Ligament In The Ankle

Flat Feet: Causes, Symptoms, And Treatment Flat feet are universally known to have a bad reputation for causing discomfort and pain. Although this is generally true, flat feet are extremely common and there are entire populations of people around the world with flat feet who have no problems with walking or standing. Within our population in the western world, shoe use is common and feet do not become acclimated to functioning with flat feet well as in other parts of the world where shoes are not worn much from an early age. In essence, while flat feet do cause their fair share of foot problems, it is quite normal to have them and under other biological circumstances flat feet would not pose an issue. It would seem that the combination of our shoe use (albeit necessary in modern life), relatively sedentary lifestyle, and the hard surfaces we must walk upon all give rise to issues associated with flat feet.

Flat feet are usually the result of one’s own genetics inherited from their family. Flattening is a normal part of the walking cycle of the foot, and in fact this is how the body disperses much of the shock forces created with walking. However, in some individuals, the foot flattens outward too much. This changes the way certain muscles in the foot and leg have to function, which causes numerous changes to the feet over time. These changes can include chronic straining of ligaments and tendons, as well as the development of deformities that rely on structural imbalance like bunions and hammertoes. Some people may live their entire lives without having any problems, while some people may have pain starting in childhood.

Because of extra demand on foot and leg muscles, people with flat feet become fatigued easier, with leg pain or cramping after activity. The vast majority of the time, a general discomfort or even pain is felt to the bottom of the feet, primarily in the arches. Severely flattened feet may cause hip, knee, or back pain, as the strain endured by the foot eventually transfers to the ligaments of joints further up the leg. In the most severe cases, early arthritis may develop in a number of joints in the feet. As stated above, individuals with flat feet may develop bunions and hammertoes over time, and are more susceptible to injuring their heel and arch. The most common condition I see in my office related to flat feet is plantar fasciitis, which involves damage to the plantar fascia, a ligament that attaches to the heel and runs along the arch. Often misunderstood to be caused by a heel spur (which may be present but almost never causes pain), plantar fasciitis is nearly always directly related to arch strain caused by flat feet, and has little to do with the heel itself. High arches can cause plantar fasciitis, but for completely different reasons.

Many people have flat feet, but assume their foot is normal arched as they can see an arch when they sit and examine their feet. The foot naturally curves inward into an arched position while seated, even in people with flat feet, misleading one into thinking the arch is higher. Flat feet need to be assessed when one is standing and placing body weight on the feet. Sometimes, the flattening is not obvious, but still effects the function of the foot nonetheless. X-rays taken while one is standing on their feet provide the most insight into the foot’s true structure, as the bones show obvious changes in position not always seen outside the body.

There are numerous ways to treat flat feet. Some are more effective than others. Prescription shoe inserts are effective for the vast majority people with flat feet. Many people start with over-the-counter inserts to build up arch support. For people with more than just a mild amount of flattening, this will not likely be supportive enough. Most over-the-counter inserts rely on padding to push into the arch to decrease its flattening. Padded material will significantly compress when the body’s weight is applied to it, leaving the support level decreased. Some over-the-counter insert designs are composed of a plastic or composite material that are more supportive, but are poorly tolerated since they are not customized to a person’s specific foot, and can cause further irritation. In order to truly support the arch to the fullest degree, one must use inserts not only made from a mold of their foot, but from a mold made while the foot is held in a specific position that eliminates flattening. These types of inserts are called orthotics, and are used medically across the country to stabilize flat feet. When properly made, orthotics will eliminate over-flattening. If made from a mold in which only the shape of the foot was captured but no adjustment was made to correct the flattening, the insert will simply reflect the flat foot and will be much less effective. This is seen sometimes when orthotics are fabricated through those who have poor training in foot mechanics. There are also many instances now in which retail locations have entered the ‘orthotic fad’, and provide inserts they claim to be orthotics. In actuality, many of these inserts are simply over-the-counter devices that are pulled off the shelf using rudimentary measurements that these stores are are claiming to be a custom process. Don’t be fooled by these lesser devices and pay large sums of money unnecessarily. True orthotics are a prescription product that requires a detailed foot exam by a foot specialist (usually a podiatrist), along with a written prescription plan and insert modification specific to a person’s foot (alot of angles and adjustment go into the process of making orthotics beyond simply obtaining a mold of the foot to be condition-specific). Treatment with prescription orthotics is generally successful in controlling many symptoms associated with flat feet and the conditions that are due to flat feet, as long as the foot is still flexible. If the flat foot is rigid, or stiff, orthotics will not help. Orthotics realign the foot to allow it to function properly, and over time will help prevent further progression of associated problems like bunions and hammertoes, and conditions linked to foot strain like tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. However, orthotics will not cure these conditions if they have fully developed, as deformities require surgery to fix and inflammation from foot strain requires medication and rest. Orthotics function as long-term maintenance devices for more serious conditions, most importantly eliminate the fatigue associated with flat feet. Properly supportive shoes are also a necessity in this equation, as without stiffer soled more supportive shoes, orthotics have to fight with the shoe to function properly, reducing their effectiveness.

Unfortunately, severe cases of flat feet where there is a severe deformity, or where the foot is fixed in a flattened position, require surgery to reform the foot into a more functional shape. In these cases, orthotics and supportive shoes are insufficient in stabilizing the foot. Even leg bracing is usually not enough to control the abnormal forces acting on the foot in these cases. Reconstruction is often the only answer in these relatively uncommon situations. There are a multitude of different types of procedures to correct a flat foot, each addressing a specific component of flat feet in order to provide the most effective relief. Since the deformity in a flat foot involves numerous directions of motion, the surgical correction of the deformity has to take all this into account, and be planned based on the specific mechanics of the foot’s abnormal motion. Recovery from these procedures generally involve a period of non-weightbearing, and can take several months depending on the complexity of the reconstruction. This surgery is performed by podiatrists and some orthopedic surgeons trained in the foot and ankle, and can be quite successful in many cases.

As you can see, many factors go into the identification and treatment of flat feet. Usually only a simple prescription devise is needed in the shoes to counteract the foot’s tendency to collapse the arch, which helps to prevent many of the foot problems associated with flat feet. Surgery is needed in advanced cases, which is generally very successful. Although many people with flat feet have no problems, it is simply a matter of time before they eventually develop, as our western feet are not well conditioned to function with flat feet overall.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Has anyone experienced an ankle ligament stabilization surgery?
    I have to have this in about a month. The doc said he has to drill down some bone, put a screw in, then make a new ligament from some other ligament to hold them all together. Can you share your surgery story, so I have a better idea of what i’m heading into?

