well. Just wanted to clear that out. I also did a urine protein sugar test for travel reasons last week, both were negative. My cholestrol last year was also very good. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Becoming focused on what your blood pressure reading will be is something over which only you have control. Don’t feed into your own anxiety. For starters, you may want to consider going to a therapist to learn some techniques for managing your anxiety more effectively. You do not need to let it run amok and control your life. Anxiety is an awful feeling. Hypertension is usually not even noticeable to the person who has it. You are borderline, as the doctor explained to you. Knowing that is not something for you to obsess about. Just keep your regular appointments with your doctor. 12 pounds of extra weight is not going to affect your blood pressure. If that were true, millions of people would be borderline hypertensives. Severely limiting your sodium intake is unnecessary and maybe even unhealthy. Some how you must learn to accept that you are human, therefore things out of your control are going to happen to you throughout life. To believe otherwise is to invite anxiety.

  14. QUESTION:
    well, my first short story?
    i know it’s a little long, but i would really appreciate critiques!

    My left arm was throbbing in pain, elbow to shoulder. It felt like I had been shot, not had blood drawn for tests. The ibuprofen didn’t work, not even a little bit. I tried holding my coffee in my left hand with my books in the other so the weight didn’t cause any possible harm to my already pained arm, but no success. It crashed to the floor and coffee flew everywhere. Great, not only was I going to be late for school, I was also going to be groggy and miserable all day. With no caffeine and a throbbing arm, plus the reason why I needed the blood tests, my left ankle, I knew today was not going to be easy.
    After cleaning up the mess off coffee from the kitchen floor, I strapped up the cam walker I had to wear for at least 3 weeks; we’d know exactly how long when the test results came back. Then I slowly walked, or rather; ‘hobbled’ down the back walkway to the street where Gemma picked me up every morning. With a little skepticism as she looked at me and saw no coffee in hand, she asked in her usual speedy, but beautiful soprano voice, “Sabbie, are you okay today? What took you so long? You think we might be late now?” I got into her forest green Electra as swiftly as I could, and after I got settled in the car with that giant cam walker boot on my foot and we headed off to the school, I explained what had happened that morning. Well, all except for my pain-induced partially immobilized arm. She hadn’t noticed it yet and I was glad. I just told her that Lydia, my 3 year old golden retriever/ yellow lab mix had bumped into me as I was about to leave, causing me to lose balance on my bad foot, and drop the coffee. “I didn’t want to make myself too late by making another cup,” I say apologetically, “so I just left the house without one.”
    “Oh.” Gemma said as we pulled into South Evestown High School’s student parking lot. “Sorry you’re having a rough day, but don’t worry, it will get better.” And for once she was right. Not only were we on time for homeroom, but there was this really cute my guy sitting directly next to where I sat! As gracefully as I could, I walked over to my seat. “Hi,” he said as I got to my seat and plopped into the dark wooden school desk, “I’m new, the name’s Theodore, but everyone at my old school called me Teddy.”
    “Hi Teddy” I said, shocked at how calm my voice sounded. I guess acting was a good skill to have for everyday life. “It’s very nice to meet you. I’m Sabbie.” I searched the pile of my books I had placed on the desk to make sure I had taken the doctor’s note for the nurse when he asked sympathetically, “What happened to your ankle, Sabbie?” I had totally forgotten that! Since everyone at South Evestown High knew I was so clumsy, I hadn’t needed to explain my injuries since seventh grade. But because he was new, he didn’t know that, well not yet at least. “Oh, yea, um, reoccurrence of a bad sprained ankle from back in July.” I started as I tried to remember what exactly had happened nine months back. It was already the middle of April, so that injury was old news to everyone around here. I continued “My little brother wanted to take our dog out for a walk, so I had to go with him because he’s only seven. Michael couldn’t hold the leash too well, it fell from his little hands and we had to chase after her.” I suddenly noticed he was staring at me with this dreamy look in his eyes, but I ignored it and continued. “I didn’t notice the new gray stones along my neighbor’s driveway while I was running and I tripped. Michael fell on top of it, spraining his wrist as he used his arms to protect from falling on my leg, try not to hurt my ankle more. He’s a smart kid, and really nice, but he’s weak.”
    As he apologized for the bad luck I had encountered over the summer, the bell rang, and homeroom was over. As we walked to first period, which for both of us was Ecology, he asked me the basic, new-kid-at-school questions. It seemed like he was really things I was. “So, is there an Ecology Club, or Eco-friendly program I can join?” He asked curiously. “Yea, we have an Ecology club, and the Eco teacher, Ms. Lumo, is the advisor.” I said as we neared the classroom. “Ms. Lumo!” I rushed toward her eagerly, with Teddy right behind me. “I’d like you to meet Teddy; he’s new and he is interested in joining the Ecology Club.”
    “Well, that’s wonderful!” Ms. Lumo said energetically. For eight thirty-five in the morning, she was probably the most awake out of everyone in the school. “And welcome to South Evestown High, Teddy.” “Thank you, Ms. Lumo” he said staring curiously into the classroom. I looked back at Ms. Lumo and turning to me, she started quickly, “Actually Sabbie, I need to hold a meeting today to prepare for the Earth Day bake sale and bracelet sale next week. Do you think you could remind everyone you see today? And I’m sure Teddy would love to join us as well!”
    We both looked over at Teddy again, who
    ok, so i didnt realize about half if it wasnt copied…sorry!

    • ANSWER:
      Try www.storyjoin.com It allows you to collaborate with other members and write stories together. It’s cool to see how the story ends.

  15. QUESTION:
    Knee pain? Sprain? Severe. fell off dorm bed?
    Okay, so long story short, I was at a college for 10 days for a camp and we stayed in the dorms. My room the bed was almost as tall as me (5’6.5) so I would say it was like 5’3ish. It was really high, Well on Saturday night at 4:30 am. I fell off of it and landed flat on my left shoulder, left side of face, and my right knee. I remember opening my eyes (I was in shock) and not knowing what happened I just layed there for minutes, eventually I got up and was in HORRIBLE pain, so I couldn’t go back to sleep. Well I have been able to walk on it, but have been taking anti-inflammatory around the clock for pain. My knee-cap is swollen, and severely bruised. I can’t bend it fully and tried the straight leg test when you lay down and try to lift it and hold, I got it only about 3 inches up and even that created HORRIBLE pain. I don’t know what I did. I am also having shooting pain from my knee up my leg. Any ideas will be helpful. Didn’t tell anyone at the camp so that means I didn’t get it looked at. I have a orthopedic surgeon appt. tomorrow for my ankle so maybe I will bring my knee up. thanks!
    14, female.
    also, just placing my fingers on my skin hurts. I can’t touch it at all!

    I know I didn’t get a brain injury, I know my body, the worse is a concussion but I am fine, it is just my knee, yeah my face hurts to touch on the side and is bruised but it’s fine

    • ANSWER:
      You SHOULD have been sent to the emergency room! You might have hit your head and gotten a brain injury too!

  16. QUESTION:
    What is with the pain?
    I want to know about your experiences with lower back and mostly extreme hip pain. I see my doctor tomorrow, so I will talk to him about it. I’ve done all the possible tests. And It is not just my joints loosening up, or stretching. I am 32 weeks and this is unbelievable. Is there anyone who has or is suffering from extreme pain in the hips and/or back? It’s to the point where a sprained ankle would feel better. I love being pregnant but this is ridiculous. My first was an easy one compared. Please I need details and remedies. Before any one suggests to stretch and exercise keep in mind that I’m high risk for preterm birth and I’m not allowed.

    • ANSWER:
      Hes probably just leaning on your sciatic nerve. Look it up in a search engine and see if its what you have then mention it to your doctor and he can tell you ways to help relieve the pain. also if you find a good website it will tell you stretchs and stuff that will make the baby move off your nerve. One that helped for my was gettin on my hands and kness(i know kinda hard with the big belly) and doing pelvic rolls. you can try looking those up to and find pictures of how to do it.

  17. QUESTION:
    Help! What did I do to my foot? I don’t think it’s a sprain…?
    About two and a half weeks ago I was playing outdoor soccer when I made a quick change of direction and injured my ankle. Or so I thought.

    The area around my ankle (below it, the foot) swelled up and I couldn’t put wait on it without extreme discomfort for a good 3-4 days. In those days, I stayed put (ie, sitting mostly), used crutches to go between buildings at school, and elevated and iced my foot in the evenings (when I was home from school). My foot bruised (in an odd pattern) but got better and it was then that I noticed that my ankle is not in pain, but rather, the area on the TOP part of my foot where the highest part of my arch is. (But the pain is not under the arch, rather, on the top of the foot).

    My foot doesn’t bother me when I’m just sitting, when I stand on it, or even if I’m just holding my foot up and moving my ankle around in all directions (which I do to test for pain). It starts to bother me specifically when I’m at the point where I’m about to walk: namely, when I am pushing off on the ball of my foot, but the ball is not the part that hurts.

    The part that hurts (that area on top of my foot, at the highest point of my arch) is a strip (ligament?) that runs next to that long, thin bone (I think) that seemingly connects your big toe to your ankle. But the pain is nowhere near my big toe, it’s at that part I keep describing – closer to my ankle. I’m just saying that the exact area of pain lines up with that long, thin bone.

    I can walk but I do so with a limp. Like I said, standing doesn’t hurt, but if I go to actually push off on the ball of my foot (so as to take a step), that is when I get a pain.

    My question is, it has been two weeks now with slow, moderate improvement: should I give it more time before I go see a doctor?

    What sort of injury does this sound like? fracture? lisfranc injury?

    How long can I expect to stay off of it for a full recovery? 25 y/o runner, female, non diabetic, otherwise good health (blood work – normal)

    • ANSWER:
      You can either have broke/fractured (same thing!) the 1st metatarsal which is the bone that runs from your big toe to your ankle (your toe and ankle being separate bones) OR you could have pulled a ligament, which there is one that runs from your big toe over the top of the 1st metatarsal to your ankle then that muscle runs up your leg. The way you are describing it sounds like a pulled the ligament. I rolled my foot last year where I broke blood vessels, my foot swell, I had a HUGE blood pocket, bad bruising, I though I had broke bones!! But it ended up being a pulled ligament, I had to be on crutches. I could not walk normally for a few weeks. It can take up to 6 weeks or longer to heal a pulled or torn ligament. If you feel pain when walking it still hasn’t healed yet! Do not run or play sports or it will never heal! Also a Dr will not do anything for this type of injury other then perscribe anti inflamatories.

  18. QUESTION:
    My 7yr Old German Shepard is Sick, Dr’s have to say she has infection in the blood and Protein deficiency.
    My pet was absolutely fine until Sunday, suddenly on Monday she was crying with pain and we couldn’t figure out what the problem was until Tuesday when she started limping (Her left hind leg). We got her checked. The scan report was normal, the X-Ray for the hind left ankle showed that she had Arthritis and Protein Deficiency and hence swelling in the left hind leg.
    We also did a blood test and the blood report showed that the blood infection count was 35000 decibel and what is acceptable in 11000-12000, and little difference in the liver count and kidney count. Doctors told me that they will not be able to start with high dosage of antibiotics or pain killer for her leg coz of the lower liver and kidney count and such high dosage of medicine will affect the kidney and liver.
    So she has been on drips (glaucous and some medicine) that would help reduce the infection in the blood and improve the kidney and liver.

    Now After 4 days of medication, they did a blood test this morning and the level of infection in the blood has increased to 65000 decibel, but the liver and kidney count has slightly improved.

    She has not been eating well coz I am not around with her and she is home sick, every time i went to visit her i gave her some biscuits and food which she ate well, she is not able to go to the pee or poo properly coz she is not able to stand with one hind leg and so she pees while she is lying down and its really difficult for her, she is not regular with her motion and the first day her stools looked black with reddish in it. We though it probably was coz she had not done motion since two days,
    Today the doctor has changed the medication after the blood report he has been giving her oral medicine and she ate food, but her stomach looked big. She is peeing but not regular with the motion.
    I am soo scared this is the first time she is hospitalized and the infection in the blood in increasing (from 35000-65000 decibel) , how do we get it under control and will she get better soon and get back home, what food would i give her to help her with protine deficiency and how long will it take for her to get back to normal and walk again and be on her own.
    Some time ago my nephew made her run soo much that she has a sprain in her leg , doctor said she needs complete rest, the X-ray dosen’t show any bone damage, but sines of arthritis only in one joint and swelling in the leg coz of which she is not able to walk,
    Please suggest what i could do to help her get better soon and have her back home and what will help diminish the blood infection count going soo high. Today she ate the food i gave her and looked lil better. But m scared of the blood infection that is increasing.

    Please suggest……….

    • ANSWER:
      The vet that is treating your dog is the best person to ask these questions. I know it’s difficult when a pet (or human family member) is very ill, to think of questions to ask the doctor at the time. When you get home, it seems like there are a million questions you wished you had asked. Try to write all these down, and bring them with you to the vet, who will hopefully have some answers for you. Best wishes, I hope she’s better and home soon.

  19. QUESTION:
    Family (sister) problem?
    Okay, so I have a little sister who is 11 and has epilepsy. My mom, when she was born, had epilepsy as well and then a few years later (2) she got into a car accident and the person who did the crime, did not pay the time or the fine. Anyway, she has a metal spine in her back and it hurts her to bend and my dad’s shoulder is ripping. My sister was born with epilepsy and when my sister was born, my mom got it.

    My sister is extremely messy. I am dead serious. She is so messy, if a hurricane hit her room, there would be no difference. You can’t walk in it without hurting yourself. I’ve tried cleaning it like 5 times and so has my parents and I told them I won’t do it anymore. Everyday, when I get back from school, the whole stinkin’ house is all messy!!! I am a 13 year old girl and my parents rely on me to clean it all of her mess and my mom’s, my dog’s and my own. When I don’t sweep and forget to sweep for a while, boy do I get yelled out so much that my mom almost got a heart attack! I just don’t have time to do everything! When I get back home from school, I have to take care of my dog; who has a sprain ankle thanks to my sister, I have to do my homework and I have to go to basketball practice which is twice a week and my grades have to be a 97 or higher, if not, no basketball, if I don’t do my chores, no basketball and the fact that I have test anxiety is not helping. My main problem is sweeping because whenever I take out the trash at 6, when my dad gets home 6-6:15, he sees that the trash is full and I take it out and then at bedtime I take it out once more, then in the morning, full again! My sister stays up so late at nights, she eats and spills things and leaves her clothes around and doesn’t get in trouble for it because my mom feels that it’s her fault that my sister has epilepsy ( she knows right from wrong and she is really smart, but she can’t get in trouble so she acts like a big bum and makes a mess out of everything).

    I am so mad that I have to do everything and when I forget to do something, I get in trouble, but when my sister does something say like break the tv, she won’t get in trouble and mom’ll say that she can’t help it and then I see my sister smirking at me. My dad sees her smirking too, but he can’t get control of her either. Like I said before, she stays up late at nights with mom, she keeps mom up and then she can’t get her rest. I’ve talked to my parents before and no luck. What can I do in this situation? Not to mention, but school is not going well for me either…..
    My sister is my only sibling, so there really isn’t anyone else for me to talk to.
    When I tried to talk to my parents, they always say that they don’t give me as much as they should, that I have less responsibility than most teenagers. I’ve tried, but my mom can’t do anything because of her back and my dad can’t do anything because he is the only person working and his shoulder is ripping. Whenever I bring up my sister, they always (mostly my mom) goes and say that she can’t help it and that she was born that way and you were born perfectly, healthy, smart and no medical conditions, you should be able to do the work. Then, I see my dad and he always says: You need to help out, if I could I would, but I can’t. I need your help, please help me. My dad hates the house messy, but not as much as my mom who gets mad at me if I don’t do it even if it’s all my sister’s junk. Please help me in this situation! It’s been this way for years and I don’t have anytime to relax, even when I’m sleepin

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Injured Achilles Tendon. Doctors, do you have an opinion?
    History:
    I sprained my ankle badly about 3 years ago, a Grade III sprain with slight ligament tears. Later, 2 years ago, and last year, I sustained two Grade II sprains to the same ankle, which was accompanied by bad swelling but thankfully no ligament damage.

    For the Grade III, I used RICE, was splinted, and used crutches for 3 weeks. With the Grade II’s, I used RICE for 2 weeks. Afterwards, my formerly injured ankle is significantly looser than my uninjured ankle – I have chronic ankle instability in the ankle – but it healed, yet I had developed achilles tendonitis (in the same leg as the formerly injured ankle) that has gone from acute to badly chronic.

    After about 6 months of pain following the second sprain (2 years ago) and the onset of the tendinitis, I reduced my athletic activities (running 3 miles three days a week) to walking and stretching. The dull/sore pain did not go away.

    Afterwards, after the last sprain (1 year ago), I began using orthotics and heel inserts, as well as doing physical therapy and performing daily stretching exercises before departing for work and exercise. The dull/sore pain initially went away, but even after increasing and reducing the orthotics’ lift, and despite the phys. therapy, the pain returned and got worse. Most recently, I wore a cam-walker boot, but the pain in my achilles, specifically at the heel and in the high-calf region of the achilles, persisted and got worse.

    Symptoms:
    - After so much time, the back of the achilles at the base of the heel is no longer red, but remains in a constant swollen state and is always warmer and puffier than the other foot’s.
    - The heel of the injured foot is also, due to constant swelling, 1.5 times the size of the uninjured foot
    - The base of the heel is sensitive to touch.
    - The ankle I sprained these three times, now cracks loudly almost every morning.
    - There is a constant, throbbing pain at the high calf of the achilles tendon.
    - I am able to walk, and do not have a rupture, yet because of the throbbing pain in the entire calf, I am in extreme pain, have to use crutches now because of the constant throbbing, and will be going to be seen by a doctor tomorrow.

    (After having had to explain my ankle symptoms to my doctor where I used to live, and after having done my own research on these terms I am beginning to understand much more than I did before).

