Grade 1 Inversion Ankle Sprain

Anatomy of the Ankle

Ankle sprains, if not treated early, can create chronic ankle instability; (weak ankle) which leads to difficulty in sports activities and frequent recurrent ankle sprains. The ankle is composed of the joint, formed by three bones called the tibia (lower leg bone) and the talus as well as the fibula and ligaments that surround the joint. The ankle ligaments support the joint and prevent excessive motion that may cause instability. There are two sets of ligaments in the ankle joint, the deltoid ligaments (found on the inside of the ankle joint on the same side as the big toe) and the lateral collateral ligaments (found on the outside of the ankle joint on the same side of the little toe). The weakest of the fore mentioned and most commonly injured ankle ligaments are the lateral collateral ligaments. It is commonly injured by “rolling the ankle” or turning the foot inward, which stretches the ligament and results in tearing or rupturing of the ligament.

Causes of Ankle Sprains

Stretching the ankle ligaments beyond their maximum ability causes ankle sprains. This results in tearing or rupturing. Stretching of the ankle ligaments can occur when missing a step on a curb or physical activity that results in turning the foot inward or outward. Certain factors can increase the likelihood that ankle sprains occur. Skeletal deformities of the foot where the heel is turned inward places the foot in a position that encourages the ankle to roll. Increased laxity and flimsiness of the ligaments will create a situation in some people where the supporting ligaments cannot stop the twisting motion, which leads to the ankle injury. Impaired proprioception, a condition where the body has difficulty sensing the position of the ankle and impaired muscular control of the ankle joint, can also lead to more frequent sprains. Additionally, the incidence of ankle sprains can also increase if there are loose bone fragments found in the ankle joint associated with arthritis.

Symptoms of Ankle Sprains

Ankle ligament injures are classified by grades from grade I to grade III. Each grade is treated differently and the classification enables the podiatrist to provide the best treatment for the patient. Grade I ankle ligament injuries do not involve ligament rupture and only have minor swelling and tenderness. Grade II injuries have partial rupture of the ligaments, with moderate tenderness, swelling and loss of motion. Grade III injuries include a complete rupture of the ligament, severe bruising, swelling, pain, and major loss of function and motion of the ankle joint. Patients with ankle instability complain of persistent pain, recurrent sprains, and repeated instances of the ankle giving way.

Diagnosing Ankle Sprains:

When visiting a podiatrist for evaluation of an ankle sprain, the doctor will ask if the patient can recall the position the foot was in when the injury occurred. This will allow the podiatrist to determine which ligament was most likely injured. Additionally, the podiatrist will perform a physical exam. The exam will include pushing along both sides of the ankle where the ligaments attach, as well as distracting and moving the ankle to determine which ligaments have been injured. The podiatrist will perform X-rays of the foot and ankle in order to determine if the ankle sprain is accompanied by a fracture. This may occur when the ligament has pulled off a bone fragment from the ankle and/or foot. Diagnostic ultrasound may be done to visualize the extent of the soft tissue injury.

Non-surgical Treatment for Ankle Sprains

Simple sprains can be treated non-surgically with: resting the foot and ankle, ice, compression, and elevation— especially during the first few days. Early weight bearing without crutches is encouraged if possible to prevent stiffness of the ankle joint. It is usually recommended to start range-of-motion exercises of the ankle followed by coordination training with balance boards and trampoline, as well as strengthening exercises. An external ankle brace or ankle taping may be used to control the motion of the joint to reduce symptoms of the sprain and to prevent additional injury during the healing phase. With more severe ligament injuries, treatment can consist of cast immobilization, rehabilitation and possible surgical repair.

Platelet Rich Plasma Treatment:

Also known as PRP, is another treatment method that can be used to treat this condition. The procedure can be performed in the office and takes about 45 minutes. This is performed by taking a small sample of blood from the patient. This blood is then processed and a concentrated smaller amount of blood is produced with a very high quantity of platelets. Then, using ultrasound to guide the needle to the exact location of the injury the platelet-rich compound is injected. When the platelets are placed at the injured area they release a growth factor that attracts the patients stem cells. These stem cells then infiltrate the area and form new tissue to aid in healing the injured tissue.

Surgical Treatment for Ankle Sprains

When nonsurgical treatment does not resolve the ankle sprain, surgical treatment is the next option. There are three main types of surgical repair of ankle ligaments:

1. Tendon reconstruction: uses tendons to function similarly to the ligaments and since the long-term outcome is not as successful as other procedures, it is commonly used as secondary procedures in repairing ankle injuries.

2. Anatomic repair of the ligaments: restores the original ligament attachment and length by shortening and stitching the rupture ligaments.

3. Anatomic reconstruction: uses tissue flaps and grafts to reinforce and strengthen the ankle ligaments. This type of procedure is commonly used if anatomic repair of the ligament cannot be performed due to weakness and damage to the ends of the original ligament, failure from previous repair, increased ligament slack, or longstanding ankle stability of greater than 10 years.

After surgery, it is usually expected that the patient will be in a weight-bearing cast for about 6 weeks, followed by physical therapy and range-of-motion exercises.

Copyright (c) 2011 Bruce Lashley

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain with a dance recital in a month?
    I was at my dance class and we were preparing for our recital in a month. I had to do a jump with a specific preparation. Unfortunately, I didn’t prepare so well and I landed on my ankle and got a Grade 1 Inversion ankle sprain. Luckily, it’s not too severe and I tried to go up on releve’ and I could with minimal pain. If any dancers or sports players have had a similar injury what did you do to treat it faster and how long did it take (in other words, how long until I can dance on it again?) Thanks for everyone’s help! =0 )

    • ANSWER:
      First: RICE Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation
      RICE is a good thing for strains and sprains. It is the best method I know of to get you up and dancing again. Never ice for more than twenty minutes.You want to be very careful while going to class to avoid aggravating the condition.
      Second: If it hurts, Don’t DO IT!
      As a dancer you should already know the difference between good and bad pain. Be wary.
      Third: Get someone knowledgeable in sport medicine to give you a good ankle wrap or a brace. This will help prevent further injury and will give you the support you need to heal.
      Fourth: Don’t be stressed.
      You should be healed well enough by your performance time, if you don’t hurt your ankle more. If by some disaster you do though warn your class that they may have to change the choreography to accommodate you or exclude you.

      ~Break a leg (In the least literal sense possible.)

  2. 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.


Fractured Ankle Rehab

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me a daily rehab guide for a fractured ankle after it healed?
    The bones have fully healed and the ankle is just very stiff,

    • ANSWER:
      Try rotating your ankle and do warm up excesses swimming is great to and light jogging if doing any strenuous activity wear ankle support but most of all do not over do it and rest when you get pain and after finishing your activity cool down properly good luck

  2. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to rehab a ORIF Distel Fibula (Disloated Ankle and Fractured Fibula) at Home?

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  3. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle?
    I recently fractured either my lateral mallelus or my medial mallelus. The fracture is a simple fracture that only goes halfway through the bone The fracture is about a half inch long. I was wondering how long it would take to heal. Its in a brace right now. the only drugs im taking are ibuprofen. I am 18 years old athletic male and was wondering how long I will be in a cast for? How long until I could walk on it again? How long rehab will take and finally how long until I can play soccer so I dont reinjure it?
    The doctor said it was a medial malleolus

    • ANSWER:
      Approxiamately 4 to 6 weeks. Investing in a walking cast will keep the leg in shape and make u surprising mobile compared to traditional crutches. Keep your leg elevated when you’re not standing or walking or when feeling discomfort while standing or walking and you will heal faster.

  4. QUESTION:
    Post ANKLE fracture.WHAT EXERCISES should I do to help rehab?
    I had a tibia end small fracture 4 weeks ago. Incidentally I got a dvt of the same leg and now I am on heparin. The plaster was removed 3 days ago and I wonder what kind of exercises should I do to help the rehab of the ankle

    • ANSWER:
      Were you not put in touch with a physio when cast was removed? Writing the alphabet with the affected foot in warm water (bath is a good place) stops the ligamens and tendons from seizing up.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to rehab fractured growth plate?
    Hi, I just fractured the growth plate in my ankle in a hockey game and i want to know if there are any good exercises or certain things i can do to help it heal better. Also, what does a fractured growth plate mean?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It means the very ends of the long bones of your shin – both the knee area and the ankle area. Really really really protect that ankle with whatever wrap the doctor gave you. Make sure it is not too tight. You need a vitain supplement and extra protein. Do not reinjure that ankle. You could end up with one leg shorter than the other.

  6. QUESTION:
    HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR A HAIRLINE FRACTURE IN MY ANKLE TO HEAL WITH REHAB?
    please help

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how bad you broke it. But typically, it takes about a year for bone to heal completely. I broke my ankle back in January and was in physical therapy for about three months after I had a hard cast and then a walking cast. It is now six months after I broke it and it has healed but doesn’t feel completely normal. I was told by my physical therapist that it will take about a year.

  7. QUESTION:
    What can I do to strengthen my ankle and help me jump higher of of it?
    I just fractured my ankle about 4 months ago. I have finished rehab and physical therapy for it. It just doesnt seem as strong to me as it did before. I play ALOT of basketball and could jump actually pretty high for my size. Im 5 foot 9 and could almost dunk, I could just mostly grab the rim with both hands before tho. But now after my ankle injury, it doesnt feel right at all. Now I can just barely get the rim with my finger tips now. The injured ankle is my left one and its the one I jump off of. I was wondering if anyone could give me any information to help me out and jump higher again and to strengthen my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      JUMP ROPE. its a verry good cardio exercise and can improve your vertical. also you might try strengthening your thigh and calf muscles, as these muscles are involved in jumping as well.

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to treat a fractured growth plate with a 9 inch level 3 high ankle sprain?
    I would also like to know the approx rehab time for this injury. It happened during a basketball game and I would like to know how long I will be out for. thanks

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  9. QUESTION:
    ideas to rehab a broken ankle…oblique fibular fracture???dont have the money for a physical thereapist?

    • ANSWER:
      depends when u broke it. i’m assuming u had a cast on for the last 6 weeks. so now i would work on stretching your calf and achillies, also do some light stregth exercises like picking up marbles w/ your toes and putting them in a can or writing the alphabet w/ your toes by using your ankle. stretch it dorsi and plantarflexion wise as well as inversion and eversion. it should hurt a lil when stretching other wise your not doing any good, ice the ankle after exercises and make sure when your walking on it that your walking heal to toe and not w/ your foot out to the side

  10. QUESTION:
    Rehab ideas for my ankle?
    I fractured the growth plate in my ankle and I am getting the cast off soon. What are some things to help me get back to sports earlier and still be healthy. I am a hardcore athlete..so I wanna be back asap. Help!? Or suggestion!??

    • ANSWER:
      Emmy, since you are coming out of a cast soon this is what is suggest. Start working on your uninjured ankle. The reason for this is that the body has a crossover linkage that sends strength from the strongest side to the weakest. So the more work that you do on the “good side” the faster you are going to get back on your feet. So do resistance movements such as ankle raises, toe raises, standing on one foot, standing on one foot and doing a squat, and other movements such as this. The interesting thing about this is if you had started this immediately your rehab would be very easy. This is not to say it is going to be difficult now but it would have been easier. The more that you do this the faster things will happen. Even with physical therapy you should always start your exercises by working the uninvolved leg first. Do the entire leg not just the ankle and all of the muscles are interconnected.

  11. QUESTION:
    Physical Therapy on Strengthening Ankle?
    I’ve been working on physical therapy for tibia&fibia badly fractured ankle for a while and I am still limping. I’ve gone through several surgeries and I am so sick of not being able to play any sports at all for about 7 months. Is it a good rehab/excercise for me to put one of those cuff weights wrap around my ankle all day? That way, i’m strengthening my ankle whenever I’m walking. Is it a good way to strengthen ankle which was originally fractured?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how serious the fracture is and the condition your ankle is in. Excessive weights may be counterproductive and even led to further injury. Consult with the physical therapist to see what else can be done.

  12. QUESTION:
    Is my ankle sprain ready for rehab?
    About 5 weeks ago, I sprained my ankle (2nd degree) and had a very small fracture. I wore a boot and did the elevating thing with ice for a while too. The doctor told me I could start putting weight on my ankle with the boot and start doing exercises to get the flexibility and strength back. My ankle is very stiff still. I can bend my ankle slightly up and down, and move my toes a lot, but whenever I try to move it as much as my other ankle, it just starts to feel like it is too stiff and I”m going to pull something. I’m only supposed to be doing exercise that involve vertical rotation, nothing from side to side yet, but I’m scared because it feels like if I move it too much up or down it is going to get messed up again somehow. I can put a decent amount of my body weight on my ankle with the boot and it doesn’t hurt anymore. Still some slight pain when I put too much weight though. What should I do? Is my ankle too stiff from the lack of movement…is it normal that it feels like it does? Should I do therapy?

    • ANSWER:
      If you don’t trust your doctor, then go to another one for a second opinion. Also see your physical therapist about it.

      No one can tell you if you’re ready. We can’t examine you, run tests or look at your medical records. The internet isn’t for medical diagnosis.

      Talk to your doctor about this…if you want another opinion, get one. Physical therapy isn’t easy and it isn’t pain-free.

  13. QUESTION:
    Should I wear an ankle brace if my ankle hurts during basketball?
    I am a basketball fanatic and I live to play. The problem is that after a certain amount of time of playing, my right ankle starts to KILL me. So bad that i might have to sit for the rest of the night. I’ve had a history of injuries on my right ankle. About 2 years ago I fractured my ankle and had to go to rehab for about a month or two. When I returned to playing I’ve sprained it a total of 3 times to this day. So my question is, Should I wear a brace?, I don’t mind adapting, and will it reduce the pain I feel?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes you definitely should!! The short term benefit of playing without a brace does not nearly equal the long term consequence of not wearing one. You do not want to make the injury even worse than it is. If you live basketball, you should definitely take it slow and wear that brace so you don’t jeopardize your future as a player.

      Good Luck and Feel Better!

  14. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle Just did it yesturday Please help in mad pain?
    Okay well I was skateboarding yesturday and my fellow skate team members failed to tell me that the rail wasnt waxed so i hit the rail and stuck and fell foward i did the same thing last year and had fractured my ankles it healed fine and everything went threw the whole rehab for it…. well the unfortuate thing is i did the same trick and i severly sprained my ankle i think its all swollen up and i cant walk on it i can only move my big toe the other toes refuse to move lol….. Can anyone help me out on how to stop this pain what i can take to stop swellin besides iceing im already doin that… im currently on Subaxone so i do not want to have to kill my liver lol…. Any Non narcotics? and Any other ways of stoppin the pain i culdnt even sleep last night cause i couldnt find a position to sleep without it hurting…. The pain is on the Right Ankle, Left Top Side where its blown up like a balloon, and i cant move those 3 toes what so ever…. and the other pain is on the right side like 4 inches from the heel the pain is going up my legg a little bit and i just need it to stop lol Please help and thanks… Im just hopeing i didnt refracture it…. i mean i would know if i did or not by tomrrow
    See the thing is is i cant walk on it and i just did it yesturday if its the same as today and yesturday then yeah imma go to the hospital im thinking possibly its fractured again i hope not im a damn good skateboarder and i dont want one injury to cost my sport to go bye bye i would be damn bored lol but ill take yalls thoughts in and see whats what thanks! anymore ideas let me know!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m thinking that you did worse than another fracture. It sounds like torn ligaments. You might be looking at surgery, followed by 6-8 MONTHS of rehab.

      And the longer you wait to see a doctor, the longer the rehab (and the pain) will last.

  15. QUESTION:
    Acute ankle fracture.?
    I was just wondering and all, how long would it take for an acute ankle fracture, on the tibia, to heal. Would I able to walk when it gets healed, without rehab. And how long does rehab take?
    On the x-ray, it looks like the bone is fractured all the way through, but everything is still in place.

    • ANSWER:
      Depending how bad the fracture is, it will take weeks. If you are young you should not need rehab, but remember, the leg will be weakened from lack of use.

  16. QUESTION:
    Ankle/Leg injury?
    Hi, last month about 6 weeks agoI slipped in my yard and suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured my Fibula.My surgery was almsot a month ago, and I’m scheduled to get another operation to remove the screws in my ankle the 1st week of August.Im set to take off my cast June 12th.Now I was supposed to play football this season for a JUCO what could my possible timetable be after therapy and rehab and would I ever get to play this season.Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      sorry to say but if u are going to have the screws removed in august then u will not be playing football this year…

      if u really want to play u will have to just leave the screws alone until after the football season, just be careful not to re-injure ur ankle…

      leaving the screws in wont cause any additional damage

      good luck

  17. QUESTION:
    what doctors accept medicaid in dallas,tx 75208 area?
    my son needs a doctor for a physical & also an orthopedic doctor. he has medicaid. he had an injury to his right ankle that was operated last year on halloween. he fractured ankle & tore some ligaments. he had a plate & metal screws put in him. so we are trying to get him so rehab.

    • ANSWER:
      To find a doctor you will need to call the Texas Medicaid Client Helpline 18883026688. They will help you find a primary care provider. When you see your primary care provider, he will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon. I can tell you from personal experience that Texas Medicaid does not cover physical therapy. You orthopedic doctor however, will give you instructions on exercises your son can do at home to get better mobility. Hope that helps and best of luck!

  18. QUESTION:
    pain in heel following serious ankle injury 7 months ago?
    I fractured and dislocated both ankles coming off my horse in January. Both required surgery and then lots of rehab. Basically the question is this – when I’ve been on my feet for a while and then stop and rest, when I start walking again my heel gets really sore. As I walk is eases off and eventaully goes. I’ve mentioned this to my physio and consultant but am not due back for about 5 months now and no-one seems to know whats making them sore. It’s only one heel that gets sore and it’s on the leg that was the least severe fractures. I did the corner off the tibia and the fibula about 10cms up from the bottom as well as dislocating the joint. There wasn’t any injury on the heel bone. I landed on my feet on sand which caused my feet to go sideways.
    Any thoughts as to why they hurt and how to reduce it?
    I already have insoles that fully support and cushion my foot. They have helped a lot but I’m still getting quite a lot of pain.

    • ANSWER:
      Pain in the heel after periods of rest is the classic symptom of plantar fasciitis. You should visit a podiatrist for an examination. My suggestion is to always wear supportive shoes, no barefoot, no heels and no flip-flops. Try rubber soled athletic type shoes. You can also try anti-inflammatory medicine or stretching your foot before you stand up. A podiatrist can tape your foot into its neutral position with an pad under your heel. Also, cortisone injections help and the podiatrist can make you custom-made shoe inserts that support your foot and keep it in a better position.

      Edit: Insoles that cushion your foot won’t help. You need rigid custom-made foot orthotics. Also insoles won’t fix the problem. You need to have the condition treated.

  19. QUESTION:
    Broken ankle- cam boot or crutches?
    I broke my ankle (talar dome fracture) 6 and a half weeks ago. This week I got the all clear to start rehab. I have had my crutches since the beginning and my walking boot since week 2. The doctor said I have 4 more weeks in the boot but he didn’t say how long I had to be on crutches? Do I give up the crutches before or after I stop wearing the boot? Any ideas? Anyone else been in the same situation?

    • ANSWER:
      You should be able to go without the crutches after they put the heal or sole on the bottom of the cast. I broke my ankle when I was 12 in gym class. And when I got my boot I did away with the crutches for the last 2-3 weeks except when I wanted to get around faster. A word of advice be careful scratching your leg inside the cast with anything sharp. The skin is really easy damaged and can get infected. The skin looks like your toes when you soak in a tub from all the sweating your leg does in the cast.

  20. QUESTION:
    is there a difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone.?
    my fiancee fractured a bone in her ankle slipping on ice. I keep worrying about what had it had looked like when it had happened. they said she broke the bone between the tibia and fibula. she was in the hospital for a month and has been moved to a rehab center to rehabilitate her leg. she had a metal rod put in her leg. :( also does anyone know the name of that bone and maybe a time frame of when she should be healed.
    ok i know the answer to the title question now but can you tell me the last two answers. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      No, a “fracture” and a “break” are exactly the same thing. Sounds like she may have fractured her malleolus from your description possibly. Can take 6-8 weeks to heal, though it can be more.

  21. QUESTION:
    Use of Muscle Stim for calf atrophy (ankle sprain)?
    I’m looking for experienced feedback from actual EMS users or medical professionals. Last time I asked a similar question, I got a nasty response to use a vibrator…

    I’ve been recovering from an ankle sprain (standard lateral roll) for several months. Doctors finally got the okay to run a bone scan and MRI and diagnosed it as a cuboid fracture. So, I’ve been off the leg for nearly 5 months and have extensive atrophy from hip to calf. I started with a calf diameter of 16.5″ and am now below 13″.

    I’ve seen electronic muscle stimulation used for muscle atrophy on the quad during ACL rehab but can’t find any research or documentation for using EMS on the calf. I’ve used the EMS on my quad with impressive results. I’m still looking for electrode placements on the calf and surrounding muscles.

    Does anyone have experience on using EMS on the calf and local support muscles (peroneus longus, tibialis anterior)? I was put off by my physical therapist who reported that EMS use wasn’t productive without accompanying rehab exercise. I have a research background and can say he is probably right because there is little to no published research on EMS on calf muscle atrophy.

    I am now into rehab’ing the ankle and foot. Basic strengthening and ROM exercises and want to include EMS.

    I have a quad channel EMS/TENS unit that I want to use in my rehab and future workouts

    Any experience or advice would be appreciated. Websites, clinical studies?

    Information on placement of electrodes?

    Has anyone used TENS for ankle and foot pain?

    Any feedback or advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, these devices can be very helpful in rehabing muscles.
      The trainer at the school has two and uses them for sports injuries daily.
      he has done so for about 5 years so if it were not useful he would have stopped.
      Try to get into a swimming pool and run in deep water, so you do not touch the bottom of the pool.
      This is a very good exercise for your cardiovascular system and your legs, while not harming your fracture.

  22. QUESTION:
    Rehab post-fibular fracture, need advice?
    After two boring months in a boot I am finally allowed to walk again, just today my doctor told me I can. I tried walking unaided, realized that is tough so I am still stuck on crutches. In six weeks I get my screw out. I was wondering, since I am not having physio, if anyone has any advice they can share with me to get my strength back in my leg and ankle. It’d be nice to be able to walk again, and get back on the football pitch by next season (August). I just need some exercise suggestions that I can do. I forgot to ask my doctor and I don’t see him for another six weeks, I can’t find anything online either. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks in ahead of time to anyone who helps.

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    Does all ankle sprain swelling go down eventually?
    I had a 2nd degree sprain/slight fracture about 5 weeks ago and it got really swollen, I mean HUGE. There was bad bruising too. Anyways, I did that whole elevate and ice for a couple weeks and have taken good care of it too. But even though the swelling is tremendously down, there is still some swelling in places. I’m in the “rehab” process right now and it feels pretty stiff. I had two questions really
    Is the ankle supposed to feel really stiff/should the rehab execises be at all painful? AND
    Will all the swelling go down/is it too late/will there always be swelling/does this swelling effect my flexibility on that ankle?

    Sorry for all the questions, but if you could at least answer a few, I will give you 5 stars. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes it will go down in time, I have had some serious bsd ankle sprains. I play a lot of sports and have hurt everything on me at some point or another. The swelling and stiffness will go away in time. Hang Tough.

  24. QUESTION:
    Whats wrong with my ankle?
    So about 3-4 weeks ago I had swelling high above my ankle and the pain went along the peroneus longus tendon from the swelling to my knee and then below the swelling down my ankle to my foot. After that started ocurring I did rehab and iced it which seemed to help. However at the beginning of last week I started to hav a sharp pain in my ankle sometimes when I walk and run. I play on a college basketball team so Its pretty much basketball 24/7 do you think it could be a stress fracture or do you think it could be as simple as tendonitis? Theres no swelling either. If you need more info just ask Please Help!!=)

    • ANSWER:
      i had the same pain and feeling you have. it was just tendonitis. also the sharp pain was the nerve that was irritated. maybe get an x ray to see if there is a stress fracture.

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the best possible SPECIFIC routine I can use to lose weight?
    hi I am a 15 year old girl. I am 5’4″.
    I weigh around 180 and really want to lose atleast 45 pounds by august.
    I don’t have a gym membership. I don’t have ANY exersize equipment.
    my parents by the food, so I can’t really control how healthy I eat- I try my best to make the best out of it.
    I do have stairs to run up and down.

    I was wondering the best possible way to lose 45 pounds before august.
    I would like specific answers not – eat healthy and exercise.

    p.s. I broke my left ankle – I broke a bone spirally, I fractured a bone, and tore a ligament all in my left ankle- in April. I got a plate and screws put in it; and 2 months later gothem taken out. itstill hurts depending on the weather and wwhat I do on it. so keep that in mind. the doctors sAy itshouldnt be completly healed for 1-2 years. the doctor never put me on rehab for my ankle.

    any advice is appreciated. best answer I will give 10 points

    • ANSWER:
      First of all.. acai berrie products can only be puchased online so disregard that. If you wanna lose weight there are few simple rules that you can follow that really help. Whenever you eat a meal try and make sure the biggest pile of food are veggies, and don’t skip breakfest. Try and drink alot of water, 8 glasses :x Since your foot is hurt you could ride your bike or just walk around your block. And if your sitting watching tv in your room why not do sit ups when it goes to commercial or some push ups. You can even do leg lifts while your watching tv. Always try to keep moving, running is definetly the best workout but that might be to stressful on your foot.

  26. QUESTION:
    Leg pain: what is it?
    I started having a sharp pain in my left ankle today that gradually travelled up to my knee. It was just annoying at first, but now I’m in severe pain. Staying off it it and laying still doesn’t ease the pain. I can’t locate a particular part on my leg where the pain is worst, but it’s mostly on the outer part of my left shin/calve. I don’t have any memory of doing anything to cause injury to this leg recently. I did, however, fracture this ankle in January and partially tear this ACL in ’10 (rehab; no surgery). I really don’t think those injuries have anything to do with this because the pain is very different. I’d like some insight on what’s going on to see if I should go to the doctor.

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    public intoxication and possession of marijuana in Ohio?
    Hi, i was recently arrested for public intoxication,possession of marijuana (way under 100 grams),and underage possession of alcohol. I had a 90 day sentence,80 were suspended and ended up serving 3 days. Was put on probation and fined 1266 dollars. Then got arrested again the other day for possession of marijuana and public intoxication.However, I was on my own property inside my home and only came out when the cops pulled up. She instantly threw me on the concrete and got me with these charges. I had maybe two hits of marijuana and yes i was intoxicated thats why i was in my own home. Can she really get me on public intoxication? And what should i do about this because it violated my probation? Will i serve time or can i do community service,rehab,house arrest with ankle alcohol meter, ect… I really need help on this. This officer was extremely rude and i believe she fractured my elbow and messed up my shoulder pretty good. THANKS!!

    • ANSWER:
      Report the officer but her actions depend on how you came out of the house and if her report says you were disorderly. Should not have come out of the house – just prepared to answer the door.
      Time to think about consulting with an attorney! Yes, one can be disorderly on their own property. The intoxication makes for an inaccurate account of what you think happened.

  28. QUESTION:
    If someone was mildly hurt in a car accident is he entitled to “pain and suffering” as well as medical bills?
    This is the situation that has happened to a neighbor of mine: the man was in a auto accident where the other driver admits full responsibility and has full coverage. The injured party has large and serious bruising on his knee and his foot and ankle as a result. He goes to his PCP who refers him to a orthopoedic surgeon who takes x-rays of the ankle and the knee… he finds no fracture but he wants the man to have physical rehab for the ankle.

    My question is does the auto insurance of the reponsible party only pay for the medical procedures… or would they also consider pain and suffering? And is that a given?

    This neighbor is a 50 year old man who had a stroke many years ago and is currently unemployed… he is also on coumadin (a blood thinner that no doubt contributed to his severe bruising… of course he has the right to drive and is not impaired). He is not the brightest bulb and I want him to be fairly compensated….. he’s a good guy and I am afraid that he might be taken advantage of.

    Also, is “pain and suffering” amounts (if it would be warranted) based on a scale of how much the medical procedures cost? In other words, if the medical bills totalled 00 would he expect 2 or 3 times more than that?

    I would really appreciate any answers from anywhere who knows about this type of law… thank you.
    I live in Texas
    doinou: I really don’t see what tort reform would have to do with this case. This is not a issue with medical coverage… this is about whether a AUTO insurance policy that covers injuries is also liable for an intangible like “pain and suffering”. We are not seeing this as a malpractice… we are questioning if he is entitled to a modest amount from that policy of the driver who ran a stop sign (and who admitted it).

    • ANSWER:
      He should sue. Talk to a lawyer– try to find a reputable one, the personal injury bar is (legitimately) notorious but its better lawyers are some of the most gifted in the profession.

      Yeah, pain and suffering is part of the injury and is compensable– it can be the most lucrative part of the award, but it is usually tied to the underlying physical injuries. As the result of physical injury his entire award will be tax-free. Do not try to negotiate a settlement with the driver’s insurance company on your own– they will give him less than 10% of what its worth.

      You can try to help him find a good attorney, but once the representation agreement is signed you should back off (but I bet you knew that already.)