    • ANSWER:
      I have had surgery on my ankle before but not for something like this. I had a ganglion cyst that kept coming back and the only way to fix it was to put a screw in and fuse the bones together. I am going to warn you now be prepared to be in a cast for about 3 months and no weight bearing for about 4-5 months. I had mine done in the beginning of the summer and it sucked I was in a cast from June until December. It is hard to sleep with a cast on but the mice thing about it and make sure you ask for it have the surgeon put a thing in for the ice. You can get a cooler hook up and put ice in the cooler and then the thing runs really coled water where the injury is. It is really cool. Good Luck Any questions email at dolphin195421@yahoo.com and get pain killers and stay at least one night in hospital to control pain! Also, after your off the crutches and out of the cast and doing the therpy afterwards you will know when it’s going to rain and you will know if the weather changes you will have days that you will be in pain to the point that you can’t walk. I had my surgery about 3 years ago and I still have days I just can’t get up and walk!!!

  2. QUESTION:
    how long is the recovery process for ankle ligament reconstruction surgery?
    I tore every single ligament in both ankles and surgery will be my only chance for any relief. It will definitely be one at a time, but I was wondering how long the recovery period would be.

    • ANSWER:
      I have recently recovered from ankle ligament reconstruction myself and whilst the surgery will benefit you in the long term, your recovery time will depend on you and your attitude towards it. Basically what I am saying is do not think that the surgery is a quick fix. If your surgery is like mine then you have to accept that your ligament is in a sense new and therefore exercising the joint is needed and has to be done very gradually. When my cast came off I could not move my ankle at all, as my ligament was repaired and therefore very stiff. I had to gently exercise it over time, which will allow you to stretch the ligament without damaging it again. Over time, your ligament and ankle will become more flexible but only if you do the exercises your physio gives you. As well as being careful not to do too little, you have to make sure you dont overdo it. Unfortunately I fell into this category and I can tell you it isnt a good idea to do. I was well ahead of schedule, by around 2 months my progress was very good and I had to start doing jumps. I always did a little extra and as a result I became tired and on two occasions my ankle buckled twice. I only lightly sprained my ankle on both occasions but the pain was unbelievable, it was worse than the injury which snapped my ligaments.You have to accept your limitations and think before rushing into it. If your physio gives you exercises do EXACTLY what they say, do not do more than they say and if you feel you cannot do something tell them and im sure they will understand. I had my surgery in June 2010 and I finished my physio in February 2011, so it took me 7-8 months. But it depends on your own recovery. Minimun recovery time is 4-5 months, but if you have a few problems like me it can be more. I must say I still get pains and my ankle is tighter than my good ankle, but I am happy I had the surgery. You will definitely be in a better position then you are now, as before my op my ankle would give way all the time, even when I was walking. Just dont rush it and enjoy putting your feet up for a while

  3. QUESTION:
    What kind of treatment for ankle ligament damage?
    Would I need a fiberglass cast, air cast, crutches, a splint or nothing? just so you know, its an achey pain after sports, resulting from previous sprains. A doctor after a slight description of symptoms said that I have possible ligament damage. Thanks

    Also, I was @ a physical and the doc told me to go to an orthopedist. i haven’t been yet. going in 2 weeks

    • ANSWER:
      Make an appointment with your local CMT and get some work done. Also Cold Laser therapy by Erchonia PL 5000 and Ultrasound will be able to get some good results. Those modalities should be available in your local D.C. office.

  4. QUESTION:
    tear in posterior talofibular ligament (ankle)7 years ago.?
    The pain is still there even now when i walk.
    I seen doctors they say its because of caclification in that area and gave me some medicine.

    Just after the course it improved. But now the condition is actually worse…

    Why does the pain still last?

    • ANSWER:
      because of the calcification. The pain meds made it seem better, but it really wasn’t it was just masking the pain.

  5. QUESTION:
    My ankle ligament is torn. How long does it take until I can walk or drive a car again?
    The people at the hospital were not very informative.. They told me to stay on crutches and visit my GP in a week or so..

    After 2 days indoors I’m turning completely insane .. how many more days should I keep my leg up and use the crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      6 weeks sometimes 8

  6. QUESTION:
    Im 17 and have been told to have ankle ligament surgery. Is it worth it?
    I sprained my ankle 3 or 4 times in the last 6 months (not always during sport) and have started to wear a brace during sport and havent sprained it since. I’ve been advised to have liagament reconstrution surgery on it, but its taken so long for the surgery to come about that i’m not sure if i still need it?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a second opinion. Even if one Doctor says that you should have surgery, is never a good idea to go with that first opinion. Have your parents take you to another Orthopedic surgeon. Bring all of your X-Ray’s, CT’s, etc. and ask this Doc what does he think, does he think that you need surgery?? If he thinks that you should, then wait until the summer when you are out of school and have the surgery. This type of surgery is quite common and you recover completely from it.

  7. QUESTION:
    Quick pain relief for a bruised ankle ligament?
    About three weeks ago I got my ankle kicked in during a soccer game and I’m pretty sure the ligament was bruised. It is still sore and painful and I’ve been icing every night but it just doesn’t help pain wise. What can I do? I have a serious game tomorrow against the team that hurt it. I need pain relief??

    • ANSWER:
      See your health care provider as soon as possible (podiatrist or orthopedic), for consultation. Ankle pain is often due to an ankle sprain. A sprain is an injury to the ligaments, which connect bones to one another. In most cases of ankle sprain, the ankle is twisted inward, causing small tears in the ligaments. This makes the ankle unstable. The tearing leads to swelling and bruising, making it difficult to bear weight on the joint.
      Once an ankle is sprained, the injury may take a few weeks to many months to fully heal. Often, the injured ankle remains a little weaker and less stable than the uninjured one. A proper recovery program can prevent this problem.
      Other structures in the ankle that can be damaged and cause pain are tendons (which join muscles to bone), cartilage (which cushions joints), and blood vessels. Adjacent areas can cause pain to be felt in (referred to) the ankle–these include the foot, lower leg, knee, and even hip.

      If you feel pain in your ankle, rest it for several days. Try NOT to move the affected area.
      If your ankle is unstable, support it, especially during standing or walking. ACE bandages work well.
      If this does not provide enough support, you may need to be fit for a brace. Crutches or a cane can help take the weight off a sore or unsteady ankle.
      For swelling, keep your foot elevated above the level of the heart, even while sleeping. Ice the area right away. Apply ice for 10-15 minutes every hour for the first day. Then, every 3-4 hours for 2 more days.
      Try acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain and swelling.