    My questions are:

    1. With these symptoms, should I see a doctor (M.D.) or a podiatrist (D.P.M.)?

    2. Are there unique clinical symptoms distinguish a partial achilles tear from achilles tendinopathy (chronic achilles tendinitis)?

    3. Are there clinical symptoms that distinguish microtears in the achilles from partial tears?

    4. Outside of clinical symptoms, what tests should be run to get a clear diagnostic of whatever is happening in my leg? A CT scan? An MRI? X-rays?

    5. If a surgical option is suggested for whatever I have, is that superior or inferior to non-surgical options?
    6. Also – could this be an injury to the gastrocnemius muscle?

    • ANSWER:
      you can’t tell that way go to a doctor!!!

  21. QUESTION:
    Just help if you know about ankles… please?
    I think i sprained my ankle three weeks ago in a soccer game…. it was really severe pain at first and i limped off the field immediatelyy. I went away after like two minutes and i kept playing tentatively. By the time i got home it was really swollen and my toes turned inward and my foot was kinda tilted so that the inside of my foot was higher off the ground. I went to bed and the next aday it hurt to walk but was managable. That was thursday night.
    Saturday i was fine and was doing high jump in a track meet. It completely gave out when i tried to jump and sent a sharp pain through my entire ankle.
    Now… three weeks later it will still often give out when jumping or cutting and when i walk it will either pop with each step as i go from heel to toe or grind in like the center of my ankle.
    There is no swelling or bruising.
    Oh and i did that test where you push your foot forward and shin back and it moves considerably and hurts. It will even move if i just put my legs out while sitting on the ground.
    What are my options and what did i do??? or am i just a whiny wimp???

    • ANSWER:
      Get yourself down to A&E, I did the same as you, however there may be ligament and tendon damage, and possible cartilage. Hard to tell but better to be safe than sorry!

  22. QUESTION:
    isolated , alienated & cut off from society with a lot of problems – what do i do ?
    had an exceptionally difficult traumatic life all my life- suffered abuse , bullying , head injuries , time in a psychiatric hospital, a criminal record , other horrific times.

    ive missed out on a normal life of forming any relationships, getting an education, being employed , getting qualifications, none of that has ever happened – and iam starting now at 30 years old from scratch.
    i live alone on disability owning nothing virtually in a 1 bedroom flat on disability, ive made lots of progress over the years , however i still struggle with rage , paranoia , high anxiety , flashbacks, and because of this iam isolated and feel cut off from society………estranged and alienated.
    i dont go out because of these symptoms and keep myself inside most days except if i have to go out.

    i have no social support network obviously except my aging mum.

    i was assessed for group therapy weeks ago, but in their assessment they concluded i wasn’t ready to go from being isolated for a long time to going to intense group therapy sessions everyday , for 5 days a week, so they recommended i attend a local group psychotherapy near me thats less intense ( attend their twice a week ) , see how i go with that then at a later stage be re refered back to the intense group therapy centre by my psychiatrist.

    dr andrew said that group therapy would help me to build relationships back up with people again stop me from being isolated, learn how to interact properly again.
    he said unfortunately he had heard about DBT for borderlines Pd’s but that that therapy wasnt available anywhere in my region of england.

    so ive had a setback and disappointment with therapy.

    meanwhile i have physical health worries : i may have vilitigo , i have white patches near my forehead , i have a natural olive complexion because im of Mediterranean heritage, so you can easily see the white patches .
    i have torn cracked broken skin on the head of my penis , covering the head part, the last dermatologist said it wasnt a skin disorder and normal for me , i said i still wasnt happy and asked for a 3rd opinion, they said that will be up to my doctor to do.
    i feel in the dark about the cracked skin , worrying whats caused it and whether it can be cleared – i was told it was possibly down to frequent masturbation which ive done over 12 times a day , everyday for as long as i can remember – so i hope its down to that..

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains in my pelvic area and penis when im masturbating recently.

    for over a year ive had aching weak joints and limbs that easily move out of place , and ache with ‘ minimal ‘ exercise and ache if im typing on my computer , or writing etc – my hands , elbows , shoulder joints ache..

    so im worrying what that could be ?

    i have an injured ankle, sprained it over a year ago, torn the ankle ligaments , its very weak , have to be careful how i walk on it , was told it will take time to heal properly..

    i have a damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago, i can use it normally , but was told nothing can be done to repair it , it hurts if i was to hit a punch bag etc.

    a crooked little finger on my left hand , that wont straighten, it droops over , a splint didnt straighten it, i was told nothing can be done to straighten it.

    im also 6ft exactly , no more , slightly overweight and out of shape, been inactive for so long – i worry about diabetes even though my diabetes tests came back clear months ago..

    i worry about my future, time passing on me , being left behind and abandoned, my goals in life seem depressingly out of reach – im starting at a late stage , im nearly 31 now.

    my top goals are mainly of a decent paid career in computers and then to leave england , emigrate , move abroad, near the coast , find a caring wife..

    but all that seems unachievable and out of reach for me now. – like it will take forever.

    forever trapped in a 1 bedroom apartment on disability , everyone having abandoned me , no one to turn to.

    i feel extremely isolated and cut off from society , its hell.

    i dissociate to when i go out sometimes , like space out , but also i get worrying feeling of ‘ disorientation ‘ like ‘ where am i going ‘ or ‘ what am i doing ‘ feeling.

    can anyone actually read all this and tell me how to cope ? my thoughts are racing badly.

    • ANSWER:
      Everyone has problems, why don’t you start by going out and getting a job… whats the point in moaning about it all, you reckon you have dreams and aspirations but if all you do is sit on your arse all day and moan then your never going to get anywhere.

  23. QUESTION:
    can someone tell me how to cope in life with so many problems & insecurities ?
    I’m a 30 year old ive had an exceptionally difficult traumatic life – suffered abuse , bullying , head injuries , time in a psychiatric hospital, a criminal record , other horrific times.

    ive missed out on a normal life of forming any relationships, getting an education, being employed , getting qualifications, none of that has ever happened – and iam starting now at 30 from scratch.

    i live alone on disability owning nothing virtually in a 1 bedroom flat on disability, ive made lots of progress over the years , however i still struggle with rage , paranoia , high anxiety , flashbacks, and because of this iam isolated and feel cut off from society………estranged and alienated.
    i dont go out because of these symptoms and keep myself inside most days except if i have to go out.

    i have no social support network obviously except my aging mum.

    i was assessed for group therapy weeks ago, but in their assessment they concluded i wasn’t ready to go from being isolated for a long time to going to intense group therapy sessions everyday , for 5 days a week, so they recommended i attend a local group psychotherapy near me thats less intense ( attend their twice a week ) , see how i go with that then at a later stage be re refered back to the intense group therapy centre by my psychiatrist.

    dr andrew said that group therapy would help me to build relationships back up with people again stop me from being isolated, learn how to interact properly again.
    he said unfortunately he had heard about DBT for borderlines Pd’s but that that therapy wasnt available anywhere in my region of england.

    meanwhile i have physical health worries : i may have vilitigo , i have white patches near my forehead , i have a natural olive complexion because im of Mediterranean heritage, so you can easily see the white patches .
    i have torn cracked broken skin on the head of my penis , covering the head part, the last dermatologist said it wasnt a skin disorder and normal for me , i said i still wasnt happy and asked for a 3rd opinion, they said that will be up to my doctor to do.

    i feel in the dark about the cracked skin , worrying whats caused it and whether it can be cleared – i was told it was possibly down to frequent masturbation which ive done over 12 times a day , everyday for as long as i can remember – so i hope its down to that..

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains in my pelvic area and penis when im masturbating recently.

    for over a year ive had aching weak joints and limbs that easily move out of place , and ache with ‘ minimal ‘ exercise and ache if im typing on my computer , or writing etc – my hands , elbows , shoulder joints ache..

    so im worrying what that could be ?

    i have an injured ankle, sprained it over a year ago, torn the ankle ligaments , its very weak , have to be careful how i walk on it , was told it will take time to heal properly..

    i have a damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago, i can use it normally , but was told nothing can be done to repair it , it hurts if i was to hit a punch bag etc.

    a crooked little finger on my left hand , that wont straighten, it droops over , a splint didnt straighten it, i was told nothing can be done to straighten it.

    im also 6ft exactly , no more , slightly overweight and out of shape, been inactive for so long – i worry about diabetes even though my diabetes tests came back clear months ago..

    i worry about my future, time passing on me , being left behind and abandoned, my goals in life seem depressingly out of reach – im starting at a late stage , im nearly 31 now.

    my top goals are mainly of a decent paid career in computers and then to leave england , emigrate , move abroad, near the coast , find a caring wife..

    but all that seems unachievable and out of reach for me now. – like it will take forever.

    forever trapped in a 1 bedroom apartment on disability , everyone having abandoned me , no one to turn to.

    i feel extremely isolated and cut off from society , its hell.

    i dissociate to when i go out sometimes , like space out , but also i get worrying feeling of ‘ disorientation ‘ like ‘ where am i going ‘ or ‘ what am i doing ‘ feeling.

    can anyone actually read all this and tell me how to cope ? my thoughts are racing badly.

    • ANSWER:
      I gather from what you say that your goals are to learn how to form relationships, get an education, be employed in computers, get qualifications, strengthen your ankle, get fit, go overseas, and get married. What is holding you back are physical and mental health concerns and you are doing something about learning how to form good relationships by going to therapy.

      Why not go back to school and get a degree in computers so that you can become gainfully employed?

      For this you will need to strengthen both your ankle and your right hand so will need some physiotherapy, look for some exercises online to help you get fit while you are at home.

      Have you researched what qualifications you need to enter university or polytech? Have you looked at the costs, or raising funds to finance your education? Are you eligible for any scholarships? awards?

      Have you asked yourself what qualities does a woman look for in a husband and whether you fit those qualities? If you do not fit those qualities then what are you prepared to do in order to fit them?

      Have you asked yourself what quality of relationships do you want to enjoy when you are working with people? What type of working environment suits you best? What style of management?

      Check it out and see if you can feasibly fulfill your goals and then work towards doing so.

  24. QUESTION:
    Isolated , alienated & cut off from society with a lot of problems – what do i do ?
    had an exceptionally difficult traumatic life all my life- suffered abuse , bullying , head injuries , time in a psychiatric hospital, a criminal record , other horrific times.

    ive missed out on a normal life of forming any relationships, getting an education, being employed , getting qualifications, none of that has ever happened – and iam starting now at 30 years old from scratch.
    i live alone on disability owning nothing virtually in a 1 bedroom flat on disability, ive made lots of progress over the years , however i still struggle with rage , paranoia , high anxiety , flashbacks, and because of this iam isolated and feel cut off from society………estranged and alienated.
    i dont go out because of these symptoms and keep myself inside most days except if i have to go out.

    i have no social support network obviously except my aging mum.

    i was assessed for group therapy weeks ago, but in their assessment they concluded i wasn’t ready to go from being isolated for a long time to going to intense group therapy sessions everyday , for 5 days a week, so they recommended i attend a local group psychotherapy near me thats less intense ( attend their twice a week ) , see how i go with that then at a later stage be re refered back to the intense group therapy centre by my psychiatrist.

    dr andrew said that group therapy would help me to build relationships back up with people again stop me from being isolated, learn how to interact properly again.
    he said unfortunately he had heard about DBT for borderlines Pd’s but that that therapy wasnt available anywhere in my region of england.

    so ive had a setback and disappointment with therapy.

    meanwhile i have physical health worries : i may have vilitigo , i have white patches near my forehead , i have a natural olive complexion because im of Mediterranean heritage, so you can easily see the white patches .
    i have torn cracked broken skin on the head of my penis , covering the head part, the last dermatologist said it wasnt a skin disorder and normal for me , i said i still wasnt happy and asked for a 3rd opinion, they said that will be up to my doctor to do.
    i feel in the dark about the cracked skin , worrying whats caused it and whether it can be cleared – i was told it was possibly down to frequent masturbation which ive done over 12 times a day , everyday for as long as i can remember – so i hope its down to that..

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains in my pelvic area and penis when im masturbating recently.

    for over a year ive had aching weak joints and limbs that easily move out of place , and ache with ‘ minimal ‘ exercise and ache if im typing on my computer , or writing etc – my hands , elbows , shoulder joints ache..

    so im worrying what that could be ?

    i have an injured ankle, sprained it over a year ago, torn the ankle ligaments , its very weak , have to be careful how i walk on it , was told it will take time to heal properly..

    i have a damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago, i can use it normally , but was told nothing can be done to repair it , it hurts if i was to hit a punch bag etc.

    a crooked little finger on my left hand , that wont straighten, it droops over , a splint didnt straighten it, i was told nothing can be done to straighten it.

    im also 6ft exactly , no more , slightly overweight and out of shape, been inactive for so long – i worry about diabetes even though my diabetes tests came back clear months ago..

    i worry about my future, time passing on me , being left behind and abandoned, my goals in life seem depressingly out of reach – im starting at a late stage , im nearly 31 now.

    my top goals are mainly of a decent paid career in computers and then to leave england , emigrate , move abroad, near the coast , find a caring wife..

    but all that seems unachievable and out of reach for me now. – like it will take forever.

    forever trapped in a 1 bedroom apartment on disability , everyone having abandoned me , no one to turn to.

    i feel extremely isolated and cut off from society , its hell.

    i dissociate to when i go out sometimes , like space out , but also i get worrying feeling of ‘ disorientation ‘ like ‘ where am i going ‘ or ‘ what am i doing ‘ feeling.

    can anyone actually read all this and tell me how to cope ? my thoughts are racing badly.

    • ANSWER:
      The good news is there is hope.

      My advice is this:
      Set.
      very.
      small.
      goals.

      That is how you will cope. If you’re ready to change, then you’ll set very small goals for yourself and work towards them everyday. If you’re not ready to change then consider that you should make up this list of goals. I think that is the only way you’re going to survive your life! Make a list of what you want out of life that is attainable. Make a list of things that you DO have going for you. Make a deal with yourself that you will dedicate some time to making your life a little better every day. If you could live as long as you wanted, how long would you live? Hopefully the answer is till old age. So if you started TODAY, there is no reason that you couldn’t be consistently content in a year or two or three or 4…OR MAYBE LESS! It depends on how much time YOU put into improving things. If you fixed things up in that relatively short time you could have decades of contentment. Some people don’t even get a day of contentment their whole life. There is hope.

      Right now your worry is your only hobby. What do you like? Figure out if there’s something you could do, even if it’s small, to take your mind off things.

      You need to let go and realize there are some things you can’t change in your life…but thankfully there are A LOT of things you can change. Focus on those things because just the process will make you feel so much better.

  25. QUESTION:
    do i have a lot of problems to cope with ? can someone tell me how to cope or manage ?
    I’m a 30 year old ive had an exceptionally difficult traumatic life – suffered abuse , bullying , head injuries , time in a psychiatric hospital, a criminal record , other horrific times.

    ive missed out on a normal life of forming any relationships, getting an education, being employed , getting qualifications, none of that has ever happened – and iam starting now at 30 from scratch.

    i live alone on disability owning nothing virtually in a 1 bedroom flat on disability, ive made lots of progress over the years , however i still struggle with rage , paranoia , high anxiety , flashbacks, and because of this iam isolated and feel cut off from society………estranged and alienated.
    i dont go out because of these symptoms and keep myself inside most days except if i have to go out.

    i have no social support network obviously except my aging mum.

    i was assessed for group therapy weeks ago, but in their assessment they concluded i wasn’t ready to go from being isolated for a long time to going to intense group therapy sessions everyday , for 5 days a week, so they recommended i attend a local group psychotherapy near me thats less intense ( attend their twice a week ) , see how i go with that then at a later stage be re refered back to the intense group therapy centre by my psychiatrist.

    dr andrew said that group therapy would help me to build relationships back up with people again stop me from being isolated, learn how to interact properly again.
    he said unfortunately he had heard about DBT for borderlines Pd’s but that that therapy wasnt available anywhere in my region of england.

    meanwhile i have physical health worries : i may have vilitigo , i have white patches near my forehead , i have a natural olive complexion because im of Mediterranean heritage, so you can easily see the white patches .
    i have torn cracked broken skin on the head of my penis , covering the head part, the last dermatologist said it wasnt a skin disorder and normal for me , i said i still wasnt happy and asked for a 3rd opinion, they said that will be up to my doctor to do.

    i feel in the dark about the cracked skin , worrying whats caused it and whether it can be cleared – i was told it was possibly down to frequent masturbation which ive done over 12 times a day , everyday for as long as i can remember – so i hope its down to that..

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains in my pelvic area and penis when im masturbating recently.

    for over a year ive had aching weak joints and limbs that easily move out of place , and ache with ‘ minimal ‘ exercise and ache if im typing on my computer , or writing etc – my hands , elbows , shoulder joints ache..

    so im worrying what that could be ?

    i have an injured ankle, sprained it over a year ago, torn the ankle ligaments , its very weak , have to be careful how i walk on it , was told it will take time to heal properly..

    i have a damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago, i can use it normally , but was told nothing can be done to repair it , it hurts if i was to hit a punch bag etc.

    a crooked little finger on my left hand , that wont straighten, it droops over , a splint didnt straighten it, i was told nothing can be done to straighten it.

    im also 6ft exactly , no more , slightly overweight and out of shape, been inactive for so long – i worry about diabetes even though my diabetes tests came back clear months ago..

    i worry about my future, time passing on me , being left behind and abandoned, my goals in life seem depressingly out of reach – im starting at a late stage , im nearly 31 now.

    my top goals are mainly of a decent paid career in computers and then to leave england , emigrate , move abroad, near the coast , find a caring wife..

    but all that seems unachievable and out of reach for me now. – like it will take forever.

    forever trapped in a 1 bedroom apartment on disability , everyone having abandoned me , no one to turn to.

    i feel extremely isolated and cut off from society , its hell.

    i dissociate to when i go out sometimes , like space out , but also i get worrying feeling of ‘ disorientation ‘ like ‘ where am i going ‘ or ‘ what am i doing ‘ feeling.

    can anyone actually read all this and tell me how to cope ? my thoughts are racing badly.