  29. QUESTION:
    distal fibula fracture after care?
    six weeks ago to the day I fractured my fibula about two inches above the ankle playing rugby. It was a clean aligned break, no pins or setting required. I’m due to get my cast off today. The doctor said I would be walking for graduation on Saturday but that I would limp.
    He has made no mention of rehab or wearing a boot or brace after they remove my cast but then again I haven’t talked to him since I first got my cast. I understand that limping would be expected because my leg and ankle will be sore from lack of use and muscle loss but I really want to know if I will need a boot, or even if I will have to stay on crutches.
    Also maybe when I will be able to run and train again.
    I’m 18 years old, female, and I’m in good health and shape (well, at least most of me) if any of that makes a difference.
    Thanks much!

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    okay to lower my foot?
    I have a right broken tib/fib break with 2 plates and 12 screws. Everytime I lower the foot it turn purple and starts to swell. I am almost 4 weeks post op (wednesday will be 4 weeks) and I am wanting to get my ankle ready for rehab. Am I doing any damage to the plates and screws if I move my ankle around. I have been in an aircast for almost 2 weeks now (Thursday will be 2 weeks in it). I am not allowed to walk as I have a fracture left hip also

    • ANSWER:
      You need to ask your orthopaedic surgeon. Now days they usually get you started on rehab at the first opportunity post op. If the break is NOT on the ankle then I would say you are probably not doing damage but I’m NOT a doctor.

  31. QUESTION:
    If anyone has the time to read my responses to the MEPS questions and evaluate? 73 yes/no questions?
    1. Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use – Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.
    2. Dislocated joint, including knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle or other joint – no
    3. Epilepsy, fits, seizures, or convulsions – no
    4. Sleepwalking – no
    5. Recurrent neck or back pain – no
    6. Rheumatic fever – no
    7. Foot pain – no
    8. A swollen, painful, or dislocated joint or fluid in a joint (knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, etc.) – no
    9. Double vision – no
    10. Periods of unconsciousness – no
    11. Frequent or severe headaches causing loss of time from work or school or taking medication to prevent frequent or severe headaches – no
    12. Wear contact lenses (If so, bring your contact lens kit and solution so you can remove your contact when we test your vision at the MEPS; also, if you have a pair of eyeglasses, bring them with you no matter how old they are.) – no
    13. Fainting spells or passing out – no
    14. Head injury, including skull fracture, resulting in concussion, loss of consciousness, headaches, etc. – no
    15. Back surgery – no
    16. Seen a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, counselor or other professional for any reason (inpatient or outpatient) including counseling or treatment for school, adjustment, family, marriage or any other problem, to include depression, or treatment for alcohol, drug or substance abuse – no
    # 17. Any of the following skin diseases: Eczema – no
    # Psoriasis
    # Atopic dermatitis

    18. Irregular heartbeat, including abnormally rapid or slow heart rates – no
    19. Allergic to bee, wasp, or other insect stings (itching/swelling all over and/or get short of breath) – no
    20. Heart murmur, valve problem or mitral valve prolapse – no
    21. Allergic to wool – no
    22. Heart surgery – no
    23. Been rejected for military service (temporary or permanent) for medical or other reasons – no
    24. Any other heart problems – no
    25. High blood pressure – no
    26. Discharged from military service for medical reasons – no
    27. Ulcer (stomach, duodenum or other part of intestine) – no
    28. Received disability compensation for an injury or other medical condition – no
    29. Hepatitis (liver infection or inflammation) – no
    30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn’s disease or colitis – I was once severely constipated, does that count?
    31. Detached retina or surgery for a detached retina – no
    32. Surgery to remove a portion of the intestine (other than the appendix) – no
    33. Any other eye condition, injury or surgery – no
    34. Are you over 40? (If so, call the MEPS for information on special requirements for over-40 physicals) – no
    35. Gall bladder trouble or gall stones – no
    36. Jaundice – no
    37. Missing a kidney – no
    38. Allergy to common food (milk, bread, eggs, meat, fish or other common food) – no
    39. (Females only) Abnormal PAP smear or gynecological problem
    40. (Males only) Missing a testicle, testicular implant, or undescended testicle – no
    41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) – i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.
    42. Ruptured or bulging disk in your back or surgery for a ruptured or bulging disk – no
    43. Thyroid condition or take medication for your thyroid – no
    44. Limitation of motion of any joint, including knee, shoulder, wrist, elbow, hip or other joint – no
    45. Drug or alcohol rehab – no
    46. Kidney, urinary tract or bladder problems, surgery, stones or other urinary tract problems – no
    47. Sugar, protein or blood in urine – no
    48. Surgery on a bone or joint (knee, shoulder, elbow, wrist, etc.) including Arthroscopy with normal findings – no
    49. Taking any medications – no
    50. Pain or swelling at the site of an old fracture – no
    51. Perforated ear drum or tubes in ear drum(s) – no
    52. Anemia – no
    53. Ear surgery, to include mastoidectomy or repair of perforated ear drum, hearing loss or need/use a hearing aid – no
    54. Night blindness – no
    55. Arthritis – no
    56. Absence or disturbance of the sense of smell – no
    57. Absence or removal of the spleen, or rupture or tear of the spleen without removal – no
    58. Anorexia or other eating disorder – no
    59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) – the knee thing
    60. Bursitis – no
    61. Braces (If you wear or are planning on obtaining braces for your teeth, have the orthodontist submit a letter stating that braces will be removed before active duty date; release form and sample format can be found in the Recruiter’s Medical Guide.) – no
    62. Loss of finger, toe or part thereof – no
    63. Loss of the ability to fully flex (bend) or fully extend a finger, toe or other joint – no
    64. Shoulder, knee, or elbow problem (out of place) – no
    65. Locking of the knee or other joint – no
    66. Giving way of knee or other joint – no
    67. Cataracts or surgery for cataracts – no
    68. Eye surgery, including

    • ANSWER:
      1.Asthma, wheezing, or inhaler use – Yes, yes, yes. Very very mild.

      if you say yes to this they will DQ you

      30. Intestinal obstruction (locked bowels), or any other chronic or recurrent intestinal problem, including small intestine or colon problems, such as Crohn’s disease or colitis – I was once severely constipated, does that count?

      doesn’t count so just say no

      41. Broken bone requiring surgery to repair (with or without pins, plates, screws or other metal fixation devices used in repair) – i fractured the ligaments in my knee in 5th grade, no more issues with my knee.

      just say no if it doesn’t bother you anymore

      59. Cracked bone or fracture(s) – the knee thing

      say no

      this is how it works.. if you say “yes” to almost anything you will get DQ’ed

      meps motto…
      “yes” means Your Enlistment Stops
      “no” means Never ending Opportunities

  32. QUESTION:
    What do You think the monetary value will be?
    I was involved in an accident 1 year 3 months ago at work. My right leg femur bone and knee cap fractured the femur now has a medal rod and pins and there is neuropthy(nerve damage) I cant pick the foot up. My left ankle has a metal plate holding it together. I was in the hospital on ECMO (the most life support the human body can be on… really cool search it) for over a month. I cant return back to work in my old position now. My attorney wants to settle for money instead of voc rehab. I know he is out for more money and I dont know if there will be enough money for me to go to school and take care of my wife and soon to be 3 kids?

    • ANSWER:
      I’d really try and get a settlement for at least your bills and the time you were off as well as voc rehab. It looks like you want to work, so make that known to your attorney. They really can’t pay you enough to take care of your whole family for the rest of your life. Or see if they’ll do a severance or pension plan for you instead… like an early retirement… or part time job in a different position with settlement money on top. There are a lot of options and I really think you need to make sure your attorney KNOWS you want some sort of job and not just to rape the company of all their money.

      Good luck!

  33. QUESTION:
    I broke my leg, how long until I will be back on the rugby pitch?
    In January 2009 I sustained an unstable fracture of the fibula, dislocated the ankle and snapped two ligaments in the ankle during a rugby match. I had surgery which I now have a plate and 6 screws in my leg. I thought I’d be able to run by now but even after walking my ankle still swells (7 months later). Is this normal and what do u think is the best thing for rehab? I really want to get going again!!!

    • ANSWER:
      first off, congratulations you are exactly what rugby has taught us to be: tough, tenacious, and a little crazy but with a huge love of the game…

      That being said I would agree with these guys that you should consult your doctor and get a good rehab program in place…

      the main thing is not to push to hard, do what you can and don’t come back too soon (you might get back on the pitch this season but you probably will seriously shorten your overall rugby career)…

      If you can’t walk on it without it swelling expect a couple of good months of rehab yet!

      I would suggest some stretching and LIGHT weight lifting (10 lbs max), but I am not a doctor…

      Cheers

  34. QUESTION:
    My son who is 9 has a Distal femur fracture?
    He has special needs and was already in a rehab facility when this happened recovering from extensive hip and ankle surgery! It happened on December 12 and was discovered on December 30…it is a clean fracture that is healing so it was to late to cast. He is still in alot of pain and will barely move it. Does anyone know how long it may take until he feels better. He had his whole hip rebuilt and other surgeries on October 27 and yet this knee is really holding his recovery back…PLEASE help if you know anything about this! Thank You!
    He has only had an Xray and also is not on any pain meds anymore. They are also allowing him to do full weight bearing on it? It seems crazy to me but that is what his ortho allowed! He is also allowed to bend it when he is in his power chair. Yes it happened after he got out of a body cast and his legs were very fragile and were supposed to be elevated..and he had a heavy boot on his foot and his leg fell off the wheelchair and I guess snapped near the knee =( No one at the facility was watching him.

    • ANSWER:
      The pain should diminish quite rapidly. That is as the swelling goes down and initial callus forms at the fracture site. That will prevent the fragments from rubbing by each other. He may require some sedation in addition to pain meds. If he is developmentally challenged he may need more if he doesn’t understand that he should not move the leg until has permission. You don’t say if it is from trauma. If it is, pain may also be coming from derangement of knee structure. I assume he has had MR scan of the knee.

  35. QUESTION:
    Anyone else told to weight bear 2 days after surgery for tibia fibula fracture?
    Moto accident 3 mos.ago.Surgery with rod in tibia, screws at knee & ankle.Fibula fx left alone. Doc had me wt. bear as tolerated just 2 days after surgery! Given a walker to use in rehab. After 10-14 days, lots of popping started. At my first follow up, I was changed to non wt. bear for 6 weeks and given crutches. After 6 weeks, told by different doc to fully wt bear, swim, bike and walk as much as possible. Yeah! No more “boot”, crutches and hopping on one leg! At that point,I was happy just to be limping and swelling up. 4 weeks later, I am popping again with shooting pain in my ankle, sore calf. Went to a recommended chiropractor who feels my fibula is not healing properly (non union and misaligned) due to premature wt bearing. He now advised me to non wt bear and use crutches… again! I’m confused, worried and frustrated.Don’t want a permanent limp & popping,etc. In 2 days, going back to the doc who put me full wt. bear 1 mo.ago. HELP! I don’t trust any of these docs anymore

    • ANSWER:
      No offense but the chiro doesn’t really know what he/she is talking about with this particular injury. The fibula is a mostly non-weight bearing bone and weight bearing should have NO effect on the healing. What would have an effect on the healing would be not having your ankle immobilized to allow the fibula to heal. If the fib is not aligned properly then its not gonna heal. The reason you were told to weight bear 2 days after was b/c the rod in the tibia stabilizes the weight bearing bone and the weight bearing would stimulate bone growth. Hopefully you were given a boot to wear at that point to immobilize the ankle. I think you should go back to the surgeon who did the initial surgery to take an x-ray taken and looked at by him/her to see where your healing stands and find out what the best course of action is. It sounds to me from a distance that the fibula needs to be aligned and then the ankle has to be immobilized (with the walking boot) to allow it to heal, all the while you can be full weight-bearing.

  36. QUESTION:
    Chronic shin splints, stress fractures, possible surgery, help…?
    9 years ago I broke my right ankle. I broke both the tibia and the fibula. The doctor reset the broken bones manually and I was put in a cast for 8 weeks. Cast comes off, I do my rehab, all seems fine. Not long after that cast came off, I started participating in sports more and so on…I was cleared by doctor. Unlike before my leg broke, when I’d run for long periods of time, my right knee would start to hurt and eventually my right hip. It didn’t bother me that much at the time…but by the time I turned 16 (im now 20), it became a nagging pain and my physical capability became more and more limited. Now I’m 20 and now that my legs are more defined, there is a very noticeable difference between my left leg and my right one. The bone in my right ankle looks twisted and theres an indent in it. It seems that the doctor didn’t reset my right leg properly. My right leg is also significantly weaker than my left one. From the time I broke my leg to now, I’ve had shin splints at least twice a year, lower back pains, etc…Recently, it turned to a stress fracture. My current doctor suggests surgery as this will continue to come back in the future, since the cause is the poor alignment. I’m not sure what to do here.

    Even though my cardiovascular condition allows it, I cannot run more than 2 miles with this leg…the pain becomes unbearable. And even after that, I can’t do anything for about a week until the pain goes. The surgery would take 6 months to recover from but I’m not sure what will happen after that. I don’t know how effective it would be. The other option is to just let it recover with time, but even after it has recovered, the shin splints/stress fractures would most likely come back with any excess activity…

    I’m not sure what to do here.
    mhinp, I do weight training regularly. I squat close to 400 pounds, deadlift similarly, and I run 100 meters in the low 12s. I’m a track athlete at my university. I don’t think a lack of muscle is the problem. But I will get a few opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn’t sound like you need surgery. However I recommend you get a second opinion from another doctor. To minimize the pain you are having you should continue doing the exercises they taught you when you were in Physical Therapy. If you don’t remember there are plenty of sites out there, just google it. Running puts a tremendous amount of stress on your legs. Because of the condition your leg is in I don’t recommend running at all. Instead try something easier on your joints like the olyptical, swimming or bike riding. Bike riding is a great alternative. Also keep an eye on your feet and make sure your arches aren’t falling, as you age so does your body. Low arches can lead to shin pain, which can radiate up to your hips, to your lower back. If they are low trying getting some custom made orthodics. So overall, no I don’t recommend sugery (deformities that previous doctors made are not easily fixed and a lot of times made worse by surgery), but make sure to get a second opinion. Cut running way down, or completely out of your exercise routine, instead trade it for bike riding, olypitcal or swimming (or all of them). Do your physical therapy stretches!!! That is going to help out sooooo much!! Also it would help to start lifting weights, low weight with a lot of reps to help strengthen.
      Good Luck!!

  37. QUESTION:
    How long is leave from the Army if injured in basic training or active?
    Ok stick with me here cause i think my bud is a liar and im tryin to find out. I have a friend who joined the Army. Left last year at the end of Sept. He was 32 yrs old never worked out smoked and drank all the time. He hurt himself in basic, stress fractures in knees and ankles. I guess from going from doing nothing to working out like a madman. They sent him to rehab to get better that was in like Oct to Dec somtime. He came back for Christmas for about 2-3 weeks. He left again i guess back to rehab or he said he was working where the new recruits came in late at night dont matter…So apparently he was there from first second week in Jan came home again on July first and has been home ever since. For over the past 6 months he has been home. Claiming he is on convalescent leave. Saying they want him to go get exrays and such and he keeps saying he goes to get them but theres no word . He walks and talks fine hes just been hangin out with us going to the bar ect just like before. My question is. Is this possible can you be on leave for 6 months or is he out of the Army? Maybe he didnt make it thru basic or he had to take it twice and couldnt do it and got hurt. He says he had to go thru out-processing ect and thats out of the Army. But he keeps claiming hes in the Army. Saying they want him cause he scored high on his tests that hes samrt thats why hes still in. I have other friends who are MP’s and such and say hes OUT. That he would have to at least report to base couple times a month if he can walk and drive ect…i think hes just telling lies…any info would help?????
    Thank you for your answers. Thats exactly what i was thinking. They would never let you be home for six months. If anything i think he might be saying hes still in to wait for another chance to join again and when he leaves he’ll say see i told you i was still in. I know he made it thru basic, how i dont know but i know he got those injuries in basic and gave him a chance to get better ect and was working there for a couple months but then he came home in july and has been home ever since…i knew he was liying…but he sticks to his guns and stays with his story that hes still in…what a lyer
    Also we thought the same thing that hes embarrassed about getting the boot that he sticks to this story that hes in and does not want to tell the truth.

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah he’s out, convalesence leave usually lasts just 30 days.

  38. QUESTION:
    Could this be medical malpractice?
    My son went to a rehab facility after having 11 operations (has special needs) had his hips, ankles and arm operated on. Five days after arriving found him alone with his foot hanging off side of wheelchair and knee swollen later that day. Filed a complaint and his knee was hurting really bad since that day. He was in pain from having body cast off still but every day complained of knee pain as well. They even put him on nerve medication thinking thats what it was instead of doing an XRAY. I questioned it many times but he was inpatient. Time went on and he was feeling better except for the knee…they continued Physical therapy twice a day while he screamed of knee pain thinking it was anxiety. Finally I had enough 3 weeks later and took him out to his own ortho against there policy and found he had a distal femur fracture since 3 weeks prior that was healing and should have been casted but it was too late. To just stop therapy and wear a leg brace at night. So his rehab and all his other surgeries have been slowed! He can barely do anything now. It has been 8 weeks since the fracture and he is still in excruciating pain and will not move his knee and screams when moved or touched. He should have been walking by now. Any advice? This should have NEVER happened in a rehab facility with doctors around the clock in my opinion!

    • ANSWER:


Fractured Ankle Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle 7 weeks ago, i have had no treatment, should I be worried it will heal wrong?
    I sprained my ankle 7 weeks ago. I found out last week that it is fractured. The dr. is sending me for an MRI, however another week has gone by and it still isnt scheduled. Should I be worried that it will heal wrong since I have been walking on it for 7 weeks now without treatment? It swells up and aches something FIERCE. Any suggestions on what I can do or if I should even be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, it might be bad if it heals wrong, but if the Dr hasn’t yet than it probably is minor, and if your even able to walk on it that’s a sign that it must be pretty low grade. But regardless you might have to have surgery for that anyways so it probably isn’t a huge deal.

  2. QUESTION:
    Hairline fracture ankle treatment…..?
    My friend has hairline fracture on ankle and the leg has swollen and its now just same for about 2 weeks or so. Doctors said it might take 4-8 weeks to cure.
    My friend, she is 20 yrs old.

    I wanted to ask if calcium sandoz or similar things that contain higher amount of calcium can help her recover faster?
    Is it ok to take those pills?

    Is there any other remedy to reduce the pain & reduce the swell?

    • ANSWER:
      Elevation and Ice to bring down the swelling. Consider a good calcium magnesium liquid for faster absorption. Also silica can be beneficial It spurring the healing.

  3. QUESTION:
    Ankle fracture treatment?
    Okay,

    i went to hospital because i thought id broken my ankle playing vollyball and the docotor said i was fine and that id just probobly spranined it, but i was adamint that i had done something to it. Anyway i got home and the docotor said i had broken something.

    But said come back on tuesday and its sunday today, 2 days wait!

    i cant move my ankle to the right as its really painfull and i also have constant numbness and tigiling feeling in my foot.

    It hasnt swollen at all though so thats a start but its really annoying with the numbness and tigiling.

    Anything i can do till tuesday that could help?

    • ANSWER:
      The pain and tingling may well be due to swelling, if you are really struggling, there is no reason why you shouldn’t go back sooner.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for an ununited distal fibula fracture at ankle level?
    Fracture occured April 2, 2006 and was treated for 6 weeks with cast and four weeks with walking boot. I was told on July 5, 2006 with an x-ray that the fracture is not healed. Does anyone know what the next step would be?

    • ANSWER:
      seek an orthopaedic doctor, especially one who specializes in feet and ankles. it is uncommon for a fracture not to heal after 3 months. they may have to surgically repair it if it cant heal on its own

  5. QUESTION:
    Any profesionals on ankle injuries here?
    What are different degrees of ankle sprains?
    would it be possible to walk on a fractured ankle or foot?
    what is treatment for ankle sprains?
    how long should you stay off a sprain?
    what happens if you dont stay off it?

    • ANSWER:
      Mild (pain but stable), moderate (pain and unstable), and severe (little pain and really unstable).
      Yes, but uncomfortably
      Depends on course of action from your orthopedic specialist, physical therapist and athletic trainer
      As minimally as possible
      Will not heal properly and may cause long term damage

  6. QUESTION:
    Possible fractured ankle? help?
    I was swinging and i was so relaxed i closed my eyes and I started twisting while i was swinging really high. Bang! I hit the outside of my ankle flat on the post. At first it hurt a lot I could barely walk. I put an ace bandage on it for a while and didn’t walk. Now I can walk almost pain free, I can move my foot around except in with little pain but the problem is it’s swelling. My ankles are very skinny so you can see the bone very clearly on the outside but now you can barely see the outside bone. It is also much warmer than the other. May it be broken? Should I tell my dad? What is the usual treatment for low ankle fractures…

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  7. QUESTION:
    What is the typical treatment for a fractured fibula?
    i play volleyball 24/7 and the doctors think that i might have fractured my fibula/growth plate. i want to see how long i would be out if i did. i hope i didn’t but im just wondering. thanks!!

    (it swelled right away to twice the size (my ankle) and has stayed swollen 3 days later.. how likley is it that i fractured it?)

    • ANSWER:
      It’s possible you fractured it, or badly sprained it. In my opinion it is better to fracture than to sprain, because with fractures, the bones heal completely, while with sprains, the ligaments get weak and may require physical therapy and there is a higher chance of re injuring it, as well as lingering pain and swelling.
      That being said, if it is a small, clean fracture, they will probably cast you for about three weeks. If it is a bad sprain, they may just put you in an immobilizing boot.

  8. QUESTION:
    (URGENT) Is my ankle fractured or sprained?
    Last night I went jogging in the dark. I jog against traffic, and while jogging, and oncoming truck did not get over for me. When this happened, I got off the road, to my dismay, there was no shoulder to the road ( I didn’t see this because it was dark), but a deep and steep ditch. I rolled my ankle (lateral sprain). and fell into the ditch. I walked home, barely able to put pressure on my ankle. My ankle swoll up to three times its natural size within the hour. Immediatley upon getting home, I elevated it and iced it,and have een restiing it. last night I did not compress my ankle, although today I have on and off, and have taken acetametaphin and ibuprofen throughout the day. I still can not put pressure on it without the pain being unbearable, and there has not been any bruising. I have a small range of motion, although moving it too much creates relentless pain. Most of the swelling is to the lateral of my ankle, although their is slight medial swellng, and small pain to bottom of my talus. This also brings me to another point, that late August, 2 1/2 months ago, I suffered a medial sprain (more severe pain, but bearable to put pressure on foot). I have not gone to the doctor, because I do not have health insuarnce, nor can I afford it. I am a struggling college student, and need to be able to work by Friday, Two days, and three nights away. Please I need advice on whether it is sprained (and also what grade of sprain), or fractured. Also a treatment plan, and an estimated full heal time, and an estimated heal time to be able to walk on it. P.S. I have been using cruches I own to get around.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s too big of an answer you’re asking for over the internet.

      Best bet is to do the RICE method for sprains: Rest as much as possible, Ice it as much as possible, Compression bandage it (ACE), Elevate it constantly.
      Keep taking the Ibuprofen.

      It sounds more like a fracture than a sprain but the only way to tell is an X-Ray. Look around for an Urgent Care facility. They have ER doctors at a low price for patients w/out insurance.

  9. QUESTION:
    i have fractured my ankle, what exercises or treatments can i do to speed up the healing process?
    I fell three weeks ago and went to the doctor the following morning, they took an X-ray told me it was sprained, gave me a lace up ankle wrap and crutches and told me to elevate and stay off of it, and to put weight on it when I was able. they called me back five days later (i was already trying to put weight on it and walk with out crutches) and told me that is was fractured. I went to the orthopedic surgeon, had an MRI he says surgery isn’t necessary and neither is a cast and i am walking on it gingerly without crutches. besides elevating it when i sleep and keeping an ace ankle wrap(doctor’s orders) on it. Is there anything else that will help speed up the healing.exercises/treatments etc. ?

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  10. QUESTION:
    i got fracture my right ankle by passing auto on my feet am taking treatment from 2weeks in report it got?
    ” fracture lateral molecules c fluid soft tissue noted around the right ankle joint” so pl z how it is cured and steps to get cure?

    • ANSWER:
      apply pop (done by professional in hospital)
      take rest
      increase calcium intake

  11. QUESTION:
    How long would it take for me to walk from an ankle fracture?
    Recently, I had an ankle fracture( tiny fracture) from playing basketball. It has been 5 days since the incident. Surgery isn’t necessary. I just need to wear an ace wrap.I have been using crutches to walk and treatments for my ankle. The treatments are just keeping my ankle elevated, applying ice on the swelling, and doing exercises.I am able to touch the floor now with two feet, but I am not able to walk. I just want to be able to walk before my college starts. I don’t care if i can’t run yet. Really would like to know an estimate on when to walk. Thank You.

    • ANSWER:
      You should try to keep your weight off it for 6 weeks. You may find that it is better after 5 but 6 is the usual figure. You should find that you can move it slightly and gently moving it without any resistance can help prevent the muscles wasting but don’t put any pressure on it.

      Sorry if this wasn’t the timescale you was hoping for.

  12. QUESTION:
    I was told I have a hairline fracture on my ankle bone. The doctor didn’t give me a treatment plan?
    He basically said “You have a hairline fracture. He’s a prescription for an AIRCAST. See ya.” He never told me any other treatment. How long should I wear my AIRCAST and if it feels okay, can I start walking without it? It’s been 10 days since “my accident”.

    • ANSWER:
      Phone his office and ask the nurse or PA how long you should wear the aircast.

      There really isn’t much you can do for a non-displaced fracture. It takes a bone injury about six weeks to heal.

  13. QUESTION:
    About a year ago i fractured my ankle
    its been about a year since i got a hairline fracture on my right ankle i did not have insurance for any real treatment so i guess you could say i walked it off in a way. Anyway its still alittle swollen on the inside ball of my ankle its just that sometimes when i position my foot a certain way i feel s sort of tightness that annoys me im not sure if it could be my tendon. I was just wondring if my ankle could still be treated so it can heal now that i do have insurance? thanks and any suggestins help.

    • ANSWER:

      there is always something they can do….just a word of advise: when it comes to your personal wellbeing/health never skimp. get a loan, get teh work done on credit, borrow from your friends, sell your stuff….dont ever let your body deteriorate like that.

      the reason you are haveing pain may be because your bone healed in a bad angle (even if off by only a fraction of a degree) and that will cause pain.

      but go know and see what has to be done.

      hope you get better.

  14. QUESTION:
    treatment on my ankle?
    hi i fractured my ankle as well as torn ligaments on my left foot about a month ago, ive been in a leg cast for about 4 weeks and have an appointment next week, ( it be 5 weeks on a cast).i can seem to put weight on the left foot but not all the time.
    Would anyone out there have any experience or have any information about what happens next? will i be on another cast? will they give me treatment and how long will it take for me to be normal again!!! thanks and much obliged

    • ANSWER:
      You are going to have more x-rays to see if the fracture line has consolidated (healed) and to what degree. If there is enough callous formation (new bone growth) you will most likely be placed in a walking cast or limited movement boot. That will allow you to take some weight on the foot which will help speed the bone growth. As for the ligaments they are actually more of a problem than the fracture. They do not heal at the same rate as the fracture. The ligaments will require some physical therapy to make them more mobile. But at the moment if they want you non-weight bearing stay off the foot. You will have plenty of time to work on getting back on the foot soon enough. It is impossible to state how long this is going to take until the cast comes off and an assessment can be made of the ligamental healing.

  15. QUESTION:
    FRACTURED ANKLE? :/ help.. please?
    Sorry this may be little long…

    So a few years back I fractured my ankle (I didn’t know at the time) but my mum didn’t believe that I had injured my ankle so I never got a cast, never used crutches and never let it heal properly. I had to visit physio this summer because of knee problems and that’s when I found out that I had fractured it previously. It is noticeable when I sit down as my ankle hang differently and lately I have a dull yet severe pain in ankle (which I fractured) and it hurts to walk on and I am able to bear weight it is just agonizingly painful.

    What can I do to relieve the pain?
    Should I visit a doctor?
    What treatment is a doctor likely to offer?
    What is wrong with my ankle?
    Oh also the pain is generalized around mid foot, up my ankle, to mid shin if that helps :S
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I truly feel your pain. I fractured both my tibia and fibula at the ankle 2 years ago and had surgery to repair it. I also badly sprained my other ankle this summer. I went to a different orthopedic surgeon recently because I still am unable to deal with the pain and wanted a second opinion. That being said–I think you should at least have the ankle evaluated by a doctor. Hopefully there is some way to correct the problem But, I will tell you what the doctor told me this past week–Pain after a you have had stress to your ankle (in this case) that you say is all over ( like you describe) is most likely RSD a nerve problem (there is a lot written about it/check it out ) and the treatment is physical therapy and managing the pain. Good Luck
      I see most answers are directed towards surgery to correct the fracture that happened “years ago”. He also states it was diagnosed by a doctor when he had knee issues. Hopefully any corrective surgery would have been done at that time or at least that doctor would have followed up with the ankle. At least you would hope so.