      For the stable ankle, an elastic bandage and a shoe with a comfortable, thick heel pad will help. Jogging shoes are good. Light hiking boots, resembling running shoes that go above the ankle, are often excellent.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ankle Ligament Reconstruction Surgery and Foot Osteotomy?
    I had surgery to repair the ligaments in my ankle on December 17th, and I also had an osteotomy (bone wedge removed) from my first metatarsal on the same foot so that my foot would be angled more inward and I would not be prone to rolling it so often. How long do you think the recovery time will be? When will I be able to put weight on it again?

    • ANSWER:
      You should have stayed off of your feet up until a few days ago. You are probably now finding it easier to put partial pressure on that foot. It takes at least 15 days for the incision to heal…so don’t push things to far. Follow your regular instructions for icing. Did your podiatrist offer you a boot or shoe? This is usually a good indicator of how things are progressing. For example, the podiatrist will offer you a boot if he thinks you need more stability and better protections. A shoe will allow you freer movement, hence the doctor is more confident in your healing. You can expect about 6 weeks in a boot. It will feel like forever. Blah! ;) Several months from now you will be feeling up to pretty much any activity again. Sometimes podiatrists offer ‘therapy’ in their office. If you think it would be beneficial, just ask. Make sure you insurance will cover it first.

  9. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a torn tendon or ligament in ankle/foot?
    I was in a car accident, the EMT’s , the Er Doctor and the family doctor and the orthopedic surgeon have all treated my foot as a sprain, but it’s been since 8/14 that i was in the car accident. The swelling has gone down, but as soon as I’m on my feet my foot hurts (like I have a spur or something) and the swelling goes around the back of my ankle and pain travels up the front of my shin and goes to my knee.
    I had an M.R.I yesterday, and that takes 3 days for results.
    I was wondering if they could still see if there is a tear or could it just be a real bad sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      Why did your doctor wait so long to send you to the MRI? I am sitting here in a cast for 3 weeks. I have another 3 left before they remove it and then another 3-4 weeks of phys therapy. I fell off a ladder and likewise the er doc and orthopedist thought it was a sprained ankle. After 3 visits to the phys therapist, the swelling was going down but my range of motion was poor. The phys therapist was the one who suspected the Achilles tendon and referred me back to the orth doc, and finally the MRI. This confirmed the tendon was torn and I was given the option of surgery or a cast.

      I’m not a doctor, but I would think that a sprain would have been healed by now. From what I understand, if it is the tendon, you need to have it surgically reattached or immobilized, (in a cast,) so it has the opportunity to reattach itself. I would also think that this would show up on the MRI.

      My question would be why your doctors waited so long to diagnose this, unless you didn’t bring this to their attention. If the MRI doesn’t show anything and you’re still in pain, you might want to seek another opinion.

  10. QUESTION:
    Arsenal left back Andre Santos out for 3 months with Ankle ligament damage ?
    3 weeks turned to 3 months. Only at Arsenal

    Andre will have surgery in Brazil this week and is expected to be out for around three months.

    This is wat happens when u play players in pointless game such as the olympiakos game. we were already through and wenger had to risk it. To top it off Gibbs has yet to recover.

    Arsenal Fans wat u think of this ?? big blow eyy ??

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  11. QUESTION:
    do you need surgery for a torn ankle ligament?
    the doctor just called to tell me that i have a torn ligament in the ankle. ive been wearing a orthopedic boot for six weeks because he assumed it was a torn tendon.

    secondly is a torn tendon worse then a torn ligament?
    thanks:)

    • ANSWER:
      torn tendon is worse then torn ligaments. if the tendon is torn completely in two you need surgery. ligaments do not need surgery unless they are over stretched. if they are just torn they heal. you most likely got an mri. since the average time healing after a torn ligament is 6 to 8 weeks you should be out of the boot soon. but no surgery.

  12. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament damage anyone know how to ease the pain?
    I was told four weeks ago that I had ligament damage to my ankle, I did what I was told, Rest, Ice, Compress, Exercise (RICE) I also took Four weeks off work because I’m on feet all day. Went back to work did four hours and then in agony any ideas on how to ease the pain or find out if it is more than “ligament damage” and what is “ligament damage?”

    • ANSWER:
      how about an ace bandage?that helps keeping movement down to a minimal.good luck!!

  13. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament reconstruction?
    In November, I partially tore a ligament in my ankle playing volleyball. It has healed, however the ligament is stretched out, instable, and I have had 3 grade II sprains since then. I was recomended to get surgery to tighten up the damaged ligament. What does this surgery ential? How long is the recovery? What does it do?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not exactly sure what they’ll do but since it’s stretched out, they may cut part of the ligament out and sew the two pieces back together. Recovery will take a very long time and you will not be playing volleyball for a very long time.

      I don’t know if you’re in high school or college. If you’re in high school, decide whether you want to play volleyball in college. If you do, I would not get the surgery done until afterwards. If you’re already in college, it’s your choice. You can continue your volleyball career or call it quits. If you choose to get the surgery, you’ll probably want to let go of volleyball.

      If you choose to wait on the surgery, get a good brace. Wear socks underneath it and make sure you wear it on a regular basis, especially if you continue playing volleyball. Your ankle needs the support.

      But you know, anything can happen. If you get the surgery and work hard with rehab and recovery, maybe you can play again. Recovery is 1% physical and 99% psychological. If you really want to play again, you’ll make it so you can keep playing.

      Good luck!

  14. QUESTION:
    torn ankle ligament what should i do?
    in my i hurt my ankle playing soccer and just found out the other day that i tore the anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligament I’ve still been playing since but now the doctor is telling me i shouldn’t play but its been fine before i knew what was wrong what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      you shouldn’t play for a while because your leg is messed up! wait to make sure it is ok first! you could mess it up worse if you try something not so smart!

  15. QUESTION:
    jumpsoles with a torn ankle ligament?
    i tore my ankle anterior talofibular ligament in june 2nd. now im already playing sports again but i cant do the cuts or jump as high as i used to…. do u think jumpsoles can help my ankle get stronger and can i gain my strength back to jumping and cutting at such a high level??