    • ANSWER:
      Reading your question made me feel very sad, but at the age of 31 you are still young and you can change your life over and over again in the coming years!
      This huge list of your worries and problems looks like you are going through hell, but believe me it is not so bad. You still have your sanity, from the way you write i would say you are very intelligent person, very organised too [ the way you wrote your question] .
      I can not make your health problems or other problems go away but i will tell you take them one at the time. Everyone has something to worry about, believe me you are not alone. Another positive thing is that you have your goal – you want to move abroad and settle down with someone you care for and love – that is a big plus!
      For a start do something about your health. Start exercising, it is such a great way of getting rid of depression and stress… Not only will you feel great emotionally but you will loose some weight and look healthy and fit which will boost your confidence, you will be happier!
      Get yourself a job, if you never worked before start looking for jobs where there is no need for qualifications. You dont need to do it forever, just to leave the house and at the same time earn some money, you can invest this money and find yourself a course, something which interests you, it does not have to be a degree study. You will start moving from 0 point, and you will feel great! With some qualifications you can start looking for a new job too.
      Even if you don’t have friends to go out with, go on your own,for a walk, to a pub or a bar, have a drink or two, come home, and go out again next week…or maybe you get to know someone and have a chat, even if short, it will count. You will meet people. Don’t sit at home and do nothing. It can’t help you! It will never change your situation. You are the one who has the power to change everything! Also, get yourself some hobby, it will keep you occupied and you never know it may even transform into a career one day.
      The most important thing is to believe in yourself, dont try to sort everything at once, as i said before take each problem or situation one at the time and work on it. The most important one is your health so put your trainers on and start walking/running. Once you feel happier about yourself, everything else will come easy.
      I know it is hard if you have no friends to talk to but even if you had 100 friends, they would not be able to help you with your problems. Only you can.

      Good luck with everything!

  26. QUESTION:
    will i ever get the life i want or is it hopeless ?
    the life and ambition i want is this : to attain a good paying job in computers ; to live securely, stand on my own 2 feet ; to leave britain , emigrate permenantly to somewhere hot near the coastline, near a coastal village with no commericialism.

    to find a loving caring sexy partner prefablly like me : non white , asian , mexican , black , hispanic etc

    that is my preference and that is my goal, please dont criticize or knock it.

    but look at my circumstances , i feel so hopless about things :

    had an exceptionally difficult traumatic life all my life- suffered abuse , bullying , head injuries , time in a psychiatric hospital, a criminal record , other horrific times.

    ive missed out on a normal life of forming any relationships, getting an education, being employed , getting qualifications, none of that has ever happened – and iam starting now at 30 years old from scratch.
    i live alone on disability owning nothing virtually in a 1 bedroom flat on disability, ive made lots of progress over the years , however i still struggle with rage , paranoia , high anxiety , flashbacks, and because of this iam isolated and feel cut off from society………estranged and alienated.
    i dont go out because of these symptoms and keep myself inside most days except if i have to go out.

    i have no social support network obviously except my aging mother.

    i have physical health worries : i may have vilitigo , i have white patches near my forehead , i have a natural olive complexion because im of Mediterranean heritage, so you can easily see the white patches .
    i have torn cracked broken skin on the head of my penis , covering the head part, the last dermatologist said it wasnt a skin disorder and normal for me , i said i still wasnt happy and asked for a 3rd opinion, they said that will be up to my doctor to do.
    i feel in the dark about the cracked skin , worrying whats caused it and whether it can be cleared – i was told it was possibly down to frequent masturbation which ive done over 12 times a day , everyday for as long as i can remember – so i hope its down to that..

    im getting pulling pains and shooting pains in my pelvic area and penis when im masturbating recently.

    for over a year ive had aching weak joints and limbs that easily move out of place , and ache with ‘ minimal ‘ exercise and ache if im typing on my computer , or writing etc – my hands , elbows , shoulder joints ache..

    so im worrying what that could be ?

    i have an injured ankle, sprained it over a year ago, torn the ankle ligaments , its very weak , have to be careful how i walk on it , was told it will take time to heal properly..

    i have a damaged nerves in my right knuckle through punching a wall years ago, i can use it normally , but was told nothing can be done to repair it , it hurts if i was to hit a punch bag etc.

    a crooked little finger on my left hand , that wont straighten, it droops over , a splint didnt straighten it, i was told nothing can be done to straighten it.

    im also 6ft exactly , no more , slightly overweight and out of shape, been inactive for so long – i worry about diabetes even though my diabetes tests came back clear months ago..

    i worry about my future, time passing on me , being left behind and abandoned, my goals in life seem depressingly out of reach – im starting at a late stage , im nearly 31 now.

    my top goals are mainly of a decent paid career in computers and then to leave england , emigrate , move abroad, near the coast , find a caring wife..

    but all that seems unachievable and out of reach for me now. – like it will take forever.

    forever trapped in a 1 bedroom apartment on disability , everyone having abandoned me , no one to turn to.

    i feel extremely isolated and cut off from society , its hell.

    i dissociate to when i go out sometimes , like space out , but also i get worrying feeling of ‘ disorientation ‘ like ‘ where am i going ‘ or ‘ what am i doing ‘ feeling.
    i know all this is sounding unbelievable but i cant lie its how my lifes turned out so far.

    those goals seem hopelessly out of reach.

    can anyone help ?

    • ANSWER:
      You have left me speech less chick I would normally say anything is possible but you really have it bad don’t ya.

      The good thing is you know what your problems are you need to get some counsilling asap to work your problems out, I think you need to lower your goals in life to maybe just getting a job and finding a nice girl maybe getting a bigger place

      but I think you have got a long way to go and its gonna be hard and if you don’t do something about it now you never will. Life is so very short you can’t sit around in self pity you need to get out there and get what u want.

      My husband left me 2 weeks ago he has left me in debt and with a young son alot of women would have crumbled but I have kept a perspective on things I have carried on coming to work every day sorted out the debt problems being ther for my son and just generally not let it get to me because if it does i will be a mess i will be laid in a pool of wine drunk makeup everywhere and very bitter.

      I’m not going to let him ruin my life i will get through this and this time next year i will make damm sure that my life is better then than it ever was.

      I am 29 years old and the world is at my feet I won’t to curl up under the ground and stay there but i won’t because we only get once chance at this life lets make it the best we can.

      Good luck honey I hope you get the help that you need and i hope this time next year you too will be feeling happier xx

  27. QUESTION:
    Ten points for good answer i promise?
    I think i sprained my ankle three weeks ago in a soccer game…. it was really severe pain at first and i limped off the field immediatelyy. I went away after like two minutes and i kept playing tentatively. By the time i got home it was really swollen and my toes turned inward and my foot was kinda tilted so that the inside of my foot was higher off the ground. I went to bed and the next aday it hurt to walk but was managable. That was thursday night.
    Saturday i was fine and was doing high jump in a track meet. It completely gave out when i tried to jump and sent a sharp pain through my entire ankle.
    Now… three weeks later it will still often give out when jumping or cutting and when i walk it will either pop with each step as i go from heel to toe or grind in like the center of my ankle.
    There is no swelling or bruising.
    Oh and i did that test where you push your foot forward and shin back and it moves considerably and hurts. It will even move if i just put my legs out while sitting on the ground.
    What are my options and what did i do??? or am i just a whiny wimp???

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend that you get an ankle brace and give it about 3 weeks to heal. Yo do not need any medication and you would know if it was broken. Just take it easy because you are just prolonging the healing process buy running/jumping/and bouncing around. The more you aggravate it, the more likely you will do some real damage. Buy an ankle brace and USE IT.

  28. QUESTION:
    Do you think I’m cool? Yeah, do you think I’m cool?
    I’m 11 and I have tons of friends, I’m kinda cute, I can tan very easily, but only in the summer, I play Soccer in the Spring and Fall, and in the Summer I play Softball, and in the Winter I Ski and Snowboard, I play Football at school, and Kickball, and Soccer during the World Cup, I’m one of the best students during Gym, also in Art, and in Music, trust me, I’m in no way a teachers pet, I hate sucking up to people It’s just that I’m good at those things and they are all my passions, the Art teacher loves me and I think that she’s awesome, I skateboard, I bike a lot, I can land a flip on a trampoline, I can do the splits, I’m hardly American, I’m Welsh, Irish, German, Swiss, English, and Scottish. I have an extremely rare color of hair, it’s this weird blond that shines in the sun, and looks brown when it’s dark and I have darkish eyebrows, my hair is naturally wavy, I’m short but can jump high, I am very funny, I’m a full figured person, not fat or extremely skinny, I’m a tomboy, I wear the latest sports trends, I’m friends with people who don’t get included and are not considered cool, but I do it because I really like them, like I’m not a fake friend to them. I act, dance, sing, perform in anything, I’m involved with my church, I sometimes get in trouble, so I’m not a goody two shoes, I do what I like and don’t listen to people who tell me what to do, I like helping people, I love bright colors, I love Saint Patrick’s day, and Halloween, I love Hobos, but I feel sorry for them, I play the Drums and Saxaphone, I join a lot of clubs, I have friends ever where I go, I barely study for test but always have got good grades, I have cool converse, I’m not full of myselve, people tell me these things, I don’t love being the star, I drink coffee, It ROCKS! I always have something to talk about that happened on the weekend, I always sprain a wrist or ankle, never cry when I get hurt, I can totally beat up boys, I love frozen yogurt, I have a cellphone, I love to dance and listen to music. There are boys who like me, my Dad works at a Newspaper and is the boss of tons of people, I love animals. Now that’s a lot of things to read I know, but please read it all and tell me how cool I am, I just want to know. Thank You!
    Oh by the way I’m a Girl! Sorry I forgot to say that
    Oh and I was born with a Heart Murmur, but it passed, I was born with TWO holes in my heart. I was lucky to not have to have surgery or die!

    • ANSWER:
      Yep, you’re cool. You da ice man!! You certainly are busy, I’ll say that for you

  29. QUESTION:
    I dont know what to do. :(?
    So i kinda want advice on what to do.
    Okay; so im 16. till the 29th. and a junior in high school.
    I haven’t had my period since October 25th. And im scared i may be pregnant. And yes i know “go get a test” well im working on that as we speak. I don’t know if this is just my period acting up. But i’ve had sex, so it wouldn’t surprise me if i am. I don’t exactly know what to do or who to talk to. My boyfriend and me have talked about it. and no matter what he or anyone says, im keeping it. And whats so difficult my sister who is 4 years older than me and is pregnant with her 2nd baby. so its rather stressful here, because she lives with us, and relies on my parents completely. and im the baby of 3.
    To make matters worse.
    i fell down the stairs in school yesterday and sprained my ankle.

    if i am.
    i think i conceived on the 31st of October.

    i haven’t been feeling all that well on and off.
    and like during november my body was super sensitive.
    i don’t know exactly what to do.

    i’ll post an update once i take the test.

    • ANSWER:
      Hey girl – just breathe. Take the test first thing tomorrow morning (with first morning pee). If you get a negative, call your doc and schedule a blood test, just to make sure.

      I’m proud of you for wanting to keep the child. But don’t assume you are preggo right now. See what happens.

      Good luck!

  30. QUESTION:
    Can you please explain slopes to me?
    So in a way, I kinda get it, but then I have no idea. It’s best to just start from the beginning I guess. I have an algebra test tomorrow, and I don’t understand my homework at all. I missed today because I sprained my ankle, so even if I go to see her, I need to see all my other teachers as well before. I really just don’t get it. A slope of 2? rise over run? I left math yesterday wanting to engage in self defenestration. . . Basically, I watching to throw myself out of a window. -sigh- ANYTHING you can do to help me better understand it is much appreciated. I didn’t do my homework two days ago because I didn’t understand it, and now I’m falling behind.

    I’m in 7th grade now, going into 8th grade. I’m in high math though, so it’s basically regular 8th grade math. . . . I really just hate math . . . more than you will ever truly know.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    ddx for sob?
    study question : 26 yo wm office worker, 5’8″, 176 lb (bmi 26.8). jogging for 10 minutes in morning, then rolled over and sprained ankle after tripping. sat down to tend to ankle for 2 minutes. got up and started walking, then felt dizziness and sob. walked 100 yards towards home, then had to lie down and breath heavily for 5 minutes before dizziness subsided. reported no head trauma, loss of consiousness, chest pain, or any pain. reported lip cyanosis and lower and upper extremity weakness but was able to walk home. reported. an hour later seen at private clinic. bp 110 / 70, hr 120, rr 17, temperature 98 F. bp 120 / 75, rr 16, temperature 98 F at last checkup. lungs normal to auscultation. neurological exam normal. fh of heart disease. reported sore throat a 3 days earlier that went away. 10 years ago had wisdom teeth removed. since then, no significant medical history. yearly checkups normal. eats high fat, low vegetable diet. no alcohol or tobacco. ddx and tests? admit or not?
    the way things are going in our lawyer->politician state, i’m headed for autopsy pathology

    • ANSWER:
      Good luck on that one! Organizing your thoughts will help. I’d suggest starting by making sure he’s in reasonable respiratory shape (poor form to ignore an sP O2 of .40 for too long, you know), and then see if you can get it down to pulmonary, cardiac, metabolic or psychologic. If at the end he dies of a fat embolus from his lateral malleolar fracture, then God has looked down on you and urinated; that’s why we have liability insurance. You’ll work up a zillion guys like this, and 99% are going to have negative workups. If your initial chest film, ECG, and labs (don’t forget the d-dimer) don’t give a clue, and you have nothing on exam, you’ve done your best. There aren’t enough beds to clog up hospitals with all the unknowns, and you’re going to miss an important Dx, like a PE, on occasion. Get used to it.

  32. QUESTION:
    fast food and my predicament ?
    i have BPD and ptsd traits, struggle with aggression and rage, high anxiety aggraphobia , scared to leave my apartment , persecutory paranoia that everyones against me.

    ive had an hard misfortunate life filled with trauma and abuse, ive missed out in life on ‘ social relationships ‘ forming any relationships – an education and qualifications – i have a criminal record going back 7 years ago and a long psychiatric record- been in a psyche hospital.

    im 30 years old, 31 in january next year, i live alone in a small apartment on disability , i own nothing except a computer.

    overall the mental health services have failed me throughout my existence , and only last year i got the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder.

    my psychiatrist wont persrcibe meds because he said they can be addictive and dangerous and they only last a short time and you have to keep on taking them for benifit .

    he aggreed i need psychanylitic therapy, i was refered to a group therapy centre for psychotherapy – they assessed me and said because ive been ‘ isolated ‘ for so long and still have problems with rage and aggression , that i wouldnt be ready right now to jump into a group therapy scenario , it would be too intense and challenging , and would possiblly stimulate my rage feelings.

    so they reccommended a local drop in centre near by where i live thats less intense where they do activities & different projects , and theres people there like myself, they reccommended i attend this place to help me ‘ integrate back into society ‘.

    they have provided me with an occupational therapist to help me practically to get out and face my aggraphobia and anxiety through ‘ desensitization ‘ – facing the fear gradually…

    they have told me thers no 1 on 1 individual psychotherapy in my area because of lack of funding – which is what i wanted for my complex social behavioural issues .

    even my psychiatrist aggreed i need the therapy but has no control over what resources are available in the area.

    meanwhile i have an injured ankle which i sprained a year ago, torn tendons in my ankle that im doing physio exercise for and i will need an operation to see what damage has occured..

    so theres just worry, anxiety, stress, insecurity , racing thoughts all around with me.

    i feel anxious because i wanna attain my goals in life of a decent paid job in computers then to leave england and move to my country of heritage and origin ; france – a nice part of france , rural and find a partner , settle down etc..

    im scared time will run out and im too disadvantaged to achieve that goal.

    and im very out of shape , because ive been inactive for so long, i have a big paunch – i cant get out because of ‘ aggraphobia ‘ and im reliant upon help – i feel weak physically and worn down, im 6ft exactly.

    i just want to know im my situation how many times can i have fast food ? as in takeaways ?

    i dont want to do myself more damage.

    my diabetes test came back clear months ago btw.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m suprised to hear your Dr won’t give you medication. Agoraphobia is very treatable as is anxiety. Ask about Wellbutrin or Celexa………neither of which is addictive.

      If he won’t, you need a new Dr.

      For fast food, I’d stick to chinese, deli sandwiches, fish.
      Pizza and Burgers are not what you need right now.

  33. QUESTION:
    We’re seeking full custody of my stepdaughter. Is Muchausen Syndrome by proxy hard to prove in court?
    We are seeking full custody due to possible Muchausen Syndrome by proxy. Is this hard to prove in court?
    My stepdaughter’s mother is constantly taking her to the doctor. She has taken her to the ER 16 times since 2007 & the majority of the visits are because she said she had 105 degree or higher temperature; and that’s just the one ER we’ve received her file from! She always calls freaking out that she doesn’t know what to do, what do I give her, etc. She is 6 yrs old and her mother still has to ask my husband what to do when she has a fever…tylenol/motrin…not that hard to remember! Anyways, we believe she completely exaggerates on how high the fever really is. Recently I sprained my ankle & my stepdaughter started acting like she hurt hers, then went on to act like she hurt her knee. We knew she just wanted attention to be like me so we “babied” her by playing around & giving her the attention she wanted but we knew she wasn’t hurt. Well apparently she did this at her mom’s afterward & her mom took her to the doctor & completely made this “knee pain” out to be so extreme and as if she had been in constant agony for quite some time that the doctor tested her for leukemia! This is crazy! Now my step daughter is really starting to show signs that she believes she is sick or hurt all the time. We’re worried about her & have gotten the doctor & ER visits sent to us to take to an attorney. Oklahoma favors the mom so we know it’s not going to be the easiest or cheapest case but we have to do something. Does anyone have any suggestions or opinions to share on this?