  16. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle recovery?
    I am 15 and I fractured the growth plate in my right ankle while doing the long jump. That was in march. Following the injury, I was put into a hard cast for the first three weeks and then a walking boot for the next three weeks. After going through the whole treatment process, I was told that I could begin running and stuff but only with my brace.

    Only two or three weeks after I was able to run around, I got eye surgery and was set back another two months. It is now the beginning of september, and I am just beginning to be allowed to get back to my normal things. The doctor said the bone was healed, but I don’t know what to do.

    After a recent visit, I was told that my calf muscle was what was causing the pain. Alls I had to do was stretch it. Without suggesting a physical therapist or doctor.. I was wondering if there were any exercises that I can do at home. Maybe even in my bath tub. I also have to mobilize my ankle. Soccer season is also starting, and I really want to be able to play.

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  17. QUESTION:
    what is the treatment for an unstable ankle ?
    so i ride an ambulance as a volunteer EMT. and i have sprained my ankle to many times to count. i went to an ortho about a year ago and he said i loose ligaments and gave me a brace to wear during duty when im on the ambulance but now i can feel the bones slide and its tender to the touch, as well as hard to walk on it at time. it has become easier to sprain like i was stepping up into the ambulance going to a call and sprained it. i know how to treat a bad sprain so i never go back to the ortho i have also fractured this ankle 2 times when i was little from climbing. my question is what is the treatment ? what can i do to make it better ? i have tried physical therapy didn’t help alot…. i cant go back to my ortho until i get my new insurance care and i got a feeling hes going to want to do surgery… please help ! anyone who has delt with this please give me a hand . also not sure if this is relevant but im a 19 Y/O/F

    • ANSWER:
      physical therapy really is the best way to treat it; it strengthens the muscles to stabilize the ankle joint.
      the brace protects it, but also prevents the muscles from actively working to strengthen naturally, and can lead to weaker muscles and an overall weaker joint over time.
      surgically, the options are to fuse various parts of the joint, which is painful and just not a great idea for many reasons (I’m sure you can figure out why; loss of flexibility being the main one).

      How long ago did you try PT? Maybe a different PT center/ a different approach would help.

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for an unstable ankle ?
    so i ride an ambulance as a volunteer EMT. and i have sprained my ankle to many times to count. i went to an ortho about a year ago and he said i loose ligaments and gave me a brace to wear during duty when im on the ambulance but now i can feel the bones slide and its tender to the touch, as well as hard to walk on it at time. it has become easier to sprain like i was stepping up into the ambulance going to a call and sprained it. i know how to treat a bad sprain so i never go back to the ortho i have also fractured this ankle 2 times when i was little from climbing. my question is what is the treatment ? what can i do to make it better ? i have tried physical therapy didn’t help alot…. i cant go back to my ortho until i get my new insurance care and i got a feeling hes going to want to do surgery… please help ! anyone who has delt with this please give me a hand . also not sure if this is relevant but im a 19 Y/O/F

    • ANSWER:
      my ankle is the same way and i been dealing with it for a year and now i have to have reconstructive surgery because nothing else is helping so yes if you go back to the ortho then he/she will most likely wanna do surgery to fix them because your just making it worse but for right now just wear a brace and do the RICE thing. good luck.

  19. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had an fractured tibia resulting in joint trouble in the ankle?
    Has anyone had an injury similar to this??

    Any suggestions for treatment, supplements exercises etc??

    I would be very interested to hear from someone who has a similar injury and hear about their symptoms and recovery. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi

      Try this website. It’s for people with broken legs. There’s lots of tibia breaks on there. Someone (or lots) of people will answer your question.

      mybrokenleg.com

  20. QUESTION:
    Help… Fractured ankle + elite distance runner = depression!?
    I have experienced an avulsion fracture of my calcaneus resulting from a tear of my calcaneofibular ligament after rolling my ankle. Xrays show a minor fracture, however, no cast needed. I have some swelling and discoloration although no pain and gait is not effected. I obviously want to prevent permanent damage, however, I would like to begin running as soon as possible. All the advice I get is the standard “4-6 weeks and then we’ll re-evaluate”. What are my risks? How do I manage my own treatment?

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  21. QUESTION:
    I’m not sure if i have fractured my ankle, how can I tell it apart from a sprain?
    I have a problem with my RIGHT ankle, i sprain it very very often, and it’s become very weak. I have fractured it numerous teams, and done ligament damange numerous times. Yesterday I went over on my right ankle in a game of football, immediately there was GREAT GREAT pain, but immediate swelling, but after half an hour there is no pain.. and now over 24 hours later still no pain. My toes are stiff-ish when I move them, but again.. no pain, anywhere.

    A small purple bruise has appeared under the ankle it’s self, and there is a great deal of swelling around the ankle it’s self and on the front of the ankle/shin/foot (hard to describe where lol)

    My hospital is terrible, and I will be there for 4+ hours so will need the day off work to go really..and can’t afford to take this time off for just a sprain.. how can I diagnose my self the difference between Sprain and fracture? Even if it is fractured, will the hosptial give me any treatment I can’t just give my self?

    • ANSWER:
      Well obviously this isn’t a true emergency if you’ve waited this long. The only real way to determine fracture is on xray. Call your doctors office and request an order for an xray. They can order this for you, you go straight to xray and avoid the ER, faster and cheaper.

  22. QUESTION:
    How to deal with ankle stiffness?
    Following an accident my ankle and knee was fracture. After treatment now bones are fine but Joints are very stiff and painful. I cant move the Knee and Ankle to its full range. Its very hard like iron. Already 1 yr have passed.
    Though Doctors advised for Physiotherapy but that was very painful and twice I became unconscious (I am a patient of High BP)
    Now can it be cured by Physiotherapy or is there any option with surgery. Plz advice. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Physiotherapy will not cure it
      Apply relaxyl cream to the effected area
      and keep the ankle for 15 minutes
      in hot water daily for 3 months

  23. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a chipped ankle bone?
    I think I may have chipped a bone in my ankle. What are the symptoms and what is the treatment? Also what is the symptoms and treatment for a stress fracture in the ankle? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      symptoms: pain. lots of pain. especially when you put weight on it
      It should show up on x-ray photo’s, it can be treated with a cast (usually a plaster cast is used, sometimes other materials) it won’t heal by itself, it has to be treated by a doctor.

  24. QUESTION:
    I think i have fractured my fooot? treatment?
    i think i fractured my talus. (where the foot bends or ankle or whatever its called)

    like maybe a hairline fracture. i dunno. it looks like a bubble. like a big swelling bubble.
    hard to describe. i hit it on my bedframe. & like it looks like theres a line under my skin.
    like a small bone line. maybe its from hitting it not sure.

    but like if i fractured it (going to doctor tmrw) what would they do? like i heard some people got plaster casts. and some got a boot. sooo what would they do. like what types of severitys & treatments?

    • ANSWER:
      you will definitely get a cast or just a wrap around your foot and most definitely crutches.

  25. QUESTION:
    Cause and treatment of pain in lower leg near ankle?
    I have pain in my lower right leg, just above the ankle, on the outside of the leg. I get the pain when I run or walk. Ankle movement is fine. Pain feels like shin splints, only more painful. I usually run 4 miles 4 days/week. I haven’t run in a week, but the pain has not subsided.

    What kind of injury could this be (stress fracture, ligament damage, etc)? Does it just need further rest, or is there something else that can be done?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Its definetlely not a broken bone ill tell you that. If it was fractured then you couldnt even put pressure on it!. Well i think that its just under stress. Since your running so much and your putting so much pressure on that foot i think that you are just stressing the muscles in that leg. Yes, its not the bone. Its just the muscles around it. I think that they are tearing and there are getting stronger. Welll this is what you have to do: try not to put so much pressure on it while you are running or you can stop running for a couple of days. Now if you love running then you should just try not to put so much pressure on it. Well i hope that this helps you out

  26. QUESTION:
    ankle and treatment?
    I hurt my anke yesterday and could tell i hurt it… i was limping and my ankle got swollen on the outside but not that much, i coudlnt run on it but i could walk but with a limp, when i woke up today the pain was must worse its still swollen and i can’t walk on it anymore i’m not sure if its sprained or fractured i dunno what to do since i dont have health insurance right now what should i?

    • ANSWER:
      It is quite normal for your ankle to be more swollen and stiffer the next morning.

      A sprain is an injury to ligaments. With ankles, lateral sprains like yours are the most common.

      Ice, compression, and elevation treat the secondary effects of the injury. (pain, swelling, loss of function) Work on the normal up & down motion in order to get back to normal heel to toe walking.

      Even if you feel better, don’t be suprised if your ankle looks thicker for a while. Scar tissue – part of natural healing – will make it look thicker even after swelling is reduced.

  27. QUESTION:
    Sprained Ankle Treatment?
    last tuesday while at DisneyWorld I severely sprained my ankle. i went to the ER and they said no fractures. well since i didnt want to ruin my daughters vacation i was unable to really keep it elevated or ice it that much at all, i did however stay in a wheel chair for a few days. im now walking on it. it is still very swollen and isnt getting much better. my question is should i be using heat even with all this swelling or would ice help the swelling go down some. i know its 48 hours ice than heat from then on but with me being unable to ice it early on im kinda confused what to do. thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      As a general, never apply heat to an area that is swollen (rheumatioid arthritis and a few other conditions are exceptions). Heat is applied when there is stiffness after the swelling is gone.

  28. QUESTION:
    fractured my ankle a week ago…went to the hospital yesterday….?
    they gave me a ‘half cast’…..hard on the back, ace bandage on the front….and now it hurts worse than it did before i got treatment. is this normal or should i go back to the hospital?

    • ANSWER:
      i was there 3 years ago broke my ankle had 2 screws put in i feel ur pain no its natueral u r gonna have lots of pain sorry to tell u i hope everything works out for u and do exactly whatthe doctor tells u

  29. QUESTION:
    Medical treatment for broken/sprained ankle?
    Okay, so I think I fractured or sprained my ankle because of volleyball.
    I’m not going to the doctor for two more days and was just curious as to what they’d do for it.
    If it was sprained, would I be in a brace or anything? Or on crutches?
    Same questions for fractured! I’d like to have some idea of what I’m getting myself into before I go to the doctor’s office.
    Also, about how long does stay in splint or brace or whatever if it’s broken/fractured?
    I want to get back to volleyball ASAP! Thanks so much! Ellen.

    • ANSWER:
      I was playing football with my friends at the park and fell in a hole and ended up with a grade 3 sprained ankle. They will have you in a splint for a week. You will have to use crutches. After a week in the splint, they will have you in a walking cast for 3 weeks. Then, you will use a simple brace or wrap for about a week. You total recovery time will be about 6 weeks. So, a month and a half. The last week will be needed for your ankle to rest. So, you will be taking about a month and a half from volleyball to recover. Hope I helped. :)

  30. QUESTION:
    Can you help with fast heal for ankle fracture?
    X-ray results: undisplaced frature of lateral malleolus. Also a flake of bone projected in the joint space laterally (avulsion).

    Walked (hobbled) around for 2 days after initial x-ray, before getting results.

    May I have caused more damage?

    Treatment is taping and an aircast brace has been ordered. Should receive tomorrow.

    I need to get this healed as quickly as possible. Should I be worried?

    • ANSWER:
      There will be no quick fix and it will take time. For stable, nondisplaced, isolated malleolar fractures rest, elevate the involved ankle above the level of the heart, and apply ice, while keeping the splint dry. If you are in a prefabricated splint and able to withstand ambulation, you can bear weight as tolerated. Motrin for pain and swelling. An orthopaedic doctor should follow up with you for repeat X-rays and a check on your general condition.

  31. QUESTION:
    Ankle Injury? Sprained or Fractured?
    I am very clumsy first off. Earlier this week (Thursday) I fell down my stairs and injured my ankle badly. It is very unstable, black and blue and I can’t walk on it at all. It is also swollen up the leg a little bit. I have been using RICE, but it doesn’t work much. Intitial swelling went down a little bit, but not much.
    So do you think it is sprained or broken
    and either way, what is the treatment and how long am I going to be on these stupid crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      Those symptoms follow a sprain. Fractures do not produce inflammation, however it is very rare to have a fracture an not a sprain. You really did not provide enough information to reach a substantial conclusion, and palpation in critical in ankle injures. It sounds like you already saw a nurse or trainer so do what they told you.

  32. QUESTION:
    What are the age/grade requirements to play seventh/eighth grade basketball?
    A relative of my needs to know for her son. He is only 13 years of age but he skipped a grade so he’s in the ninth grade. Would he be allowed to play? Not trying to use this in a bad way but would it help to sway the decision in his favor since he couldn’t play last year because he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments and had a fractured ankle?
    A relative of my needs to know for her son. He is only 13 years of age but he skipped a grade so he’s in the ninth grade. Would he be allowed to play? Not trying to use this in a bad way but would it help to sway the decision in his favor since he couldn’t play last year because he was undergoing chemotherapy treatments and had a fractured ankle?

    UPDATE: He skipped the second grade. I was just trying to say that since he’s a year younger because he skipped a grade that maybe that combined with the fact that he was getting chemotherapy during his eighth grade year which prevented him from playing ball would convince the school board to allow him to play. We do live in a rural kind of place so maybe they will let him he really wants to play…

    • ANSWER:
      I think it depends on where he goes to school. If it is a private school they will probably be more likely to work with you about it. Either way I would go sit down with the coach and principle and talk it through and decide what would be best for this particular situation! This is probably a case by case decision! Hope it all works out!!!

  33. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury… Need treatment or just more time to heal?
    4-5 weeks ago I was hanging curtains and lost my footing on the chair I was standing on, I fell backward and hit the front of my ankle on the chair seat as I went down. It hurt a lot, but I iced it and it wasn’t immediately swelling. I had and still have full range of motion, and it didn’t hurt any worse when I walked. It only hurts more when I sit indian-style with that ankle on the bottom pushing on the floor (my favorite sitting position of course). By the next it developed a NASTY bruise and some swelling. The bruise lasted 3 weeks. The swelling went down to a small bump which is where it hurts to push on it. The bump now comes and goes, it gets bigger if I wear tight socks. I’m concerned that it still hurts there and it’s odd that the bump comes and goes… if I go to a doctor can they even do anything? What type of injury do you think it is? It doesn’t seem like a sprain or fracture… How long should it take to heal? Thank you for any educated advice you have!

    • ANSWER:
      Go to your doctor now. A friend of mine hit her leg on the edge of the bed frame and said nothing about it at the time. She went to the corner store to get a carton of milk and returned home. Told her husband she felt tired and laid down for awhile and never got up.
      Blood clot formed and went to her head and killer her. Do not take any chances.

  34. QUESTION:
    Stress Fracture Treatment?
    I did track last year (long distance) and i got a stress fracture in my ankle from what i assume was overusing my ankle running miles. I got the stress fracture in April last year, and i took a break from sports since then. I though that would heal it but i still feel it sometimes! It didnt show up on an xray, and i really don’t want to get an mri (cost). Track is starting up and i realllly want to join the team..but i’m scared i may re injure it. What are some good things to do to help ensure i wont re injure it? I have about a week before the season actually starts so maybe i can do some training or something before i start running again (after a year)

    • ANSWER:
      Slow, I would suggest that you start to strengthen the ankle. By strengthening the muscles they will be able to absorb more of the stress and not impart it on to the bones. The bone itself is quite strong as it will respond to the stress placed on it. So the stress fracture is completely healed and what you are feeling could just be some of the lining of the bone caught up in the healed bone. This layer of tissue is called the periosteum. This layer has a lot of nerve endings in it thus giving you that sensation of pain.

  35. QUESTION:
    Example of public healthcare on radio today?
    Heard on the radio, an example of a British man who was denied healthcare to treat his fractured ankle because he would not give up smoking. Government pays for healthcare (out of Britain’s citizen’s taxes) and since smoking drives up costs, he was given a choice: quit smoking or no medical treatment.

    This is an example of what happens when government controls something. Make no mistake, public healthcare is less about treatment for everyone than it is about consolidation of power and control over everyone.

    Thoughts?

    • ANSWER:
      This is what happens when you push a government healthcare system. No shock here.

  36. QUESTION:
    Misdiagnosed ankle fracture. What would they have to do?
    About six month ago I was running and I got a “sprain”. The doctor said it would take less that 2 weeks to heal but I ended up going back every week for about 2 moths. I gave up and asked for a second opinion. This doctor says that it’s a fracture that was misdiagnosed.
    It still hurts when:
    -I run
    -I walk DOWN stairs.
    -I jump
    -…

    What sort of treatment/surgery would they have to preform?

    Will it hurt for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:
      To be absolutely sure of your injury ask your doctor to refer you for an MRI that will show up exactly what is wrong as it is very hard to work out what is wrong

  37. QUESTION:
    What rights do we have in regards to military medical discharge due to poor medical treatment?
    In Sept 2005, my husband broke his ankle & severed some ligaments during field training. He was told that it was only a sprain for the first 4 months, sent to Physical Therapy. The Physical Therapist would not treat him stating that he had a fracture on initial x-rays. He was referred to a doctor who gave no treatment except pain meds. He went through about 6 months of therapy with no improvement, his pain levels actually got worse. The doctor told him that he was just one of those that do not heal from a sprain as quickly as others. His first medical discharge was canceled due to lack of treatment and the doctor passed him off. After a MRI 8 months after the injury, he had the initial fracture and another fracture as well as poor ligament structure. He did have surgery at about the one year mark to try and repair the damage. He is now facing a second medical discharge and cannot walk without a cane. He will be like this for the rest of his life.

    What options do we have?

    • ANSWER:
      Welcome to the military life.

      I broke my ankle back in 1977 and almost broke my back. They put a case on my ankle which I took off and set the bones myself (painful) but nothing could be done about my back. The Navy doctor told me I had two choices. I could get out of the Marines or I could get out of the Marines. Some choices eh?

      Your husband still has all of his benefits though and that will count for something. I don’t think he’ll be on that cane all his life, maybe from time to time but not always. The VA will take good care of him. They have more than just military doctors. I’ve been going to them for some time now and they have helped me.

      At least he won’t be going to Iraq and stand a chance of being killed. You do have that bright side.

  38. QUESTION:
    care after the taking off the cast of my right ankle?
    i had a fracture in my right ankle.both the lower portions of tibia and fibia were broken.doctor made a cast and yesterday after 38 days the cast was removed.i want to know about the recovery time and what else i can do to start walking again and any other thing i can do for my treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Please call the Dr and ask the Dr, Dr should have given you instruction on the care, some exercises and crutches to use as this is healed enough so you do not need the cast but it is healed only partially, and you have to be very gentle with it. If need be, Dr should do a follow up X’ Ray (contrast) to see, to what extent it has healed and the also do a MRI to find the exact condition of the soft tissue.

      You may also want to use ace ankle support but clear it with Dr. A special shoes for few years may not be a bad idea.

  39. QUESTION:
    What happens when you fracture your ankle?
    Today I was on the swing , and I didn’t lift my legs and my left foot hit the floor . I was too busy cursing (as you do) it brought tears to my eyes it was so painful. I could not walk home at all.

    I went to Accident and Emergency for a checkup as my ankle ballooned. I had an X-ray and then the doctor showed me it and she said “I really don’t know if it’s fractured” she showed me a bone that looked bent and told me it was supposed to be straight. I have to go back tomorrow morning.
    What are the possibilities ? I really don’t want a fracture but I’d rather be sure than go back and make a fool out of myself.

    What treatment do you get ?

    • ANSWER:
      Each hospital and doctor will have slightly different ways of doing things when treating an ankle fracture, so you should follow their guidance where it is different from the information given here. Because all patients, conditions and treatments vary it cannot cover everything. Use this information when making choices regarding broken ankle treatment with your doctors. You should mention any worries you have. Remember that you can ask for more information at any time.

      What is the problem?

      Your ankle is broken. A break is also called a fracture. There is no difference in severity between a fractured bone and a broken bone. Therefore your injury may be called a fractured ankle.

      The broken bones may still be in the correct place (undisplaced) or out of place (displaced). It is also possible that the ligaments that normally hold the ankle in position are also damaged.

      Your type of operation will depend on the type of fracture. This should be discussed with your orthopaedic doctors.

      What is the ankle joint?

      The ankle is a hinge joint comprised of three bones: the shinbone (tibia), the other bone of the lower leg (fibula) and the talus at the top of the foot. The shinbone (tibia) extends down the inside of the leg to form the inner bony bump of the ankle, called the medial malleolus. The fibula runs next to the tibia to form the outer bony bump of the ankle, called the lateral malleolus. The talus is enclosed within the ends of the tibia and fibula.

      The ankle joint allows the foot to bend up and down. Usually one or both leg bones break, rather than the talus.

      What has gone wrong?

      One or more of the bones in the ankle joint has been broken:

      It could be only the lateral malleolus at the base of the fibula that is broken
      It could be only the medial malleolus at the base of the tibia that is broken
      It could be that both the lateral malleolus and medial malleolus are both broken
      The talus may be pulled right out the joint (dislocated). This is called a fracture-dislocation

      Your treatment would depend on the type of fracture and whether the fracture was displaced or not. It will also depend on how stable the fracture is. Generally, a stable fracture is easily held in position by a plaster and an unstable fracture would need to be held in place by a plate and screws.

      The aim.

      The aim is to fix the ankle bones in the correct place while your fracture heals. If the fracture is displaced, we aim to re-align the bones to make the joint as normal as possible. We will then hold the bones in position with plates and screws while your fracture heals.

      The benefits: If a displaced fracture is in a joint, it can make the joint surfaces very rough and lead to arthritis. Reconstructing the ankle reduces the risk of arthritis developing to a minimum.

      Are there any alternatives?

      The decision to treat a fractured ankle with surgery depends on the type of fracture. Not every fractured ankle needs to be operated on. Some can be re-aligned by pushing and pulling (manipulation) and then held in position with a plaster only.

      In some cases it is better to fix the fracture with plates and screws, if treatment with a cast only is not the best option.

      What if you do nothing?
      If the bones are out of place, and you do not have an operation you may develop arthritis in the ankle within a year or two.

      Who should have it done?
      If your ankle is broken and you are fit enough to undergo surgery, you ought to have the fracture fixed.

      Who should not have it done?

      If you suffer major medical problems, these should be sorted out before you have the operation. These problems include irregular heart rhythms and breathing problems. If your leg is very swollen, you should wait for the swelling to go down before having your operation. This may take as long as six days.

  40. QUESTION:
    Treatment options for cat’s dislocated ankle?
    My cat was diagnosed yesterday with a dislocated ankle, torn ligaments and a bone shattered. He also has a small wound on the same foot. He’s currently in a thigh high cast. They vet said he couldn’t get his ankle lined up well cause of the fractures. He’s gets pain meds every 12 hours. When they wear off he starts shaking from the pain. I feel so bad for him. I don’t know how he did it. He was outside barely 20 mins. I feel so bad for my baby :(

    I was wondering if anyone has gone through this or something similar. Knows a good ortho vet.
    I forgot to add my vet has been very good. They took him in immediately and treated him. They said he prob will have to go to an ortho vet. Either fusing or plating the ankle. Neither sound comfortable for a 4 year old cat.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont have any expertise for this kind of thing, I am so sorry. Thank you for taking care of him as you are doing. There are orthopedic vets that specialize in these types of injuries. You might want to check that out. I learned the hard way NEVER NEVER for even a minute to let a cat outdoors. It is not cruel ( and Im not beating up on you, years ago I bought a house on a quiet dead end street so my cats could roam safely. Well, I was constantly battling fleas, fight injuries and worrying when they didnt come right home. Then a teen age girl driving 15 miles an hour on my quiet street hit and instantly killed one of the cats. She was devastated too as she owned 2 cats herself. She would not even drive for a month after that. Not to mention how terrible I felt. I work in a cat shelter and people whose cats got killed outside come in crying.. Oh but he loooovvvved it outside, they sob, NO, he got conditioned to go out . Cats are curious and will try to explore any new thing or area. If the cat sneaks outside the lazy owner gets the idea less cat litter and box duty and the cats spends more time outside and something always happens. Your cat can be retrained to stay inside at all times. Of course they need to be neutered . I had a carpenter put up a door between my front hall and the outside door. The cats knew not to go out when I left the house . Its when I would be coming in with grocery bags they would get out. With the 2 doors it was impossible. Your cat will be fine indoors. The outdoors does not love THEM as sadly you have found out. Terrible as this is at least he is alive. Watch the dose on the pain killers. They have some rough side effects so you dont want to give any more than absolutely necessary. Go on line to a wonderful source of cat info. The people on here write in from all over the world and so many are incredibly knowlegeable. I bet you would find out much more info about these kind of injuries, pain meds, etc. It is one of the YAHOO groups right here on YAHOO called “for the love of cats”, they have sub groups on almost anything to do with cats, theyve helped me a lot. I will send prayers for your cats speedy recovery. Take care and thank you for caring for him. “this too shall pass”. Good luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    ankle fracture surgery?
    i am 32 and had an ankle fracture (ice skating) 8 weeks ago. I had surgery and 10 screws and plate inserted. The fracture is at the posterior malleolus and the fibula. Treatment going good. Doc says i am responding well. Right now i am on Partial Weight Bearing stage with crutches… when will i be able to walk normally without crutches….. Serious answers please

    • ANSWER:
      I did not get the screws but had similar surgery. It took a while but it also takes time to heal. Remember that the outside can look great but interiorly it takes a little longer. You need to take your time and it took me 6 weeks after surgery to start walking short distances (bed to bathroom or desk to doors.) When you do the physical therapy you will see the improvements.

  42. QUESTION:
    Treatment for hairline fracture?
    what is the treatment for a hairline fracture on the tibia of the ankle
    it was such a small break it hardly showed up in the xray.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest that you talk this over with your doctor and ignore any other advice given on this forum.

  43. QUESTION:
    treatment for hairline fracture?
    what is the treatment for a hairline fracture on the tibia of the ankle?

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Bimalleolar ankle fracture – no surgery; weightbearing a week before suggested time?
    Hi,

    11 weeks ago I twisted my ankle and managed to fracture both sides; although surgery was considered the consultant opted for conservative treatment (no surgery) as the bones were in a good position and hadn’t moved from the position.

    Although I was told not to weightbear for another week (5 days really), I could not postpone working any longer as they would have let me go.

    My job does require a lot of standing – serving customers, but I am only working 2 more days this week; one 4hr shift and another 5hr shift.

    My question is, will this have adverse affects on my healing? Also – what kind?

    Rather than the airboot I am suppose to be wearing, I have purchased a smaller brace – so that it will fit into a trainer.

    Please help! Am worried about my foot but also my job – I mean my leg comes first…..but a job is a job and not easy to find.
    (I tried to upload a picture of my last x-ray – 2 1/2 weeks ago – but it didn’t work – the inside bone is completely healed (small break) and there just seems to be a faint shadow where the other (big break) was)

    I was told at my last app to be in the boot for another 3 weeks and no more appointments were necessary.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Alia,

      Chances are that you’ve probably given it enough time to heal. I couldn’t be sure unless I saw some up-to-date X-rays of your ankle. I would suggest taking it easy as possible when you’re standing for the next week or so, especially avoiding the stairs – take the lift or escallator wherever possible to minimise the range of movement and weight distribution changes between your legs.

      I doubt you’ll have any long-term problems as a result of the fractures, but again, I’d probably be able to give a more educated response if I could see an up-to-date set of X-rays… because I do this for a living!

      Good luck with getting back into the swing of work – I bet it’s tough after all that time off!

      All the best,

      Just some guy

  45. QUESTION:
    I stepped in a hole and thought i broke my ankle went to the ER and was treated badly what should i do?
    On the fourth of July I stepped into a hole and twisted my ankle. I thought I might have fractured or broke it because it hurt and swelled up really bad. I got to the ER and there was like three people there waiting. I waited for two hours till a nurse came and got me. I was in a wheel chair for I couldn’t walk and she forcefully was herding me through doorways to my room actually knocking my foot up against the door once and then asking me if that hurt?! I got my xrays done and waited in the room for about thirty minutes and the doctor came poked his head in the door and said your foot is not broken. That is the only time I saw him. The hospital is a county hospital and was not busy. I was discharged with a bandage around the foot and no one told me how to take care of it or what I should do. It still hurts really bad should I go see my family doctor if it is just a sprain and should I report to someone about the treatment at this hospital? It just didn’t seem right.

    • ANSWER:
      Call the hospital that you were treated at and ask for the
      “Human Resource” department. Tell them you want to file a complaint, then tell them your story.

  46. QUESTION:
    Pain on top of foot with very very minor ankle fracture.. Help?
    Ok, so a week and a half ago I broke my ankle. It was the tiniest little fracture there could be and the Dr said they are gonna treat it like a sprain. However, they still put me in a freaking cast! Well, 5 days later I attempted my first shower (gross, I know!) and did everything they told me to do but STILL got the inside wet. So I had to have it taken off at the ER cause it was a friday night. They put me in a walking boot and said Monday morning, call to get a new cast. Well when they were cutting the wet one the lady said “OMG they double casted it! They NEVER do that! Can’t believe it especially how small it was!” I was just like, great…

    Anywho, the Walking boot is magnificent!!! I can actually get around, do things, and it doesn’t hurt one bit! Well except when I take it off to give my leg a breather.