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  16. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament surgery recovery time?
    My MRI report and it states:
    - complete tear in anterior tibiofibular ligament
    - complete tear in anterior talofibulat ligament
    - bone contusion in distal tibia, fibula, 2nd cuneiform and base of 2nd metatarsal bone.
    The doctor hasn’t explained much other than saying I have to undergo an ankle ligament constructive surgery. How long will it take to recover fully? How long will it take for me to be able to walk again?

    • ANSWER:
      You will likely be placed in an ankle immobilizer boot for 4-6 weeks, followed by a gradual return to full weight bearing (weaning from crutches if needed) for another week or two. Full recovery is based on several factors such as your age, pre-surgery physical condition, and activities that you wish to return to. For example, if you are wishing to return to playing soccer you it will likely be a full year before you are back to full strength and mobility. Hope this helps!! Oh, and I am a sports medicine physical therapist and frequently treat patients after this injury.

  17. QUESTION:
    ankle ligament reconstruction bostrom?
    i have had a bostrum ankle ligament reconstruction 12 days ago itwo days ago i acidently slipped and put wieght on it its has now started clicking again like it did prior to my op does this mean i have redamage the ligament i am in a light weight nwb plaster cast?

    • ANSWER:
      I had this procedure 9 weeks ago and did the same thing on ice.My turned out to be nothing but call your doctor and explained what happened. Everything should be okay but because you had surgery you just want to be sure nothing is wrong.

  18. QUESTION:
    Care for a torn ankle ligament?
    I tore ligaments in my ankle. i havent been able to walk for a week. other then keep it elivated and ice, is there anything i can do to speed up the process? its killing me not to be able to do things!

    • ANSWER:
      I completely tore 2 ligaments in my ankle on Saturday, May 10th. Went to the doctor for it on the next Monday, x-ray tech was out, so had to return on Tuesday. I dont have a cast at all, and this is my 4th ankle injury (2nd one for this ankle). I do have one of those air splints and was told I only have to wear it when I’m not resting my foot. My doctor told me to alternate icing it and applying warmth to it, and after 2 weeks I should be able to hobble around on it. Well, my two weeks is on this Saturday and I can’t even dream of walking on it now. They told me it would take a total of 6 weeks to heal. The swelling goes away and then keeps coming back. Luckily the pain has eased somewhat these past two days. If someone answers your question on how to speed up the process, I can’t wait! :) I also HATE not being able to do things…. ps if you haven’t been to the doc..go :)

  19. QUESTION:
    if you have a torn ankle ligament, a weak ankle which means you always twist it. does it mean your foot will?
    never be normal again? will i never be able to engaged in fully fledged sports activitiesbor any full contact sport? my doctor looked at it. said hed refer me to have it looked at, but he said he didnt feel anything could be done, unless i twisted my ankle, went over and cracked it. then he said in that case, it would be put into a cast, but my ankle and foot would never be the way it used to be. it would never be the same again….does anyone have any views on this? thankyou

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to your doctor….I’m afraid that your football days may be over.

  20. QUESTION:
    torn ligament in ankle from a few years ago?
    I some ligaments in my ankle almost 4 years ago and just rencently started feeling pain in the same spot again. What exactly could the cause of this be? It has been raining almost constantly the past month but i thought that was more with arthritis and old people (im 16)

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  21. QUESTION:
    What are good exercises after ankle surgery?
    I am having surgery next week on a loose right ankle ligament. I am a field hockey player and my goal is to start the season on time in September. I am in decent shape right now but not season-ready. I need some good excersises I can do to help keep me in shape while I am recovering. I will have a hard cast for 5 weeks then a soft cast for 4 weeks. any input would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Your hospital ought to provide you with physio therapy during your rehabilitation who will give you a sensible program.

      I wouldn’t trust the advice of anyone on here who has no knowledge of your medical history.

      good luck and healthy regards,
      Brian

  22. QUESTION:
    Heal ankle ligament faster?
    My friend tore a ligament in his ankle this morning in gym class. I was wondering if there is anything I could get him to help speed up the healing perhaps.

    • ANSWER:
      If he tore a ligament, he ought to see a doctor.

      In general rest and ice can help. Then your friend should ask his doctor about strengthening exercises to do to re-strengthen his ankle.

  23. QUESTION:
    will my torn ankle ligament heal properly…enough to skate again?
    im 14 and i tore my ankle ligament skating 1 day ago,i went to the emergency that where i found out that i tore it….im in crutches and ace bandage and a slpint.will my ankle heal properly enough to ever skate again?how long?,and are there anythings i could do to speed up the recovery?

    • ANSWER:
      I can tell you that you should be just fine, I have experienced this as well. I am a basketball player and my sophomore year I came down on an opponents foot after getting a rebound, I thought it was just a sprain but I had actually torn a ligament in my ankle :(. I then found out a few days later that I was going to have to have surgery because it was that severe. Although this injury did put me out for the rest of my sophomore season, I was right back on my feet my junior year playing just like normal :). So I would say that if you have to have surgery it will be a few months, if not maybe a month I would say… But I would still give it a little ‘extra’ time. Better safe than sorry!

  24. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament injury?
    I started having ankle pain in the back of my ankle around March/April, and I am a dancer. So not very many stretches affect it. it hurts when I try to push my feet into shoes, or when i cross my ankles and the weight of my foot makes it feel like the ligaments are going to tear away. Basically, i don’t trust much weight on it. Is there anything i can do? I’ve looked at many sites and I’m not sure what I can do naturally.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you see an orthopedic medical specialist for your condition and have them perform a diagnostic test. That way, you can find out the nature & extent of the problem and a treatment plan can be formed.

      Good luck.

  25. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament reconstruction advice?
    Hey I would like some help and advice to get me back into playing sports again. I had to undergo an ankle ligament reconstruction on my right ankle in june 2010 after i tore all my ankle ligaments quite badly. Basically I have hooks in my ankle which has knitted my ligaments back together again. I have recently finished my physiotherapy and I am at the stage where I am on my own as i am too good for physio work. But I am struggling with thinking what to do to keep myself active. I have a job in a busy shop so I walk around quite a bit and I am always on my feet so at the end of the day I am quite sore and achy. I also walk quite a lot but this only does so much. What I want to hear is advice from people who have either had simmilar experiences or people who can suggest what I can do to stop me from constantly having aches and pains?
    thanks for the advice, what i forgot to add was that it has been 8 months+ since my op, I know my ankle will never be as good as it once was but I wanted to know if it was too early to consider starting playing proper sports again. All my physios said you could play again in the future but they did not give me any timescale whether i should wait a year post op of whatever. Is my ankle still healing after 8 months?