    • ANSWER:
      First, this is not Munchausen by proxy. Munchausen is when you deliberately cause someone to get injured or ill in order to get attention. Second, her activity may be grounds for custody, but you will need complete records and expert testimony. Expect it to cost a lot. The first step is to take your information to a lawyer specializing in custody issues.

  34. QUESTION:
    Injured at bct & getting the run around?
    I am currently in between ftu & ptrp; the mjr in charge of moving over to ptrp will not move me because i dont have a fracture in my hip.
    The cpt has given me a partial diagnosis but left me hanging.
    I injured my hip in week of bct assumed to be a hip fracture at first because its so typical, well xrays and bone scan were negative. I was put on a profile and crutches. The pain eased with low physical activity but once it was anything moderate or high physical activity the pain would return. It happens with running and rucking or any motion of my hip being brought into my chest and flexed in or away from body. Assumed to be just tight muscles and was told stretch more ( I already make sure to stretch properly) To avoid missing anymore training and being told by cadre to push through and suck it up I did. It continued to bother me and in week 7 I followed up with my provider again got the same thing told to me “stretch”.. The weeks went on and our last training day came around, NIC @ nite; marching to the course in the dark there were lots of tire divits and holes in the ground. In all the commotion of being rushed by drill sgts my ankle slipped into one and rolled really bad. I shook it off (more or less told by the DS to get my ass moving) and went on with the low crawl. Shortly after with maybe 10 minutes of down time we started the 16k I pushed through because I was going to be sure to complete 100% of my training. Needless to say by the end of the march I could barely walk. First thing the following morning I went to get it checked. Dr said just a sprain and should have no worries about taking it easy since our training was done. Well because of the hip problem I missed my run on my APFT and our battery cdr gave us a pt test from that day on and 7 days after that EVERYDAY. Needless to say I was not able to give my ankle to proper rest it needed. Now that I am FTU I have been giving my ankle all the rest possible while trying to get the most out of pt. This past Monday which made a month since I rolled my ankle and pushed myself on my run and low and behold my hip gave out along with my ankle.
    My stride was reduced to 6 inches and my foot had sharp burning pain shooting from my ankle down my foot. I went to the Dr following PT got a new xray on my foot. It showed 3 bone chips and the physical therapist said ive got torn ligaments but has no idea about my hip. I have asked for an mri to ensure the ligaments and try to see if its a tear in my hip flexor. The cpt refuses to order the scan and said that I just need to be on crutches til this coming tuesday which made 7 days off my leg. Well the pain has yet to go away range of motion is still limited in both my foot and hip.
    I feel as I am getting the short end of the stick. I have been dealing with the hip for 2 months and the ankle for a lil over a month now. My PT test to return to training is 28MAR and I know right now there is no way possible I will be able to pass my pt test and that is going to result in a chp 11.
    I am trying to use my CoC with help on getting answers with my injuries but its slow going. Has anyone had an issue like this as far as getting proper treatment and results ? And any suggestions on getting the answers I need?

    • ANSWER:
      I have rolled my ankle before, it the point where I needed crutches for 3 days. I did not have anything torn in my ankle the ligaments only over stretched. With only that it took me over a year to be able to get back to where I was on my run and even now my ankle is not 100 percent.

      The fact that the Dr will not put in for you to have a mri for your hip is neglect. Ask to see another Dr who will provide you with the care that you need. It may be deteriorating cartilage in your hip. I know someone with that issue. She still cant run.

      Fact of the matter is if your ankle is not rested it will only keep tearing. They should not be allowing you to run on it. Best of Luck

  35. QUESTION:
    UGHH! how should I handle this?!?
    ok. I am a twin. I have a twin brother. I am 25 minutes older than him. (that doesn’t really matter but I thought I should just put that out there. ) anyway we don’t get along that well. I mean we don’t fight and yell.

    The thing that is annoying is one of my friends emily. My brother and I don’t have any classes together in school. it is organized that way. and when we do we don’t talk to each other. It works out well. I don’t talk to him at school at all. and emily this I am being hard on him. It really is none of her business how I treat my brother. We don’t wave to each other in the hall, me and my bro. and emily thinks that is sad. WE are supposed to love each other. I guess she thinks because she has a twin brother and sister that she knows everything.

    I met up with some of my friends at a cafe and she goes “where’s John?” and I go “at home.” and she says “why didn’t you invite him? don’t you think he would like to come.” and I go “actually no. he wouldn’t want to hang out with us.” I mean it is a bunch of girls and their boyfriends that he doesn’t know. and he told me he would go when he was dead.

    my brother is shy at school but when he is at home he is evil. now he is just a rude teenager but before if he didn’t get his way he would hit and spit. let’s just say that he thought I stole his food and I ended up somehow falling out of a tree fifteen feet up in the air and sprained my arm. and I fractured my ankle when my brother thought I spit on him (rain) and threw a rock the size of a golfball at my ankle. yeah. but people don’t believe it. well emilydoesn’t.

    anyway I don’t care that much. but somehow he convinced the school to put him in foreign language. which you only get into if you have really high scores on your literary test. which he got a c in. and he is purposely taking the same language as me. and I can’t handle being in the same class.

    it is like having you little brother in you spying on you. when I was in 6th grade we were in 4 of the same classes. I was passing a note in class and he told my dad and I got grounded. everything I say he repeats to my mom. or if I sit next to the guy I like he goes “wow. You and *bob* sure looked like you were having a good time in Biology today” and making it sound like We were making out or something.

    question: have you had anything like this happen to you? how did you deal? or How should I handle this?

    oh and emily does not like my brother. and sorry this is long. lol.
    no. he really joined that class to annoy me. I would know. and I forgot to say that he hates me. Like he won’t even sit next to me on the bus- hates me. lol.

    • ANSWER:
      If she asks again just ask, “why do you like him?”. then if she says no then just say ” well then why are you always asking about where he is, he made it clear that he didn’t want to come so could you just leave it at that. no offense but what my brother and i do is none of your business” then walk away to where ever you are going.

      o and my little brother does the same thing so then i just say it back. then we get into a little argument of lies that my mom forgets the reason why we fought and changes the subject. :P

  36. QUESTION:
    Do I Qualify for a Military Medical Discharge?
    I have been in the US Army since October 21, 2009 and had not had many problems until i joined. Now I have bilateral hip pain in both, a “snapping” hip in my right which is when the ligaments around the hip no long can keep it in place, muscle spasms in my back, chronic migraines, and mild depression due to the fact my grandma’s health as gone down and she has no one to take care of her. I was also in a car accident on my way from leave in May this year and dislocated my collar bone and fractured my shoulder blade and have now been in a sling for two months and will continually have to wear for an additional three months…and also sprained my knee and ankle since it landed under the car and four stitches on my arm…So after the accident i tried to get quarters and they gave me TWO DAYS!?! I’m currently not able to do anything…just sit around the motorpool and burn in the heat which i have been known to pass out, throw up or get a migraine…or im get told to do mechanic work which i am 110lbs, small frame and all my broken up body!!! I would love to do what i signed up for but i can deal with just about anything. I went from high speed, waivered promotion to spc, and 300 on pt test and running a 14:40 to lazy can only walk and lift no more than 20lbs…am even non deployable…I need to get out so I can start working again…and get out of Fort Hood.
    Plus doctor said that my hip problems are permanent and military service connected. I’ve had the hip problems for a year…and my back started after working on LMTVs and HMMWVs. by the order of the motor sergeant even though my MOS is 94F a computer repair. and i have been getting ordered by the motor sergeant to do 3rd shop work and not operator level maintaince. I’ve sucked it up and gotten me here and injured in the process.
    Was wearing seat belt but air bags did not deploy and i slipped out of my seat belt on account of my size and flipping for and half time…not speeding or impairment related…going 67 in a 65 on cruise control…dead deer in road..avoided…front bumper caught drainage ditch cover and flipped tail over end. Also the sheriff of that city said it was unavoidable and would have flipped anyway if we had hit the animal because of low body and weight in car.
    If you want to see the pics of the car visit my facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2123596537373.2129668.1469656258

    And and the ambulance did not expect any of us to be alive when they saw the car and the amount of blood on me and coming from my fiance’s head. And yes my scapula fractured and i had 2nd degree AC separation and a dislocated collar bone… and sprained knee and ankle to their surprise i did not have a break seeing the bruising of the rocks that the car landed on.

    • ANSWER:
      what does your dr say? if he or she says there is a way for you to get better then no you will not be able to leave, but of a dr says that you will likely be this way for the rest your life- get it in writing and go for a MEB.

  37. QUESTION:
    What next, please help me find an answer?
    I am a ten year breast cancer survivor; stage I, 1.7cm, no lymph node involvement, estrogen positive to me; I had as treatment 17 CMF chemotherapy, 45 Neupogen shots, 30 radiation treatments and a quadrantectomy. My balance seemed to be off during my second chemo treatment. I told my doctor, I fell often. And in 2001 I fell down stairs, broke a tib/fib, titanium rods implanted and ended up with DVT. I have been walking with a cane since then.Last year was treated for an ear infection, serous otitis media, At the emergency room the doctor said I had bubbles on my eardrum. I was admitted to the hospital, and isolated. One doctor came in and said I had MRSA. I didn’t know what that was. I was treated with many antibiotics and the only one that worked was oxacillin. I was discharged after three days. Afterwards, everything changed. I had two failed 17 year old root canals, numerous antibiotics, kidney stone,more antibiotics, ear doctor treated with more antibiotics, saw a neurologist, said I have cerebellar ataxia. Another said I didn’;t. One neurologist said I had fear of falling. One said it was peripheral neuropathy. One said it was PTSD. I was thankful last year to hear that I did not have a neuro-degenerative disease. I left the state to celebrate, with my walker, my cane and a change of clothes. The third day, I fell off a foot high porch and broke the calcaneous bone and did a 2+ sprain on the left ankle. I returned back to my home with the goal of relearning to walk. However, I again became more imbalanced, my right eye started twitching and wouldn’t stop. The eye doctor today tells me it is convergence. The eye doctor last year, told me nystagmus. I call it my scarry eye and continue to do vestibular therapy. Two months ago, I went on another journey to try and save my life and the quality of my life. A neurosurgeon told me, I have never seen that part of the brain completely gone. You need to go to a stroke center. Another doctor told me I might have a connective tissue disease. I tested positive for anti nuclear AB. Yes, I do have arthiritis. If I have something else I don’t know. Last month I made an appt. with a gastroenterologist, because of unusual bloating and unable to urinate completely. No pain at this point. A week later I end up in the Emergency Room: told you have a 2mm kidney stone; it is in the ureter and should pass into the bladder, you should see a doctor in three days. I saw a urologist, CT scan of abdomen and pelvis. He said maybe you will pass it, if not we will do a lithotripsy and place a stent. By the end of the week I ended up in the ER again. I was admitted. The 2 mm stone now was 5.8 mm and in the ureter. I was given pain meds and stayed in the hospital so my 80 year old mother didn’t have to witness me birthing a stone, Everrbody said it was nothing. I tell you it was painful. Before I was discharged from the hospital, the doctor told me a CT scan revealed it was in my bladder. That all should be okay. I have strained urine, looking for a stone, The urologist says the stone is still in the ureter, and the radiologist read the report wrong. Today, a doctor says, good news, no blood in the urine, Today, I still have problems with bloating and voiding fully. I already have problems with vestibular dysfunction and I believe that this is compromising my life. Symptoms: can’t walk or stand for very long, can’t walk forward without holding on. I do well in a swimming pool but sometimes, even it can be difficult. Is it the ear? IS it another disease? I am exhausted and need help? My eyes have a hard time focussing. I try to exercise, stationary bike and swimming every other day. I used to be a very active person who helped others. Please, someone help me. It is difficult being in this body.Every day I don’t know what it will be like when I get up, good or bad, confident or fright.

    • ANSWER:
      I have a bad back too.

  38. QUESTION:
    Should I take the week off?
    On Thursday afternoon, I got a 3rd degree sprained ankle (all the ligaments are torn). I am not that good on crutches and I did not go to school on Friday and I have been relaxing all weekend. I have Spring break Friday, the weekend, and Monday of this-next week. Do you think I should just stay home the whole week to rest my ankle so I do not further injure it and it heals faster? It’s so hard to stay home because we have 4 classes a day and it’s like having 2 classes smashed into one class period, so I would miss a lot, 8 classes periods in one subject in 4 days. What do you think I should do? I have to walk long distances between each class, 1/8-1/4 a mile 6 times throughout the day! But, I can catch up, I have the highest grade in every class, and I can makeup the tests.

    • ANSWER:
      Melissa I starred this because really this is a important Q! I did that 2 both ankles went down a flight of concrete steps! Oh I just had to keep going! What a dumb thing I did…now have permanent injury and alot of pain alot of times. I say please rest!!! And maybe you could have the school work brought home for you, from a friend. If not being in the top of your class you will have no problem.
      Hope I hepled…wish someone had made me stay put!
      Ciao

  39. QUESTION:
    Help! I had the worst day of my life and accidentally farted in public?
    I am a straight A student. Today I got back a bunch of tests, and they were all 60′s and 70′s. I also had track. The coach yelled at me, my friends encouraged me.

    It was the hurdles. They looked fun but I really didn’t think I could do them. I watched all my friends go, then I told them I wouldn’t be able to do it. They pushed me and when I tried to leave, they wouldn’t let me. There were only 2 hurdles. I fell on the first one. The coach yelled at me to pick it up, then run and do the second one.

    The second one I also fell and guess what- I sprained my ankle. I’m in pain right now, I can’t walk, I have to miss school and I had to be carried back by my friends. During the practice I had a cold and I had to go to the bathroom really bad. When my friends were carrying me back because of my ankle…….. I accidently farted! It sounds horrible and so bad but it’s true. My friends tried to make me feel better, but I could tell that they now definitely think I’m a freak.
    Then I cried in front of like, the whole high school. I’m a freshman so I’m stuck here for 4 more years.

    Does anyone have any advice? Please?

    • ANSWER:
      You’re not the first one to have a bad day and unfortunatley there will be many more in your life. I promise no one will remember in a couple days. The most important thing to do is laugh it off. Everyone farts. Freshhman year may seem like a huge deal, but come senior year you won’t even remember it. I’m a senior in college and during high school I hated it. Now I look back on it fondly. Enjoy this time of your life.

  40. QUESTION:
    What should I do and how do I tell my parents?
    I really want to be home schooled at this point..but my parents would never let me, because I go to “THE BEST ART SCHOOL EVER AND WOULD LOSE ALL MY OPPORTUNITIES IN LIFE AND IT WOULDN’T PREPARE ME FOR THE REAL WORLD AND SUCH”

    My parents don’t get it though..I went through bullying all throughout 8th grade, now it’s high school and well..people say really cruel things about me either upfront bluntly or to their friends..I know because I can hear them…
    I stray away from my work, I don’t feel anticipated to do my work anymore, I’m not motivated. There’s no point in talking to anyone at school, they just wouldn’t listen to me. I talked to my guidance counselor and he just gave me a blank stare and said, “And?”
    I hate lunchtime because I sit with my “friends”, but I just sit there and listen, because when I try to contribute, everyone interrupts me or just don’t listen and change the topic while I’m still talking.
    I hate my academic classes because I don’t like when they say “work in pairs”, I would but the person I work with ALWAYS sits with their friends and ignore me so I’m just alone sitting there. I don’t try to be anti-social, I try to talk to people I swear! Even so..I just want the class to be over with, one on one. I feel stupid in class with all the other kids if I get something wrong or anything else. I don’t learn much..they’re all distracting and annoying and I end up failing my tests.
    Don’t like gym either because I always get picked last, pushed over on the ground and trampled over while no one bothers to help me up, not enough time to change and getting back to class so the teacher can yell at me.
    I remember going to math class once and I fell down 4 flights of stairs and twisted my ankle. No one helped me up..a security guard told me to get off the floor and I was crying because I sprained my ankle. Some guy who just stood there and saw everything had the nerve to say, “Oh I was gonna help her good thing you came feel better miss” ……..
    I feel like the teachers are racist towards me too, because I remember on the lunch line,a guy cut in front of me and said, “Haha!” and the lunch lady chuckled a bit too. I shrugged it off and put my pin in and she told me, “No there’s no more food I’m done” and left to the back. A Caucasian girl behind me asked for food and the lunch lady gladly gave her some. Angry, I went back and told her I was very hungry. She said, “Your type don’t need food” and stormed off. I reported this to the assistant principal and she told me to stop making up lies and gave me detention. (I’m Hispanic)
    My art teacher just brings me down and I’d try very hard and draw as best as I can and come extra early with all my supplies and try to be really really nice to her and finish all my projects in time and get 80..while another boy in my class who cuts all the time and sleeps during class gets 95.

    Am I just over exaggerating or.. :(?

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  41. QUESTION:
    Why is my mom sympathetic with everyone but me?
    So when my sister was in high school she decided to try a very stupid move for her cheerleading team and ended up spraining her ankle. My mom was coddling her for the next two months. And yet when some kids were screwing around behind me on the stairs, shoved me by accident and I fell and broke my arm she told me I should have gotten out of their way faster! And not in a joking tone, either!
    And then when my sister failed her teacher’s exam five times in a row because she didn’t study (she told me she doesn’t study) my mom was right beside her, comforting her, telling her “everything is going to be alright, those tests are ridiculous”. When I simply mention how someone had said a rude comment to me, she tells me that I need to be more likable!
    Not only that, but after blaming and insulting me for years, my mom still comes home complaining about all sorts of things. Usually I listen politely and try to sympathize, but one day I tried her own “advice” thing on her – politely, of course – and she totally flipped out and told me to “fuck off”!
    The one time I mentioned that she never seems to stick up for me she started telling me about all the times she’s been there for me and how I was trying to make her feel like a terrible person (I wasn’t, I was only voicing my thoughts). Pretty much the only example she could come up with was how she called the school whenever I was sick. But whenever I am sick and I say something, anything, she repeats what I say in a snide voice, like a five-year-old.
    I just don’t understand why she’s always comforting my sister or her friends or even people she doesn’t know all that well, and then she’ll turn around and chide me on every little thing I do.
    I don’t get it!
    Does she hate me?
    Wish I’d never been born?
    Is she trying to mold me into something I’m not?
    Or is it me? Am I really that awful of a person?
    Why is she caring towards everyone but me?