    If I leave it off for more than 10 minutes, my entire flipping foot cramps up and is hard to walk on. Even with the boot. So… Before I go whining to my doctor and they throw another freaking cast on me, (which I am avoiding anyway…. hence no Cast today-its monday- especially since they were “going to be treating it as a sprain” I think they went overboard on treatment if you ask me!) What on earth is causing this? Inactivity too much activity? Just me being hurt? Its more painful than the stupid break! But it DOES go away after a little while.

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

  47. QUESTION:
    do ankle fractures affect height?
    I had fractures in both my ankles in may and i am worried if my height would affected. I didn’t had a surgical treatment
    my height has not increased till december and i’m worried if my height has stopped
    i am of 15 years

    • ANSWER:
      as long as the fractures healed well then i don’t think you will have a problem with height, by the sounds of it the fractures wern’t too bad as they didn’t require surgery so they have probably healed fine. If you are really concerned about this then have a chat with your GP.

      Good luck and happy growing

      Loz

      xx

  48. QUESTION:
    my ankle is still swollen after I removed the cast?
    is it normal for a fractured bone after over 1.5 month? any treatment could make it better?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      *****I recommend that u get your ankle recheck to make sure everything has heal correctly. See if it hasn’t the ankle will continue to be swollen because it’s still injury. I read other people statments and it’s incorrect about it been swollen still if anything it would look smaller then the other ankle because it’s been in a cast, so sweety please follow up with you doc. I wish u the best and I hope u have a Divine Day and a Happy Easter

  49. QUESTION:
    I need to see a doctor 4 fracture ankle. the doctors i have been seeing are mis diag.Im on ssi, medi.starts 1y?
    I FEEL THE DOCS. HAVE NOT CARED FOR ME . OR LISTEN TO ANY REQUEST I HAVE MAD .DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO ? THE ONLY THING I AM SURE IS THAT I DONT WANT TO GO BACK.HOW CAN I GET MEDICAL TREATMENT.ELSEWHERE TOTAL DISREGAURD BY THESE DOCS . WHAT TO DO NEXT ????
    I HAVE HAD THREE SURGERYS LAST ONE NOV6 .08 HAD GOING PHY. I STOP GOING IT HURT TO MUCH. HAD TO 1MONTH TO SEE AGAIN. KNOW ITS A CAST .BUT DOC .SAID WE ARE IN SALVAGE MOOD, MAY HAVE AMPUTAT, I CAN MOVE TOES ,GOOD BLOOD FLOW NOT BLOOD DISORDERS.WHEN I WAS IN HOSP. GOT SICKER THAN UNTIL I GOT HOME,AND STOP TAKING ALL THE MEDS.

    • ANSWER:
      For a fracture? Hospital or a clinic.

  50. QUESTION:
    What is the proper treatment for deep contusion/hematoma-inside of the shin, 8″ above the ankle.?
    My leg impacted a jet ski at 45 mph 6 weeks ago. Had X ray, no fracture. Area is 5″ long by 3 ” wide, swollen and hard knot visible with no bruis visible, just a red spot. How is the best way to treat?
    First X-ray was at 4 weeks from injury. Hot soaks in hot tub increase the visibility of the wound. Talked to a Dr. today informally, and he suggested cat scan, or MRI. This information suggests that mmmckin is accurate in suggesting that bone is fractured. Dr also pointed out that x ray might not be able to pick up small fracture. Reported that small fracture in the leg might take up to 12 weeks to heal. Any other conclusions? Thanks mmmckin, I will be following your advice.

    • ANSWER:
      That visible hard knot is calcium deposits trying to rebuild a bone. It seems that the xray did not pick up your fracture. You need to go back to the doctor. I had the same thing happen but to my foot. An xray doesn’t pick up a hairline fracture immediately, but wait a day or two, and there it is.


Fractured Ankle X Ray

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How Can I tell wheater I broke or fractured my ankle with out getting an X-Ray?
    I hurt my ankle in basketball then I think I hurt it worse playing kick ball at a birthday party, then me and my friends were playing ding dong ditch and I probably hurt it more then I went to play basketball and I fell. lol I have soaked it and iced it,and its wrapped but it still hurts. What else can I do to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      Ankles are difficult to diagnose without an x-ray. Even if you can walk on it ….it can still be broken. You have to get an x-ray to be sure and if you don’t it can hurt you in the long run. All that you can reaaly do is continue to ice it and keep it elevated.

  2. QUESTION:
    can an old ankle fracture show on a new x-ray?
    i went over on my ankle 4 days ago and had to go back to hospital today for an x-ray, the doctor has told me a fracture has shown on x-ray but this could be an old one. but the last time i fractured my ankle was 9 years ago would this still show on x-ray?

    • ANSWER:
      ya they can tell roughly how long ago it was broken somehow bc of how it has healed.. they did it for me

  3. QUESTION:
    Ankle X-ray didn’t reveal fracture? Walked on it for 9 weeks in pain. Now MRI says Fracture. What now??
    I had a severe ankle sprain 9 weeks ago, x-rayed the day of the injury, told there was no breakage and to do the Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate treatment. Was sent home with Tylenol for pain if needed. Swelling and pain were so bad I couldn’t stand it. I used crutches for 2 weeks and still could not touch my foot to the ground. I went to another doctor, was x-rayed again, told that no breakage, but that stress fractures cannot always be seen and IF I wanted to wear a walking boot they would supply one. I took the boot and it did help walking, but the pain was still very severe. I was given Hydrocodone and taking that combined with Ibuprofen gave me a little relief. Called for refill of Hydrocodone, & my doc ordered an MRI. It shows I do have a fractured fibula. At 9 weeks, I still depend on Hydrocodone to function and it’s still swollen. I’m seeing a specialist in 3 days. Why did the x-rays miss this and how can it be fixed after walking on it like this for so long?

    • ANSWER:
      To answer the X-ray side of things. Some fractures are too small to be seen through a digital imaging system. Even after several weeks there may not be enough repair to the fracture site to be seen yet. It the case of a stress fracture, the are many micro fractures through that part of the body. After force is applied to it the size of the fracture increase but is internal and would still be difficult to see through normal x-rays. After several weeks of pain, your doctor should have order a more extensive exam such as a MRI or CT to exam whether their was a stress fracture. A typical fracture takes 6 to 8 wks to repair. This in a situation where little to no pressure is applied to the area in question. Like a person who has had heat stroke, your will be prone to getting more stress fracture so take extra precautions. Always stretch out, where the appropriate protective equipment and stop if you start feeling ANY pain. Good luck and God speed in your recovery!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can the doctor tell if you have a hairline fracture in your ankle without having an x-ray?
    My dad doesn’t want me to get an x-ray because it’s bad for you.

    • ANSWER:
      Though it’s true x-rays aren’t dangerous in the context of diagnosing fractures, diagnosing hairline fractures is very difficult from x-rays. False-negatives (not identifying a fracture though one is present) are quite common. However, the doctor will have a much harder time identifying a hairline fracture with physical examination only.

      There are a couple manual tests he or she could perform and a couple alternative instruments he or she could use including a tuning fork or ultrasound. The tuning fork also presents many false-negative results however. Few people realize ultrasound can be used too…It’s not just used on pregnant women. I know very few doctors who would bother though (it’s much easier for them to simply send for an x-ray).

      When it comes down to it, you could have a hairline fracture that doesn’t show on the x-ray and the doctor won’t be liable so long as he or shes got that x-ray.

  5. QUESTION:
    My ankle x-ray showed no fracture but after 11 days, my ankle aches so much! Why?

    • ANSWER:
      A sprain can take several weeks (about 4-6) to finish healing. You can expect soreness, swelling, and pain for a little while after that. You should give it some more time, and if it doesn’t feel any better you may want to consider seeing your doctor again. You should ice it, wrap it (if you aren’t already in a brace or something for the sprain), elevate it (above your heart), and try to stay off of it. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    i twisted my ankle and now its all swollen. i got an x-ray and it isnt fractured? what could be wrong?
    i have a full range of motion and it doesnt hurt- do you think my doctor will clear me to play volleyball tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:
      it’s probably a bad sprain and he probably won’t let you play

  7. QUESTION:
    I was told my ankle was broken, but my x-ray said questionable fracture. What does that mean?
    I’m supposed to give the x-ray to the orthopedic doctor. I’m hoping it means it may not be a fracture…

    • ANSWER:
      I think it means that you MIGHT have a fracture but not sure hope i helped Hope everything works out!

  8. QUESTION:
    fractured ankle!?
    i got a phone call from the people who did x-rays on my ankle, and they said i fractured my ankle! it just happened today, i tripped, and rolled my ankle forward.

    ):
    i can’t put any pressure what so ever on it. i’ve been doing the RICE method. but they said they can’t get a cast on me until next week!
    give me tips please!
    how long do u think it will take for it to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully, when your Dr. gets you into a cast, someone there will instruct you on using crutchess. The biggest caution is “Use your hands for support and not the tops of the crutches.” The tops are padded so many people think that the padding is to ease the pressure on the armpits. The crutch tops are merely for alignment and not support, and the padding is to protect your ribcage where the crutche top contacts it. Meanwhile, stay off of it. There are many web sights in Google on the use of crutches, one is below. good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can an Ankle Fracture be missed on an X Ray? More Info + Picture?
    I’m female, 16 years old and from the UK and generally healthy.

    3 (almost 4) days ago i went to A&E after having an ankle injury that stopped me weight baring and being able to move it.

    I rolled it Big toe first down a curb and swelling was almost instant, pain definitely was immediately after.

    I had x rays done after the Doctor in the hospital thought i had fractured my ankle. all of them came back clear, which i was pleased about. so he prescribed me some Co-Codamol and left me to hobble (which was and still is agonising).

    As i said its 3 days on and most of the muscular pain i had has gone, but i still have a deep aching feeling in my ankle at night and when i’m not moving it, and a sharp stabbing pain which is stopping me being able to bare weight.

    I’m on crutches for the moment, which i got my friends mum. i elevate it, ice it now and again and its rested most of the time.

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    http://s397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/cashew1992/?action=view&current=Anklepic.jpg

    Could i have a missed Fracture??

    • ANSWER:
      Thats possible!
      My friend went to A+E and they said it was ok and the next day they went back and told her she had fractured it.
      I also broke my ankle and they had to do 3 xrays at different angles because at one angle it looked to be no fracture, and the other two you could see the fracture.

      I had the same stabbing feeling in my ankle, i think the best idea is to keep it elvated still and keep ice on it, like you are doing and then go to the doctors who can check it over and then refer you to A+E if necessary.

      Hope i helped,

  10. QUESTION:
    how can i tell without gettin an x ray or visiting a doctor, whether or not my ankle is fractured?

    • ANSWER:
      Almost impossible to tell without xray. People have had hairline fractures and still were able to walk on it. It most likely will be very swollen and bruised. Get an xray.

  11. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle 1 week ago. Swelling is 3x size of normal ankle. X-ray showed nothing but he wanted to put me?
    X-ray showed nothing but the doctor wanted to put me in an aircast. Right foot already in one for soft tissue injury one more week in this. He said the swelling is pretty good but they can’t see a fracture. With this kind of swelling when would a fracture show up?

    • ANSWER:
      When some of the swelling goes down. You must sure be unlucky. Sometimes doctors put sprains in a cast to keep them immobile, and sometimes the sprain can be worse than a fracture. If you think about it a sprain is due to a stretching and/or possible tearing of tissue. Complete immobility is required to prevent stretching again and movement that would hinder the mend. 1st need is to decrease swelling. Then immobilization, best is to keep elevated and off it. Sounds like w/c time.

  12. QUESTION:
    My daughter apparently sprained her ankle. X rays show no fracture.?
    The injury occurred 6 weeks ago. She has worn an air cast, camp boot, and used crutches. At first there was some bruising below the ankle. For several weeks there was swelling of the toes and end of foot, and she could not wiggle her toes. There is still pain and occasionally warmth. The top of the foot and the arch bother the most. She still cannot walk on the injured foot. Would this be a ligament or tendon injury?

    • ANSWER:
      If the x-ray showed no fracture (break) then it’s a sprain; there are 3 grades of ankle sprains;

      Grade I Ankle Sprain:
      Grade I ankle sprains cause stretching of the ligament. The symptoms tend to be limited to pain and swelling. Most patients can walk without crutches, but may not be able to jog or jump.

      Grade II Ankle Sprain:
      A grade II ankle sprain is more severe partial tearing of the ligament. There is usually more significant swelling and bruising caused by bleeding under the skin. Patients usually have pain with walking, but can take a few steps.

      Grade III Ankle Sprain:
      Grade III ankle sprains are complete tears of the ligaments. The ankle is usually quite painful, and walking can be difficult. Patients may complain of instability, or a giving-way sensation in the ankle joint.

      Sounds like she may have a grade 3 sprain. Maybe it’s time to make a follow-up appt with the doc.

  13. QUESTION:
    what should I do about my ankle?
    In January, I suffered a fall while playing basketball. I felt a pain in my ankle that I have never felt before. It swelled up to monster size, and I could not walk on it for at least 3 days. I went to the doctor and he told me that it was a Grade 2 sprain, but he wanted to X-Ray the ankle to check for fracture. The X-Rays came back negative, and he told me it would be healed in about 6-8 weeks. It has been about 5 months now, and it is still slightly hurts. I can jog for only short distances on it, and I still feel frequent pain when in certain positions. I do not want to spend the time or money for a second opinion. My father told me that the initial X-Ray can hide a fracture, and it still could be fractured. The doctor just keeps telling me that this is normal. The other ankle is acting strangely too, like it has no energy to do anything. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      take a brown paper bag and tare it into strips, and emerge it into vinegar, wrap your ankle up and tie a plastic bag own it and allow the vinegar to completely dry,It will take away the swelling and fill as though it never happened. Trust me it truly works…if swelling is still their repeat the procedure one more time as above .I promise it truly works God Bless

  14. QUESTION:
    i had a x-ray of my right ankle as its been causing sever pain especially at night?
    findings of x-ray…..
    Ankle mortise is intact. There is presence of os sub-tibiale. Solid periosteal reaction seen of the distal tibia a the level of he interosseous membrane attachment. No acute fracture. No intra-osseous bony lessions… I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ALL THIS STUFF MEANS IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME SOME HELP/ANSWERS THAT WOULD BE GREAT…

    • ANSWER:
      Basically you have some extra bone growth at the far end of the larger leg bone next to the ankle.
      That would explain your having pain.
      My guess is that they will want to do surgery to correct this.
      *ankle mortise intact: the ankle isn’t dislocated
      *periosteal reaction: formation of new bone due to injury or other cause
      *distal tibia: the end of the tibia (larger leg bone) closest to the foot
      *os subtibiale: a bone in the ankle that some people have and some people don’t. You have it. It’s not abnormal, but when looking at your ankle, the dr. wants to know whether you have one or not.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I fractured my ankle?
    At my soccer game yesterday the girl I was guarding had the ball and was running down the field with it. So, I ran in front of her to get it. I fell and i think i heard a small crack in my ankle. It’s swollen and bruised. I can walk, but it hurts and I’m limping. I’m going to get an x-ray tomorrow but I would like to know if it’s fractured or broken. It also hurts to be turned to the left.

    • ANSWER:
      Only an X-ray can tell you. You can’t make an accurate assessment unless you can see the bone, which we obviously cannot.

  16. QUESTION:
    I played soccer and fractured my ankle. How long will it take to heal?
    Hey Guys I was playing soccer and someone pushed me and my ankle twisted.

    i went to the emergency room, did x rays and they said a chip is fractured and that that i wouldnt need surgery to do it,

    Today Is july 25th and My school starts on august 21st.

    I asked them how long it would take to heal but they said theywerent sure.

    Please help. At least give me a guess i dont care if your right or wrong
    thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Most fractures heal in about six weeks, if it is the type that requires a cast. Stress fractures heal at different rates, depending on much rest you give the area, so it is more difficult to give you a definite time.

  17. QUESTION:
    Fractured Ankle, how long am i out of commission.?
    I Sprained and fractured my ankle three days ago, I got x-rays and all that. However i don’t see my Family doctor until the weekend, so I’m just wondering how long it generally takes for an Ankle to heal, I play basketball somewhat religiously so as you can guess this is really kind of bumming me out, I can’t put even the slightest amount of weight on the ankle, and they’re has yet to be a second where it doesnt throb with pain..

    • ANSWER:
      Your recovery time will depend on the extent of the fracture. Being able to bear weight on it and being able to play basket ball are two entirely different things.

      But here’s a suggestion for keeping up your strength so that when you are allowed to start working out again you won’t have lost as much ground. Get an ergometer (stationary bicycle) and work out on it with your bad ankle propped on a stool or chair. There have been studies that show that exercising the good leg while a bad leg is recovering for an injury produces similar (by not exactly the same) benefits in the muscles of the bad leg, even though it isn’t being worked out. So you can keep your muscles in shape without injuring the bad ankle.

  18. QUESTION:
    Best treament for a possible fractured ankle?
    I twisted my foot almost a month ago now and it still is very sore and painful when I put trainers on for instance. I haven’t had time to go to get an x ray and wondering if anyone would know apart from ice and rest, and slowly getting back into training….. what would be the best way to overcome this? possibly cream?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Quit your self medication and go to an orthopedics. He will advice U a better treatment.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have a fractured ankle?
    I have heard of fractures not showing up on x-rays when extremely swollen…but i don’t know.. i don’t want to take any chances…

    Three days ago I fell on my ankle.. it was immediately swollen and bruised and i couldn’t sleep bc it was so painful.
    The next morning i went for an x-ray, they said to take an x-ray since it was so extremely swollen. they said it was just sprained, gave me crutches, and an air cast. that i would b able to walk on it in 2-3 days..

    so today, 3 days later, my ankle is still throbbing, i can’t stand on it, can’t walk and the bruise is all green/turning black and still swollen but not as swollen. i also fell in the shower today and now my ankle is having shooting pains…i can wiggle my toes (its difficult though) but i can’t rotate it at all..

    What is wrong with it? Should I get another x-ray? Is this normal for a sprained ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      The same thing happened to me…

      Your ankle is going to look and feel worse before it gets better. The good thing is the swelling has gone down, but the throbbing for me continued for a week to a week and a half. Don’t rotate your ankle it will only make recovery time much longer and falling in the shower didn’t help either. Most likely all you do have is a sprained ankle, but the way that you’re torturing it will not make it heal faster.

      I advise

      1. Bedrest (watching tv, reading a book, etc. you don’t necessarily have to sleep!)

      2. Water or other watery fluids

      3. Ice in a wet washcloth or plastic bag

      The best thing that you can do is to stay off of it, hobble around on one foot if you have to (hey i did it, it’s not to bad : ) Get something to keep your mind off of it and enjoy yourself, as much as possible : )

      Good Luck and Happy Healing!

  20. QUESTION:
    Any facts about fractured ankle?
    Okay so today I fell, landed on my ankle, something poped, I got x rays and the doctor called back and said I had a small fracture on my lateral malleolus.

    Gas anyone ever had this? Please tell me what helped you relieve the pain.

    • ANSWER:
      I had this. The doctor called it a weber fracture. It’s the outer ankle.
      There is not much you can do about the pain. Use analgesics. Once the leg is casted the pain relieves a lot. It takes about 10-14 days to get a weight bearing cast than you have to use the cast at least for 6 weeks.
      Don’t try to take it off earlier because it doesn’t hurt in the cast. The overall recovery time will be even longer. A friend took it off on her own after she could walk normally for 5 km in the cast. The foot got so swollen that we had to get her back to hospital.

  21. QUESTION:
    I fractured me ankle 2 weeks ago, how long will it take before I can walk again?
    I fractured my ankle and am now in a fiber glass cast. It’s been two weeks and I have a week and a half before I return to the doctor for another x-ray. I would like to know if its possible for me to at least get a walking cast or a boot during my next visit to the doctor. Since it is a fiber glass cast and not a plaster cast I’m assuming the fracture is not that bad and is not out of place, so how long do you think it will take before I can start walking on it again?

    • ANSWER:
      Six weeks in a cast? That’s too long unless it’s really bad especially for a fracture don’t you think? My case is four weeks in a cast and two in a walking boot. A boot isn’t even bad, just like a normal shoe but “big” – so once your cast is off you’ll be walking! I got two weeks to go in a cast and I get to walk again! Yay!

  22. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle cast?
    I fractured my ankle on Friday, then yesterday I went to the ER and they did x-rays and confirmed my ankle was fractured. They told me it should heal well and that surgery was highly unlikely, but they want me to have no weight baring and to use crutches. Monday I have to call an orthopedic doctor to get an appointment for a cast of some sorts to be put on.

    My question is, what type of cast will they likely put me in? I ask because there is absolutely NO WAY I can walk with crutches with no weight baring. I’m overweight as it is, and it’s been nothing but torture since I have been trying. I know there are walking boots, but I’m afraid that the doctor will not allow that. This is horrible and seriously, I think I’d rather be dead right now than have to go through this.

    • ANSWER:
      probably going to put a cast that goes up to your knee

  23. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my ankle?
    Three months ago, I suffered a fall while playing basketball. I felt a pain in my ankle that I have never felt before. It swelled up to monster size, and I could not walk on it for at least 3 days. I went to the doctor and he told me that it was a Grade 2 sprain, but he wanted to X-Ray the ankle to check for fracture. The X-Rays came back negative, and he told me it would be healed in about 6-8 weeks. It has been about 12 weeks now, and it is still slightly swelled up. I can not run or jog on it, and I still feel frequent pain when in certain positions. I do not want to spend the time or money for a second opinion. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, you have to buck up and pay the doctor for a legitimate diagnosis.

      Sounds to me like a heavy sprain. I’ve had them several times in my life. Once, I had both ankles sprained from falling down 14 feet into a building.

      They may take a long time to heal. Sometimes a damned long time. I suggest you visit the doctor to ease your mind. Still, ice your ankle if the swelling is still bad. Lay off it whenever possible.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you discern a new avulsion fracture of the ankle from an old injury, based on the x-ray?
    It is a very tiny chip on the medial side of the lateral malleolus (I don’t know what the specific location is called, but it’s between the distal fibula and what I think is the talus–the talocrural joint?…that’s if I remember the image correctly)

    So I am wondering if there is a way to tell if this is an old injury or if it happened recently, as I rolled my ankle the other day and it is still in a lot of pain. The ER doc didn’t say it was an avulsion fracture, just that my ankle should heal if I rest it and ice it plenty. But he mentioned the chip, and upon closer inspection of my negative, I definitely see what he’s talking about.

    Just curious if there is anyone here that has any unofficial advice. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Little accessory ossicles are pretty common in the area, and, like old chips, tend to have more rounded edges. It’s more an artistic interpretation than an objective finding that tells you the difference.

  25. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle, foot still swelling after 5 days?
    Hi,
    On Sunday, i fell 7m from a rock and fractured my ankle whilst rock climbing. I had to keep walking on it for like 5 hrs the day it happened, went to hospital as soon as possible, they put stitches in my shin and thought because of my ability to walk that it wasn’t fractured. Ankle was swollen but foot wasn’t.
    Next day, i got an X-Ray, they said it was fractured, and put my leg in plaster.
    After three days, the foot and toes have started to swell up, and they still are now? Is this normal? (the plaster doesn’t cover the end of the foot, that’s how i can see it)

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep the leg elevated above the heart to keep the swelling down. “Toes higher then the nose” When the selling goes down then you can bring it down. However if it starts to swell again then you need to prop it up again.

  26. QUESTION:
    Please help i have a fractured ankle?
    okay so it’s not for sure that i have a fractured ankle because the doctor said on my x-rays you can see a little streak but that may or not be a fracture and if it is a fracture it would be just a little one..okay so today is the 6th day…today i woke up in the morning and my foot isnt swollen anymore its just a little like just where the ankle is and it reallyy itches..does that mean its getting better? i am on crutches and the doctor said tostay on them for 2 wees and go back and do another x ray

    • ANSWER:
      yeah, don;t worry, try rotating it gently in a few days time and putting soft weight on it to strengthen it up again

  27. QUESTION:
    Do I need to get an x ray for my ankle?
    I was walking to trash can at 7:45 this morning and I slipped on some ice and fell off the curb. My foot twisted in and the outside of my ankle touched the ground. It hurt at first, but after a few minutes, I was able to get up and walk on it, painfully, but walking. When I got home a few hours later, I laid in bed and did the RICE treatment. Now, it is about 10 hours later and my ankle has severe pain. I can not walk on it and it is still swollen, even after ice. Is it possible that I fractured something? Is this more than just a sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      No way to know if it’s fractured without an x-ray. See a doctor – he or she will decide if an x-ray is necessary.

  28. QUESTION:
    How would I know if I fractured or broke my ankle?
    The pain only happens at night and it’s to the point where it’s not letting me sleep.

    I’m able to walk on it but I keep thinking there’s something more wrong than there really is. The swelling has gone down a bit but the pain is oh so there.

    Should I go get an x-ray this morning with a doctor? Or should I wait it out another day? This pain has been around since Saturday night.

    • ANSWER:
      Is this because of an injury?

      If there’s still pain, then I would go see a doctor. Especially if their was an injury and swelling. It might just be a bad sprain. But either way, you should not be walking on it. Sprains actually take longer to heal than a break. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Also, it’s possible that you may have also torn something.

      It is possible to have either a break or sprain ad still be able to walk on it, but with pain!

  29. QUESTION:
    sprained or fractured ankle?
    im 13 years old + a girl. i had a taekwondo test last saturday and while sparring something happened to my ankle and i fell down. while i was going down i thought i heard something softly pop or crack but i don’t know. but it hurt when i walked on it but i kept sparring after i put ice on it. when i got home i put ice on it and elevated it and the swelling went down, but the next 2 days its still swelled and the whole side that i hurt is discolored. my mom is taking me to my doctor tomorrow to see what we should do but i wanted to ask yahoo before i go. my dad says walking + no crutches is the best is that true? do you think he would want me to get a x-ray? do you think it could be fractured but i don’t know it? do you think it is just sprained? state what you know to give me an idea!

    • ANSWER:
      If you were willing to walk on it the day it happened you probably just sprained it. But since you heard a crack it could be broken. I just broke my ankle two weeks ago and I knew the second I fell it was broken. Most people know if they have broke something

  30. QUESTION:
    CT scan for a fractured ankle?
    My 11 year-old son has fractured his ankle and the podiatrist we consulted said it was Salter Fracture Type 1. The doctor has done x-rays in the office, but also ordered a CT scan. I would like to know if the CT scan is really necessary and if the radiation exposure risk is justifiable in the case of a small fracture?

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Can you have a bone fracture that doesn’t show up on an x-ray?
    If there is ankle pain especially when standing, or when heavy blankets cover the foot, can there be a fracture not found by an x-ray?

    • ANSWER:

  32. QUESTION:
    how to read an x ray of your foot? cast for a fractured foot?
    soooo, i got x rays on my foot yesterday cause on wednesday i hurt it. & its been inflamed & bruised & lots of swelling from then til now. (its saturday) and i got my x rays on a CD cause i was really curios. but i wont no whats wrong til monday. so im looking at it & theres like a white cloud over where i hit my foot. (my ankle. close to my talus) like its hard to see anything cause its a bunch of white. but i do see this like thin white line.

    anyone no how to read an xray or no anything about what i said?

    also if i have a hairline fracture or a fracture whats the treatment?
    like an air cast? a plaster cast? a splint? or just an ace wrap.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Is my ankle fractured or is it just a bad sprain?
    Hey Guys,
    On Monday I was just walking round college when my ankle gave way. It was immediately very painful and swelled up straight away with some bruising. I was able to walk on it with some difficulty. I just assumed it was a sprain and iced it for the next few days. On Thursday I was again walking round college and my ankle gave way again, this time it was a lot more painful and harder to walk on. Today it still hurts to walk on but not terribly however there is a lot of tenderness on the knobbly bit of my ankle on the outside with some bruising and it is still quite swollen. I went to the college health centre on friday who gave me a strapping and told me to get an X-ray tomorrow morning. Should I just leave the ankle as it is or should I get an X-ray in case there is a fracture?
    Just one more thing, my ankle hurts even if i’m not walking/standing on it..is this a sign of a fracture or can sprains be like this too?

    • ANSWER:
      get an x-ray. it is better to be safe than sorry.

      feel better :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Do i have a fractured tib/fib??…ankle?? PLEASE HELP I’M CRYING!!!?
    So on the 2nd i was in a car accident and got pretty banged up. Yesterday i went to get my shin area x-rayed because it’s still pretty sore and i thought i had a hairline fracture…. they said it looked good. Today it swelled up a lot and it hurts really bad. My ankle is swollen now and you can’t even see the ankle bone…. she stopped the x-ray right before my ankle…sometimes it feels like my bone is snapped in half and sometimes it doesn’t hurt at all…. i’m worried that there still may be something wrong. You can’t see any bruising but is my bone just bruised? Or could my shin hurt too even if it’s my ankle that is fractured….hairline fracture??