    • ANSWER:
      Tommy, the best way to handle this is to strengthen the ankles. Try these movements if they are not all ready present in your home program. Sit in a chair and put both feet together. Have the inner edge of the Left foot push as hard as it can against the inner edge of the right foot for 10 seconds. Now rest for 5 seconds. Repeat that cycle until you have done 10. Now reverse the movement so that the Right foot is the one that is doing the pushing. Next, cross your ankles so that the outer edges are touching. Have the outer edge of the Left foot push as hard as it can against the outer edge of the right foot for 10 seconds and then rest for 5 seconds. Repeat that until you have done 10. Now reverse positions and do the pushing with the Right foot the same way doing 10 reps. Now stand up. Face a wall or the back of a chair. Place the fingertips of your hands at shoulder level on the wall or on the top of the chair. Stand up straight and now bend the Right knee up. Now raise the heel of the Left foot up as high as it can go then return it back to the floor. Do this until you have done 15 reps. Rest for 1 minute and repeat that cycle again. Rest for 1 minute and then do another cycle. Now switch legs and do the same 3 cycles with the Right leg. Do these movements twice a day and the ankle should improve dramatically.

  26. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament torn? etc.?
    I sprained my ankle @ ten this morning its now three forty five now when it happened my foot went in a hole and turned sole of foot in and ankle out I heard a loud pop to. I just sat there for like five minutes like ouch this really hurts now a yr previous I had a patella dislocasion and the pain of my ankle was about 3/5 of my knee. I came to the conclusion that I had a sprained ankle and prob a torn ligament from the pop. I sat on the ground for five mins and got up painfully limping and looked at it around forty five mins later. It was swollen and had red spots reaching from my toes to my ankle. The thing is I more sprained the middle of my foot but anyways we don’t have insurance and I’m wondering if I need to go to the docter cause if its just partially torn it can probably heal with R.I.C.E but if its completely torn ill prob need surgery. Is there a way I can tell if its completely torn or not thx:)
    It also hurts ALOT like scale 1 to 10 its like 7.5 :(
    Its getting more and more swollen to its turning a shade of Blake and purple to.

    .
    Its hurts when I flex my muscles even slightly
    It hurts…OUCH…* whimper*…

    • ANSWER:
      Go to the doctor!

  27. QUESTION:
    Torn ankle ligament – how long should I be on crutches?
    I tore a ligament in my ankle playing ultimate frisbee two weeks ago. I’m not sure of the official severity, but I heard the popping noise, and the doctor who did the X Ray said that I tore the ligament, although not completely. That doctor also said that I would only need crutches for a day or two. Two weeks later, I’m still needing them. I can walk on the ankle for a little while without pain, but then it starts to really hurt. This makes me think that I should still be on the crutches. I’m also wearing a lace up ankle brace. It’s still a little swollen and bruised around my toes.

    Do any of you out there know how long I should be needing the crutches for? When will I know that it’s ok to not use them anymore? Should I wait until I can walk without pain?

    • ANSWER:
      use crutches until you can ambulate without a limp

  28. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament surgery. please help!?
    Well in october I tore my ligament in football and now I have to have surgery on jan 10th. I’m very nervous. I’m only 16. The only surgery I had was on my knee which wasn’t anything major. What will the do to me before surgery and after for my ankle? Do you think it will be the same as my knee. The same doctoer that did my knee is doing my ankle. What will be on my ankle after surgery? Will I get a cast? How long on crutches? Please help me I’m really nervous and scared!

    • ANSWER:
      Theycall, basically they are going to approach this the same way as the knee surgery. You will have this done on an outpatient basis. That means that you are going home that day. You will be on crutches and most likely a cast. At the time of the procedure you will be sleeping as that process was started in the prep room where they checked who you were, start an IV line, shaved your ankle and foot, talked to you about what was going to happen, met the anesthesiologist and your orthopedist. In the operating room they are going to repair or reconstruct the ligament and then suture it up. Bandages will be covering the area and give you antibiotics. They will make sure that the ligament is tight and send you to the recovery room. There you will be brought around until you are awake enough to talk rationally about your discharge care. Your parents will be there and they will wheel you to your car. Your parents will most likely help you into the car and then home. You will have to follow the instructions that have been given. You will most likely be on crutches for 6 to 8 weeks depending upon what they find and what they actually do. Once you are ready they will send you to physical therapy where they will work on regaining the range of motion and strength of the ankle and leg. Good luck and it should not be a problem. Guys your age heal so fast it is amazing!

  29. QUESTION:
    Ankle Ligament Surgery Question?
    I had surgery on the ligament in my ankle four weeks ago, it was torn and they had to fix it. I’ve been reading online that people are in their casts for 6-8 weeks and then have a boot on for a while along with weeks of physical therapy. I had my cast on for less than 4 weeks, (he had me walking in my plaster cast) then once I got it off and they removed the stitches, he said, “Okay, it’s looking good! PT for one to two weeks. You’re fine to walk on it. I’ll see you in two weeks.” no boot, no brace, nothing. My ankle is swelling alot, and with almost every step, pain shoots up my entire leg. I can barely move it because it’s so stiff. I also get this weird wet feeling, like someone is pouring water on my ankle. There’s no pain with that, just cold imaginary wetness. I was just wondering if all of this was normal.

    • ANSWER:
      no, get a second opinion immediately for the mean time elevate your leg

  30. QUESTION:
    Ankle Ligament not Healing going on 6 mo’s?
    I broke the tip of my Fibula and 3rd degree sprain on my right ankle the end of May. I was in a boot for a few months. Bone was x-rayed and healed. The ligament has never healed. I have severe swelling and pain still almost 6 mo’s in. A month ago they tried cryo-surgery that didn’t work. I have had 3 steroid injections and no relief. If I walk more than a little while the pain and swelling flare up badly. I am seeing a podiatrist. Should I see an orthopedist? Do you think I need ligament surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      I think maybe you should see a new doctor if this one isn’t working out.
      A specialist associated with a teaching hospital will have the latest in training and new techniques. A sports medicine specialist may help. I have gone to a medical group that has worked on Pittsburgh Steeler players. I figure that is a good idea :).