    • ANSWER:
      Your mother most likely identifies with your sister more than she does you. It is probably a matter of personality. Shame on her for being so obvious about it. Some people will never admit to anything, not even to themselves. Keep bringing it up whenever it happens. So what if she gets mad, she gets mad anyway. If you keep pointing it out eventually she will have to face what she is doing.

      If you need help with this you can call Boys Town Teen hotline (free) and ask them how you deal with it. My mother favored the middle child over the rest of us and did not even try to hide it.

      1-800-448-3000

  42. QUESTION:
    Why is my brother my mother’s favorite?
    My brother is 5 years younger and my mom treats him like hes fucking god. I am a straight A student and have managed to have have the highest average in my grade for three consecutive quarters, but all my mom ever does is say good. But if my brother gets a 100 on one fucking test she act like its the best thing that ever happened. My brother got a pet snake and it died and the next day my mom bought another one, even though they both cost 0, but if I want a fucking kitten I cant get one even though its half the fucking price of a snake. I get invited to the IBM E-Week and my mom act like its nothing, but when my brother says that he wants to learn how to swim and she is practically rejoicing. In second grade my average was 100 for the entire school year, and what do I get, a pat on the back, that same year my brother got his first haircut and my mom goes around bragging about my brother’s hair. When I was 8, I sprained my ankle, the day after I got the cast I woke up but I could not move because it hurt so much and my mom did not even TRY to help me get out of bed, but my brother falls and gets a cut and she acts like it is World War 3. One day I was riding my bike down a steep incline and the brakes gave out so I crashed into a barbed wire fence and simultaneously had an asthma attack and she babies me for 2 days then its back to normal . I love my mom and all but even if I were to try and tell her how I felt she would say that it isn’t true.
    BTW, my brother has no shyness or other psychological problems whatsoever, he is actually a bit cocky
    BTW, my brother has no shyness or other psychological problems whatsoever, he is actually a bit cocky. I am my dad’s favorite but the thing is because I spend more time with my Dad, she gets angry at me, and it makes the problem worse

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  43. QUESTION:
    Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome? Or something different?
    I was randomly browsing sites online a week or so ago, and I came across a story where a woman, as a secondary result of another medical problem (excess skin after her pregnancy), was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. I was intrigued, and researched it and was slightly worried….

    My symptoms that match the descriptions I read – firstly:

    1) I have a very high, narrow, arched palate and had a crowded mouth until I had dental intervention. My palate is still arched, although braces did help.

    2) I’m flexible. I can do the splits. I can (almost) get my leg behind my leg; I think if I was slimmer, I’d be able to. My fingers bend the complete opposite way at the middle joint…. I don’t even have to manually pull my finger forwards. My knees also do this. I can turn my foot so that it faces the opposite direction to the other. I can pick up things (whether it be large or tiny) with my toes, and bring my foot up to chest level to retrieve it.

    3) My skin scars terribly. I’m COVERED in lurid, purple/pink scars that are rough looking but feel relatively smooth. I’m covered in bruises at the moment and I’ve not been partaking in anything rough. I can pull my skin far away from my body at my ankles, armpits, upper legs and neck.

    4) Terrible pins and needles! Peripheral neuropathy, is that what it’s called? My limbs randomly go dead, or stricken with pins and needles. Diabetes test proved negative.

    5) Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

    6) I suffered with crippling, dehabilitating migranes as a young child. I was hospitablised with them, but a root cause was never determined. I still, rarely, suffer with them, but not as bad as when I was growing my fastest.

    7) I’m 6 foot tall and still growing.

    8) Extreme cold intolerance in my hands and feet.

    9) Joint problems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My knees have always been known to randomly give way, I’ve sprained my ankes and wrists at least three times each, my ribs are very sore and I can’t sleep on my side or front AND even stranger: I start the day at 6 foot. Throughout the day, if active, I shrink to 5 foot 8 inches, and get AWFUL backache. Is this possibly a symptom?

    However, I do wonder – are sufferers of this mainly very thin? Because I’m classed as overweight. Or could that just be because I also suffer from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome?

    My main question is, should I pursue this with my doctor? Or are these symptoms something less worrying…. or even strange little quirks of mine? Serious, informed answers only please.

    • ANSWER:
      >My main question is, should I pursue this with my doctor?

      Yes, yes you should.

      Whenever you have serious concerns–and it seems so based on the fact that you can list these things easily–you should always go to the doctor. Perhaps you’ll be told it’s nothing, but perhaps you won’t. Is it worth the hour’s convenience of skipping making an appointment really worth all the time you’ll spend worrying over it?

      Having concerns about your health and not going to see the doctor is like gambling with your health. You’ve only got one body; is it worth it to ignore it when something is going wrong? You don’t get a replacement if the one you’ve got wears out. Please, go see your doctor and get a professional answer. Don’t wait.

  44. QUESTION:
    Long term symptoms undiagnosed?
    I’ve been unhealthy with a number of problems for the last 10 years. I’ve been to the doctor when one specific problem gets a lot worse and usually end up feeling like a hypochondriac and not telling them everything. I have a reasonably high threshold for pain. I’ve had quite a few sporting and horse riding accidents, and enough breaks and sprains, and also given birth to my daughter after 4 days of labour to have a decent level of comparison.

    I have had joint pain since I was about 15, increasingly worse over the last few years so that now in the mornings it takes about 10 minutes of slowly moving my joints before I feel able to get up and walk around. I am especially sore in my ankles, wrists, knees, fingers, hips and collarbone.

    About once every month or two, although sometimes a lot more often and sometimes with longer between, I get very sharp pains starting in my lower back and going all the way down my legs. Often I can’t walk for about an hour because of the pain, and the bones in my legs feel broken. heat, moving, staying still and painkillers don’t help.

    I also get very sharp stomach pains every few weeks, sometimes more often. They last from 10 minutes to a few hours and again, nothing helps.

    I used to have acupuncture and would get very bad headaches afterwards. For the last 2 years I’ve been getting the same sort of headache. My head will feel OK if I lie flat with no pillow, but as soon as Iift it, it floods with pain. It usually happens after I’ve had any pressure on my neck or shoulder, even something that isn’t hard like my bikini tie.

    Since I was 13 I started being allergic to apples and cherries, and over the years have become allergic to most other fresh fruits, and some vegetables like peas. They’re OK if they’re cooked but if I eat them fresh my mouth and lips hurt and swell up, and apples and cherries also make my throat swell quite badly. I often have them from my ow garden so it’s not sprays. I can eat banana’s, grapes and pineapple, but most other fruits are a problem.

    I also get very tired very easily and have trouble concentrating for a long time.

    I have a generally good diet in terms of getting all the nutrition I need(a lot of vegetables, fruit, fish, rice, grains), although have an energy drink on average once every 2 days and chocolate every other day. I am 5’8″ and weigh 45kgs, although I don’t look at all underweight.

    I have been tested for coeliacs and had full body x-rays which found nothing. My doctor has referred me to an osteopath that found nothing, but booked me for a bone scan which I didn’t go to. I also saw a stomach specialist who didn’t find anything.

    I’m just wondering if anyone knows of anything that would explain all these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      My first instinct was also lupus, or its cousin, rheumatoid arthritis.
      I don’t believe your food allergies are related to your other systems.
      I’ve also been plagued with pain since a whiplash accident several years ago, to the point that I must use prescription painkillers. Amber you mentioned several riding accidents. Have you ever had an MRI to determine whether you might have a spinal problem such as bulging or ruptured discs?
      And I wonder if your abdominal pains are due to stress from your other physical ailments. I was strangely diagnosed with colitis a few months after my car accident; I’d never had a problem with it previous to that. My doctor assured me it was due to stress.
      I hope you’re able to resolve your problems but if not—please ask your doctor about some effective pain medication.

  45. QUESTION:
    Knee pain? Sprain? Severe. fell off dorm bed?
    Okay, so long story short, I was at a college for 10 days for a camp and we stayed in the dorms. My room the bed was almost as tall as me (5’6.5) so I would say it was like 5’3ish. It was really high, Well on Saturday night at 4:30 am. I fell off of it and landed flat on my left shoulder, left side of face, and my right knee. I remember opening my eyes (I was in shock) and not knowing what happened I just layed there for minutes, eventually I got up and was in HORRIBLE pain, so I couldn’t go back to sleep. Well I have been able to walk on it, but have been taking anti-inflammatory around the clock for pain. My knee-cap is swollen, and severely bruised. I can’t bend it fully and tried the straight leg test when you lay down and try to lift it and hold, I got it only about 3 inches up and even that created HORRIBLE pain. I don’t know what I did. I am also having shooting pain from my knee up my leg. Any ideas will be helpful. Didn’t tell anyone at the camp so that means I didn’t get it looked at. I have a orthopedic surgeon appt. tomorrow for my ankle so maybe I will bring my knee up. thanks!
    14, female.
    also, just placing my fingers on my skin hurts. I can’t touch it at all!

    • ANSWER:
      you either bruised or put to much pressure on your bone. Maybe even cracked it. Over time a crack in your bone gets bigger and bigger till it break.. get it checked


High Ankle Sprain Surgery

Over the years, high heeled shoes continue to be a popular fashion trend. So popular, it is causing some women to surgically alter their feet in order to fit into them. Even without this, there are health risks associated with wearing high heels.

1. A high heeled shoe forces the posture into an unnatural position that significantly stresses the joints. The spine, which in flat shoes is reasonably straight, forms more of an ‘S’ shape with the chest and lower back pushing forward and the hips pushed back. The height of the heel also changes the amount of weight on the forefoot. A 1-inch heel will increase the pressure by 22%; a 2-inch heel by 57%; and a 3-inch heel by 76%. This increased pressure puts the forefoot at risk for injuries such as stress fractures, bunions, and hammertoes.

2. Knee pain is common when high heels are involved. The heel height causes increased strain on the knee joint and associated tendons. The quadriceps muscle group in the front of the thigh works harder, increasing pressure on the kneecap by up to 26%. This can ultimately increase the incidence of osteoarthritis of the knee and quadriceps tendinitis.

3. When the heel is constantly elevated, the calf muscle and Achilles tendon can contract and shorten. Habitual wearing of extremely high heels can cause a woman to be unable to tolerate a flat shoe. On occasion, this can even require surgery to lengthen the Achilles tendon. Most often, however, this will increase the chances of Achilles tendinitis or shin splints. 4. The changes in posture and overall imbalance will lead to instability when walking and a resulting risk of ankle sprains. High heels, especially stilettos, will lead to instability and a major increase in ankle sprains result. An ankle sprain is caused from the twisting of the ankle and results in a tear of the ligaments that connect the foot and leg bones and stabilize the ankle. When the heel is balancing on a narrow stiletto heel, if the heel shifts outward slightly a sudden twist may occur to sprain these ligaments. Swelling, bruising and pain will result. At worst, it is possible for the ankle to fracture, a ligament can pull a piece of bone off, or even a bone in the foot can break due to the pull of a tendon.

5. High heels are enjoyed by most women because they are “cute.” They are narrow and are contoured to make the foot look slender. The tight fit of many heels will force the toes to conform to its shape. The added pressure on the toes can exacerbate bunions and hammertoes. The pressure of the shoe itself can cause corns to form. Furthermore. The compression of the metatarsal bones can cause pressure on the nerves that run between them. A Morton’s neuroma, which is a growth and inflammation of the nerve, can form due to the pressure. Remember, a shoe is meant to fit the foot, not squeeze it relentlessly.

While the overall percentage of women wearing high heels daily has decreased, the percentage reporting physical problems from wearing them has increased. This is likely due to the newer styles that have been introduced. Some have no choice but to wear the shoes for work, however comfort is a priority. Pain should not be a price for style. Be sure to always wear a shoe that is right for your foot. If pain persists, be sure and visit your podiatrist.


High Ankle Sprain Swelling

Many people suffer from swollen ankles a painful condition that can make it hard to do many activities that require movement, such as walking, shopping, exercising, driving around, and even standing. In some cases, sufferers are sometimes even unable to wear shoes or socks thanks to how distended their feet and ankles can get. So sufferers need to find out the cause of swollen ankles to help them avoid getting them in the first place.

There are several potential causes of swollen ankles. They include the following.

Firstly, injuries like sprains, strains or broken bones can cause ankles to swell. Many of these injuries can be evident enough to be dealt with immediately, but some of them may be less obvious. Sufferers and their doctors alike should always consider the possibility of swelling caused by these injuries, particularly if the sufferer is into sports or is on his or her feet frequently.

Next, gout can also be a major cause of swollen ankles. Gout happens when uric acid crystals form within the fluid surrounding an ankle or ankles. This acid occurs normally within our bodies when we digest food and is used to help eliminate waste. However, gout sufferers accumulate it in the joints instead of expelling it properly, causing swelling and pain.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    how long does a very mild high ankle sprain tend to last?
    I have a high ankle sprain and I could walk in two days, it has been 5 days since the injury and the ankle still twinges and cracks when i stretch it. otherwise it feels very strong. How long until the pain goes away completely? There is no swelling at all, and it feels very stable, so i don’t think the sprain is very bad, but I want to know when i can run/ play sports again

    • ANSWER:
      Six to eight weeks. You should wear an aircast ankle brace to prevent it from re-injury. It keeps the foot and ankle from twisting while the ligaments heal. Ligaments take six to eight weeks to mend. If you don’t let them heal then you will re-injure it again and again. Then it will take surgery to get the ankle from becoming unstable when you walk.

  2. QUESTION:
    High Ankle Sprain Question?
    I have sprained my right lower ankle many times, to the point that it is permanently swollen. But exactly 4 weeks ago I sprained my upper right ankle. It hurt very had the next day and I had trouble walking for two weeks. I am able to walk with relatively little pain now, but I am having trouble running. The high ankle is still swollen today, 4 weeks later.

    Is this is a serious cause for concern or should I just continue to rest it?

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  3. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to play football on a grade 1 high ankle sprain?
    Little swelling, no bruising
    I can walk on it with a slight limp so its not that bad, will it be okay to just tape up and go.

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  4. QUESTION:
    Can I Start Playing again after high ankle sprain?
    I hurt my ankle about three weeks ago during a soccer game, and the doctor said it was a bad high ankle sprain…it’s been three weeks, and its looking a lot better. although there is still some swelling, a lot of it has gone down. It still hurts to move it up and down, but i can walk on it pretty well…

    my doctor wants me to be out for another week, and not try running on it for a week and a half…does that seem right???

    • ANSWER:
      Absolutely. Why are you looking to create more down time by returning to playing before you are ready. If there is still pain and swelling then you are not ready to play. I hate to say this but the chances of you being able to play in another week don’t look good. Unless you are a professional player why risk further problems. The one thing that you could ask the doctor is if you could start doing deep water running. That is where you wear a special flotation vest and run in a deep water pool. Since there is no group reaction forces present it will help to keep your legs strong and work the muscles and ligaments without danger of further injury. Returning to sports should only be allowed when you are able to run a tight figure 8 without pain and at full speed. If there is any pain or instability then you are not ready to return. Soak the foot in a large pale of ice water for fifteen to twenty minutes per hour. While in the water write the alphabet using your foot. As soon as you are totally pain free start light resistance exercises.

  5. QUESTION:
    High Ankle Sprain Recovery time? I am a hockey goalie?
    I have been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. There wasn’t any swelling but extreme pain. It’s been about 8 weeks and I still can’t go into a butterfly position for my goaltending without extreme pain. I can walk without pain.
    HAS ANYBODY EXPERIENCED A HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN and tried to get back to playing a sport? How long did it take to feel no pain? I am a goalie and a goalie has to go into a butterfly position a lot and there is a lot of ankle bending to get into that position.

    • ANSWER:
      that is the worst kind of sprain to have, it takes a long time to heal do some stretching. I dont have a timetable on recorvery because im no doctor I just kno it takes a long time to heal becuase many nhl players have had this type of sprain and have had o miss a large amount of games.

  6. QUESTION:
    How long after I got my high ankle sprain can i walk??!?
    I got a high ankle sprain in football 7 days ago. It swelled the whole foot and massively on my outside of my ankle for the first 4-5 days. Now it only swells around the ankle a lot, and little to no swelling in the foot itself. I went to the doctors a day after i got injured and they gave me cruches and told me to use it until i am able to walk. No bones were broken from the x rays shown. Ive recently tried to walk for the last 2-3 days without using cruches. When i walk i have massive limping and starts to hurt if i walk any longer than 7-8 minutes. I still cannot bend my ankle much at all, or itll hurt a lot. but i can put a lot of weight on it if it is at a 90 degree angle. Anyways I’m wondering when i may start to walk normally again. Should i reuse my cruches or just remain limping? also , do you know when i can return to football? I am 15 years old btw.

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  7. QUESTION:
    Anybody experienced a high ankle sprain? Recovery time?
    have been diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. There wasn’t any swelling but extreme pain. It’s been about 8 weeks and I still can’t go into a butterfly position for my goaltending without extreme pain. I can walk without pain.
    HAS ANYBODY EXPERIENCED A HIGH ANKLE SPRAIN and tried to get back to playing a sport? How long did it take to feel no pain? I am a goalie and a goalie has to go into a butterfly position a lot and there is a lot of ankle bending to get into that position.