    • ANSWER:
      To everyone who is telling you to go and just tell them what x-rays you want… it doesn’t work like that. You have to have an order from a doctor in order to get x-rays. It’s like a prescription – just like you can’t walk into the pharmacy and get drugs without the order from a doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Could my sprained ankle actually be a stress fracture?
    I hurt my ankle about 3 weeks ago. When ever i landed i hurt a popping noise in my ankle. I went to the doctor and he said it was just a minor sprain and I would be back to normal in a bout a week. My mom was saying there could actually be a stress fracture and it just wasn’t visible on the x ray. My ankle now has a full range of motion again but it still hurts if I run and jump around on it. So do you think its possible that I could have a small fracture/stress fracture?

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    Got x-rays on my ankle yesterday … forgot what the dr said .. but there was like a dark white line on my?
    ankle in the x-ray … and i don’t think it’s a fracture, since it wasn’t broken off, but it looked cracked … is it a sprain or pulled ligament? how long should i stay off of my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      I would stay off it for a couple of weeks and then test it out and if any pain comes back them rest it a bit longer
      I’m no doctor but dark white is grey

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it physically possible to walk on a fractured ankle with only moderate pain?
    I’m a 14 year old. just getting that out there :) I fell on my ankle 3 months ago, and when I fell, I heard like a crack. and I felt weird. like, it was a dream, like my vision was blurry, i guess. not sure how to describe it. it hurt like a MOFO! and then I snapped out of it, but I felt physically sick to my stomach.. that went away a minute later. I crawled over to my bed, I couldn’t budge my ankle, and it was all swollen. it was a little stiff the next day, but I could walk on it, with moderate pain. I went to my doctor that day. he said I had a “high sprain.” okay, so it hurts, like if I’m standing on it for too long, or walking for like 30 minutes.
    so, it’s 3 months later (present) and it still hurts. so I go to another doctor. he says that at my age, it should have been better 2 – 3 weeks after it happened. he said it was probably either fractured or I tore a ligament. I haven’t had an x-ray, going on Friday. ( July 15th)
    ( i kicked a desk last year, and I fractured a little bone in my foot, I didn’t know it was fractured until 4 months later. but I had been playing softball and running on it, and it only hurt sometimes )

    that’s why I was wondering if it is physically possible for me to have fractured my ankle and still be walking on it with moderate pain.

    * when I rotate my ankle it cracks, but that’s the normal joint cracking. and it makes this grinding/popping noise.
    ** my ankle foot also gets numb sometimes. if that’s even related.

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah. I tore my ligament (and I knew it) but I still played soccer ( and it hurt) and this was around 3 years ago? They gave me crutches but I didn’t use them.Then I broke the same ankle and they forced me into a cast but when I got a walking cast I never used it. So now I have to go to physiotherapy and stuff. -.- But yeah you can definitely walk on a broken ankle. Heck, I played volleyball with two broken fingers ( they are bent so I know for sure that they were broken at some point and never healed properly) :D Good luck at your X-Ray ( I’ve had a lot of those LOL ) :P

  38. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle: Healed or Not? Please answer…I want help! Thanks…?
    I fractured my ankle on October 4. I was in a fiber glass cast for 3 weeks…then I was put into a aircast for 3 weeks. I was on crutches the whole time. I went to the doctor one week ago and she told me to get off the crutches and still walk. I was (and still) in pain and was told it was just “kinks” that I had to get out from being immobilized. I agreed with the DOCTOR and started walking on it. I fractured my ankle and severely sprained a ligament (NO SURGERY) and pulled a muscle in my lower leg. Today, one week later, it still is not better. It hurts to move, wiggle, and put pressure on. I have been moving it around with exercises each day. No improvement and it hurts as the day progresses…still! I can walk on it and the pain is bearable. However, when ever i move, wiggle, or step on my ankle…it CRACKS. Not painful or anything but it constantly cracks. Why? Is it healed? She said the x ray looked much better and it is healed. It is not dislocated. The doctor said that I should be able to walk by next week in a sneaker! How? Will I need a brace for soccer( how i fractured it)??The doctor said I will definately need Physical Therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      One cannot say for sure if it is healed (or healing) without looking at comparitive x-rays. However, you are still in a phase of healing where if you put too much stress on it, it will go back to inflammation, putting you in a chronic state. I would adjust how you walk by walking without the crutches when it is not bad, but use the crutches when the pain gets sharp and starts to progress. You can still put some weight on it with the crutches, you use them enough so that you avoid sharp pain.

      Cracking is not uncommon after this type of injury, as long as the crack itself is not painful, do not worry about it.

      If not better in another week by modifying your use of the crutches, I would see the doctor again.

      Contact the doctor either way.

  39. QUESTION:
    do you need to get injected by something before you get your x-ray?
    anyway, while I was playing in school. I accidentally landed on my teammates foot when I jumped. I landed on one foot and it wasn’t flat on the floor. I had pain in my ankle and I’m planning to get an x-ray if there’s a fracture. so do I need to get injected by something before I get my x-ray?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope! X-Rays are intended to show up damage to bones.

  40. QUESTION:
    I stress fractured my ankle and have some questions:?
    I can walk completely fine, I only experience a sharp pain when I run. However, the x-rays he took show that I have a stress fracture. How is this possible when I can walk fine if it is fracture?

    • ANSWER:
      ask the doc.
      also, it is possible. one of my friends broke his ankle and felt no pain till the next day(then again he was drunk as fuck)

  41. QUESTION:
    what exactly is an ununited avulsion fracture as pertaining to the right ankle?
    I would like to know as this is what it says on my ankle x-ray report…

    • ANSWER:
      A bone fracture which occurs when a fragment of bone tears away from the main bone. If it is the outside bone, fibula, that is common and should be o.k. over time.

  42. QUESTION:
    do i need to go to the hospital for a fractured ankle?
    well yesterday i was playing basketball and rolled my ankle. i thought it was a sprain cuz it swelled up. so i iced it and rested and then i woke up today and notice it bruised on both sides of my ankle. and still very swollen. i have come to the conclusion it might be fractured since my friend fractured his ankle and it looked the same. so my question is do i have to go to the hospital? or can i just use the brace they gave my friend. because from what he said, all the hospital did was x-ray and then gave him the brace and told him to stay off of it.

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for an ununited distal fibula fracture at ankle level?
    Fracture occured April 2, 2006 and was treated for 6 weeks with cast and four weeks with walking boot. I was told on July 5, 2006 with an x-ray that the fracture is not healed. Does anyone know what the next step would be?

    • ANSWER:
      seek an orthopaedic doctor, especially one who specializes in feet and ankles. it is uncommon for a fracture not to heal after 3 months. they may have to surgically repair it if it cant heal on its own

  44. QUESTION:
    Ankle still fractured?
    I broke my ankle 14 weeks ago, and had the plaster removed 8 weeks ago.I was not given an x ray when my plaster was taken off, the doc said it was healed by looking at it. I was still in a lot of pain so went for an x ray I have found out that my ankle is still fractured can anyone give any advice as to what will happen next please?

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    fractured ankle questions?
    Was wondering if having a boot caste put on for a very light fracture is normal when there is very little swelling,, Or if I may end up with a full ankle caste evutally? Basically there was a bone doctor on call the day I ended up in the Er he went over the x-ray and came in and saw me, had a boot caste put o instead of a split and said he would have it x-rayed in a few weeks, is that normal? has well.

    From what the doctors said its a very small fracture so was wondering how long it may take to heal, that swelling is already gone, and wasn’t that major when I went in., Basically cleared up the day after

    Sorry for any typos or errors, been a long day/.
    So having a boot caste is not out of the normal, the nurses even showed me how to keep it tight has the swelling adjusted/ thank you all for your answers and correct me if I am wrong, these air castes are wonderful.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      Yes, having a cast is almost always necessary to protect a fracture, and having a cast is a very solid ‘armor’, though it’s much warmer and itchier, but it does its job. Like Gracinda, I’m an occupational therapist too, and I mould a lot of splints for patients with fractures.

      Fracture healing rate depends on age, sex, existing medical conditions, nutrition and lifestyle – but standard is anything from 4 – 8 weeks, give or take 2 weeks. Good to hear that the swelling is gone – check if the cast is too loose by now, if it is, that means it’s not fitting very well, go back to re-cast or change it into a splint in that case. (a loose cast means poor positioning for optimal fracture healing).

  46. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle…? PLEASE help!!!!!?
    I think I may have fractured my lateral malleolus, it’s very swollen even after 2 weeks of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I have some health insurance issues right now, so I’m hesitant to seek medical care I can’t pay for. Is there any way (other than x-rays obviously) to tell whether I have fractured my malleolus or whether it’s just an ankle sprain? I can walk and run with some pain. thank you, please help!!!!

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    What can a doctor do about a sprained ankle?
    hi, i am 13 years old and i either sprained or fractured my ankle about 13-14 hours ago. the swelling was about an inch and a half above normal and is currently about an inch above normal. it is an inverted sprain and i have it elevated with ice and an ace bandage. it looks like its a grade 3 sprain or a minor fracture, i cant walk and am in constant pain, besides an x ray, what will the doctor do for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor isn’t going to x-ray it most likely, just a wrap and tell you to do what your already doing. Since the swelling is already going down and you’re doing all you should do, I would say just to keep off it and maybe take some pain reliever.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to heal my sprain ankle?
    I got a sprain ankle about 3 weeks ago. The x-ray showed no fracture and it was eventually going away but then just yesterday, i twisted my ankle again at the same place :( I’m using the Ace wrap when i go out but cannot avoid a lot of walking everyday for going to class and everything. So do you have any idea how long it will be for my sprain ankle to heal completely and i can run again?

    • ANSWER:
      A spain just takes time to heal,I would have to say at least a good 3 weeks,you can ice it down and help with the process and yes you will be able to run again,it just has to heal.

  49. QUESTION:
    Should I wait to walk on hairline fractured ankle?
    Ok. I am a 14-yr-old male. I was playing football a little more than 3 weeks ago (3 weeks 4 days) and during practice I got hit from the side. I went to catch my balance and my ankle twisted. I went to the hospital that night and they originally said that I sprained my ankle and I should be good to go in a few days; just ice and elevate it, etc. So the next day I got a call from the hospital saying they read the x-ray wrong and to come back, that my growth could be stunned. At this point I’m freaking out. We go back to the hospital and they tell me I have a hairline fracture in my ankle. Apparently they’re hard to see so they missed it the first time. Since then I’ve been in a half-cast splint thing wrapped around with ace bandages and some cotton wrapping with crutches. I have yet to go to an orthopedist because of extenuating circumstances (I know. I should’ve seen an orthopedist by now). Anyways, here’s the question:

    My ankle feels fine (to me anyways). Besides the fact that a few people tripped over my ankle, I haven’t bore any weight on it. I know from research that hairline fractures take at least 4-6 weeks, but should I try to walk on it or wait? The coach for basketball is letting me try-out once I get better so I’d really like to know. Thanks.

    PS. I would prefer a doctor (more specifically an orthopedist) to answer, but if you aren’t one, still feel free to answer.
    If I’m not supposed to walk on it, how long should I wait before I can?

    • ANSWER:
      i wouldn’t walk on it especially in the splint, because they are not designed to be walked on. you should really see an orthopedic they would have probably put you in a fiberglass cast or a walking boot.

  50. QUESTION:
    Should I wait to play on my fractured ankle?
    About 8 weeks ago (November 16, 2010), I fractured my ankle in football practice. I was in the midst of running and was hit in my right shoulder girdle. Due to my force of motion and the force acting against it, the result was a plantarflexion in my left ankle to the point where I fell. I was unable to bear weight on the afflicted ankle, and within 2-3 hours, I was taken to the emergency room.

    My original diagnosis was that I had sprained the ankle; they gave me a splint and crutches and told me I would be able to walk fine by the following Monday (the event happened on a Tuesday). However, the next day I received a phone call from the hospital saying that they read the x-rays wrong and needed me to come back to the hospital because I had fractured it (you could only imagine how I felt!). So I came back, they apologized, and the put me in a fiberglass splint to accompany the crutches they had given me the previous day.

    Due to extenuating circumstances, I did not get to follow up with an orthopedist until almost 5 weeks later. Once I had seen the doctor and had taken x-rays, he assessed that I had a hairline fracture of the distal tibial epiphysis (I later researched to find out that it was a vertical fracture in the central third of the distal tibial epiphysis). He took off the fiberglass cast and put me in a walking boot. He then told me I would have to use both the walking boot and the crutches for 2 weeks with partial pressure (making 7 weeks), and then I would only use the boot as support for full pressure (making 9 weeks total).

    So here is my dilemma…

    I stopped wearing the boot half-way through the full pressure stage of the walking boot (end of week 7). The first couple of days I had a slight (barely noticeable) limp, but after walking on it a little more, the limp started to fade. I found out I could jump on it with slight, barable discomfort, but I couldn’t stand on my toes with just that one foot (however, I could stand on that one foot fine).

    Furthermore, there was one tiny detail I forgot to mention. I’ve been waiting to play on my basketball team the entire season (technically, I didn’t even try out yet). The coach said he would wait until my ankle is better and I give him a doctor’s note clearing me to play. I figured if I got an ankle brace and sort of self-rehabilitated my ankle, it would be okay.

    Do you think this is okay to do? Should I put the boot back on? Or would that reverse the rehabilitation I’ve already gone through? And what should I do about the basketball dilemma? I appreciate your input (and apologize for making this so long. ha)

    By the way, I am a 15 year old boy (though I was 14 when the fracture happened) if this helps.

    • ANSWER:
      You should wait. Give it more time to heal.


Fractured Ankle Rehabilitation

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Should I wait to play on my fractured ankle?
    About 8 weeks ago (November 16, 2010), I fractured my ankle in football practice. I was in the midst of running and was hit in my right shoulder girdle. Due to my force of motion and the force acting against it, the result was a plantarflexion in my left ankle to the point where I fell. I was unable to bear weight on the afflicted ankle, and within 2-3 hours, I was taken to the emergency room.

    My original diagnosis was that I had sprained the ankle; they gave me a splint and crutches and told me I would be able to walk fine by the following Monday (the event happened on a Tuesday). However, the next day I received a phone call from the hospital saying that they read the x-rays wrong and needed me to come back to the hospital because I had fractured it (you could only imagine how I felt!). So I came back, they apologized, and the put me in a fiberglass splint to accompany the crutches they had given me the previous day.

    Due to extenuating circumstances, I did not get to follow up with an orthopedist until almost 5 weeks later. Once I had seen the doctor and had taken x-rays, he assessed that I had a hairline fracture of the distal tibial epiphysis (I later researched to find out that it was a vertical fracture in the central third of the distal tibial epiphysis). He took off the fiberglass cast and put me in a walking boot. He then told me I would have to use both the walking boot and the crutches for 2 weeks with partial pressure (making 7 weeks), and then I would only use the boot as support for full pressure (making 9 weeks total).

    So here is my dilemma…

    I stopped wearing the boot half-way through the full pressure stage of the walking boot (end of week 7). The first couple of days I had a slight (barely noticeable) limp, but after walking on it a little more, the limp started to fade. I found out I could jump on it with slight, barable discomfort, but I couldn’t stand on my toes with just that one foot (however, I could stand on that one foot fine).

    Furthermore, there was one tiny detail I forgot to mention. I’ve been waiting to play on my basketball team the entire season (technically, I didn’t even try out yet). The coach said he would wait until my ankle is better and I give him a doctor’s note clearing me to play. I figured if I got an ankle brace and sort of self-rehabilitated my ankle, it would be okay.

    Do you think this is okay to do? Should I put the boot back on? Or would that reverse the rehabilitation I’ve already gone through? And what should I do about the basketball dilemma? I appreciate your input (and apologize for making this so long. ha)

    By the way, I am a 15 year old boy (though I was 14 when the fracture happened) if this helps.

    • ANSWER:
      You should wait. Give it more time to heal.

  2. QUESTION:
    Hospital procedure for compound ankle fracture?
    Like, do they immediately take you to the emergency room? Then what (X-rays, splint, etc.)? When you are getting x-rays, are you allowed someone to be with you? Do they give you pain killers immediately, or afterwards? What kind of pain killers do they give you? If you are in a sport, say gymnastics or dance, how long approximately do you think you would be out? How long does it take to heal? Is there rehabilitation needed? What kind of cast do they use, does it change through out? How long are on pain killers – or do they become less strong as time goes on?

    Sorry for so many questions, I just need to be very detailed and accurate! This is for a story in English class, and I want it to be as accurate as possible. If you have personal experience, that would be great! Thank you so much =)
    Oh and – important – how much school would you miss (if you were a student)?
    And sorry, but also is surgery necessary?

    • ANSWER:
      I had a foot injury back in April. I had it in the morning and I was driven to urgent care. The emergency room is for more serious things like strokes and heart attacks while urgent care is for injuries, allergic reactions etc. They wheelchaired me in and with an ankle fracture I’m sure you won’t be able to walk so it’ll be the same. I had to wait 20 minutes I’m not sure why, most likely because the doctor was with other patients. Soon enough I went in, they weighed me, asked me what happened, gave me some ice to lessen the swelling, and had me lay down for about a half hour. I’m not sure how many people can be in there with you but I had two people with me.

      After about 30 minutes of laying down, the nurse took me to get some xrays done. I went back to the room and the doctor came in 10 minutes later. He explained that I had several fractures and needed to find out if surgery was needed. He referred me to a podiatrist which is basically a foot/ankle specialist. As I was leaving, they gave me 600mg of Hydrocodone(Vicodin) + some crutches + wrapped my foot up in a splint

      I went to the podiatrist and waited for him to check me up. He looked at the xrays the hospital faxed him and said that I needed to get a CT scan to rule out if I need surgery or not. I then went to a place to get a CT scan (Can’t remember what it’s called) and basically they said they would fax the scan to the doctor and yeah.

      A day later, I went back and he told me I did in fact need surgery which I’m sure you would most likely need for a compound ankle fracture. I believe it was optional but he said w/o surgery, I could develop arthritis. I went to get surgery about a week later. In the time I was waiting, I had to rest my leg and ice it quite a bit and keep it elevated with some pillows to lessen the swelling.

      I had surgery a few days later, they knocked me out, and I woke up really woozy because the drugs were still a bit effective. They stitched me up and all that and really packed my foot tight with gauze and the splint.

      About a month later I got checked up again, they removed the stitches, and asked me if I wanted plaster or an air cast. I chose the air cast because you can’t remove plaster to wash your foot/leg. Plus plaster would make your leg quite gross due to lack of washing, air, etc. With the air cast, you can remove it and take a shower and stuff but I couldn’t walk just yet so I had to keep the crutches.

      About another month later, they got rid of my crutches but I still needed the air cast. A few weeks later, they told me I could remove the cast and walk myself but not play football or soccer or anything and to just take it easy. That’s basically where I am right now. I’ll get another check up in 2 weeks which will tell me my progress! :D Remember this is all about a foot injury but I’m sure an ankle fracture is almost the same. Also, the routine will all be circumstantial depending on how bad the fracture is, if you need surgery and all that.

      To answer all your questions:
      1) Yes, people are allowed in the room with you but I’m sure there is a limit.
      2) They would most likely give you a high dose of ibuprofen or vicodin.
      3) With a compound ankle fracture, I’m sure 5 months would be appropriate to resume your sports but even at that many months, you’d still need to take it easy as the bones would most like still be brittle and not very strong.
      4) My doctor told me full recovery would take about a year. I had 6 fractures and a couple of cracks in my other bones. I’m about 4 months in and I can put weight on my foot and can run but I look funny since I still limp a bit.
      5) Rehabilitation is solely your decision. If you think that you’re able to walk and aren’t afraid to put weight on your foot, you don’t need any rehab. I had no problem even with all the things with my foot.
      6) My casts went from regular cast(Splint) to an air cast. You can choose a plaster cast instead of an air cast but I doubt they’ll recommend the plaster as the air cast is more modern.
      7) I was on pain killers (Vicodin 600mg) for maybe 2 weeks and my mom got scared because I was sleeping all the time since it was so strong. By then the pain wasn’t as bad. It really really hurts when you have your foot elevated for a long time and have to go the bathroom because the blood instantly rushes to your foot. It’s horrible! Pain killers are your choice as well. If you can handle the pain, there’s no need. I also took antibiotics after surgery to keep away infection. They’re not neccessary if you don’t have surgery though.

      Once again, everything is really circumstantial depending on what happens. If you need any more info, feel free to ask!

  3. QUESTION:
    Can I enlist in the National Guard in a “Try One” enlistment and then transfer to the Marine Corps?
    I was discharged from the Marine Corps in 2006 and recieved a RE-3P reenlistment code. I got hurt with multiple fractures in my ankle and in my leg in Week 5 of Marine Corps bootcamp. I was transfered to MRP (Medical Rehabilitation Platoon) to heal up my injuries with the intentions of returning to training. However I recieved a very disturbing letter in the mail from my mom saying that my Grandfather (who was like a father to me) was very ill and close to death. At this point, all of the motivation and determination I had in me to return to training left me because of the sad news and as a result I wanted to go home to see my Grandfather before his passing. I requested to go home to the Senior Drill Instructor in charge of MRP, but my request was denied. As a result, I became desperate to come home to see my grandfather before his passing. I wrote letters home to my parents asking and pleading to do anything they can to get me home to see him. Unfortunately, it got to the point where my parents wrote letters to my chain of command making statements, which were untrue, against my well-being (with no mention of suicide). As a result of these letters, I was discharged for Depression and recieved a RE code of RE-3P. Currently I am trying to get reenlisted in the Marine Corps and rewrite the mistake I made and earn the title of United States Marine. If all else fails and just in case my request of reenlistment is denied, is it possible to enlist in a “Try One” (one year) enlistment with the Army National Guard and after one year, after obtaining a better reenlistment code, could I take my DD214 from the National Guard with the upgraded RE code and reenlist in the Marine Corps with better chances of being accepted into the Marine Corps to fulfill my dream of becoming a United States Marine?

    • ANSWER:
      Even if this was possible, you’d have to go back through Marine bootcamp. I don’t think you could do this though.

  4. QUESTION:
    Stress Fractures… Con leave.. Now what?
    Ok so I have two stress fracture on the right side of my pelvis. On the top and bottom of my pubis bone. I also have one in my left ankle. I was just sent on con leave for 30 days to “rest and heal.” I only had two weeks left of basic too (victory forge and the final apft). The thing is, I have 3 stress fractures and a 2 year old son (that means no rest), 30 days is not long enough to heal 3 stress fractures. When I report back to basic at the end of the month I have to go to PTRP (Phsyical Training and Rehabilitation Program) to finish healing. That program lasts up to 120 days. When I’m healed I am supposed to be put with a company that is where I left off at then I graduate and go to AIT. But what happens if I dont heal within the 120 days? Do I get sent home on con leave again? Will I get chaptered out? Will I get a discharge? What happens?
    Please no more stupid remarks about me taking care of my child. I have help with him and my priorities are in order, he is the reason i joined the Army! And please dont just assume that I am a single parent. The question is about my military future and my health… not my child.

    • ANSWER:
      I had 2 stress fractures in my right hip as well, somewhere around the 5-6th week of basic and managed my way through them. I honestly believe you will heal in 120 days so I wouldn’t stress much about it. You should be fine. However, if you don’t heal, you could get chaptered out. I feel for you though cause they are extremely painful. And I know taking care of a 2 year old and resting don’t exactly go hand in hand. Just try your best to take it as easy as possible. Good luck though.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do you have experience with this type of chronic pain?
    I had a car accident in 12/2008. My right ankle was reconstructed (4 plates – 1 screws), my right wrist fracture was put back together with 3 plates – 9 screws and I have 2 rods in my lower back where 5 vertebrae are fused together.

    For everything that I have gone through I have very little residual (24/7) pain. Mine increases over a period of 2-4-6 hours depending on activity. For example: We have handicap license plates. Some times we use the privilege and sometimes not. We will save the handicap spot at church/restaurant for someone who really needs it 24/7 since it is a quick activity alternating stand-walk-sit etc. Walmart is a different story. Going in I almost feel bad as if I am taking the spot from someone who really needs it. Then after we walk/stand around for 2 hours on hard flooring my ankle and back start to throb. Upon leaving Walmart I have transformed into the guy who really deserves to be in the handicap spot. Another example. I try to be reasonably active. Over a 3 month period I prepared to walk a 5k (3.1 miles). The loop I walk is .5miles so 6 laps is like walking a 5k. By myself: Lap 1 no problem. Lap 2 ok lets go for 1 more. Lap 3 ok I ‘m done. When I go with my comical walking partner he takes my mind of it and changes to lap 4 no problem, lap 5 ok 1 more and lap 6 – Rob your a very funny guy but I am done. I can’t concentrate on his jokes with the throb in my foot.

    I stay away from cortisone shots and only do the hydrocodone once to twice a month taken proactively before a trip with some excessive standing/walking etc. Normally I just stop walking & sit for a while and the pain turns to discomfort and then dissipates.

    However, I have not worked in 22 months. The don’t stand or sit or walk too long method of pain management has worked well for me during my rehabilitation but as I have been simulating a full day at work I am just totally wiped out by the end of the day. I am not sure how I am going to hold down a 40 hr/week job. Does anyone else experience this type of activity induced chronic pain?

    I am open to all serious responses. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      I am sorry you are going through this. I have not experienced this type of trauma, but I have heard good things about a medication called Tramadol. You can check it out here:

      http://chronicpainfacts.com/tramadol.html

      This site has good information about it. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    Am I morally eligible for Social Security Disability?
    I am having a hard time going through the SD application process. Physical therapist referred to me as a ‘tweener’ (between visually needy and functionally needy} and I should definitely file for SSD. If you look at me you’ll say ‘there is nothing wrong with him’. If you walk around with me for a day you will say ‘wow I did not know your limitations ran this deep!’. It has been very difficult for me to accept being referred to as disabled. So much so that I will sometimes partake in activities that may be adverse to me. I may do something in front of you today (lift some things or excessive lengths) but tomorrow will be a “practice day”. One where I need to recover in private from yesterdays public physical exertion.

    I had a car accident I had in 12/2008. My right ankle was reconstructed (4 plates – 1 screws), my right wrist fracture was put back together with 3 plates – 9 screws and I have 2 rods in my lower back where 5 vertebrae are fused together. I have very well controlled epilepsy. Even though the seizures are years apart, when I get one it is a full blown grand mal with potentially serious impacts. I have been driving for 20 years with no incidents. There were no other vehicles, no pedestrians and no witnesses to the event. My neurologist and I have agreed to err on the side of caution and assume it was a seizure. I have not driven a car for almost 2 years (12/13/08) which puts a real damper on your quality of life. Especially when my walking endurance is about 1/2 mile.

    My instantaneous mental interaction is as good as it was before but my short term memory/recall has been affected. Example. I can tell you the same info today that I told you yesterday and you say yeah I know, you told me yesterday. That makes me cringe with embarrassment. My long term recall is still there. I have to alternate between sitting/standing/walking to prevent or even dissipate the discomfort or even pain. I have limited walking distances. My wrist can write 3-4 full sentences then it hurts enough I have to stop. I should not lift anything repetitively. The list of small, non-apparent limitations goes on and on and the cumulative effect is becomes rather large.

    For everything that I have gone through I have very little residual (24/7) pain. Mine increases over a period of 2-4-6 hours depending on activity. For example: We have handicap license plates. Some times we use the privilege and sometimes not. We will save the handicap spot at church/restaurant for someone who really needs it 24/7 since it is a quick activity alternating stand-walk-sit etc. Walmart is a different story. Going in I almost feel bad as if I am taking the spot from someone who really needs it. Then after we walk/stand around for 2 hours on hard flooring my ankle and back start to throb. Upon leaving Walmart I have transformed into the guy who really deserves to be in the handicap spot.

    For pain relief, normally, I just stop walking & sit for a while and the pain turns to discomfort and then dissipates. However, I have not worked in 22 months. The ‘don’t stand or sit or walk too long’ method of pain management has worked well for me during my rehabilitation but as I have been simulating what a full day a full day at work would be like, I am just totally wiped out by the end of the day. I am not sure how I am going to hold down a 40 hr/week job.

    I have paid into Social Security for 20 years. Am I be too noble or do I have to get over the stigma and continue the application process?

    • ANSWER:
      Continue the process, you’ll get turned down the first time anyway. It’s standard procedure. And the process takes a long time.

      So if your condition worsens, at least you will be more familiar with the system and can file the second time without hesitation, and when you finally win, you will be paid retroactive to the first date of filing.

      With SSI you can work part time and still get up to 4.00 a month. With SSD, you’ll get a couple hundred more every month, but you’ll not be able to work again at all. And there will be people around trying to catch you “working” so be careful about hunting, yardwork, even mowing, or any gainful work. File for both SSI and SSD, you will get medical and prescription coverage and hospitalization with either..but at no cost with SSI, and copay for scripts is only , and office visits [FAQ-ANSWER]-, [FAQ-ANSWER] for emergency room and hospitalization and surgery.

      With SSI and SSD you’ll be eligible for other services too, like food stamps, and LIHEAP which helps with winter heating costs (call your county assistance office and have them mail you the forms). There’s an area transportation authority (ATA) too, that won’t cost you anything to take you to and from medical and dental appointments or even to the mall. It’s not alot but when you’re on a fixed income everything helps.