  31. QUESTION:
    ankle ligament reconstruction question?
    i’m 16 and i have to have ankle ligament reconstruction because i tore my ligaments playing football in gym class. well i will be going for surgery 1/10/11…i know a long time til i really have to worry but i still am worried. i wanna know if anyone has had this before and what it was like/how long were you on crutches for/how long did you have a fiberglass cast on for/how long did you have the boot on for/ how long were you in therapy? also what did you do as you just laid there? i’m a 16 year old girl who like to always be outside with friends. i can’t think of much to do while just laying around all day!!

    • ANSWER:
      im 17 just had this done in october 18th. i was on crutches and a fiberglass cast for 7 weeks. and i am still in a boot i don’t get it off till jan 18th. my doctor told me i cant do therapy because it would stretch out my ligaments to fast and i would tear them again. im very active to i sat at home for 2 weeks straight the first week goes by fast. you will sleep a lot because of all the pain meds. the second week i colored to pass time and caught up on my homework. hopes this helps and good luck.

  32. QUESTION:
    Ruptured ankle ligament 1yr ago….still not healed?
    About 1 year ago, I ruptured a ligament in my ankle. After a few days of elevation, rest, ice, etc., they decided to put me in a walking boot. I was in the boot for 8-9 weeks, and finally got out of it. Now, whenever I do too much on it, stand too long, run too much, etc., my ankle starts to hurt just like it used to and get puffy. I don’t know whether I should go back to the orthopedist (who they recommended me to), or just keep going and watch what I do. I understand it’ll never be the same, but I’m not sure it healed properly.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Is this normal after ankle ligament reconstructive surgery? 5 stars!?
    i had ankle ligament reconstructive surgery January 10,2011. i had my ligaments put back together and have a screw holding the one back on my bone or whatever. my orthopedic doctor said it will dissolve. i was in a cast for 1 weeks, then a boot for 6 weeks. i was on crutches for a month and walking with the boot for 3 weeks. i finally got my boot off on March 3rd. my doctor put me in a stabilizer brace for 6 weeks. i have to wear til all day except when i go to bed of course. i have physical therapy for 6 weeks 3 times a week. i just had my first one on March 10th.

    i noticed that when i walk i get this sharp pain on the top my foot like in my ankle and on the inside. not where i had surgery. i wear my brace and everything. the other day it was so bad i was crying. my mom said it was suppose it be like that but i don’t think it is suppose to be that bad. i know it’s gonna hurt but why so bad? will it ever go away?

    i’m 16 if that matters…
    oh and the pain doesn’t hurt when i am sitting or if i push on it. it’s only when i am walking..

    • ANSWER:
      This is common after a period of immobilization. What happens is that the talus loses the ability to glide properly as you put weight on the foot and it flexes. When it fails to glide properly, this can cause an impingement. Bring this up to your PT, usually some joint mobilization techniques can be quite helpful.

  34. QUESTION:
    Injured ankle ligament, low impact cardio advice?
    For some reason my previous question was removed. I recently found out from a podiatrist that my ligament on the outside of my left ankle is torn. So i’m supposed to stay off it as much as possible. Problem with that is I need to stay in shape and i’m already gaining weight. I need to stay active or by the time this is fully healed i’ll be screwed. Any suggestions? Are there any cardio machines at gyms that are low impact I can use as an alternative to running? any advice will be appreciated. thanks in advanced.
    sorry i probably should’ve mentioned i can’t swim, never learned. haha

    • ANSWER:
      I would try swimming. The water provides more support and allows your ankle to have less weight on it. It also burns tons of calories providing a workout for you and your ankle at the same time.

  35. QUESTION:
    Is It possible to re-tear a ligament in the ankle?
    Last September i was playing basketball when i fell down on my left ankle and it swelled up about the size of an orange on both sides. I went to the hospital and they told me to stay off of it for about a week and gave me crutches and a Bledsoe boot. It was a week later and my i was still in pain so i went to an ankle specialist and had an MRI and it came back that i had partially torn my ankle ligament. They said it was severe and i would need to go to therapy for about 2 months. After the 2 months of therapy i was still in pain. The doctor ended up preforming surgery on my ankle to get the scar tissue out. My ankle has been fine for about 2 months now, pain – free and all.

    i went to a theme park 2 days ago and as i was walking down stairs, i fell on my ankle yet again. It hurt for a moment but it got better, so we continued walking around. I had already forgotten about the fall when i was going down some more stairs, when i got to the last one, i fell again. It did not swell up but i am having severe pain again, and i can barely walk on it. do you think i have injured my ankle again? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      It is easier to re-tear it than it is to tear it in the first place. Go see a doctor to be sure.

  36. QUESTION:
    Does Anyone Know About Chronic Ankle Ligament Pain For No Reason?
    i’ve had this problem on and off for years, especially when i walk down stairs or am overly active. it will suddenly feel like the ligament or ligaments in my right ankle are tearing. it’s extremely painful and once it happens it continues to hurt every step i walk. it takes maybe a day to go away.

    like i said, i don’t think an injury brought this on but i’m not 100% positive since i’ve experienced it so long (around ten years.) if it helps, i’m 24 and not overweight. i would love to hear from anyone that can offer a bit of advice on what it is and/or how to stop it.
    thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      It maybe the type of shoes you are wearing, if there is not enough arch support, and not enough proper stretching prior to activities would lead could lead to more ankle pain. Eventually if you do injury yourself, you will favor one leg while moving around which will lead to scatica (lower back pain) or knots in your heel tha swell in the mornings. All your muscles play a vital role in balance, once something is injured or unblanced it will affect everything else. Try prolonged gentle stretching, and a good set of orthotic inserts in your shoes. Dont worry about the price of some items, your feet, legs and back will appreciate it. There are tons of y*utube videos regarding, sciatic tirgger point release, stretching etc. Good luck and have fun.

  37. QUESTION:
    Do I have symptons of a torn ankle ligament?
    I rolled my ankle bad about a month ago at work. I heard a pop, crunch and a crackle, I had some small deformity and very bad swelling and bruising. X-Rays were taken and no fractues were shown. The Dr. that first checked it said my x-ray showed that I might have torn the ligaments but he had an ortho look at the x-rays only. The Ortho said he didnt see anything bad. Im being treated for an ankle sprain and now a month later the swelling and bruising has gone down, but in one area I still have severe pain and no good range of motion. Does that sound like a possible tear of the ligament?