    • ANSWER:
      im a figure skater and tumbler and cheerleader and i have had high ankle sprains 3 times. It really depends on the number of severeness.
      when i last sprained my anlke classified as a high ankle sprain, i was out for almost 3 months. switch with ice and heat every 30 min or so everyday, it really helps. also, do anlke circles and flex and point your hurt foot. it will hurt and only do it when it starts recovering a little more, but if you can walk on it, its a good time to start stretching it. if you dont, when your ankle is recovered, it will b very stiff and continue to hurt. the stretches will hurt, and push yourself just until it hurts.

  8. QUESTION:
    i have a high ankle sprain and its 5th week n its still swollen what should i do?
    I sprained my ankle and went to the doctor the first week i just walked on it and got out of gym but the 2nd and 3rd week i used crutches and the 4 and 5th i just walked. now my mom doesn’t want to take me to the doctor bc u have to continue to pay each time she thinks my ankle is much better and even though it still swollen badly and hurts like crazy. Should I go to the otherpedic or should I continue to rest it and walk on it during school. Or what else should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      If it still swollen, or has swelled up again, it needs more rest.
      Stay on crutches at school as long as it still hurts. A friend of mine in high school sprained an ankle, did not use crutches, and was still limping 6 months later. I stayed on crutches two weeks, and was dancing and playing baseball the third weekend.

      At home, elevate it and ice (20 minutes on, 20 minutes off) another three days. If it is swelling, you must keep it elevated when possible to help the extra fuilds drain.

      The length of time to heal is an indication of the severity of the sprain. A sprain is a slight to an extensive tear of connective tissue. Some heal completely in two weeks, like mine, some take months. The rest you allow it is a major factor, since any movement that causes pain could be an indication you have slightly retorn the damaged tissue. Every re-injury is a potential setback to recovery.

      Once the swelling is down, and three days is a minimum, you can start slight warming treatments, 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. You want to warm it to stimulate circulation, not heat it to tenderize a beef roast. Nothing that feels hot, warm is just fine.

      If it still hurts, and is still swollen, you are still hurt. But may not need a doctor. If you stay off it enough, you’ll be able to tell it is slowly improving. But it looks like it will take some time. You’re going to lose some leg strength while it heals, and will need to proceed slowly once the ankle is better. It will heal, and you will fully recover. If it not improving AT ALL in another month, then you probably should see a specialist.

  9. QUESTION:
    can anyone tell how sever a high ankle sprain is?
    today i did a back flip on a slippery surface and when i landed one foot slipped out from under me and i heard a pop in the ankle that didn’t slip. immediately i felt pain in the foot and could barely walk; only with a limp. about 10 min later the ankle was almost pain free if left alone and when even walking. pain only occurred when i turned it outward. there is swelling but very minimal. it has been about 7 hours and its now stiffening up quite a bit. no discoloration though. one main thing im concerned about is the popping i felt when it happened.. could that mean i completely tore it? what would a sever high ankle sprain be like? can someone suggest that my ankle sprain is only minor due to no discoloration and severe swelling?? im trying to get back to exercising as fast as possible. any help is appreciated. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There is no way to know for sure but treat it with rest, ice, compression and elevation. And read here. The information may help you.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/knee_pain/article.htm

      http://orthopedics.about.com/od/hipknee/a/kneesymptoms.htm

      http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/osgood-schlatter-disease/DS00392

      http://rheumatology.hss.edu/conditions_osteonecrosis-of-the-knee-overview.asp

      http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/cybertherapist/knee_injuries.htm

  10. QUESTION:
    How long after my high ankle sprain can i play sports again!!?
    I got a high ankle sprain from pratice 3 days ago. Right after i got hurt i can not walk on it at all. I got cruches the very next day from the doctors. I am trying to get back to football within 4 days if possible. There is a lot of swelling going on in the whole foot and ankle. It still hurts if i try moving the foot in a up and down motion and also hurts a lot if i put too much weight on it. About how long do you think i can walk, and about how long can i get back playing football

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  11. QUESTION:
    High ankle sprain treatment?
    I sprained my ankle last saturday playing lacrosse, and the doctors diagnosed it as a “high ankle sprain”. I had crutches for about two days, but then found I could walk on it on monday. I have been ever since. It is VERY black and blue, but the swelling has gone down significantly. My question is: how can i restore it to full health as quickly as possible? I have another tournament in about 2 and a half weeks.
    I have been icing at least 3 times a day, and taking ibuprofen. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      do different excersizes that will strengthen it once you get better. But make sure you are better before you do them. Like try standing and going up on your toes back and forth, so that you’re standing on your toes, then your feet, then your toes then your feet. Just different things that will give it strength again. and wrap it before you play your next tournament.

  12. QUESTION:
    High Ankle Sprain?
    Is it possible to have a high ankle sprain without difficulty walking? I twisted my ankle March 1st. It never really swelled much, and I could walk on it after about an hour, but even a month later it still feels like it’s going to give out when I twist it, and it really hurts on the top of my ankle. I asked a PA about it when I was there for strep throat and she said I probably just strained it. It’s been so long, I’m not really doing anything for the injury other than taking ibuprofen. Should I be doing anything else? Is it a high ankle sprain? Thanks for any help you can give me!

    • ANSWER:
      It is not a high ankle sprain. A high ankle sprain involves the syndesmotic ligament that connects the tibia to the fibula, slighly above the outside bump on the ankle. High ankle sprains generally are more painful and take longer to heal than a run of the mill ankle sprain. This is due to the fact that when you walk there is stress placed on this ligament. It sounds like you have more of a muscular strain. If it has been giving you problems for over a month, it may be time to see a physician and maybe get a referral for some physical therapy.

  13. QUESTION:
    Can an ankle sprain last more then 7 months?
    I injured myself at work over 7 months ago. The doctors initially diagnosed me with a high ankle sprain, but I have not gotten any better. In fact i think my mobility is worse. I have been in a boot for the last 6 months of the 7. When I am not in it, I can barely walk but all my tests have been normal. PT is unbearable, and I am still swelling and now having pins and needles, and twitches in my affected foot. Any suggestions? I have done R.I.C.E but everyday my ankle swells to the size of a baseball. I see neurologist next week, but im looking anywhere for answers. Its workmens comp related and I just dont know if they might be missing something. I have had, x ray, MRI, injection into ankle, PT multiple times, nerve block, bone scan, and more drugs then I care to think about, and nothing has helped. I have started to develop deformation in my good foot according to the bone scan and I believe its from the 7 months of limping. Can anyone help me?
    I have taken pictures to show the swelling amounts and differientials of the two ankles

    • ANSWER:
      no i dont think so you should go see a doctor

  14. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know remedies for a high sprained ankle?
    I fell 11 weeks ago and have a high sprained ankle (slight tear of the ligaments on the ankle). My doctor (orthopaedics) told me that this should have healed within about six weeks, but I see no improvement. After another visit to him, he said that he don’t know of anything else what could help me, I should get a second opinon. Which I am going to do…..but that appointment is in two month (the only other available orthopaedics doc is booked out until then)

    My question now is, has anyone had the same problems, that it just would not heal, and what did you do?

    My symptoms are still pain, and as the day progresses severe swelling from the ankle all the way to the front of the toes.
    chris that’s what i am doing now for the last 11 days. daytime a brace, i even have a separate chair next to my office chair to elevate my leg. when i come home, i take the brace off and put icepacks on there. i am taking 2x 600mg of ibuprofen a day.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep it iced down and elevated. Take ibuprofen for selling and pain. STAY OFF OF YOUR FEET!!! If you are on them much the ligament wont have a chance to heel, and when you are on them ware a brace.
      Hope you heel soon.

  15. QUESTION:
    Help! High Ankle sprain?
    Okay so I went to a walk in doctor’s office about 3 weeks ago. I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. well ever since then, it’s been bugging me like heck! it swollen, bruised, and goes numb at times. Well here’s my real question. Right where it hurts, i have a bug lump on it. also it’s bruised in that area and my skin is like really weird. it’s sorta dry? What could that be from?
    Also, I have an orthopedic appointment on Friday. Should I just wait until then and see what they say about it or should I go back to that walk in doctors place?
    Thanks so much in advance! (:

    • ANSWER:

  16. QUESTION:
    high ankle sprain plz help?
    i had a cheerleading spirit day were every team in my organization performs their cheer i made it all the way through my routine but on my way out of our last pyramid i landed on my front spots foot and twisted it really bad the paramedic told me it was a high ankle sprain iv been icing it and elevating it walking is extremely painful i cant even take one step so in on crutches how long should i be using them for and should i go to the hospital still or no? please help my foot it extremely swollen and back and blue its difficult to move my toes and again walking is not possible please please help thank you !!

    • ANSWER:
      i would go to the doctor if it is still bad after a week. keep icing and elevating. also buy an ace wrap and wrap it tightly because that will control swelling. use crutches for like 10 days.

  17. QUESTION:
    I really need help and answers about my high ankle sprain….?
    back in january i rolled my right ankle inwards and just left it til in april i went to the doctors( just my family doctor) because it really started to hurt and he told me it was a high ankle sprain and told me to go buy an air-cast brace thing and if it still hurts in a month to come back well it was still hurting and was getting weaker and so i went back in may. i never used crutches and still ain’t using them. when i walk i walk with a limp. i got an x ray and nothing it broken or fractured. but now it still weak and is still painful. it’s still black and blue, swollen and a little red. the pain started out on the outside of my ankle and now it’s behind in my Achilles area and the inner part of my ankle and the top part of it. do you think i did more damage to it? oh and saturday i was walking with my friends and i didn’t see that there was a hole in the ground because of the grass and my bad ankle fell in and i rolled or twisted it again…but that just made the pain before hurt worse. what should i do? my mom said she gonna wait til i’m outta school to make another dr. appointment that way i don’t have to worry about going to school with crutches or anything like that. i end school in 6 days. also i’m 15 and very active. what should i do? what kind of damage do you think i did? how do i know if i hurt my Achilles tendon?

    • ANSWER:
      You most likely need an MRI. I would contact an ortho and tell them what happened, and how long it’s been going on. I would do it as soon as possible, you can cause real damage waiting. I just had an ankle MRI and have torn ligaments and tendon. You just never know. I would definitely call an ortho. I am only 5 weeks post injury and still miserable, I can’t imagine still feeling like this MONTHS after… I really hope you feel better soon!!

  18. QUESTION:
    Is 2 weeks too soon to be practicing again after a high ankle sprain?
    I sprained my ankle about two weeks ago at my basketball game and most of the swelling and bruising has gone down, but it’s still bigger than my other ankle. There is still some pain, especially if I put too much pressure on it or move it too suddenly. I went to the doctors last week just to make sure that it’s not fractured or anything and he just told me to keep it elevated and to wrap it up. Lately I’ve been shooting around but running still seems to be a problem for me. I also have an ankle brace to help me support it more when I play and a different one for general use. Is it too soon for me to go back to playing basketball or do I need to rest it a little more? Season starts in like a week and I really need to start practicing again. Thanks in advance for your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it is way too soon. A high ankle sprain can be very slow in healing and if you practice before the pain and swelling leave you will be risking further and more severe damage. Take your time, heal and then practice.

  19. QUESTION:
    High ankle sprain from fall?
    Hi I had a fall, and thought I had an ankle sprain (on my right foot). It didn’t swell at the time though, and it isn’t like that now. It’s been 4 days, and although it is getting better, I still can’t go down stairs properly, and I have to limp when I walk. Is this serious? Or should I keep waiting to see if it will get better? I have been doing the R.I.C.E technique. but i am in college so there is a lot of walking and lot of stairs. The pain was really bad when it first happened. Now it only hurts when i walk on it. Also when i try to walk I feel some stiffness from my ankle to about mid calf. Please help!!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you had a bad sprain. Continue with the RICE treatment, resting it as much as possible. use a compression ankle brace and that should help.

  20. QUESTION:
    I have several tears in my R ankle. 3 down low and 2 complete tears high. How will the doctor fix these?
    I was in a position where my ankle made a very loud pop. Pain and swelling was instant. I have been in a cam boot for 9 wks. The MRI showed several tears. two complete tears high, which surgery is schedule for those. 3 more patial tears lower out side and dead center where my leg meats my foot. should the other tears be repaired while they are in putting in screws for my high ankle sprain? Their is alot of swelling on top outside of my ankle and a large bump, as you move down my ankle the pain shoot toward my bottom of my foot to my little toe. I also have throbbing and sharp pain along with my toes tingling. Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      You also need to elevate your leg as often as possible this will help with the swelling. There is also a procedure to reduce swelling – ask the doc.
      It can take upto a year for your leg to return to ‘normal’

  21. QUESTION:
    Ankle Sprain caused severe swelling to foot.?
    Around last Thursday, 23rd August, I fell down around 8-10 steps of a certain staircase. I’ve got a really bad sprain and went to the hospital. They said I’ve got a fracture, and they’ll placed a cast on my legs.

    But right now, my whole right feet is swollen. I did some ‘experiments’ and here are the results.

    1. I raised my feet up high when I sleep. The right feet becomes less swollen. YAY!.

    2. When I got my crutches and start walking to the toilet, I can feel a SHARP, EXTREMELY painful pain at the ankle area, and the feet area.

    3. The swell got bigger again, and my WHOLE FEET becomes huge.

    So the question is, did I break a blood vessel? If not, what’s up with my feet? Is there anyway whereby I can stop the pain? (It is frikkin painful even after I eat painkillers) How long will it take to heal?

    (Please don’t ask me to elevate my feet. Yes, the swell will get better but when I stand up, it’s friggin painful and the whole feet swell again)

    -Thank You!
    Vin, Age 15

    • ANSWER:
      The reason why you are swelling is because your body knows that something is wrong, and is sending more blood to try to heal the injury, it’s just your body’s natural reaction/defense to try to heal. You have to keep it elevated in order to keep the swelling down, ice (if you are able to ice it in any way), and ibpforen are also helpful, but mostly you just have to give it time to heal. After I had my knee surgery my entire ankle, foot and leg would become very large unless I kept it elevated for about 2 weeks after surgery. I did have some nylon/sock type things called TED hose which helped keep some of the swelling down, but if you are in a cast this may not work for you (basically they are tight fitting nylons/socks which help keep your fluids up higher in your body so they do not get stuck in the bottom of your leg/feet). It will probably be about 4-6 weeks to heal, and for pain try keeping your mind off of it (if possible), and if the pain is too bad to bear then go ahead and give the doctor a call and let them know that your pain is out of control. Make sure that your leg is receving circulation and that you are not becoming numb, if this does happen it means that your cast could be too tight, one way to make sure that your leg is receving circulation is to pinch your toe and the toe/under the toe nail should turn white momentarlily and then go back to it’s normal color, if you are numb and your toes are not turning white then you should call your doctor because this could cause potentail problems (this happens because of the swelling and your cast being too tight). Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Did i break,fracture, or severly sprain my ankle?
    I was running yesterday and i jumped and landed on my ankle and i heard a pop instead of what i usually hear when i sprain my ankle. I’ve had high sprained ankles and bad sprains before but it has never hurt that bad. It still really hurts today and i can put a little weight on it but it feels like it’s going to pop when i do. The swelling is very large, buit it’s not bruised. The side oppisite of the swelling on my ankle is the side that really hurts. Does anyone know what i did to my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      No one if a forum like this can know what you did to your ankle. Seeing a doctor is the only reasonable thing you can do. If it is a fracture then waiting is not a good thing. If the fracture is severe then it could start healing incorrectly.

      There are other things it could be that would cause the symptoms you describe, but do not take a chance. See a doctor tomorrow.

      Rusty

  23. QUESTION:
    Does ice help swelling weeks after an ankle sprain?
    i sprain my ankle about 4 or 5 weeks ago and its still a little swollen. if i ice it now will it go down? or is that only for the first 48 hours? im a basketball player and need to get back to playing. i know most of u are gonna say R.I.C.E but what are some other ways to heal my ankle faster? i still cant sprint or jump high without pain.
    they said nothings broken. there is a little swelling n some pain when i play
    they said nothings broken. there is a little swelling n some pain when i play. nothing major i know nothing is broken just need it to heal faster n get rid of the little swelling that is left

    • ANSWER:
      This Is most likely not a sprain you need to go to your doctor for an x-ray/mri this may be a brake.

  24. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle, swelling?broken?
    today i jamp off like a hill that was like 3/4 feet high up and and land on my ankle and my other foot, it got sprained, so badly, it hurt alto for like 2mins , then i could get up and walk again,
    is it normal for it swell ? its on my left foot and on the outside it swollen,more towards the front,
    it hurts most when i try to lift my foot up and like try to make it touch my shin kind of , and thats the only part it hurts,, like its right infront my shin and where like my ankle is it hurts,
    i can put all my weight on it and doesnt hurt in 1 place at all, only when i walk

    i was just wondering is it broken? or fine, , it still hurts when i walk, and swollen
    when will the swelling go down
    should i get an x ray?

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen foot due to ankle sprain/fracture, should I see a doctor?
    I twisted my ankle by stepping off a high curb and landing funny in the rain. I was able to get up and hop but the pain was nearly unbearable. Day 1 – I got some crutches, iced, wrapped, and elevated during sleep. Day 2 – Bruising begins to set in along the outside edge of the ankle. Day 2.5 – I’m alarmed because my foot continues to swell. There is now light bruising on the inside edge of the ankle. More disconcerting, there is bruising at the base of my toes and the toes themselves are bruised a light blue. I still cannot walk without crutches. I decide to see a doctor the next day. Day 3 – Swelling seems to have plateaued. Bruising continues in same spots. However, I can hobble on the foot without crutches if the foot is wrapped.

    So, now it is Day 3. I am in a foreign country where they don’t take medical insurance. Should I see a doctor or does the fact that I can actually walk a little mean I have nothing to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      Its hard to tell without an xray image but it most likely a severe sprain. If the symptoms seem to get worse in the next 36hrs you may need a Dr.