      You can get with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) a government agency that will help with education and training for a different field if you want and if you feel you can’t do your former job. You don’t have to pay them back and you’re not obligated in any way.

      Good luck, just don’t give up, be patient, you’re not young and you’re going to need that body for quite a while probably. The pain where your plates are will dissipate even more over time, if not, get an xray, screws may be working out since swelling has gone down.. Make sure the areas stay warm in winter.

      Go to counseling to help overcome the trauma and loss of independence, your job, and driving privileges. The psychiatrist can give you medicine to help you sleep comfortably thru the night. Gabapentin is non-narcotic and relieves pain throughout the body. Depression causes physical pain too. Add the psychiatrist and counselor to your next application.

  7. QUESTION:
    Am I morrally eligible for social security disability?
    am having a hard time going through the SD application process. Physical therapist referred to me as a ‘tweener’ (between visually needy and functionally needy} and I should definitely file for SSD. If you look at me you’ll say ‘there is nothing wrong with him’. If you walk around with me for a day you will say ‘wow I did not know your limitations ran this deep!’. It has been very difficult for me to accept being referred to as disabled. So much so that I will sometimes partake in activities that may be adverse to me. I may do something in front of you today (lift some things or excessive lengths) but tomorrow will be a “practice day”. One where I need to recover in private from yesterdays public physical exertion.

    I had a car accident I had in 12/2008. My right ankle was reconstructed (4 plates – 1 screws), my right wrist fracture was put back together with 3 plates – 9 screws and I have 2 rods in my lower back where 5 vertebrae are fused together. I have very well controlled epilepsy. Even though the seizures are years apart, when I get one it is a full blown grand mal with potentially serious impacts. I have been driving for 20 years with no incidents. There were no other vehicles, no pedestrians and no witnesses to the event. My neurologist and I have agreed to err on the side of caution and assume it was a seizure. I have not driven a car for almost 2 years (12/13/08) which puts a real damper on your quality of life. Especially when my walking endurance is about 1/2 mile.

    My instantaneous mental interaction is as good as it was before but my short term memory/recall has been affected. Example. I can tell you the same info today that I told you yesterday and you say yeah I know, you told me yesterday. That makes me cringe with embarrassment. My long term recall is still there. I have to alternate between sitting/standing/walking to prevent or even dissipate the discomfort or even pain. I have limited walking distances. My wrist can write 3-4 full sentences then it hurts enough I have to stop. I should not lift anything repetitively. The list of small, non-apparent limitations goes on and on and the cumulative effect is becomes rather large.

    For everything that I have gone through I have very little residual (24/7) pain. Mine increases over a period of 2-4-6 hours depending on activity. For example: We have handicap license plates. Some times we use the privilege and sometimes not. We will save the handicap spot at church/restaurant for someone who really needs it 24/7 since it is a quick activity alternating stand-walk-sit etc. Walmart is a different story. Going in I almost feel bad as if I am taking the spot from someone who really needs it. Then after we walk/stand around for 2 hours on hard flooring my ankle and back start to throb. Upon leaving Walmart I have transformed into the guy who really deserves to be in the handicap spot.

    For pain relief, normally, I just stop walking & sit for a while and the pain turns to discomfort and then dissipates. However, I have not worked in 22 months. The ‘don’t stand or sit or walk too long’ method of pain management has worked well for me during my rehabilitation but as I have been simulating what a full day a full day at work would be like, I am just totally wiped out by the end of the day. I am not sure how I am going to hold down a 40 hr/week job.

    I have paid into Social Security for 20 years. Am I be too noble or do I have to get over the stigma and continue the application process?

    • ANSWER:
      There is no morality involved. You are either disabled to the point where you are unable to do any work or you are not. If you think your disabled and your doctors agree you apply. The process is long and drawn out and expect to be rejected the first time and have to appeal.

  8. QUESTION:
    Am I morally eligible for social security disability?
    am having a hard time going through the SD application process. Physical therapist referred to me as a ‘tweener’ (between visually needy and functionally needy} and I should definitely file for SSD. If you look at me you’ll say ‘there is nothing wrong with him’. If you walk around with me for a day you will say ‘wow I did not know your limitations ran this deep!’. It has been very difficult for me to accept being referred to as disabled. So much so that I will sometimes partake in activities that may be adverse to me. I may do something in front of you today (lift some things or excessive lengths) but tomorrow will be a “practice day”. One where I need to recover in private from yesterdays public physical exertion.

    I had a car accident I had in 12/2008. My right ankle was reconstructed (4 plates – 1 screws), my right wrist fracture was put back together with 3 plates – 9 screws and I have 2 rods in my lower back where 5 vertebrae are fused together. I have very well controlled epilepsy. Even though the seizures are years apart, when I get one it is a full blown grand mal with potentially serious impacts. I have been driving for 20 years with no incidents. There were no other vehicles, no pedestrians and no witnesses to the event. My neurologist and I have agreed to err on the side of caution and assume it was a seizure. I have not driven a car for almost 2 years (12/13/08) which puts a real damper on your quality of life. Especially when my walking endurance is about 1/2 mile.

    My instantaneous mental interaction is as good as it was before but my short term memory/recall has been affected. Example. I can tell you the same info today that I told you yesterday and you say yeah I know, you told me yesterday. That makes me cringe with embarrassment. My long term recall is still there. I have to alternate between sitting/standing/walking to prevent or even dissipate the discomfort or even pain. I have limited walking distances. My wrist can write 3-4 full sentences then it hurts enough I have to stop. I should not lift anything repetitively. The list of small, non-apparent limitations goes on and on and the cumulative effect is becomes rather large.

    For everything that I have gone through I have very little residual (24/7) pain. Mine increases over a period of 2-4-6 hours depending on activity. For example: We have handicap license plates. Some times we use the privilege and sometimes not. We will save the handicap spot at church/restaurant for someone who really needs it 24/7 since it is a quick activity alternating stand-walk-sit etc. Walmart is a different story. Going in I almost feel bad as if I am taking the spot from someone who really needs it. Then after we walk/stand around for 2 hours on hard flooring my ankle and back start to throb. Upon leaving Walmart I have transformed into the guy who really deserves to be in the handicap spot.

    For pain relief, normally, I just stop walking & sit for a while and the pain turns to discomfort and then dissipates. However, I have not worked in 22 months. The ‘don’t stand or sit or walk too long’ method of pain management has worked well for me during my rehabilitation but as I have been simulating what a full day a full day at work would be like, I am just totally wiped out by the end of the day. I am not sure how I am going to hold down a 40 hr/week job.

    I have paid into Social Security for 20 years. Am I be too noble or do I have to get over the stigma and continue the application process?

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  9. QUESTION:
    Please help!! ASAP!! PPD settlement Question?
    Hello,

    My mom has her doctor report now (their doctors report should be coming soon), and her court date should be set soon. She needs to get an estimate of how much she would be receiving if she took the settlement.

    Another question.. How do they determine the set amount of weeks that she would receive PPD?

    Info:

    When she was injured and couldn’t work her weekly checks were 0.

    Case:

    On December 21, 2008, she slipped on the ice while performing her work related duties, injuring her left foot/ankle. After the accident, she was evaluated at Stillwater Medical Center, where radio graphic studies revealed a spiral fracture of the distal tibial shaft with mild anterior apical angulation and a mid shaft fibular fracture. She was evaluated by a Dr, who recommended surgical intervention. The Dr. subsequently performed an intramedullary nail fixation of the tibia fracture with closed treatment of the fibular fracture.

    It is my opinion that Ms. McCoy has sustained a significant injury to her left foot/ankle due to her work related accident while employed at Sonic. At this time, I believe that all temporary total disability should be ended. She should be considered to be at maximum medical rehabilitation and ready to be rated for permanent impairment.

    It is my opinion that Ms. McCoy has sustained a 39% permanent partial impairment to her left foot/ankle. This is due to objective medical findings demonstrating loss of range of motion, weakness, decreased proprioception, and additional impairment due to internal derangement from the injury and subsequent surgical procedure resulting in permanent anatomical abnormalities and loss of function. This is work related within a reasonable degree of medical certainty. This is over and beyond any prior injury.

    Whoever read the full report and questions; I appreciate it. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Impossible question to answer with this little bit of information. Why does she need an estimate?

  10. QUESTION:
    Permanent Partial Disability Settlement?
    Hello,

    My mom is anxious about receiving her settlement because she has alot of debts to pay off. She has her report now and her court date should be set soon. She needs to get an estimate of how much she would be receiving if she took the settlement.

    Info:

    When she was injured and couldn’t work her weekly checks were 0.

    Case:

    On December 21, 2008, she slipped on the ice while performing her work related duties, injuring her left foot/angkle. After the accident, she was evaluated at Stillwater Medical Center, where radiographic studies revealed a spiral fracture of the distal tibial shaft with mild anterior apical angulation and a mid shaft fibular fracture. She was evaluated by a Dr, who recommended surgical intervention. The Dr. subsequently performed an intramedullary nail fixation of the tibia fracture with closed treatment of the fibular fracture.

    It is my opinion that Ms. McCoy has sustained a significant injury to her left foot/ankle due to her work related accident while employed at *******. At this time, I believe that all temporary total disability should be ended. She should be considered to be at maximum medical rehabilitation and ready to be rated for permanent impairment.

    It is my opinion that Ms. McCoy has sustained a 39% permanent partial impairment to her left foot/ankle. This is due to objective medical findings demonstrating loss of range of motion, weakness, decreased proprioception, and additional impairment due to internal derangement from the injury and subsequent surgical procedure resulting in permanent anatomical abnormalities and loss of function. This is work related within a reasonable degree of medical certainty. This is over and beyond any prior injury.

    Whoever read the full report and questions; I appreciate it. Thanks!
    I live in Oklahoma

    Answer # 1
    She severely injured her leg for life falling on ice that the manager failed to de-ice. She is a carhop at Sonic. She deserves to be entitled too compensation for that.
    Thank you.

    She already has an attorney representing her. They charge 17% of the total

    • ANSWER:
      Your state will have a system to rate this, and the initial settlement will be based on that system. It will not be a fortune, I can tell you that. Just pulling a number out of my posterior based on my own experience, I would say no more than ,000.

      The people that get big bucks are the people that hire an attorney to represent them at the hearing, most of them not realizing that the attorney will take 30-40% of the money, meaning in this case you might get all the way up to ,000 after the lawyer’s fees.

      Most attorney’s that do this sort of work have a free or low cost initial consultation to see if they will take you case, and could also tell you what to expect and a ballpark settlement amount appropriate for your area of the country.

  11. QUESTION:
    Do you have experience with this type of chronic pain?
    I had a car accident in 12/2008. My right ankle was reconstructed (4 plates – 1 screws), my right wrist fracture was put back together with 3 plates – 9 screws and I have 2 rods in my lower back where 5 vertebrae are fused together.

    For everything that I have gone through I have very little residual (24/7) pain. Mine increases over a period of 2-4-6 hours depending on activity. For example: We have handicap license plates. Some times we use the privilege and sometimes not. We will save the handicap spot at church/restaurant for someone who really needs it 24/7 since it is a quick activity alternating stand-walk-sit etc. Walmart is a different story. Going in I almost feel bad as if I am taking the spot from someone who really needs it. Then after we walk/stand around for 2 hours on hard flooring my ankle and back start to throb. Upon leaving Walmart I have transformed into the guy who really deserves to be in the handicap spot. Another example. I try to be reasonably active. Over a 3 month period I prepared to walk a 5k (3.1 miles). The loop I walk is .5miles so 6 laps is like walking a 5k. By myself: Lap 1 no problem. Lap 2 ok lets go for 1 more. Lap 3 ok I ‘m done. When I go with my comical walking partner he takes my mind of it and changes to lap 4 no problem, lap 5 ok 1 more and lap 6 – Rob your a very funny guy but I am done. I can’t concentrate on his jokes with the throb in my foot.

    I stay away from cortisone shots and only do the hydrocodone once to twice a month taken proactively before a trip with some excessive standing/walking etc. Normally I just stop walking & sit for a while and the pain turns to discomfort and then dissipates.

    However, I have not worked in 22 months. The don’t stand or sit or walk too long method of pain management has worked well for me during my rehabilitation but as I have been simulating a full day at work I am just totally wiped out by the end of the day. I am not sure how I am going to hold down a 40 hr/week job. Does anyone else experience this type of activity induced chronic pain?

    I am open to all serious responses. Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:


Fractured Ankle Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Big toe pain after fractured ankle surgery?
    Had Surgery for an ankle fracture 7+ weeks ago. Cast is off and I am wearing an air-cast now. Can barely put any weight on it. My big toe is VERY stiff and pains me to move it. Is this normal? I can flex my other toes without severe discomfort. I have 3 more weeks before my next appointment. Just need to know if this is normal? This injury has been the pits! Does not seem like it is ever going to heal.

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely your gait has changed and therefore caused new pressure points to grow sore. You can try putting moleskin around outside of the area and build it up a bit to take the pressure off.

      Hope you feel better

  2. QUESTION:
    How do I know if my ankle is fractured but the pain comes and goes?
    I rolled my ankle. It was fine, and i got it iced up. The swelling went down. But one day i was sitting down and i moved it a wrong way and it started hurting again. It has been doing this for going on two months now.

    • ANSWER:
      no way to know without an X ray- but if the pain goes away it is most likely a soft tissue problem.

  3. QUESTION:
    Is a Latina woman able to experience the pain of a fractured ankle better than a white male?

    • ANSWER:
      No. Scientifically, women have less pain receptors than men because they have to GIVE BIRTH. This is taught in kindergarten biology classes.

  4. QUESTION:
    What is Causing Pain in Previously Fractured Ankle?
    I fractured a bone in my ankle during a jog back in June of 2008. It took a while to heal (probably 4 months or so before I could jog without considerable pain).

    I have just started working out and jogging seriously again. The last couple days I have had pretty intense pain multiple times in the area where I fractured my ankle. The pain comes and goes relatively quickly, but it hurts enough to worry me. Also, my ankle does NOT hurt when I jog or workout.

    Anyone know whats going on?

    • ANSWER:
      Arthritis, most likely. Very common after a fracture. The fact that you don’t have pain while you’re moving on the bone is the big clue. Arthritis on previously fractured bones is sharp, burning pain–and can come and go, especially at first. It will be worse if you don’t use the bone, like when you first get up or stand on your leg after sitting for a while. This is not age-dependent–it’s a reaction in the bone after a fracture–but it’s more likely to happen if you’re older than a young teenager–after your bones have stopped growing.

      You may also have reinjured the bone–you could have a stress fracture there. After a fracture, the bone that re-grows is less dense and more easily injured. If you resumed jogging too soon, you may have actually weakened the bone. If there are any pins, plates or screws in the bone, where they are is another area of weakness–you didn’t say if you had those. The best way to find out is to have an ortho doctor look at it, maybe do an MRI.

  5. QUESTION:
    I have a fractured ankle, swollen badly and lot of pain were at dr. just put plaster?
    Told me to take medication but how do I go to work with a off foot that your boss don’t understand about. My foot must be hanging the whole time in sted of being up. What can I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Did you get a Doctor’s note.If you have restrictions some employers will accommodate you. Call your Doctor and tell that you need time off of work

  6. QUESTION:
    is their anyway to heel a nonbadly, no pain fracture ankle faster?
    i havea cast cast, and i wouldnt want it on for 6weeks, my ankle isnt fractured that bad, and i wanted to know if monday i could be able to take it off, i could walk normally, and run.. but not that fast with the cast on and supposibly my fractured ankle, yeah i know the xrays says its fractured, but isnt their anything to make it heel faster, and take off the cast?

    • ANSWER:
      No don’t use Tramadol. That’s a synthetic opiate and in no way will pain relievers (prescription or not) help you heal faster. Qarwhatever is just a medical pusher spamming the forums for his drug’s manufacturer.

      As to your question… No you cant get the cast off sooner in the way that you think. But by resting it and following all directions to the T you can get it off on time. If you don’t follow the doctor’s orders and rest they may delay the removal.

  7. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain? Sprained/Fractured?
    Sorry if its kinda long, just explaining what happened to it.

    Alright, so lately, my ankles been hurting whenever I walk or bend it either way. The pain isn’t unbearable, but its enough for me to have to rest it after walking or moving it after a while. About 6 months ago I jumped off of a 7 foot fence and twisted my foot (I landed crooked on a curb i didn’t see). My foot hurt pretty bad after, especially if i bent it and became very swollen and purple, but my mom said to wait and see if it doesn’t heal itself.
    A few days after that I was on a crappy swing set, going pretty high, and when I was going forward the chains on the swing set broke. My foot bent forward pretty far from sliding forward and hurt like hell. I never went to the doctors or anything, because it seemed to get better and was fine for a while. But a few weeks ago I kicked a flat basketball with the same foot and now, it pretty much is constantly hurting. More so when i bend it, but if i even walk on it then it will hurt all day.

    It looks normal, and it doesn’t hurt THAT bad but its kind of annoying not being able to run or bend it without feeling pain.

    My question is, could it of just been a really bad sprain? And it still hasn’t healed or something? Wouldn’t it hurt a lot more if it was fractured? I’m getting my license soon so should I just go to the doctors and get it checked out?

    Thanks sorry its so long!

    • ANSWER:
      Ankle sprains can be more painful than fractures. However, if you did break it, it probably healed poorly & you can be developing arthritis in your ankle. It appears that it did not heal correctly since you keep re-injuring it.

      I had a very bad sprain once & had to wear a cast for 3 weeks! I couldn’t even walk on it!
      Another person walked on a broken ankle for a week before she went to the MD.

      I really suggest you go to orthopedist & get an X-ray. Then get a referral for physical therapy to be shown exercises to strengthen the muscles & tendons in your ankle.

      Best of luck.

  8. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle and still experiencing pain!?
    So I fractured my ankle about 4 months ago… and ever since then ive still experienced pains. i did the recovery just as my doctor told me. After the cast came off i stayed in my boot for over 6 weeks… then i slowly worked it out till it was almost 100% again. Just recently i started playing basketball and doing activities and the pain keeps coming back… should i get it checked out again or should I wait a couple of more months with no physical activity?

    • ANSWER:

  9. QUESTION:
    Is it physically possible to walk on a fractured ankle with only moderate pain?
    I’m a 14 year old. just getting that out there :) I fell on my ankle 3 months ago, and when I fell, I heard like a crack. and I felt weird. like, it was a dream, like my vision was blurry, i guess. not sure how to describe it. it hurt like a MOFO! and then I snapped out of it, but I felt physically sick to my stomach.. that went away a minute later. I crawled over to my bed, I couldn’t budge my ankle, and it was all swollen. it was a little stiff the next day, but I could walk on it, with moderate pain. I went to my doctor that day. he said I had a “high sprain.” okay, so it hurts, like if I’m standing on it for too long, or walking for like 30 minutes.
    so, it’s 3 months later (present) and it still hurts. so I go to another doctor. he says that at my age, it should have been better 2 – 3 weeks after it happened. he said it was probably either fractured or I tore a ligament. I haven’t had an x-ray, going on Friday. ( July 15th)
    ( i kicked a desk last year, and I fractured a little bone in my foot, I didn’t know it was fractured until 4 months later. but I had been playing softball and running on it, and it only hurt sometimes )

    that’s why I was wondering if it is physically possible for me to have fractured my ankle and still be walking on it with moderate pain.

    * when I rotate my ankle it cracks, but that’s the normal joint cracking. and it makes this grinding/popping noise.
    ** my ankle foot also gets numb sometimes. if that’s even related.

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah. I tore my ligament (and I knew it) but I still played soccer ( and it hurt) and this was around 3 years ago? They gave me crutches but I didn’t use them.Then I broke the same ankle and they forced me into a cast but when I got a walking cast I never used it. So now I have to go to physiotherapy and stuff. -.- But yeah you can definitely walk on a broken ankle. Heck, I played volleyball with two broken fingers ( they are bent so I know for sure that they were broken at some point and never healed properly) :D Good luck at your X-Ray ( I’ve had a lot of those LOL ) :P

  10. QUESTION:
    what is the pain severity of a fractured ankle?
    I rolled my ankle last night while jogging. I walked home (1/10 mile) on it, my ankle swelled to four times its natural size, and has since reduced to three times its natural size. I can’t put pressure on it without being in sever pain. It has been rested, iced, compressed, and elevated since. I can’t walk on it, there is no bruising either. The swelling is mostly on the outside of the ankle, with a little on top, and a small bump on the inside. I don’t have health insurance to see a doctor, and am afraid that it is a fracture, and not a sprain. My question is, what do you think? Is it fractured? What grade of sprain is it? What is the severity of pain I should experience if it was a fracture?

    Remember these details:
    I have treated it since the injury with, rest, ice, compress, elevate
    There is no bruising
    Swelling to more than double in natural size (although swelling has reduced over night)
    Pain upon pressure from standing
    small range of motion (I experience pain when I move)
    rolled the ankle, so the sole of the foot faces inward (lateral sprain)
    swelling all the way around the ankle, although most swelling is on the outside of ankle
    have been on crutches since injury
    feel small amount of pain on the rear of ankle

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  11. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle exactly 1 month ago, horizontal fracture. When can I walk again, without pain?
    I fractured my fibia, horizontally, about 1 month ago. I was in a cast for 1 week, and then I have been in a fracture airboot ever since. The boot is tiring, not comfortable, and heavy, my foot swells up when I’m hopping around with my crutches…I can put some weight on my ankle but not all my weight. I saw my Dr today and he said I probably tore my atf ligament, and thats probably why it still hurts for me to put weight on it. When can I actually start walking on it without pain, I can tolerate some pain, but it still hurts to put the pain. I have tried to put all my weight on it and I get a quick sharp pain on the inside part of my right ankle. Is this normal? Should I keep trying to put weight on it? I saw a podiatrist, is that worse than an orthopedic? I don’t get this ankle fracture/sprain stuff. Please help me with any kind of knowledge you have or if you have had a similar situation. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      HI,I HAD THE SAME THING HAPPEN TO ME, TWO OR MORE TIMES WHEN I WAS YOUNG. WHAT I DID TO START WALKING AGAIN WAS,SIMPLE START PUTTING YOUR WIGHT BACK ON YOUR ANKLE,THIS IS THE ONLY WAY YOU WILL GET BACK ON YOUR FEET. IT WILL HURT FOR A LITTLE WHILE,BUT AFTER A WEEK OR TWO, YOU WILL START WALKING ON IT WITH LITTLE OR NO PAIN. THE WORSE THING YOU CAN DO IS NOT TO WALK ON IT. THIS CAN CAUSE YOU PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE. TRY IT IT CANT KILL YOU, WHAT HURTS CAN ONLY MAKE YOU STRONGER.

  12. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle: question about cast and extreme pain!?! HELP QUICK?
    Fractured ankle: question about cast and extreme pain!?! HELP QUICK?
    I fractured and sprained a ligament on my foot. I am having really bad pain. Long story short…the doctor said to come in if I am having more pain. She said she will give me a cast or boot. It is optional for me. I can get a waterproof cast which I already have or a air cast boot. I will be in it for 4-5 weeks. Thanks. And if cast, what color? I am a girl. I have pink but do not want to get it again! Thanks guys…(and girls! :p)
    Daniel, do not tell me what I have and what I don’t have. First of all, read the description…It says I AM ALREADY IN A CAST!! And second of all, it is a fracture…there is a major crack in my fibula! Just to let you know…

    • ANSWER:
      mama

  13. QUESTION:
    fractured my ankle in 1995 having pain in ankle?
    i sliped over on wet floor last year i strated having pain in my ankle sharp pain when you press on the bone

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you see your doctor, it is possible that you have cracked or fracture the bone.

      If you had metal work done to repair your fracture, you may have disturbed something.

      Good luck

  14. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle causing a lot of pain?
    I fell down and hurt my ankle awhile ago. Went to the ER and they just told me it was sprain and gave me an aircast brace. A few days later the pain was unberable so I went to the doctor. He did xrays and said I had small fracture in my ankle and decided to put my foot in a walking boot. It’s been a couple days and my foot is still pretty painful, bruised and swollen. I’m having difficulty putting weight on it, although I can with a limp. What can I do to make my ankle feel better?

    • ANSWER:
      Rest
      Ice
      Compression
      Elevation

      If you are having a lot of trouble walking, call your doctor’s office.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to have pain while a fractured ankle heals?
    I fractured my ankle on November 19th and am in an air cast. I was told that it is a spiral fracture, but because the bones are aligned perfectly they let me stay in this removable cast for my comfort. I do not put weight on it but it still hurts, despite the epsom salt soaks and vitamins. Is this normal? I’m worried that it is healing wrong.
    It doesn’t hurt all the time; the pain comes and goes. But I thought after 3+ weeks it wouldn’t hurt anymore. Is this because it’s healing? I keep remembering that it feels similar to shin splints growing up. Is this intermittent pain normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Should not still be hurting so much that it concerns you. Make a follow up appointment and have an xray or examination by a doctor or physiotherapist.
      Chris- Registered Nurse

  16. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle!!!?
    I fractured my ankle about four months ago injuring my talus bone and it has healed up fairly well except the ocassional throb of pain I get, but I figure this is fairly normal after practically breaking my ankle at a fourty-five degree angle. I also get this pop in my ankle, very similar to when your knuckles crack and that I figure to be the arthritis the doctor said could set in. What frustrates me and to some point worries me is the range of motion on my ankle. I can squat nearly twice as far down with my left ankle than with my broken right. I’m starting to think that it’s scar tissue that is blocking the performance in my right ankle, but I don’t know what to do with this problem. Should I work on stretches and workouts or is this a problem only surgery can heal? Please help!!!

    • ANSWER:
      I am willing to bet this is “scar tissue” of sorts; actually it is most likely an overcalcified bone, which is what happens when you break one. Your body tends to deposit additional calcium in the area of the break to help strengthen it for the future.

      I would bet this is going to be permanent, however if you independently wealthy you could have surgery to remove the overcalcification.

      But in general, your body knows what it’s doing!

  17. QUESTION:
    is it possible to walk on a fractured ankle?
    my ankle is swollen and it hurts, a little bruised, but i can walk on it with only a little bit of pain. do you think its fractured, is it sprained?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, you can walk on a fracture, but it’s going to realllllly hurt. From the sounds of it, you probably just have a normal inversion sprain. Go see someone who has sports medicine knowledge and can tape it up good for you. A doctor can do it as well. Keep it elevated a few inches above your hip and continue to keep ice on it for 15mins every few hours to keep the swelling down. Take some anti-inflamatories(i.e. Advil, Tylenol). R.I.C.E.(rest, ice, compression, elevation). Wrap it up in an Ace bandage tight enough to secure it, but loose enough for blood to circulate. Give it 3-4 days to heal up and if it shows no signs of improvement or worsens, go to a doctor and get an x-ray done. Try to stay off of it as much as possible.

  18. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle today and it is really hurting now. It is in a splint. Will icing it make the pain go?
    I am elevating my ankle right now and it really hurts. Will it help if i ice the part of the splint where my ankle is underneath? Or ar there any ways to make the pain go away? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      You have a very painful injury. Ice will “indirectly” help the pain a little as will elevating the foot because it helps the swelling. Swelling and inflammation do make pain worse.

      Some analgesics may take the edge off, but if you are looking for total relief, you won’t find it. Sleep helps.

  19. QUESTION:
    Should I be concerned about leg pain 4 weeks after ankle fracture?
    I fractured my ankle almost 4 weeks ago (fibula fracture). I had significant pain for about the first week, and then it subsided to no pain. Yesterday morning I started experiencing an increase of pain, which feels different than the initial fracture pain. The pain feels localized to my calf, but kind of aches in my lower leg area. It seems to go away with elevation, but comes back when I get back up. Should I be concerned? What could be causing this? BTW my leg is in a short leg fiberglass cast. I’m supposed to get a walking cast in three days.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, no idea what it is but who needs new problems which cause them pain. Try this http://www.hubpages.com/hub/Speed-healing-of-trauma-injuries-through-self-directed-regeneration

  20. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to fracture your ankle with minimal pain?
    I have to get out of going to this stupid camp thing because then i can stay at home!

    • ANSWER:
      numb your foot with ice or something, then try falling down the stairs..
      if that doesnt work, jump from something high ish and nand with your foot sideways.
      i dk if theres a way to do it without pain, lol.

  21. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle and had a cast on for 6weeks they took it of and my heel is in pain is that normal ?
    I fractured my ankle during a game I had a cast on for 6weeks and my heel hurts everytime I put force on it to walk is that normal if so how long will it last

    • ANSWER:
      your foot is not ready for all the pressure you are putting on it, that is why it hurts. you havent had any pressure on it for 6 weeks and then its boom perssure. give it a few weeks it wil go away

  22. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle when I was five and I’ve had pain ever since–but now it really hurts?
    I usually get minor pains (feels like a twisted ankle) but it always goes away in a day or two, so I’ve never worried about it.