    • ANSWER:
      It could possibly be an Anterior Talo-Fibular Ligament or (ATFL) tear. I had the same thing happen last November and that is what they ruled it out to be. I would get a second opinion if you are still having pain and you can’t roll it. I did physical therapy for about a month. They started me off with heat for 15 minutes, then I would draw out the alphabet with my toes on the floor, put a towel under my foot and pull my foot as close as I could to my chest without hurting myself, then ice for 15 minutes. I did wear a boot for quite some time to keep it in place. You best bet is to let your Orthopedic Surgeon that you are still having difficulty with pain and movement, maybe there is just some swelling in the ankle itself. Cortisone shots are a common treatment for ankle injuries. From what you said it sounds like there is still something going on down there. Hope this helped.

  38. QUESTION:
    i had ankle ligament reconstruction surgery with graft..?
    Its Been 12 Days Since i had surgery.. i got my fiberglass cast on thursday.
    buht i can move my ankle Up and down. like my heal doesnt sit against tha bottom of the cast unless i put pressure on the ground.. ( sorry if ita hard to understand) But i was just wonderinqq , Are you suposed to be able to move your ankle at all in a cast …?

    KTHNX

    • ANSWER:
      You should have a little movement, but not to the degree that you are experiancing. I suggest calling your orthopedic surgeon and see about being recasted. It sounds like maybe your ankle wasn’t positioned quite correctly when it was casted.

  39. QUESTION:
    Anybody had Hyaluronic Acid injection on the ankle for ankle sprain/tendonitis/ligament injury? Does it work?
    I had a fall two years ago. Diagnosed as acute ankle sprain. It recurred last year, diagnosed as Achilles Tendonitis. It is recurring now, another orthopedic said my ankle ligament is harden, it doesn’t move as my feet moves, so that’s why it hurts so much.

    I’ve taken many kinds of oral painkillers, i’ve done RICE, i’ve gone through physiotherapy. I’m sick of the pain already. I’d want to avoid surgery or steroids, if possible.

    So i’m wondering if Hyaluronic Acid injection on the ankle really works, as an alternative treatment (found it on Google), also recommended by a doctor (not an Orthopedic though). And whether it has a side effect in the long run.

    I can Google the statistics. I’m just seeking for personal advice or experience.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      NO i haven’t heard of it but i have a bad knee some what like yours and the cortisone shots help for 3 month and then it’s suffer thu my days,,Good luck though as running after kids is not an easy job’ and need all the good limbs we still have.

  40. QUESTION:
    How long will therapy be after ankle ligament reconstructive surgery?
    i had ankle ligament reconstructive surgery January 10th and was in a NWB fiberglass cast for 8 days and then in a walking boot but NWB for another 3 weeks and then on February 10th i went back to my orthopedic doctor and he said another 3 weeks in the boot but i’m allow to start walking on it and then when i go back he is gonna start me in therapy! i forgot to ask him how long. i go back to the doctors March 3rd. i’m 16 and very active!

    How long in therapy?
    How long til i’m able to walk normal and return to normal activities?

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same surgery on December 2nd. I am still on crutches but i have had some setbacks. You should be walking normal in about three weeks with the boot. You should be able to start therapy after that.

  41. QUESTION:
    How long until I can play sport again after ankle ligament tear?
    Hi, sprained my ankle pretty badly exactly 3 weeks ago. The bruising and swelling were intense. The swelling has gone down a lot but is still noticably huge. Had xray, ct scan and ultrasound and have a suspected complete rupture of the anterior-talofibular ligament.

    I can walk but not very well. The ankle feels a bit floppy and theres pain when I try to walk without a limp.

    Im starting physio tomorrow and seeing a surgeon next week. Hopefully I wont need the surgeon.

    Anyone have any idea how long until I would be able to run again?

    Im willing to do physio 7 days a week if it helps.

    Im hoping to get back in 6 weeks…. which would make it 9 weeks since I injured it. Is that do-able?

    Any help would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Wait until you finish your physio, see the surgeon to get his impressions, then wait and see what the doctors say. If you attempt to use your injured ankle too soon, you’ll only do further damage to it. I know it must be difficult, but you need to just wait and let your doctors tell you when your ankle is healed enough to play sports.

  42. QUESTION:
    32 weeks ago i tore my ankle ligament…?
    well yeah 32 weeks ago i tore the ligaments in my left ankle. recentley it’s really swollen and cold :( and i get cronic pins and needles
    i also get pain in my knee, but i duno if thats to do with weight distribution
    if i went to the doctors what do you think they would do? i dont like doctors!

    • ANSWER:
      I had the same problem and took 2 tylenol and applied ice to the area to bring down the swelling. It may not work with you but after a few hours it felt great. Don’t put the ice directly onto the skin. Also, once the swelling goes down, try some rubbing cream for joints and ligaments. It will make a world of a difference…and keep taking the tylenol.

  43. QUESTION:
    what are the benefits of an air cast on your ankle after surgery for torn ligament in the ankle?
    i had torn ligaments in ankle playing soccer and had cast on ankle 3 weeks prior to surgery and then had surgery and in a cast for 6 weeks after surgery. Doctor told me to wear air cast during physical acitivity and while playing soccer. He told me to put air cast under shin guard to help prevent further injuries. Will this help prevent injuries?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes.An Aircast keeps your ankle from moving side to side too much,so you won’t sprain it.I’m not sure how you can wear the Aircast with the shin guard though…I can’t imagine it fitting right,especially in your shoes..

  44. QUESTION:
    how would i heal my “sprained” ankle faster?
    hi, i was in gym and i jumped to catch the football, i landed hard on my left ankle, all my weight, about 170 pounds, i cant walk on it, i had to leave school to go to upstate medical university ER, they gave me crutches, i was just wondering what i could do to heal it faster. The doctor wrote” Sprained ankle (An Unspecified Ligament) Ankle brace crutches and no weight till pain free. Tylenol and motrin for pain. no gym till cleared by PMD.” now, i cant use these crutches hahah, i almost fell like 10 times, im looking to not bring them to school on monday, im home today….. i love to play hard in gym. so can you tell me how to heal this thing faster? and everybody watch out, karma sucks ;p
    i tried “http://www.all-home-remedies.com”
    not finding anything on ” Ankle Sprains” there?

    • ANSWER:
      This will be boring to a hard player, RJ, but be patient and try it:
      Non weight bearing motion is your best non-drug stimulus for the healing. Lie on your back with your foot in the air: alternate, but do both feet, the other foot being planted on the floor.
      Now make slow circles, write the alphabet, etc with your foot. Then ice for 10 min.
      Later walk slowly and carefully or do tai chi: on both feet if minimal pain or on your good foot until the other is doable.
      Later practice standing on one foot for a minute as capable and minimal pain.
      You just have to keep at it, and gently!