      (this part is only for third and some second world nations)

      The cost factor in foreign nations varies but if you are in a developing or second world nation their could be an local charity clinic to aid you such as Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross/Crescent and the UN. Few doctors may be able to speak english but if this is the case it will be vary obvious after you point to the location where you are hurting. DO NOT allow them to give you shots, cut on you. As they may not be sterile.

      But either way when back in the states I would see my local physician and go from there.

  26. QUESTION:
    need help with ankle sprains?
    so 2weeks ago i got a bad high ankle sprain.
    after a week i went back to playing football on it.
    the swelling went up after playing a game on it. and now when a wrap it, it hurts. why is that?
    and how do i get the swelling go down alot?
    i know about rice. but thats too slow. and one second my ankle isnt swollen the next second it is.
    tips please.
    thankyou
    but after restig for a week and playing it doesnt hurt any more or less.
    and to the guy who said i made it worse.
    the trainer cleared me to play/
    he was a trainer with the detroit tigers b4, i think he knows what hes doing.
    and i dont have a vag. i wasent going to sit out the 1st game

    • ANSWER:
      It’s still damaged.
      Focused relaxation.
      Try this http://www.hubpages.com/hub/Speed-healing-of-trauma-injuries-through-self-directed-regeneration

  27. QUESTION:
    6 month old ankle sprain, still swollen?
    Bare with me here…

    Last August, at volleyball try-outs I went up to hit, and came down and rolled out on my right ankle really badly.

    It was VERY swollen! And horrendously bruised for about a week. About 24 or so hours later, I went to the ER. I got an x-ray and they said for what they could see, it wasn’t broken, but they couldn’t really tell because of the way the growth plates were or something. They were pretty vague…

    They gave me crutches and a brace and said to keep off of it for a while, but to go back to playing when it feels good.

    Me being the person I am, I bought like 3 ankle supports at Sports Authority, and got it taped everyday by the high school trainer, and limped around on it.

    I made the JV team, and continued to play on it the whole season. I got it taped pretty much everyday from late August to the end of October.

    Now I can run and work out and what not, but it is still swollen. Most of the swelling is right in front of the ball on the outside of your ankle. It is six months later and I don’t know what I should do? It doesn’t really hurt, unless I do a strenuous exercise that involves a lot of weight on my ankle.

    Should I see an orthopedic?
    Will it ever completely heal?

    Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like it was broken and it has healed without being fixed correctly.

      Thats what happened to me anyway. I was playing football in gym and as I was trying to catch the ball, it hit the tip of my middle finger and hurt like crazy! I went to the nurse and she just thought it was nothing. So I went home and was still in the same amount of pain the next day when I went to school. So my mom took me to the doctors that afternoon and they sent me to the E.R. Turns out I had a hairline fracture in the top knuckle in that finger. My finger was fat and swollen. Well, they put a splint on it for which I had to wear about 2 weeks. Evidently, it wasn’t put on correctly and now my finger is still fat and the knuckle won’t straighten all the way. The only way to fix it is if they re-break my finger.

      I’m pretty sure that is what happened to you but I would check with your doctor just in case. Hopefully this helped :)

  28. QUESTION:
    i don’t know what to do??? Help Please!!!! badly sprained ankle or fractured?
    well in january i was in gym class and i rolled my ankle and it hurt but not to bad and i just let it go and waited it out cause i didn’t think it was that bad but in april it got really painful and swollen and black and blue and i went to the doctors and he said i had a high ankle sprain and didn’t take an x-ray or anything and he told me to take it easy and gave me a note to stay out of gym class for 2 weeks and now that those 2 weeks are over i’ve been in gym wearing the brace i bought and we are playing soccer and i have to participate cause if i don’t then i will fail. well anyway my ankle is swollen and black and blue and ever since i went back to gym it has gotten worse and my parents don’t seem to believe me. i’ve been icing it and when laying down i put it up on a couple pillows and nothing has help. i’ve been telling my mom to make another doctors appointment but she has yet to make one and keeps blowing it off. btw i’m only 15. what should i do? what do you think is wrong with my ankle?

    please don’t judge or leave any rude comments.

    • ANSWER:
      The Dr. really should have had it x-rayed. You need to show your parents that its still bad. It might be a sprain and sometimes those are worse then a break and can sometimes take longer to heal. You should try heating with a heating pad then put a bag of ice on it and go back and forth. If you are allowed to you might want to take a couple of Ibuprofen to help bring down the swelling as well as help with the pain. Good luck

  29. QUESTION:
    How long do you think my ankle will be like this…? Please read.?
    Back in January I rolled my ankle inward if you know what i mean and just left it alone and I did the R.I.C.E thing and i could walk but with a big limp it hurt so bad and i notice it wasn’t getting any better. My ankle was swollen and turned a little black and blue (outside part of my ankle). Then i was starting to get concerned so i asked my mom to make a Dr. appointment and she did and when I went he told me it was just a high ankle sprain and should heal soon but then i told him i rolled it in January and he said it takes a few months to heal and he said to give it another month and if it’s not any better then to come back (this appointment was on April 8th) He did not take x-rays or anything that day and just told me to buy a brace (like the ones they give you in the ER for sprained ankles). So i did and it did not get any better and felt weaker and was still swollen and black and blue. So i then again went to the Dr’s. on May 13th and he pushed pulled and moved my ankle around and told me it could be a fracture and told me to get x-rays and that he was going to do whatever he can to keep me out of a cast. So on May 22nd i went for x-rays and now i have to wait for the results. But i was wondering what you think this could be. It’s still black and blue and swollen and i’m still doing the R.I.C.E and wearing my brace and when i walk i still walk with a big limp because it hurts really bad 8 out of 10. Could it be fractured? If so would i be in a boot or cast? i really don’t want to be in either cause with summer coming up and stuff and i will be going to Florida in July but i think it should be better by then but i’m not sure. Also how long if fractured will it take to heal cause i’m only 15 and hate to lay around all day. Thanks for ready! Have a nice day!

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    Sprained Ankle/Massive Swelling and Bruising?
    i was playing basketball about 10 days ago, and i jumped very high for a rebound and landed on someone’s foot…i sprained the outside of my ankle.
    i’ve had really bad sprains before, but this one is different. i have swelling halfway up my leg, bruising on the outside and inside of the ankle, including along the bone up my leg.
    on the top surface of my foot, there is a lot of swelling and it feels like it’s full of shards of glass.
    don’t tell me i should go to the doctor, b/c i already know that.
    i just want to know if anyone has had a similar experience and what your rehab regiment/timetable was.
    thanks in advance!

    • ANSWER:
      Ice, elevation and anti-inflamatories. Also, invest in a stirrup style ankle brace (which you would probably be put in after a doctors visit anyways). Wear the brace for the next 4-6 weeks and any time you play basketball. Base your activity level on your pain level–if it hurts, don’t do it.

  31. QUESTION:
    High ankle sprains in both ankles?
    Breif history: Seventh grade I sprained my ankle in a skateboard accident.
    Junior year: In a football game, my ankle rolled inside and caused extreme pain. I played through it and limped on it after the game, but it swelled up and I could not walk on it. I iced it and was fine 2 days later.

    Now, this year, on both of my legs, there is pain above my ankles on my calf. I have been walking and practicing with it for about a month, because I don’t want to pussy out. Sometimes it hurts really bad, and sometimes it is better. It hurts every day though. After running, they used to really hurt, but not so much now. Like when I would play linebacker, and I would take a block and stumble a little bit, and intense pain for like 5 mins. I take Ibuprofane. Sometimes it hurts and wakes me out of my sleep. There used to be a bump where it hurt, but it’s not really there anymore. I put pressure on the spot and I can feel pain, but there is no bruise. I figured since I was walking and practicing on it, it’s not serious and tough it out.

    • ANSWER:
      Rest your ankles try soaking them in cold water and strap them up with elastic bandages and sit and elevate your ankles and keep of them as much as possible and support them when you are walking with either elastic bandages or tubal grip or if you can afford them ankle supports from drug or sport stores. BUT NO SPORT AT ALL until you get them checked by a doctor with your age it could be green stick fractures or ligament damage with you doing allot of sport over use injuries don’t risk permanent damage. Hope you are soon better

  32. QUESTION:
    Long-lasting pain from severe ankle sprain? Normal?
    On Feb 1 I sprained my ankle badly. Didn’t go to a doc about it (I could walk, so my dance prof said it was ok) until a month later when it seemed to get even worse (more painful, swelling wasn’t going away). Diagnosis? Grade 2-3 sprain of the lateral ankle ligaments and the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th metatarsals.

    I was put in an aircast pneumatic boot (aka knee-high moon boot) for 6 weeks, from March to the very end of April. X-rays: no fractures. The swelling went down and so did the pain. Went to a chiro and physio for the ankle after, it felt nearly normal.

    I am a vocational stream ballet dancer and am physically fit, but now after every class, even after walking long distances, my ankle really aches. The pain is enough to wake me sometimes, or force me to sit at times. Its a deep, dull, ache all around the ankle joint. It is also very easy to sprain and swells readily now… Any ideas on why this is still a problem so many months later? THX.

    • ANSWER:
      you might want to try going back to doc for follow up xrays to check for stress fractures or arthritis. you can also try this great website if you are interested in treating yourself, myfootshop.com. it offers articles and products for foot care, there is also a discussion forum with a doc you could post your questions to. try using the source for a direct link to site and good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    Should I run this cross country meet after a sprained ankle?
    I sprained my ankle last Sunday, September 30th. It was a grade 1 sprain and i could walk with a some pain. It is now 6 days later and I am thinking about running my Cross country meet next Saturday. to do so i have to train starting Monday. my ankle is a little swollen and i have some mild pain from time to time. should I run or should i sit it out another week. I am 16 in high school and sprained my ankle before. I bet any runner agrees with me that it is tortuous to be limited and not run after it bein such a big part of my life.

    • ANSWER:
      Just run! If it is not ok the pain will tell you to stop. If after warming up you feel ok, keep moving. That means your body accepted the decision of your mind. Just go! and listen to what your body tells you during your race.

      I had the same problem a month ago and I going to run the Chicago marathon tomorrow. If my body says stop, I will. If it doesn’t complain much, I’ll keep going.

      We all have to die some day. Let’s use our bodies while we are alive. Don’t be scared to use your body, that’s why you have it for; to push it. Enjoy the run, while it last.

  34. QUESTION:
    high sprained ankle, can anyone help?
    im a 15 year old gymnast… last night i rolled onto my ankle and hurt it. i’ve been icing and keeping it elevated, but its starting to bruise ( but its not swollen) and i have to limp to walk because it will give out when i put all my weight on it.. should i use crutches and see a doctor???

    • ANSWER:
      thats a good sign if it is not swollen. sprains usually swell up really big when they are bad. i would wrap it up and put a brace on it. ice it and elevate. if it doesnt get any better in a couple days see a doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Sprained Ankle – Need some advice?
    Over 2 months ago i got a high sprained ankle playing soccer i took 2 month off rested it iced it and such. I recently played a soccer tourney which i rolled the same ankle again and got a lower ankle sprain. I have not got an x-ray on it. Ive seen some specialist about it and they told me its good to play on and such. Swelling hasn’t really gone done its till there and I’ve played on it yesterday. Now it hurts just a bit more then usual to move my foot up and down. What should i do
    Also i forgot to mention i gave it 2 weeks to heal before i went back on it, so 2 weeks from yesterday is when it happened

    • ANSWER:
      50/50 mix of cold and hot. Cold relieves swelling and how helps blood flow to heal wound. dont play soccer on it but do walk gently and move / stretch to help keep muscles from tensing up during inactivity. REST!! dont do anything ridiculous for about a week. If you really want it to heal and properly, pushing it will only further the injury. Finally if it hurts thats an indicator to lay off it, dont ignore what your body tells you. However after a while begin to slowly push it a little harder untill back to normal. After about a week if the pain still persists get an xray.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have a hurt ankle, i think?
    I fell when i was tubing down a steep hill at my friends cabin well actually, I was going down and went over a jump and when i hit it i fell off the side of the tube and sat right on my left ankle, at first it felt tingly then it felt stiff, now it hurts kind of on the side of my ankle and lower calf.

    I don’t know why still hurts cause i don’t really think its sprained but its really swollen, some people told me it might be a high ankle sprain but i still don’t think so.. Any ideas on what it is? Im going to the doctor asap so don’t tell me to do that.

    • ANSWER:
      How soon is “asap”? You should already have seen a doctor at the time of the accident. Why are you here and not at an ER?

      It’s probably a sprain, but it could be fractured. No one can tell until its been xrayed.

  37. QUESTION:
    i need to break or badly sprain my ankle, please help!?
    i don’t care about the pain but i need a method that i can do on my own. i love dance, but i need to get out of it for a while as we have a performance coming up and i suck at performing (nerves). plus i think i’m fatter than most other dancers and i’m embarrassed of performing with my skinny friends… if you’ve ever broken or sprained something i need your help.

    i’ve been trying hitting my ankle with rocks, hammers, etc. and jumping from high heights on one leg, but i have stong bones and ligaments. i’ve tried dropping 30lb weights (heaviest that i own) on my bare foot over and but that hurts incredibly but just doesn’t break anything! the ankle/foot gets swollen but gets back to size quickly and doesn’t even look bruised. i need the swelling to stay for a while and prefer to have some bruising too. don’t try to talk me out of this, please, i just need to break or sprain an ankle. please help… thanks, celine.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t do this, any sprain or break in the ankle could end your dancing career for life, not just for a few months.

      There are lots of injuries that don’t show. A torn hamstring is a good one (I’m assuming you know where your hamstring is – it’s the long muscle running from your butt to the back of your knee). If your hamstring is torn then you can’t lift or extend the leg, which pretty much rules out performing.

      It sounds like you’re worried that people will think you are faking it, if they can’t see evidence of the injury. The solution to that, is to fake being injured IN CLASS. That’s easy to do.

      Hamstrings tear when you are not warmed up enough, and you do anything that suddenly stretches the back of your leg. So for instance, if you tried to go into the splits fast, the hamstring on your front leg could tear. Or if you are doing a hurdler stretch, or stretching over your leg on the barre and bend forward suddenly instead of carefully.

      When it happens, you can feel it rip and it HURTS. So you would collapse on the floor, clutching the back of your leg. When they help you up, you can walk, but make out that you can’t straighten your knee.

      The back of your leg will be very sensitive to the touch. If she knows her anatomy, the teacher might get you to lie on your front and try bending your knee while she tries to stop you. If you have a hamstring tear, that will hurt and you won’t be able to do it.

      Having said all that, I do think you need to address the root cause of this problem. I’m not talking about the nerves – a lot of very famous dancers have nerves their entire career, and learn to live with them. In fact, many say that they wouldn’t do as good a performance if they didn’t have nerves. I’m talking about the body image. Talk to your teacher and to your parents about that.

  38. QUESTION:
    I have a sprained ankle how do I make it heal faster?
    Would HGH make it rehab quicker? it is a severe high ankle spraind and has a lot of swelling. I do not have to worry about being tested because I am currently not it a sport and I think my doctor will prescribe it if I ask but I want to know if it would really work.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have an aircast and ace wrap?

      Syndesmotic ankle sprains, (high ankle sprains) usually take longer to heal than a basic sprain because you are dealing with the connective tissue between the tibia and fibula in the ankle and not just the basic lateral and medial ligaments of the ankle itself.

      Knowing it takes longer healing time, you can be more aggressive with your RICE — Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Ice for longer amounts of time and make sure to keep your ankle/lower leg ace wrapped to just under the belly of the calf muscle and wear the air cast (one that also goes higher on the leg) for additional support. Besides that elevate as much as possible, sleep with a pillow or two under your leg at night, sleep with the ace wrap on, and avoiding weight bearing or walking as much as possible. If you have crutches use them.

      Besides that, NSAIDS, like ibuprofen, take it every few hours and if the baseline amount isn’t enough, take an extra, but no more than 2 days, after that call your doctor and if they find it necessary they can write you an rx for something stronger.

      I would not recommend any supplements besides maybe a daily vitamin. Synthetic HGH is not a good idea and though it has hyperplastic effects, I don’t see any reason for you taking it for an injury.

      Good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    will a first ankle sprain affect my vertical jump?
    as i am typing out this question, i have a badly swollen and sprained ankle. i missed a step on the stairs and sprained it today. i have not consulted a doctor yet. many of my friends told me that my ankle will still be prone to sprains in future.

    first thing that came to my mind was my ability to jump. i play basketball regularly and i am known to have a high vertical jump (not showing off). so i was really afraid that i would not be able to jump and play as like before anymore. i hope that there will be great answers.

    P.S maybe i should not be a power forward anymore. i’m 5’8″ and i know i’m short because i’m asian. *smiles*

    • ANSWER:
      I play basketball and gotten many sprained ankles. You need to elevate your ankle and put ice on it. Try to stay off of it until it heals. It will not affect your vertical. Just don’t try to play basketball or do any physically demanding activity until it heals.

  40. QUESTION:
    My Ankle isnt swollen but it still hurts really badly. (and i dont have high arched feet)?
    It Has been swollen before on the same ankle when i sprained a couple months before (like 6 months) but this time i twisted it and it didnt swell up like a sprain does…what is wrong with it…it has been hurting for over a month

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    I “sprained” my ankle 7 days ago. Swelling is still bad. Pain is less. Should I get X-Rays in case I broke it?
    I sprained my ankle 7 days ago. The swelling is still significant. The pain has decreased, but I still have shooting pains occasionally, especially if it is hit by something or on high activity days. It has some bruising, but less than other sprained ankles I’ve seen. I’m trying to decide if I should get X-Rays for a possible broken bone. I don’t have insurance until July, so if it is just a sprain, I don’t want to go to the hospital. Help!