    However, for the past week or two, I’ve been having pain and it won’t go away. It was at its worst today, and it’s all swollen. :( I’m not sure if it’s related to fracturing my ankle when I was younger or not, but I feel like that’s a possibility. What can I do for it in the meantime until I have time to get to a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Stay off it as much as possible because weight bearing activities can aggravate the ankle condition. You can use a foam roller to stretch it out till you see a physcian. I recommend you see an podiatrist medical specialist for your knee 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.

  23. QUESTION:
    What about Ankle pain when descending stairs?
    8 weeks ago I had a right ankle fracture and it was treated with a plaster for 4 weeks. In the meantime the leg suffered a DVT and I had to start heparin injections, which I am still on. The plaster was removed 3and 1/2 weeks ago. It is getting better but I still have a limb when walking and it is sore when descending stairs.
    I do some physio exercises at home and I am still waiting for a physio to call me at the hospital

    • ANSWER:
      Whenever you’ve been immobile for a period (and a DVT would suggest you have been), your muscles are going to atrophy (get weaker).
      Keep up with your physical therapy, and ask what exercises you could do to strengthen your Anterior Tibialis muscle. That muscle is the one that helps to “decelerate” your ankle joint when performing such a task as descending a stair.

  24. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle and tore a ligament on October 3. I have pain in the back of my foot and when I turn it..?
    I fractured my ankle on October 3. I was in a cast for 2 months. I got the cast off December 2. Started physical therapy 4 days later. I have been doing physical therapy. I do the simple exercises every day and twice a week I do the full exercises. However, I get this pain in the back of my foot (where my Achilles Tendon is) and a bit on the inner side of my foot. I have to move my foot/ankle in a circular motion until it cracks and then the pain goes away. About 2-3 minutes later, the pain is back and the cycle begins again. Why? I am doing good with physical therapy. I broke my left foot, lower fibula (the ankle). It happened while playing soccer. I am a 12-15 year old female. The doctor said that it is just kinks in the ligaments from being stiff and should go away within a week or two after getting the cast off. Why is this happening? Please!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you need a new xray and mri, at your age it should have went away by now, if you are having to pop your ankle to make it stop then the tendons and ligaments are not holding it where they should, they need to get stronger, maybe some strengthening exercises for the ankle would help also

  25. QUESTION:
    What can I do about my ankle pain?
    I fell and my ankle went inward, and I heard around 5 cracks. It hurt really bad at first then Im guessing the pain numbed away. After a couple of hours, it cracked again and then it the pain came it. I can walk, but very slowly with so much pain coming from the outward part of my ankle. My ankle keeps moving inward because I feel a lot of pain on moving it straight. Have I sprained it or fractured it?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    i sprained my ankle and i can barely walk, plus i have ankle spasms from the pain – could it be fractured?
    Yesterday I sprained my ankle. Or to be more specific, the pain and swelling is occurring on the top of my foot, just below the actual ankle. It was sore last night, but I iced and took it easy. Today, it has gotten progressively worse. I can barely walk on it, it feels like there is intense pressure building and my foot and leg actually spasm in pain. I tend to be a worry wart, so maybe it’s just a bad sprain, but I’m still a little worried it might be fractured. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Well, technically, you can’t really “fracture” your ankle, as it is made up of a bunch of little bones called “tarsals.” By “sprained” I infer that you rolled your ankle, which could, of course, lead to a sprain.
      ‘Sprain’ essentially means that you’ve torn ligaments in the ankle. Since ligaments hold the little bones together, this is an obvious problem, and your ankle is not at all pleased. There is also the outside chance that – depending on how badly you rolled this ankle – you MAY have hurt a tendon (holds muscles together, and/or attaches muscle to bone) and/or a blood vessel.
      In short, without direct observation of your ankle, and since I don’t have an X-Ray device anyway, I would have to suggest a quick hop over to your doctor or local clinic. Let them check it out, see if it’s anything to worry about, blah blah etc.
      Oh, and if it hurts to walk on it? Don’t. Your body is way smarter than you are. ;-)

      Just my thoughts.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can i get relief from my ankle pain?
    15 days back i met with a small accident and got my ankle twisted. It pained in a way such that i could not walk at all and got an x-ray confirmation that there was no fracture. The doctor gave me some pink band cloth, i do not know what it is called actually. I am able to walk now but with some pain. What should i do to get relief from that pain as soon as possible?
    THANK YOU.

    • ANSWER:
      elevate your ankle, ice it for 20 min. – off for 20 min. – heat for 20 min., take some tylenol, and just relax for a little bit. Don’t walk on it if you don’ thave to righ tnow, but make sure you don’t stay off it for too long. You’ve still got to keep your strength up.

  28. QUESTION:
    I either fractured/badly sprained my ankle 6 days ago and it is still throbbing with pain only when stading.Y?
    When my ankle is elevated it feel fine but whenever i am on my crutches, it really throbs with pain. I have school tomorrow and that means i’ll have to use my crutches to get around. Also i will not be able to keep my foot elevated. What should I do? Not go to school??? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      A fractured/sprained ankle is a serious problem, expect it to hurt for quite some time. You won’t be walking without pain for at least a month. You should try to keep the injured foot elevated as much as possible, as this will reduce the amount of weight placed on the foot.

      Gravity keeps a lot of blood weighing down on your lower body. We don’t usually notice the pressure since we have learned to walk upright. However, now that your foot is injured, the pressure from all your body’s blood becomes much more noticeable as it weighs down on your foot. This is why when you stand it hurts much worse, because more weight is placed on your foot from the body and your blood.

      If the foot still hurts when standing up, I strongly recommend you do not go to school tomorrow, unless there are extenuating circumstances. I know the end of the year is nearing, and if you can’t afford to miss school, you may just have to bear with the pain rather than miss those last few days.

  29. QUESTION:
    Has anyone fractured their ankle and years later would have that ankle swollen and hurt when you walk?
    I fractured my left ankle about 2 or 3 years ago. i also removed the cast a week before the doctor planned. recently, i have been feeling pain and pressure on my foot, especially when i walk. my foot also looks swollen. could this be a stress fracture or was the injured area not fully healed?

    • ANSWER:

  30. QUESTION:
    What do you do if the boot cast is rubbing on the ankle bone fracture causing more pain and swelling?

    • ANSWER:
      Call the ortho sounds like cast is too tight or the ankle has swolllen more since the cast was put on.

  31. QUESTION:
    After a fractured ankle has recovered, it will lead to other pains?
    I fractured my ankle at mid-February. But I am recovered now, just can’t be 100% like last time. Since then, I have pains on my legs… like my knees. So, is it because of my fractured ankle that led to this other weird pains?

    • ANSWER:
      I assume you had a cast on your leg for a while. If so, you probably walked with a limp for a while, which in turn will alter the mechanics of the knee and hip, causing further problems. This problem is not usually addressed by traditional medical doctors. I suggest finding a chiropractor that speciallizes in the mechanics or motion, like a sports rehab speciallist. If you don’t know of a chiropractor, go to www.sorsi.com to find a doctor near you. The doctors on this website have great knowledge of mechanics of the body. If you are in Minnesota near Minneapolis/St. Paul, email me.

  32. QUESTION:
    Why do I have sudden severe knee and ankle pain?
    I fractured ankles twice in the past. they haven’t ever healed correctly.

    But today, I got some knee pain in my left knee and I just shrugged it off. About a half hour later, the pain got UNBEARABLE. I went to walk on it and my knee completely gave out from under me.

    I put on some Bengay, and it didn’t work. i ace bandaged it, and it didn’t work. i then got a warm compress to put on it and it worked for the first five minutes. then the pain was back again.

    about ten minutes ago, the pain was at its worst and i had to resort to taking an extra strength tylenol.

    its working, but i rarely rely on drugs to relieve pain. it was 500mg, way more than the usual 100mg of motrin i take for cramps.

    where did this pain come from? i do not do athletics. i dance, but i am off for summer time. could it be growing pains, or did i tear something?

    sorry if this is long, i just really need help.

    • ANSWER:
      i would say go to the doctor because if you did tear some thing it could be bad and if you think you dont need to go to the doctor take an epson salt bath it really helps

      hope this helps

  33. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle. It healed 3 months ago now I am feeling pain. Do I need surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      hey, im with Alton. I like those words. but sometimes, its mind over matter. ask God to heal you and dont well on it again. have faith in him. so if its been months, just try not to worry about it. but it could just be b/c its been broken and slightly open. I had a tooth pulled and months later i got the same kinda pain in that area and it healed perfectly fine.

      good luck

  34. QUESTION:
    FRACTURED ANKLE? :/ help.. please?
    Sorry this may be little long…

    So a few years back I fractured my ankle (I didn’t know at the time) but my mum didn’t believe that I had injured my ankle so I never got a cast, never used crutches and never let it heal properly. I had to visit physio this summer because of knee problems and that’s when I found out that I had fractured it previously. It is noticeable when I sit down as my ankle hang differently and lately I have a dull yet severe pain in ankle (which I fractured) and it hurts to walk on and I am able to bear weight it is just agonizingly painful.

    What can I do to relieve the pain?
    Should I visit a doctor?
    What treatment is a doctor likely to offer?
    What is wrong with my ankle?
    Oh also the pain is generalized around mid foot, up my ankle, to mid shin if that helps :S
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      I truly feel your pain. I fractured both my tibia and fibula at the ankle 2 years ago and had surgery to repair it. I also badly sprained my other ankle this summer. I went to a different orthopedic surgeon recently because I still am unable to deal with the pain and wanted a second opinion. That being said–I think you should at least have the ankle evaluated by a doctor. Hopefully there is some way to correct the problem But, I will tell you what the doctor told me this past week–Pain after a you have had stress to your ankle (in this case) that you say is all over ( like you describe) is most likely RSD a nerve problem (there is a lot written about it/check it out ) and the treatment is physical therapy and managing the pain. Good Luck
      I see most answers are directed towards surgery to correct the fracture that happened “years ago”. He also states it was diagnosed by a doctor when he had knee issues. Hopefully any corrective surgery would have been done at that time or at least that doctor would have followed up with the ankle. At least you would hope so.

  35. QUESTION:
    I have ankle pain after I run, I previously had stress fractures on both ankles from running.?
    Last year I had a stress fracture in both ankles after running, I saw a doctor and he did x-rays, mri’s, therapy and ultrasounds. I still have pain after I run, it is now in my ankles and rides up my lower leg bone about 10 inches. I am in good health and not overweight. I have never had a problem running. The doc also gave me caltrate and cosamin for me to be able to cope with the pain. Why am I still getting this awful pain? My doc has no clue and I think that he thinks I am lying about it. Anyone have a clue? Oh yeah, I’ve tried different running shoes also but to no relief.

    • ANSWER:
      From my experience, if you are experiencing pain in both ankles you may have what they call tibial stress syndrome or shin splints. This can be due to many factors, it can be due to overpronation when running, increasing distance or intensity by more than 10% in a given week, muscle strength and tightness issues at with the core, hip, ankle, and foot. Do you ice you ankles after you run? A couple of strenghtening exercises for the front of your ankle, the tibialis anterior muscle are, seated heel raises-sit in a chair and keep the bottom of your heels on the ground and raise your toes toward your head. Stair heel drops-with front of foot or ball of foot on stair drop your heel to the ground and raise back up. (3 sets of 20 with these exercises) Also, make sure that you are stretching your calf musculature. If you continue to have problems I would ask for a referral to a podiatrist!!
      Chad-Certified Athletic Trainer, ATC

  36. QUESTION:
    Hip Pain After Ankle Fracture?
    I’m having what feels like muscle pain on the outside of my left hip. I feel it when i’m laying down, sitting cross-legged, or standing up and bending my knees (that’s when its really bad). It almost feels like its cramping a little and is hard to straighten back out. I am 22 years old, and i broke my right ankle in June of this year, and I was on crutches (with my left leg being dominant of course) for 9 weeks. is it possible that the pain in my hip is related to it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes its very possible.
      When there is an injury you compensate by utilizing the other side more, so in effect the left side has been doing more than 50% of the work (probably 60 – 90%), and the extra strain has resulted in muscle pain.
      If you are still over compensating for the right ankle, then it will continue. A physiotherapist may be of assistance here.

  37. QUESTION:
    Where is this ankle pain coming from?
    2 years ago I was running down the road and sprained my left ankle really bad. Just last month I rolled the same ankle playing volleyball. Now whenever Im on my feet all day, I get this shark pain in my ankle when I take a step on that left ankle. It happens when all my weight is on it, but it only happens randomly. But its a shooting pain that stops me in my steps & it feels like my ankle wants to give out. What in the world is the problem? Stress fracture? Loose tendon or ligament? Nerve damage? What?

    • ANSWER:
      When I sprained my wrist, my doctor warned me that I would now be more prone to sprains and that that wrist would never be as strong as before. This is probably what happened with your ankle. Due to the earlier injury you may now have tendonitis or a touch of arthritis around those joints by the ankle.

  38. QUESTION:
    Severe pain after having cast removed for trimallealor ankle fracture?
    I had surgery on my ankle and had a plate, 11 screws and 3 pins put in. I just had the cast removed today and they gave me a walking boot, but I cant put any weight on it for another month. I also have a skin irritation and have to put antibotic ointment on it three times a day and leave the boot off as much as possible so that can heal. The pain is really bad and worse than any other time during the rest of my injury. Just wondering if anyone had any similar injuries and if this is somewhat normal. Thanks In Advance.

    • ANSWER:
      Try posting this same question on this website “mybrokenleg.com”
      some people on there with the same injury that can answer your questions

  39. QUESTION:
    how can you tell if you fractured your ankle?
    i think i might of fractured my ankle but i dont no how to tell the pain soooo intense and its swelling and brown? and i cnt put ne pressure on it i can only like limp so tell me what other signs should i look to and do you think i need a cast?

    • ANSWER:
      only if you feel pain or its swell or swolen if you cannot walk right then you go to doctor.

  40. QUESTION:
    What happens if you don´t get check up with a Dr. if u have a fractured ankle?
    Like if you think its just a sprained ankle and you let it heal (well thats what you think), but you still feel slight pain afterwards, (for about 2-3 months later). Would you need surgery, or could it have healed normal??

    • ANSWER:
      You could really pay for a long, long time. I twisted my ankle a few years ago and, despite the swelling, was sure it was just a sprain, not a break. A doctor friend came by the house to take a look (very nice of him). He said I had to get it X-rayed. Turned out it was broken. I’m so glad I got medical advice immediately – I could have done quite a bit of harm.

      Another time, my husband broke his heel (something you don’t ever want to do; terribly painful). The orthopedist recommended surgery ASAP; my husband didn’t want to. But the ortho said he’d face debilitating arthritis within 6 months otherwise.

      I would say, don’t ever play around with a situation like this. Get it looked at by someone good – an orthopedist – right away.

  41. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle today and it is currently in a splint. Everytime I get up to go to the bathroom, it hurts?
    I have my ankle elevated and when I use my crutches to walk to the bathroom, when i go back to sit down and its elevated again, it throbs in pain and i dont know what to do to stop it. How do I take a shower/wash myself?

    • ANSWER:
      Take it from me i broke 2 ankles in two yrs. first the right one than the left one! It hurts and its going to hurt you need some pain pills! Keep it elevated with ice than heat! you need to get a folding chair and sit it in your tub and put ur broken one out the curtain! or put a bag over it! if it is only a splint you can take it off and wash ur leg but put no weight on it! i hope u heal quickly good luck and take care!

  42. QUESTION:
    ankle pain when flexing foot and walking help!?
    last night i drank a bit too much and woke up this morning and my ankle is killing me! i don’t remember injuring it last night but thats not saying much. I’m overseas so I am trying to avoid going to a doctor but I’m scared my ankle is actually fractured. it hurts right in front of the pointy bone at the end of the fibula to touch but its not bruised or swollen. i can’t flex my foot without extreme pain and the little I’m able to walk i have to turn my foot in. it doesnt hurt to move my foot from side to side but as soon as i flex or point it it hurts in right in front of that bone and a little bit on the front of my ankle. i fractured my foot once and walked on it for a month so i have a pretty high pain tolerance. i just need to know if this is sounding more like a fracture or sprain?

    • ANSWER:

  43. QUESTION:
    fractured ankle or bad sprain?
    Twisted my ankle Sunday, still having pain and swelling radiating from ankle up to knee and hurts to bear weight. Is it fractured or just a bad sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      Could be either, and fractures can take 3 days to show up on an x-ray – but that time has passed.

      Keep it elevated as much as possible, with ice on it.
      Physical Therapists also recommend a “contrast bath.”
      Its a 20 minute process…
      4 minutes ~ hot as you can stand ~ water soak
      1 minute ~ very cold water

      back and forth for the full 20 minutes, 3 ~ 4 times a day.

      You seriously need to consider seeing the doctor if not showing any sign of improvement in a few days.

  44. QUESTION:
    How do i fracture my ankle fast and not having to be in a ton of pain while doing it?
    i aditioned for a play and got the part but my character has a broken ankle and my parents wont get me crutches unless i break my leg or ankle anysuggestions that are fast and easy and nonpainful

    • ANSWER:
      Then I would suggest giving up the part because breaking your ankle has lifetime pain and reprocussions! Not to mention the ankle is a very hard thing to break and I wouldn’t recommend trying to harm yourself! Harming yourself is not worth a part in a play

  45. QUESTION:
    I think I may have fractured or sprained my ankle?
    I don’t feel a constant pain, however, the pain comes and goes as I walk. Have I really fractured or sprained my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      Have it X-rayed to find out.

  46. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle…help please…immediately!!!?
    I fractured my ankle playing soccer 2 weeks ago. I have a cast on and I just got it on last monday (8 days ago). The cast is loose. I can stick my hand down it. I called the doctor and they said it is fine. However, I feel that it is going to fall off. I can move my ankle and foot and leg around. I feel as though, I really dont need this cast on because as of now, it is no help!!!
    Also, I am on crutches and have been on crutches for 2 weeks. I went to dinner and didnt use them(went to a restaurant). Came home and my foot was in pain! It was not a lot of walking at all. My foot and leg really hurt today and as I speak. It is an achy pain at my ankle and a pain the shoots up to about 3/4 my lower leg(about 2 inches under my knee). What is wrong? I am seeing the doc tomorrow. However she said the cast is ok. Does this sound right?? I really like my doc so I am not going somewhere else. But what is the pain from? Why does it shoot up my lower leg from my ankle!?

    • ANSWER:
      The reason why the cast is loose is because some of the swelling went down -
      I broke my ankle and my cast became loose after a couple of weeks because the swelling went down.
      The orthopedic surgeon replaced the old cast with a new one
      This is definitely what your doctor should do!!
      You are probably experiencing pain because the cast is loose and not holding the bones together like it should -
      Hopefully, the doctor will see this and recast your ankle.

  47. QUESTION:
    do you think that i have a fractured ankle?
    i was skateboarding and i went to do a trick and the board came around and hit my ankle realy bad and it droped me to the ground and now it hurts to put weight on it and it is really tender to the touch, you could touch it and i would almost pass out because of the pain. So do you think that it is a fracture or just a bone bruise? Easy 10 points please answer!

    • ANSWER:
      I believe you might have BOTH haha because hurting from pressure and falling to the ground sounds like fracture but tenderness seems like a bone bruise.

  48. QUESTION:
    Fractured Right ankle,.. Goofy v. Regular?
    A skiing accident a few years ago left me with an ankle injury. I’ve been long boarding (reg.) for about 2 years now and i recently got my hands on smaller board with a tail. Would switching to goofy ease up ankle pain when performing and landing tricks?

    • ANSWER:
      Actually i think it might. :) I recently had an ankle injury and it sure felt a little better when i switched up my stance but then again you have to understand how you push. Like for instance i messed up my left ankle and i switched to goofy since i used it to balance and steer my board as i was riding in regular stance. Weirdly enough, it felt better to push off with the ankle that had been hurting since you aren’t putting all your weight on it, if at all just for a little bit amount of time. But your ankle is going to hurt no matter what you do cause boarding in general (longboarding, skateboarding, etc. though don’t know about snowboarding) you have to use both feet. When performing tricks you’re going to have to either give up the comfort of not having to put pressure to pop on your bad ankle or having to put pressure on your ankle to steer. :P just ride around in each stance and, if you can, pop some tricks, and see what feels better depending on which ankle is hurting. Sorry about that though! Its gotta suck to have a accident like that that is still affecting you and plus you obviously have a love for street sports… Though i wouldn’t expect to get really good or to start doing big stuff that is really giong to hammer on that ankle though :P but you can still have a great time! Hope things work out for you!

  49. QUESTION:
    Fractured Ankle, how long am i out of commission.?
    I Sprained and fractured my ankle three days ago, I got x-rays and all that. However i don’t see my Family doctor until the weekend, so I’m just wondering how long it generally takes for an Ankle to heal, I play basketball somewhat religiously so as you can guess this is really kind of bumming me out, I can’t put even the slightest amount of weight on the ankle, and they’re has yet to be a second where it doesnt throb with pain..

    • ANSWER:
      Your recovery time will depend on the extent of the fracture. Being able to bear weight on it and being able to play basket ball are two entirely different things.

      But here’s a suggestion for keeping up your strength so that when you are allowed to start working out again you won’t have lost as much ground. Get an ergometer (stationary bicycle) and work out on it with your bad ankle propped on a stool or chair. There have been studies that show that exercising the good leg while a bad leg is recovering for an injury produces similar (by not exactly the same) benefits in the muscles of the bad leg, even though it isn’t being worked out. So you can keep your muscles in shape without injuring the bad ankle.

  50. QUESTION:
    What can i do for ankle pain?
    I tried ice, and it just doesn’t seem to work for me. I have a brace and that helps a little, but it still really hurts in the evening. I have had x-rays and an MRI, and I might have a stress fracture. But we don’t know yet. I’ve tried Advil, but it doesn’t really work. Are there any remedies I can use?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try acupuncture or see a pain rehab physician.

      Good luck.


Fracture Versus Sprain In Ankle

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Open Reduction for ankle.?
    I have fractured my ankle twice. I am not sure the specifics of the first but I have a cast for 12 weeks and I don’t think it healed correctly, I had an MRI done because of the damage. They said a few bruise tendons.That was 06. In May of 08, I fractured my ankle. Salter III versus Salter 4 fracture of the distal fitbula. I have constant pain and often sprain it. I was looking at open reduction for my ankle. I realize a doctor can only really tell me with x rays but I was wondering if this is common, and how can I tell if I need it? Or what else can help fix my ankle.
    I wear an ace bandage 24/7. Are ankle reductions common for this?

    • ANSWER:
      If you keep spraining it then buy a cheap bandage from your local drugs store, wear this from when you wake up to when you go sleep, this would help to suppose it, I have to do this with my knee because I dislocated it a few years ago and it keeps popping out of place now.
      I would suggest you ask your doctor about the open reduction.


Foot And Ankle Exercises

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Are there any foot/ankle exercises that are easy and i can do at home?
    my left ankle
    ive done up-downs on the stairs
    ANYTHING will help!!

    • ANSWER:
      A great foot exercise to help with planter’s fasciatus is to lay on your back and bend your feet towards you. Logic would dictate that extending your toes as far away as possible might help, but actually the opposite is true.

  2. QUESTION:
    Dancing Exercises for Foot Ankle Mobility and Foot Control?
    any dancers on here that know the best exercises to flex myself?

    • ANSWER:
      I would highly recommend checking this out.It seems like the type of thing you are looking for-

      http://theperfectpointreview.blogspot.com/

  3. QUESTION:
    Proper Foot And Ankle Mobility, Foot Control Exercises for young Dancer?
    How does one practice and learn properly? any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      I am a little confused by your question. Here is an excellent place to start, but it takes time and patience and a willingness to learn – http://theperfectpointreview.blogspot.com/

  4. QUESTION:
    Exercises to improve foot and ankle strength?
    So I just started ballet a few months ago (I’m 14) and I need to really build up my foot and ankle strength because I have to get en pointe faster than the other girls normally do because I started late. I need some exercises I can do just when I am standing or sitting or waiting or even just bored in class.

    • ANSWER:
      This exercise will strengthen all the correct muscles used for ballet, when pointing your feet. It will build up your control over key areas for Pointe work and improve your alignment, making you aware of the lines used in ballet. The guide below is designed for use with a fitness band, this is so you have a resistance to work against. These fitness bands come in different strengths, do not automatically buy the hardest strength as you may strain or injure yourself. Instead ask a sales advisor what would be best for your grade in ballet.

      Sit on the floor with you feet stretched in front of you.
      Line up the centre of the hip with the knee, ankle, heel and 2nd toe.
      Flex your foot and position the band around the ball of your foot and toes.
      Push through with the ball of the foot into a demi pointe position.
      Make sure you are not curling you toes as this will strain your muscles and be ineffective to strengthening the area.
      Now lengthen the toes through the exercise band completing the pointe.
      Slowly release the toes back to demi pointe.
      Bring the foot back to a complete flex.

      There are also pictures on how to do this:

      http://en-pointe.webs.com/exercises.htm

  5. QUESTION:
    Can I exercise with a sprained ankle and foot without causing further damage?
    I sprained my left foot & ankle early this summer, and my school/work schedule has severely slowed the healing process since i’m on my feet most of the day. I just need to know, if I ride my stationary bike at a moderate pace a few times a week, will I cause further injury?

    • ANSWER:
      If it was only a sprain, then moderate exercise would help, but a hot whirlpool bath would be beneficial both before and after. Before relaxes, and after soothes the ligaments, tendons and muscles. Go slow. You may need an ankle support but walking is also beneficial and will help strengthen the ankle. If you can find it on the internet, follow suggestions for skiers to strengthen ankles. Use common sense and adjust exercise to your level. If the ligament was torn, your physician should have told you so, but for safety, give him a call…he has your records. I sprained my ankle years ago in a mountain climb and there is still residual weakness. I am a physician.

  6. QUESTION:
    After an ankle fracture, how long will it take until I can run?
    I broke my ankle 3 months ago. I’ve had the cast off for about 1.5 months and can walk around ok, with only a slight limp now. I’ve just finished my PT sessions and the swelling has finally been going down around my foot/ankle. I am still doing ankle exercises and walking longer and longer distances. But it hurts if I try to run. I would really love to be able to run again.
    What is the normal recovery time until I can start running?

    • ANSWER:
      well everyone is completely different. do not push it, do not start to run unless it feels good. i broke my ankle once and could run in 2 months another time it took 5 months. all just depends. make sure to keep swelling down and keep up with all your exercises it will make you come back faster.

  7. QUESTION:
    the top of my foot really hurts (I had a previous injury I did not have a doctor take care of)?
    About 5 years ago in college I fell and I think I may have broke something in my foot. My ankle was swollen, the back tendon was, and the top of my foot was swollen. I could not put weight on it really and only walked when going to the bathroom basically. It was bruised, swollen, for about two weeks. Eventually I made sure I did foot exercises to prevent my foot from getting “stiff” as I read online this was the thing to do. (but of course the best thing would’ve been to go to the doctor!!!)

    I was stupid, and should have went to the doctors and I regret it to this day. When my foot is cold, (like not wearing socks) my ankle will get sore and act up.

    On a normal day, my foot is fine though.

    The past week, the top part of my foot has now been acting up. It hurts when I walk around (I’m a waitress) and last night on occasion if I curled my toe just right, it had an incredible shooting pain on the top of my foot. It’s not on the sides of my foot at all, it’s the direct top.

    Could it maybe be my shoes? Or maybe something beginning to act up in my foot? I feel like maybe someday I should actually go to the doctor and get an Xray to see if anything permanent happened to my foot. Ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, go see a doctor, take an X-ray see if your foot still ok, hope it’s not too late, god bless you.

  8. QUESTION:
    What are some exercises to make mt feet stronger?
    I have taken ballet, just not a lot of it. I’m 13 and I would really like to take pre pointe and pointe, but I know I’m not ready, what are some feet and ankle strengthening exercises that will help me.

    I’ve moved a lot, so it was always hard for me to stay at one dance studio for too long, but now we’re finally settled down. So whenever I get my feet and ankles strengthened, then I am going to try to take pointe.

    • ANSWER:
      theraband exercises are great like rolling through the feet while its wrapped around your toes, also lots of releves will help. For your ankle you put a towel on the floor and pull it close to u with just your toes, as if they were your fingers. You will feel it working your ankle.

  9. QUESTION:
    Going en Pointe after Christmas :) Foot, ankle and leg tips?
    So yeah, my ballet teacher is letting me go en Pointe after christmas, which is very exciting for me because its kind of a right of passage, blah blah blah. And I need a list of all the foot, ankle and leg strengthening exercises I can actually find and use practically (i.e. will not cost me lots of money). I already have:

    1) toe tapping
    2) releves
    3) plies
    4) theraband exercises (i’ve been doing these for about a year tbh)
    5) star thrusts – where you start in a crouch and propel yourself upwards, kind of like a heavy duty jumping jack
    5) rocking – essentially releve / rock back / releve over and over
    6) writing the alphabet with your feet
    7) moving marbles with toes
    8) balance boards
    9) heel drops
    10) skipping (aka jump rope, americans)

    Pointe is also in addition to regular technique lessons, so I’m not quitting anything else. I also run three times a week, and do tae kwondo with emphasis on kicking.