  45. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to heal a sprained ankle?
    Yesterday i sprained my ankle ligament (ankle) at soccer practice. Today i had to sit out and watch my team practice which just about killed me inside. I want to be back on the field as soon as possible. I have iced my ankle alot and i wrap it for school and take pain killers. I want to be able to play in the first schrimage tomorrow, but i know i probably wont. I really want to be able to practice (a light practice) the next day. Do you have any tips about this? I hope to be better by next week, since my sprain is not severe. Please help! I already miss the game and its been like one day!

    • ANSWER:
      It does depend on how badly you sprained your ankle. As far as being able to be in the game, sorry champ/champette not anytime soon. It takes a while for it to heal. If you were to get out in the field and play you are risking (highly) for more severe of a injury and that will keep you out a lot longer than you are now. have you been to the Dr? What was the verdict? I think you will be able to get back in the game just not as soon as you are hoping for. I am sorry to be bear of bad news, The bright side is is is not going to last forever. ( I know it seems that way huh?) trust me it will not.
      I have had several sprained ankles ( eventually turned into needing surgery, but that is becasue I di not listent to the Dr.) it took about 3 weeks to heal and about 4-5 weeks to be completely better. it does depend on how sever it is too, and of course everyone heals differently.

      I hope you feel better soon. Good luck to you.

  46. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament damage?
    How long does this take to recover/heal?

    My partner has badly sprained his ankle – it is extremely swollen and completely black with bruising.

    He is on crutches and has been signed off work for 3 weeks. He is also in a lot of pain.

    The dr’s and hospital have been very cagey about recovery time and have given us little idea when he should be able to walk or drive again.

    Anybody any advice – it would be useful to have some idea how long this could go on for?!!!

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Ankles are a very complex joint, and can take a fairly long time to heal. They are not like the normal knee or elbow where two/three bones come together. There are multiple ligaments, multiple bone structures, and have wide ranging areas they affect. Since they are at an extreme periphreal point, swelling and darkening are common as it takes more pressure to remove the swelling.

      The easy answer is each ankle and person are different. A bad sprain in an ankle can hinder many activities for up to 6-8 weeks or more in certain cases. If they are giving him 3 weeks off of work for it I would say it will be atleast 3 weeks before he is off of crutches and/or able to drive using that ankle.

  47. QUESTION:
    What kind of exercise can I do with torn ankle ligaments?
    I have been diagnosed with 5 or more torn ankle/foot ligaments that will take well into next year before I can strengthen and heal them. I was thinking about working out in the pool so I don’t stop with my exercising, but I don’t know if that would be too intense or not. Does anyone have any kind of suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Torn ligaments are not to be taken lightly. Movement is important to prevent scar tissue, but moving the ankle before it is time can lead to more injury. You should be talking to your orthopedic physician about this and possibly ask for referral to physical therapy. You may want to look for a therapist that provides aquatic rehab. Along with providing therapy in water, they would be best to prescribe a home program that you could do.

      good luck!

  48. QUESTION:
    ankle ligament surgery! please help!?
    well i am getting the ligaments in my ankle reconstructed tomorrow and i am very nervous! has anyone ever had this? can you tell me your experience please. like how long were you on crutches, did you get a cast, if so how long? what about a boot? how long before you got to return to activities. things like that. i’m 16 yr old girl and very active. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Following surgery, you will need to use crutches for about ten days to two weeks.
      You will be able to start walking in a removable walking boot by two weeks. The
      boot is worn for 6 weeks, and then you are able to wear a shoe with an ankle
      stirrup brace which is worn for 4 more weeks. You can start exercising at 6
      weeks after surgery with the ankle brace on at all times. Physical therapy is an
      important part of your recovery – this will begin at 6 weeks. Running, cutting and
      ball and racket sports are not permitted for 3-4 months after the surgery. An
      orthotic arch support is important to your recovery and will be assessed at the 6
      week follow-up visit.

      just ice and elevate all the time after surgery and it will feel much better

  49. QUESTION:
    Torn Ankle Ligament ?
    Over a year ago now I injured my left ankle. I landed in a ditch after jumping over something, the outside of my ankle was flat on the ground but my leg was still straight up, there was a loud pop that everyone else heard. I had to get carried home and couldn’t walk on it for at least a week or 2. There was alot of bruising around the bottom of my foot and the ankle itself by the time i finally got home. I was a figure skater at the time and because there was so much support in my skates I had weak ankles. I went to my GP he looked at it and said it was just a mild sprain and to only walk on what i could tolerate (still hopping around at this point) so i tryed to stay off it and the swelling and what not went away. I have recently started jogging and going to the gym and my ankle is giving me alot of trouble, even when not exercising it still hurts a bit. And since I did it there is a bit on my lateral ligaments (i think) that moves when i touch it, its weird. I don’t know what i have done to it or if i should go back but to a different GP to get it checked out again? Also any strengthening exercises that anyone knows of would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      Your question about strengthening your ankle is a good one. Your ligaments after having been ruptured are not as strong as they once were. You need to build up your ankle musculature to compensate.
      The use of an ankle board is quite helpful.
      I would look into seeing a specialist. Your GP is obviously not a specialist for the foot.
      Also, I would ask about getting orthotics with a “lateral flange”. This helps to hold the foot in a position that doesn’t lend itself to ankle blowouts.
      I found this website if you are interested in learning more about ankle boards.

      http://www.ankleboard.com/

  50. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament injury in a cast?
    I injured my left ankle 3 weeks ago playing netball. Although i couldnt walk and had to use crutches, i didn’t think i had done much damage. It had a fair amount of swelling and brusing though. I had just started walking normally again by the time my doctors appointment was avaliable. Last monday i had an ultrasound and it revealed i had tore 2 ligaments in my ankle. The next day i got a plaster cast. I have had no previous ankle injuries before and i was wondering do i really need a cast?
    I’m a pretty active person and i live for netball season so i’m a little unhappy i can’t play for the rest of the year. Is there another treatment i could use apart from a cast? Thank you!
    PS I’m 16 years old if that helps..

    • ANSWER:
      if you didnt need it they wouldnt of given it to you…there is a walking boot that they sometimes use but thats if pressure is allowed on the leg in you case i doubt it is because they put you in a cast unless he but a shoe thing on your cast and said you could walk? if so then ask if you can get a cam walker it takes some pressure off the foot and puts it on the upper leg