    • ANSWER:
      a sprain is a torn ligament, you well have swelling, pain, and bruising. You can apply cold pack in a plastic bag of ice covered with a towel.or a package of vegetables. don’t leave it on over 10 to 30 min. you can apply moderate pressure. Elevate your ankle above your heart.If you choose to wrap it be careful not to tight. Most likely your bones have already started to heal in place.
      when my mom broke her leg they let it heal the way it broke and she is fine today. good luck and get better fast grandma sue

  42. QUESTION:
    Screws put in ankle how long painful after surgery?
    I got a high ankle sprain where I tore the ligament in my foot/ankle and had to have two screws put in. The injury was pretty painful when it first happened, and they waited 5 days to do the surgery to let the swelling go down. It has been 3 days since my surgery and it is really painful. It hurts worse now after the surgery than it did before. How long will it be until I can at least move around on crutches without too much uncomfort, becuase right now even getting up to go to the bathroom causes sharp pain and throbbing, and I am trying to estimate when I will be able to return to work (I don’t have to walk around to much at my job). I know it will take months to fully heal, I just want to know when I can get out of this house even if on crutches!! I am healthy 26 year old male. Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:
      Generally baring any kind of infection you should be able to get up and move around in 2-3 weeks after surgery.

      Good Luck

  43. QUESTION:
    is it necessary to receive physio after an ankle sprain?
    i am a 31 year old male, i sprained my ankle during april 2010 due to missing the step at a front door of a house, i went side ways on my left ankle, it was quite painful, i noticed my whole left leg got quite hot for a few minutes and i was in a bit of shock. anyway this happened on a saturday evening i was working, so i put ice on the ankle when i got home put maybe not for long enough i don’t know. i also went to the cinema later that evening which was probably not a good idea. on the monday morning i went to the doctor she looked at my ankle done all the examinations she had my ankle bandaged and told me when i go home sit back put my foot up high to let the fluid drain out of my ankle and to take tablets such as neurofen to reduce the swelling. that was fine i did all that for 2 weeks i am now out of work because i was let go june 2010 due to staff cutbacks. up to lately my ankle was fine i do play some basketball with a club i was playing that with no problems but then suddenly within the last few weeks my ankle started to swell and pain me again, but this time i also noticed my left leg getting weak and getting stiff, this has been happening on and off for the past number of weeks. could it be because i never received physio therapy by my doctor?????? i also wore a support stocking for a couple of weeks.

    • ANSWER:
      You need help by your doctor, let him/her see whats wrong with it. most likely it is due to poor followup after your get your self checked by your doctor. let your doctor see wither there is structural damage ( ligament or bone involvement ) or not . most likely its your soft tissue which can bear the heavy insult anymore so physio therapy will definitely help you out.
      But so far avoid heavy games like basketball, football etc ….
      I hope this helps :)

  44. QUESTION:
    When your ankle is bruised like a sprained ankle and not swollen what is it?
    I was wondering if my ankle is like a sprained ankle or not. I could still walk and all. but when I jumped from my pool to the floor it was pretty high up and it is a 3ft pool and I am like 5′ 9. My foot landed on the cement floor to the pool my ankle started hurting for awhile then it’s gone. I did stretch it out and everything didn’t seem to hurt, but I have a bruise on my ankle now. Not Swollen at all. What Do I Do?

    • ANSWER:
      If it doesn’t hurt so bad you can’t use it and it’s not swollen then you probably just have a strained muscle is my guess. It will be tender for a while, especially to the touch, but will heal on it’s own.

  45. QUESTION:
    is this long for a sprained ankle to heal?
    back in like january i was in gym and rolled my ankle and let it go and then in april went to the doctors and he said it was a high ankle sprain and if not feeling better in a month to come back for an x ray so i went back in may and got x rays and they showed no breaks or fractures. my ankle is still black and blue and red and swollen…i have it in a aircast thing the one where is comes up the sides of you ankle with an ace bandage underneath…not on crutches. is this to long for a igh ankle sprain and what could possible be wrong…?

    • ANSWER:
      high ankle sprains are usually really bad and you should have used crutches immediately while icing and elevating it whenever possible. If you did not have your ankle in a brace, then it makes sense that it took so long to heal. Even with just moderate ankle sprains, it can take a month to heal.

  46. QUESTION:
    Expected levels of inflexibility in ankle after (at least) grade 2 sprain…?
    about 7 weeks i rolled my ankle over playing football resulting in a bad sprain, swelling, bruising etc. There is still slight swelling around the top of the ankle joint and still a bit of pain if i twist the ankle, i can’t walk without pain and have no chance of running.
    it was a bad sprain and will take time to heal but i am shocked by the amount of inflexibility i have; i cannot bring the football up to anywhere near as high as i can my healthy foot ( about a 3rd as far).
    Is this level of inflexibility to be expected?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I have sprained my ankles hundreds of times and this is always the outcome. You will experience inflexibility which my doctor and physio therapist said that it is normal. It is apparently apart of the healing experience. However I am surprised that you are not in physio as even though I at one point had a grade 1 sprain I still had to do physio to restrengthen my ankle.

  47. QUESTION:
    Help please… Ankle sprain?
    I think i sprained my ankle three weeks ago in a soccer game…. it was really severe pain at first and i limped off the field immediatelyy. I went away after like two minutes and i kept playing tentatively. By the time i got home it was really swollen and my toes turned inward and my foot was kinda tilted so that the inside of my foot was higher off the ground. I went to bed and the next aday it hurt to walk but was managable. That was thursday night.
    Saturday i was fine and was doing high jump in a track meet. It completely gave out when i tried to jump and sent a sharp pain through my entire ankle.
    Now… three weeks later it will still often give out when jumping or cutting and when i walk it will either pop with each step as i go from heel to toe or grind in like the center of my ankle.
    There is no swelling or bruising.
    Oh and i did that test where you push your foot forward and shin back and it moves considerably and hurts. It will even move if i just put my legs out while sitting on the ground.
    What are my options and what did i do??? or am i just a whiny wimp???

    • ANSWER:
      You need to get it checked by a doctor. It is likely that you have a break in a bone.
      it’s hard to by a description if it is a break or a sprain. sometimes sprains are more painful than a broken bone. so you can’t go by relative pain. based on the popping and grinding sound, and the unusual movement you describe it is possible that you have a bad break.
      see a doctor, get an xray and be sure. If you’re interested in continuing sports, and walking/running without pain for as long as possible, a doctor visit is a small price to pay.

  48. QUESTION:
    help…i hurt my ankle…?
    well on april 8th i went to the doctors cause i rolled my ankle back in january and it is still swollen and bruised and red and he didn’t take an x ray or anything and just told me to buy a brace because i have a high ankle sprain and he told me to take it easy because my ligaments are weak and if i rolled or twisted my ankle that they could tear and i was wondering could my ligaments already be torn or could there be something else? please help. i’m on 15. oh and i have been doing the R.I.C.E

    • ANSWER:
      If you are still in a lot of pain, I’d make a doctors appointment (probably with an orthopedic). You may need an x-ray or maybe even an MRI. Normally, when you injure yourself and see a doctor they provide you with some sort of brace.

  49. QUESTION:
    How do I heal this injury?
    A few weeks ago, almost a month, I rolled my ankle. I think it resulted in a high ankle sprain? if that is the right term. However, even now, it has still not fully healed. The swelling is pretty much gone, although there is still some left. My ankle is still weak, and I can not do much running on it. Is there a way I can strengthen it? An suggestions for exercises that I can do?

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      What you need to do is GO TO A DOCTOR (Orthopedic) and have this evaluated! You could have injured it more extensively than you realize and neither YOU nor anyone here is qualified to evaluate it. You need to be seen by a doctor!

  50. QUESTION:
    Severe Ankle Pain… What do I do?
    I was in gym class almost a week ago and collided with someone and my ankle twisted. I’m not sure exactly which direction it rolled/twisted but i’m in a lot of pain mostly located on the lateral side of my ankle. I am now able to move my ankle in all sorts of new ways. I went to see a doctor and she was a complete idiot and seemed to think the pain was completely unrelated to the collision, although it started hurting the very same instant as the collision. I went to physio and she seems to think its a couple stretched ligaments and a minor high ankle sprain. I have been walking on it but it becomes increasingly worse and the pain is becoming unbearable. I have had Grade 1 sprains in the past and this is much worse! Should I get a second opinion or leave it. I don’t know how else I will get around other than walking if i don’t have anything to use. I take anti-inflammatories for arthritis but it has still swelled, although not tremendously but enough to notice by looking at it. it is slightly bruised and i got x-rays and nothing is broken. I’m a soccer player with tryouts starting in the next few days. I also have ultimate Frisbee tryouts beginning in a week. I am currently playing rugby although I stopped since I hurt my ankle but we have some important games coming up, I want the fastest recovery possible. If you have any ideas of what I should do PLEASE let me know. I’m in a lot of pain and need relief fast, it seems like walking is only making it worse. For school, all of my classes are perfectly planned to be on opposite floors and classrooms of the school.

    • ANSWER:


High Ankle Sprain Rehab Therapy

The midfoot is a complex area involving 10 different bones coming together to form more than a dozen separate joints. A sprain in this area can result in aching or throbbing midfoot pain, swelling and bruising. Sometimes the pain will start on the top of the foot and go deeper all the way through to the bottom of the arch. This type of injury can interfere with running and has the potential for serious problems if ignored.

By far the easiest way to injure the midfoot is with trauma. But it doesn’t have to be the hit-the-foot-with-a-hammer sort of trauma. For a runner, this sort of injury happens when twisting the foot while stepping in a pothole, accidentally stepping off the shoulder, or tripping over a root on a trail run. It is also a common injury in mountain biking.

Fortunately, this sort of injury is rare from running. However it is common in other accidents. The text-book story for this injury involves a car accident where the driver’s foot is on the brake as he re-ends another car. You have your foot on the brake, smack into the car in front of you and all of the force causes the midfoot joints to be dislocated or fractured. The area most often injured is actually a collection of joints called Lisfranc’s joint. For trivia buffs, Lisfranc was Napoleon’s surgeon. These injuries are often misdiagnosed as a “midfoot sprain.”

In 2004, I began a research project in order to determine how accurately different doctors are able to diagnose Lisfranc’s injuries. The results of that study were quite frightening. We found that primary care physicians and emergency room physicians were only able to recognize 1.6 % of the identifiable features of these injuries on x-ray. That means that more than 98% of these injuries could be missed if not evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist.

As a result of this research, I won an award from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Since then, I have seen numerous people who had these injuries but the fracture had been missed when they were in the emergency room. In most cases they bring their x-rays from the emergency department and the injury is visible. It was just not noticed. In every case, the doctor told the patient that it was just a sprain and would get better.

The difficulty is that we know in fact, these will not get better unless appropriately treated.

Pain and tenderness on the top of the foot is relatively common in runners, but this is more often related to irritation of the tendons on top of the foot. This kind of problem happens frequently, and it is not very serious. It can be treated without surgery.

In contrast, pain that is worse when standing and twisting the foot, or when running, is very worrisome. Any associated bruising on the top of the foot is always a concern and may signal a significant injury like a fracture or torn ligament. Without appropriate treatment, continued pain and rapid development of arthritis, with associated destruction of the joints in the midfoot, can occur. This can result in significant disability.

The reason these midfoot injuries are so bad is that they make the midfoot unstable. Then there is way too much motion in the midfoot joints (called the tarsometatarsal complex) This instability and excess motion makes the joints all wear out early. This is a condition know as degenerative joint disease (DJD).

Once these vulnerable little joints are damage, they cannot be repaired. the articular cartilage that gets eroded will never repair itself. The destruction is permanent. The only reliable treatment for this wear-and-tear arthritis is to fuse the joints surgical. Although surgery to fuse the worn out joints can relieve some of the pain, the trade-off is that the patient usually feels like the foot is rigid and not very flexible.

The real tragedy with midfoot ligament injuries is that they can be effectively treated, if cared for properly. The problem is that they are so often misdiagnosed that they correct treatment never begins. If you love being outdoors, doing things like running, hiking, and cycling, this sort of injury has the potential to ruin end your active lifestyle. But is doesn’t have to be that way.

Anytime you have had an injury where you were involved in an accident, stepped off a curb of wrong or stepped into a pothole while running, you should be aware of this possibility. Do not run if you have continued pain. Any athlete or active person who has been told they have a midfoot sprain should still be evaluated by a foot and ankle expert. That way you can get back on the road as quickly and safely as possible.


High Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I want to make the basketball team as a sophomore in high school.?
    I am 5’10 1/2 freshman, I’m sort of skinny, and weigh 145 pounds. I have really long arms, and even though I can’t touch the rim (I’m a few inches under it, more than halfway up the net), at a standing position I can outrebounding taller, higher jumpers (higher when with more acceleration). I also sustained a sprained ankle injury, but I have a year to get over that. I’m still doing stretching and rehabilitation exercises, which is why I did not try out this year. However, I know I would not have made it.

    My jumpshot had the wrong form, as a guy told me at the local gym. He worked on how to not make both hands go up, and started from layup-distance, and I’m going to work on that for a while.
    I have a spin move from both my left and right side to get into the lane, and I have a floater. I used to be out in my yard playing basketball all the time from when I was 3 to 12, but gave it up in 7th grade when I didn’t make the team. The thing is I have been shooting with lefthandgoinguptomuch
    Do you think I can make it? People started telling me I jumped high in 7th grade, and I never noticed it. I’m actually asian, and really to tell the truth, I am not confident at all. What should I do to make the basketball team? I’m working on the correct shooting form, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m going to tune up my dribbling, and probably work on decision making..

    I really need advice, and I’ll sign up for rec league this year for fun. =D I’m thinking about working on the release of my shot, and possibly making it faster and faster through weekend 2 hour practices.
    Also, I think I played decent defense, until my severe ankle sprain, but I was pounded by really strong people, since I’m still too skinny. I don’t know how to get stronger, since I can’t work out, parents say no working out until junior year. I guess I’ll tune up my left hand dribbling skills. I play pickup games frequently.

    Mainly I just spin move and jump near the basket or take a 3 pointer.
    If anyone has advice, that would be awesome!

    • ANSWER:
      Believe in yourself by giving yourself something to believe in. If you have natural talent you need to commit yourself to a rigorous training and weight lifting program. Working your legs out will give you vertical jumping height and speed. Work with a trainer for agility and quickness. Running laps and pushing cars (don’t laugh) will give you endurance. You do all that and you will improve your game and your confidence. Making varsity is one thing, getting playing time is another. Keep working hard and it will come. If it doesn’t happen this year, ask yourself if you did everything possible.


High Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation Exercises

Sprains are caused when a particular muscle of the body is suddenly overexerted. It is felt as a sharp pain, rendering that portion of the body immobile for a while. Sprains can cause redness and swelling of the region and can persist for a few days if they are too acute. In very severe cases, sprains can lead to permanent muscular pains and even disfigurement.

The Vyaana vata, which is a sub-dosha of the vata is responsible for all voluntary movements of the body. When this biological force is vitiated, then sprains occur. Sprains normally occur in the leg muscles, since these are more subjected to movement. They can also occur in the back or the neck muscles. Sprains that are confined to the leg muscles are called as Pindikodveshtana, while sprains that can spread over the entire body are known as Khalli vata.

Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Sprains

# Clove (Syzygium aromaticum)

Clove oil is effective in the treatment of sprains and muscular cramps. It is made into a poultice and applied on the affected parts.

# Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is a very effective painkiller. A paste is made by rubbing dry ginger in water. This is applied locally on the sprained part.

# Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)

The hyssop herb is very good remedy for several muscular problems, including sprains. For the treatment of sprains, a paste of the entire herb is made and is applies externally to the affected area. Alternatively, the paste can be steeped in boiling water and this can be used as fomentation for the affected muscle. Hyssop provides immediate benefits in sprains. It is also very effective in the treatment of black eyes, wounds, bruises, burns and strains.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I want to make the basketball team as a sophomore in high school.?
    I am 5’10 1/2 freshman, I’m sort of skinny, and weigh 145 pounds. I have really long arms, and even though I can’t touch the rim (I’m a few inches under it, more than halfway up the net), at a standing position I can outrebounding taller, higher jumpers (higher when with more acceleration). I also sustained a sprained ankle injury, but I have a year to get over that. I’m still doing stretching and rehabilitation exercises, which is why I did not try out this year. However, I know I would not have made it.

    My jumpshot had the wrong form, as a guy told me at the local gym. He worked on how to not make both hands go up, and started from layup-distance, and I’m going to work on that for a while.
    I have a spin move from both my left and right side to get into the lane, and I have a floater. I used to be out in my yard playing basketball all the time from when I was 3 to 12, but gave it up in 7th grade when I didn’t make the team. The thing is I have been shooting with lefthandgoinguptomuch
    Do you think I can make it? People started telling me I jumped high in 7th grade, and I never noticed it. I’m actually asian, and really to tell the truth, I am not confident at all. What should I do to make the basketball team? I’m working on the correct shooting form, but I don’t know what else to do. I’m going to tune up my dribbling, and probably work on decision making..

    I really need advice, and I’ll sign up for rec league this year for fun. =D I’m thinking about working on the release of my shot, and possibly making it faster and faster through weekend 2 hour practices.
    Also, I think I played decent defense, until my severe ankle sprain, but I was pounded by really strong people, since I’m still too skinny. I don’t know how to get stronger, since I can’t work out, parents say no working out until junior year. I guess I’ll tune up my left hand dribbling skills. I play pickup games frequently.

    Mainly I just spin move and jump near the basket or take a 3 pointer.
    If anyone has advice, that would be awesome!

    • ANSWER:
      Believe in yourself by giving yourself something to believe in. If you have natural talent you need to commit yourself to a rigorous training and weight lifting program. Working your legs out will give you vertical jumping height and speed. Work with a trainer for agility and quickness. Running laps and pushing cars (don’t laugh) will give you endurance. You do all that and you will improve your game and your confidence. Making varsity is one thing, getting playing time is another. Keep working hard and it will come. If it doesn’t happen this year, ask yourself if you did everything possible.