    • ANSWER:
      First of all, Congratulations! You have a great majority of them covered. Believe it or not, squats can really help. You have to develop your thigh muscles to be able to completely straighten your legs while on point. Something else that will help is, amazing technique. You will not advance in pointe work if you can’t even turn out your foot. I would just keep doing what you are doing, and pay attention and work hard in class.

  10. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to develope splits and strengthen arch and ankles?
    How long must you hold your splits to develope them and how long must you hold pointed toes or do foot exercises to strengthen your ankle and arch? How long and how many times a day should I be stretching and doing strenghthening exercises and for how long? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      U just have to practice every day. Ive been dancing for 11years now. They just develop over time. To get good splits though u need to stretch. depending on how flexible u are now this could take from
      1 week—-1month. and for arches and ankles pointe and flex your feet to strengthen ankles and this will also gradually build your arches as well. hope this helped. P.S don’t stretch too vigorously, this could take you right back to your starting point.

  11. QUESTION:
    Really really really really important survey/questions for ballet dancers?
    Well I have a bunch of questions you don’t have to answer the ones you don’t want to or don’t know just answer what you can or feel like

    1 What is a professional ballet dancer? I don’t get it please explain everything about what they do and why they’re called professional, can you dance on stage and not be professional?
    2 I’m 14 and my 15th birthday will be on March 17, am I too old to be professional if I practice really hard? I will only get one class a week because that’s all I can afford
    3 What can I do to catch up with my late start such as leg/ankle/foot exercises? How do girls get their feet strong enough for pointe maybe I can try some things at home.
    4 If I join a class will I have to wait till the fall to register or will I be able to register whenever I pay and sign up and stuff

    Thank you so much, also if you take ballet classes tell me everything, how you like it how you’re doing with it I want to know :) i loooooooooove ballet it’s so beautiful
    Thank you guys SO much I don’t really care if it’s professional or not but I just want to dance and be up on stage it will be really tough thanks for the video on that lady Vanessa it was beautiful and really inspiring I feel like nothing can stop me from doing ballet now! Thnx (:
    Gah it will be tough choosing a best answer…

    • ANSWER:
      1) a professional ballet dancer dances for a company. Some famous ones are ABT, New York City Ballet, and Anaheim Ballet. You audition to get a spot, or if you’re young, you can be anapprenticee. The professional ballet dancer spends hoursrehearsingg, and dances in shows put on by the company.
      2)unless you’re really really really good, chances are slim. Most serious ballet dancers your age started taking class at age 8 or 9, are on pointe by the time they are 12, take at least 10 hours of dance a week, and are almost done with their training by now. Although ballet looks pretty on stage, it takes years of getting your technique perfect. I know of someone who started ballet when they were 16, and did it professionally though.
      3) Footstrengthh always just came naturally for me, but that, again, was from years of dance. Purchase a theraband, or similar (like this, http://www.discountdance.com/dancewear/style_BH512.html?pid=4027&Shop=Style&&skey=bunheads latex&search=true&SID=217649310) and do these exercises

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTX-TDfcXrk

      also, if you look up “ballet foot strengthening exercises” on youtube, there are loads.
      4)usually you have to wait until the fall, but some studios might let you in. Depends where you live.

      Ballet is a beautiful art, and I am excited that you are interested in it. You will probably have to start in a low level, with girls probably around 10-12, if I am guessing correctly. Some people really have a thing for dancing, it just comes naturally for them, and I hope you are one of those people.

      Good luck and happy dancing!

  12. QUESTION:
    28 & really sore and swollen feet, ankles, and knees?
    My husband is only 28 years old and about 2 weeks ago he started complaining that his knees & ankles were kind of sore. Then he started limping really bad and complaining that the bottoms of his feet were hurting really bad. Now his feet aren’t hurting as bad but his ankles and knees are and they are like major swollen! You can’t hardly even tell where his ankle is any more. Today I noticed that they had splotchy purple spots on them, and we’ve noticed for the past week and a half that he has a bunch of varicose veins around his ankles and on his feet that he never had there before. He went to the dr last thurs and the dr didn’t even look at his feet or anything he just told him to take a pain killer for the pain and they would do some blood work and some foot exercises that he could do! He hasn’t done anything different the last few weeks than he ever does and I am forcing him to go to the dr tomorrow whether the dr likes it or not! I am so worried that something major is wrong, and we have a 2 yr old and I’m 4 months pregnant so none of this is helping the stress level any. I hope someone out there has had something similar and can shed some light for us. We have looked up everything that we can think of just to get an idea of what it may be and ask the dr to have him tested for it but we can’t find anything that matches. He’s indian so he can go to the clinic for free but they aren’t very good about finding a cause they just push pain killers. He has been in good health and hasn’t had any serious problems up to this point. He doesn’t smoke, drink or do drugs of any sort. Anyone have an idea, please??!! Thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Could he be diabetic? Have a vitamin deficiency? There’s also a condition called Charcot Marie Tooth which can cause pain in legs and people get it at different levels of severity. The dr. needs to run a full blood panel on you husband, if the dr. isn’t agreeble find a better dr. Do either of his parents have this similar condition, veins around ankles, etc.?

      I know if I was in your situation I would be equally distressed and want to find out the cause. I hope everything will be okay.

  13. QUESTION:
    What kind of exercises can you do that puts very little pressure on your foot?
    Hubby broke right foot and ankle a few months ago and is still being told not to do much w/ it as it is messed up..

    • ANSWER:
      Swimming, traditional or pool running.

      http://www.qfac.com/gear/deep_water_running_aqx_sports.html

      Recumbent or upright bicycling may also work

  14. QUESTION:
    Exercises for stretching the foot?
    I have a history with issues revolving about stiff and sort foot muscles due to high foot valves, and now a different part of my feet have began to hurt (my own fault really – I can’t really expect anything else after dancing in boots at least 2 sizes too large). I don’t really know how to properly stretch this part of the foot though, and it hurts like hell when I walk. It’s the outer sides of the feet/ankles as well as the forefeet. If anyone know any exercises on how to stretch this part, or maybe like a website touching the subject in a little bit of depth, I’d really appreciate the help.

    • ANSWER:
      I ran track & cross country for years and this is the only one I know. Point your toes up and your foot down and circle with your ankle. Hard to explain. Hope you find what you need!

  15. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my ankle / foot ?
    I’m a figure skater. After many forward jump takeoffs I feel a very painful snapping sensation in my right ankle area just above the foot (possibly just above or just below the talus bone) and then for an extended period of time after I experience a duller pain that extends a bit up the right side of the leg (it feels like it is in the fibula bone). This is a chronic problem that happens for a few days and then goes away for a while, but has been returning for the past 3 to 4 years. I try to ice my ankle after this happens, but it does not seem to help in preventing this from happening again. I have tried ankle exercises but they also do not seem to prevent this. Help please!

    • ANSWER:
      May be you should have an x-ray and be muscle spasm . Hard to tel here on internet . Good luck

  16. QUESTION:
    Therband exercises for feet and ankles?
    I am in ballet and I was hoping to strengthen my feet and ankles using a theraband. I have very weak ankles and feet. What are some ways I can do this? Try to be descriptive too, please!

    • ANSWER:
      Better then telling you, I will show you.
      Starting at 1:20 into the clip.

  17. QUESTION:
    How to deal with arthritis of the foot. ?
    Sole of foot hurts as well as arch and ankle flexing the foot to exercise them does not help.

    • ANSWER:
      Do you know for sure it’s arthritis? Or is it just sore so you’re assuming?

      You need to see a doctor. There are medications that are a bit stronger than OTC ones. Your doctor might also give you a steroid injection.

      ….

  18. QUESTION:
    What are some good exercises to do with ankle weights on?
    I’m a first grade soccer player for my local team but, I wanna improve on my speed and agility, so does any1 have any good exercises with 1.5kg ankle weights on each foot? Please remember I am not trying to get healthy or get fit , I already am healthy and fit coz I play first grade, i just want some physical and streneous exercises that will improve my speed and agility, cheers.

    • ANSWER:
      Do some wind sprints. For getting my speed up I wear ankle weights and run 10 yards, touch the ground, run back, touch the ground, and repeat. It helps alot. You can also make it longer. Go 10 yards and touch the ground, go back and touch the ground, then go 20 yards, then go back to where you first started then go 30 yards, you see?
      It works out nice, even the fittest of people get tired.

  19. QUESTION:
    What are some physio exercises i can do at home for a fractured 5th metatarsel?
    I fractured my 5th metatarsal on the 21st of august and i have had surgery on it and have been in a cast and back strap every since. I went to the hospital and got the cast taken off for good 5 days ago. the metal inside my foot and the scar doesn’t hurt, but it is my ankle that hurts more. are there any exercises i could do at home to help my foot/ankle fully recover?

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    I have a sprained ankle. What lower body & leg exercises can I do besides squats and lungs to tone my legs.?
    The only leg muscle I may want to go easy on is the dorsi, other than the ones in my foot and ankle. I’d like to know what exercises I can do to strengthen and tone the rest of my leg muscles.
    My sprain is a severity of 3 on a scale of 1 to 3, with 3 being the worst. The perineal muscles, ligaments, and tendons on the outside of the ankle are torn. I’ve been advised by an Orthopeodic surgeon not to drive for at least 3 weeks because he doesn’t want excessive motion of raising and lower my ankle or else the tear won’t heal. It’s been 2 and a half weeks and my ankle is still bruised and swollen, especially in the area where it’s torn. This is not your average sprained ankle, so I do need to give it time to heal, but I want to do something to keep myself going without further injury to my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      you only need to baby your ankle for a couple days. Why change your routine for that. Just take a couple days off. I’ve had many sprained ankles and I’ve never been told to stay off them for more than 2 days

  21. QUESTION:
    I have a torn ankle ligament?
    Ok so I landed funny yesterday after landing something wrong, I can put weight on it but I walk with a limp so went to a hospital earlier and I have torn the ligaments on both side of my ankle on my right foot. I have been doing the whole ice thing every now and then, foot above the heart and the foot exercises as well as taking ibuprofen. I know it’s not a good idea working 4 hours tommrow but I only really do 4 hours per week at the moment so basically what I’m asking is how long will it be with all what I’ve just said in mind will it be til I can start freerunning/parkour again? And how long would it be til I can walk again without a limp because I guess there would be a difference. Many thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      For moderate sprains, a removable cast boot or ankle brace can be used initially. Physical therapy is important to help minimize swelling, maintain range of motion, maintain proprioception, and gradually increase the strength of the muscles around the ankle to prevent future ankle instability and recurrent sprains.

      Severe sprains require immediate medical attention. Without treatment, they may result in long-term ankle instability and pain. The ankle should be immobilized in a brace or removable cast boot. Usually, people need crutches and are referred to a specialist. Whether surgery should be done is controversial. Most experts believe that surgically reconstructing torn ligaments is no better than treatment without surgery. Physical therapy to restore movement, strengthen muscles, and improve balance is necessary before people resume strenuous activity and can hasten recovery

  22. QUESTION:
    How to improve ankle and foot strength, and balance for ballet?
    I just started ballet last September and I’m starting to work on pirouettes in class. I can do a clean single, and an ok double to the right (left is the standing leg), but I can’t even do a clean single on the left. I think my ankles and toes are too weak to hold in passe, and my balance is a little wobbly. Any good exercises or tips to improve? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      EXERCISE band! it willl become your new bff. Do it 3 times a DAY! it strengths amazingly!

  23. QUESTION:
    for a year now, my right foot/ankle has been swelling up. Now, it is swelling and also hurts to stand or walk.
    I am overweight. A supervisor for the postal service which is a very stressful job. I haven’t been drinking water like I should or eating properly or getting enough exercise.

    • ANSWER:
      And you don’t like doctors, right? Because you can’t ask stuff this important here. Take care of yourself! You only get ONE body! Someone loves you. Do it for them if you can’t do it for yourself.

  24. QUESTION:
    How can I make my own ankle/foot weights?
    Firstly, is this a good way to gain thigh muscles?
    And I did just put adjustable weight parts into socks and put the socks on…yea thats really cheap and tacky, but then it just strecthes the sock to be really long and its mostly holding it up instead of exercising… Any good ideas to make some?

    • ANSWER:
      Go out and spend the money to have nice ones that will last a while. Be careful though, as they can be bad for your knees

  25. QUESTION:
    ankle strengthening exercises to reduce chances of ankle sprains?
    Hi, I am a basketball player and I just recently sprained my ankle. It has been healing everyday and I have been rehabbing it and is almost completely healed. I understand that as a basketball player, landing on someones foot or just landing awkwardly on my ankle is inevitable. I just want to know what kinda exercise or whatever I should do to strengthen my ankle so that the chances of my ankle getting hurt again is lowered, and if it does get hurt, the severity will be as less as possible.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    Ankle Strengthening exercises for basketball to avoid ankle sprains?
    Hi, I am a basketball player and I just recently sprained my ankle. It has been healing everyday and I have been rehabbing it and is almost completely healed. I understand that as a basketball player, landing on someones foot or just landing awkwardly on my ankle is inevitable. I just want to know what kinda exercise or whatever I should do to strengthen my ankle so that the chances of my ankle getting hurt again is lowered, and if it does get hurt, the severity will be as less as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      I have sprained my ankle playing basketball before also and to prevent it my dctor told me to stop but i just couldnt so my brother got me in some exercises where i do normal leg exercices so i can reach past my toes. then i stretch my ankle back and forth over and over everyday, now my ankles perfect

  27. QUESTION:
    foot cramps when dancing :S?
    i have been dancing for about 8 years or so and have pretty strong feet and ankles, but now every time i do a dance class my feet start cramping up and its really painful.
    i do dancing 5 days a week and foot strengthening exercises once a week.
    i told my teacher but she said its a good thing..
    i have two questions:
    1. what causes feet to cramp like that?
    2. what can i do to stop it happening?
    thanks xx

    • ANSWER:
      Well, there are different types of cramping.. some good and some not so good. But, since you say that the cramps are really painful that definitely means that there’s something wrong. You could be getting a mild/severe form of tendinitis in your foot. I’m not exactly sure where you’re feeling the cramps but often it happens on the outside tendon running along the side of your foot, under your foot in your arch, or running on the top of your foot (from where your toes connect all the way to where your foot connects to your ankle).Tendinitis is not something to be taken lightly and I would definitely urge you to go see a doctor/physical therapist who can give you exercises to correct it or at least make it more bearable. Another cause could be that you’re sickling your feet when you point which would cause your arch to cramp up. In any case, I just suggest that you see a physical therapist because you won’t really know what is wrong until you consult an expert.

      Remember, no matter what your teacher says, any kind of cramping that is painful to you is your body’s way of letting you know that something is not right and that, is NOT a good thing.

      Hope this helps! (:

  28. QUESTION:
    What exercises can I do for my ankle sprain?
    I recently sprained my ankle playing football. I was dribbling and someone slide tackled me and I heard my ankle pop. I didn’t think much of it because it didn’t hurt and it didn’t swell up until after the game. I saw the doctor and she said to do ankle strengthening exercises because it was only a moderate sprain. Is there anything I can do except write the alphabet in the air with my foot?

    • ANSWER:
      First of all rest, ice, compress and elevate it.
      Exercises:
      balancing on one leg
      Standing on one leg and moving up on the balls of your feet lifting urself up.
      Stretching your calf muscle by pushing against the wall with your leg back

  29. QUESTION:
    I fractured my ankle and tore a ligament on October 3. I have pain in the back of my foot and when I turn it..?
    I fractured my ankle on October 3. I was in a cast for 2 months. I got the cast off December 2. Started physical therapy 4 days later. I have been doing physical therapy. I do the simple exercises every day and twice a week I do the full exercises. However, I get this pain in the back of my foot (where my Achilles Tendon is) and a bit on the inner side of my foot. I have to move my foot/ankle in a circular motion until it cracks and then the pain goes away. About 2-3 minutes later, the pain is back and the cycle begins again. Why? I am doing good with physical therapy. I broke my left foot, lower fibula (the ankle). It happened while playing soccer. I am a 12-15 year old female. The doctor said that it is just kinks in the ligaments from being stiff and should go away within a week or two after getting the cast off. Why is this happening? Please!

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you need a new xray and mri, at your age it should have went away by now, if you are having to pop your ankle to make it stop then the tendons and ligaments are not holding it where they should, they need to get stronger, maybe some strengthening exercises for the ankle would help also

  30. QUESTION:
    What are some good exercises for your ankle after sprain?
    i try doing alphabets and ankle circles with my feet but i can barely move it, and its also nasty because i feel like the tendons and ligaments popping and grinding but its a normal grinding maybe a little bit more than my other foot so what should i do

    • ANSWER:
      Check here for help with that.

      http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/sprainsstrains/a/anklesprain.htm

  31. QUESTION:
    Ankle strengthening exercises to prevent ankle sprains?
    Hi, I am a basketball player and I just recently sprained my ankle. It has been healing everyday and I have been rehabbing it and is almost completely healed. I understand that as a basketball player, landing on someones foot or just landing awkwardly on my ankle is inevitable. I just want to know what kinda exercise or whatever I should do to strengthen my ankle so that the chances of my ankle getting hurt again is lowered, and if it does get hurt, the severity will be as less as possible.

    • ANSWER:
      Chronic ankle pain.
      Most often tips the ankle healed. By non-surgical treatment. However, some patients will have symptoms of chronic ankle pain (pain for more than 6 weeks) has not fully animated items. And the easy re ankle sprain. This may be due.

      - Not a physical therapy appropriately. Muscle function is not well coordinated. Muscle atrophy
      - Tissue around the ankle lacerated filed into the ankle. Jumping up on the ankle bone pin will be pain
      - A broken bone together with Already have bone deformities.
      - Lack of multiple ligament injection line Tendons and ligaments do not jam or stick in a format that is not appropriate.

      When the going back to as normal
      Time lost to a full recovery depends on many factors such as age, severity of the tips how to keep, including how to do physical therapy, etc., which may take time for treatment and physical therapy approximately 1-6 Sunday but the tendon will a full recovery takes about 4-6 months to support the equipment should wear the ankle to prevent ankle sprain repeated.

      The other criteria around to it when you can return to play another sport it is. Able to move ankle and walked down the weight without pain.

      The test stand toe heel lifted up. If the toe is longer than 20 seconds without pain, then try running straight before. Then gradually increased to a run of eight images. Then switch to run a staggered, if not in pain and feel good ankle stability. You can return to play the same sports. But while playing sports should be put on the ankle support for a minimum of 6 months.

  32. QUESTION:
    I cannot do ankle rehabilitation exercises?
    I am trying to do ankle rehabilitation exercises after the torn lateral ligament in my ankle healed, but every time I try to twist my foot inwards I hear and feel the supposedly healed ligament pop and it feels like it had “adjusted” its position rather that regained flexibility, then the twisting process becomes easier but I do not feel like I am doing the ligament itself any good. Also, when hearing the popping sound I normally stop the exercise in order not to damage my ligament. what do I do?

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Injured ankle/foot? What to do?
    About a month a go I came home after work(i caddy), and noticed i was feeling some pain in my foot/ankle. I thought since I had done alot of walking it would naturally be in a little pain. When that weekend I noticed the pain had not yet gone away. I limited my walking, running, activities the following week. By the time school started which was about a week and a half later, it had progressed a good amount. When I went to my doctor about 2 weeks after school had started(last week), I mentioned it to her. She wanted me to get x-rays just to make sureeverythingg was ok , se also gave me a tape to support it. Im scheduled to get those xrays wednesday or thursday. But today after playing a pick up football game it started bothering me a bit, and i noticed my speedisn’tt what it was a month ago. I reallydon’tt want this to be a naggingthinggbecausee i wanna be ready come basketball season(november). Any physicaltherapistt or anyone who has gone thru something similar have any suggestions, tips, exercises, stretches that you think will help?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    why does my left foot and ankle go numb when i’m exercising?
    on a gym recumbent bike, it is numb, like the stage after “pins and needles” but i dont get those first, this is after about 15-20 mins of cycling. and it is slightly painful to walk on after. any idea why?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you are impinging a nerve, or possibly cutting off blood circulation.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are good exercises to strengthen weak ankles due to flat feet?
    I have slightly flat feet. I’ve been taking Capoeira lessons, the lessons have added intense impact and awkward stress and positions of my feet and ankles.

    Now my ankles are giving me problems. It hurts to rotate my foot in a circle, and there is a little bit of swelling. I’v cut down the lessons for a week, and the pain is slightly gone, but what do i do to make them stronger so it doesn’t happen again?
    I am ideal weight. 5’9 and 148lbs. Someone mentioned wrapping the ankle…how would i do that?

    • ANSWER:
      You could try some rigid insoles in your shoes to support your arch and take the stress off the muscles of the ankle. You can find the insoles at running shoe stores, make sure though they are the rigid ones. The insoles should give you the best relief.
      As for exercises, make sure to stretch your calf muscles regularly before and after exercise, and hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds. For strengthening, try toe raises and heel raises, as well as balancing on one foot and once that is easy balancing on an unstable surface like a couch cushion.

  36. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen right foot and ankle, even toes. Can it be fixed?
    I have no pain, no discoloration. Had ultrasound scans up to abdomen and venogram for deep vein thrombosis. Found nothing wrong. It’s okay in the morning, but gets worse later in the day. Some days the swelling is worse for unknown reasons. I’m 35 years old, not pregnant, don’t smoke or drink. Had the problem since November 2005. It’s better if I exercise and use my foot in stead of nursing it up on a pillow or elastic sock. The sock helps – just hot and irretating. Sometimes it goes numb with pins and needles when I keep it elevated. I had a right knee injury (pedestrian accident) when 9 years old. Leg not 100%. Weaker leg muscles above knee, crunchy knee joint and little uncomfortable/painful at times. Saw a few doctors and specialists, no one has a clue what it could be. One suggested that the vein valves broke, so there is no transport of fluids up and out, then it settles in the foot. Advised to wear elastics socks and keep my leg elevated. Can this situation be fixed?

    • ANSWER:
      First off…do you have hypertension and/or diabetes. You could be experiencing fluid retention edema that builds up in the most dependent part of the body, the legs. See your Gp about pressure mes and possible water pill to remove excess water from your body.

      Secondly you are experienceing traumatic arthritis which can cause intermittent swelling and pain.

  37. QUESTION:
    My foot has been hurting for a couple of weeks, what do i do?
    One night after playing an intense game of basketball, my left foot/ankle started hurting. At first i thought it was just soreness from the exercising. But the pain contiuned on for almost a month now. So what are some things I can do to help heal my foot/ankle? I already tried ice and wrapping it. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you, I would really go to the doctors, but first check your foot to see if there are any sign of something! :)

  38. QUESTION:
    What are some good ankle strengthening exercises?
    A little over a year ago I broke my ankle and had to wear a boot. After I got it off, I was supposed to wear a flexible brace whenenver I exercised or did anything strenuous on my ankles. I stopped wearing it after 2 months or so after the boot came off. While I was running the other day, pain shot up my ankle and it gave out and I face planted on the treadmill. I haven been able to run since, and I really wanna start up again. Is there any other good exercises besides writing the alphabet with your foot to strengthen the ankle? Thanks!!!

    • ANSWER:
      You speak with an expert is better… good luck!

  39. QUESTION:
    Rehab exercises for ankle sprain?
    I’ve had a serious ankle sprain before 20 days and today I took off my protective boot and left my crutches.

    I can walk slowly but no way to run or rotate my ankle.

    My question is what are best muscle-strengthening, range of motion or any type of exercises that help to heal my ankle.

    I hurt my foot when I stepped on other players foot when playing my high school basketball game.

    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      It takes six weeks for an ankle sprain to heal completely. Anything short of that is just praying. Ligaments are like tendons and they take six weeks to heal. It’s just the way our bodies are. If you decide to play without any ankle support then you’ll end up with another ankle sprain real soon. Then your ankle wont heal and you’ll end up with an weak ankle. There are some ankle exercises to do but you should wait to do them.

  40. QUESTION:
    How do exercise my right foot, just recovered from a bruise need to start playing soccer again?
    I hurt my right foot last weekend and my coach said i had a bruise. I had pain for at least 3 days, i went to kick the soccer ball i felt pain in my foot. Now i can walk and run without pain, i am little bit scared to kick the ball, so i need to do some exercises. I have started doing ankle rolls. Need advice, need to start playing again next week have a major tournament coming up..

    • ANSWER:
      Do you have a trainer on the team too?

      Try doing the ankle rolls in a little bit of water -such as in the bathtub… this will provide a little resistance for you and not only will it be warm, but feel comfortable too.

      Here are some ideas that I used but these have illustrations and a more professional description I rather help then hurt you so here ya go

      http://www.foottrainer.com/ankle/exercises1.html

      http://www.expertvillage.com/video-series/419_therapy-foot-ankle-pain.htm

      http://www.apta.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home&TEMPLATE=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&CONTENTID=24759

      Be careful and dont overdo it

  41. QUESTION:
    What’s the best way to relieve the pain in my feet?
    As a hairdresser, I am on my feet all day long. At the end of the day, I’m in excruciating pain. My heels have sharp pains, my arches are throbbing and my toes and ankles are stiff. I usually rub them, but the pain is still there. I wear good supportive shoes and do foot exercises throughout the day. Any other suggestions?
    i already wear magnetic orthopedic inserts in my shoes and use a foot spa. standing on a mat, is not an option, im a mobile hairdresser and move around from house to house all day long. i also dont get lunch breaks or any breaks to “put my feet up”

    • ANSWER:
      talk to your doctor about a med or go to a chiropractor i just went to a chiropractor for my feet probs

  42. 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!

  43. QUESTION:
    what exercise could i do with a bad foot?
    ive injured my foot its been 6 weeks and it plays up still but its walkable. but i want to start exercising what exercise do you think would be best apart from swimming? and do you think it would help if i worn one of them ankle/foot supports?

    • ANSWER:
      short, light walks
      also, move your foot in circles and point it up, down, and side to side. i hope you get well soon! i had a foot injury while playing soccer; not fun.

  44. QUESTION:
    Anybody familiar with foot/ankle injuries?
    Hey all. I was in a soccer collision about a week and a half ago, during which I sustained an injury to the outside of my left foot/lower ankle. Symptoms follow:
    - Immediate pain during the incident, during which I felt like the top half of my foot was “dislocating” and slipping over the bottom half
    - bruising along the meridian (in a straight line) where I felt the “dislocation”
    - Stiffness and pain during pointing and flexing
    - Swelling on the side of the foot, along that little nub thing that sticks out at your heel (for lack of better description…)
    - Pain, especially when touched, on the top half of the heel

    Hope I was able to paint a pretty picture for ya. I can put weight on it, including walk and run, but after a week and a half it is still noticeably swollen and seems to relapse after any rigorous exercise. I’m asking to make sure I shouldn’t go to a doctor, and just keep chillin’ with it. Any input would be great! Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:

  45. QUESTION:
    My hand and foot/ankle on the right side of my body swell and pulse badly enough to keep me from sleep/?
    It started in my ankles. Both throbbed and had swollen veins along the top and ankle. I noticed that my veins in the right foot swelled and throbbed much more frequently than my left side. Recently a vein in my right arm from wrist to elbow began to stand out. Now my hand on the right side has the same throbbing sensation and swollen veins. My left side doesn’t have the same problems. I am overweight and diabetic. My blood pressure is in the fabulous range according to the doc. I exercise with regularity. I also have/get migraines.

    • ANSWER:
      You might want to make sure you’re not a stroke candidate–get an MRI or CATscan.

  46. QUESTION:
    top of foot and ankle hurt after running?
    hi, I am 18 years old. i have a problem sprinting around the block (555 m perimeter – measured with google earth lol)

    So, around 4-5 times a week i sprint around the aforementioned block once or twice in order to help my sinus problems. I go full speed. I do not get tired at all. However, around mid way, my ankles and feet begin to pain, especially the left one. By the time i reach the end of the lap, I cannot move my foot up (i can stand on my toes-still very painful-but I can’t point my left foot upwards). So basically, I can barely walk after this – as my right foot hurts and my left foot severely hurts. I used to be flat footed, but got rid of it through yoga exercises my grandma taught me. However, my arches are still low and i consider them weak (hard for me to stand on one foot sometimes even). I was thinking that the Achilles tendon in my left foot especially may be short? Or maybe my gait is wrong? Another thing is that when i wake up in the morning, my ankles and feet are very stiff. One last thing, when i compare the arches on my feet, the right one is higher than the left one. Is that bad?

    By the way, this pain doesnt really happen after say I play an hour of basketball then go sprinting. But it does also happen when i jog at a medium pace for half a mile and up.

    What can be the problem and is there any way to fix this?

    thank you very much for any help
    I can provide other details that may help too.

    • ANSWER:
      Your shoes might not be supportive enough. You could try superfeet insoles. Or you could see a doctor/sports medicine person.

  47. QUESTION:
    Foot and ankle tightness and pain when I exercise or walk long..help?
    This has never been the case before. I could walk and run and exercise up and down no problem for a long time. I’m young, 18, and not overweight. Then in September I remember being in a rush on campus going somewhere before class started and I was walking briskly, if not a bit tightly to hurry there. After I got there I had to sit down for like 5 minutes because my feet and ankles were like burning like i’d twisted something. Now that i’m in aerobics and actually exercising more actively in shorter periods of time I feel that pain i’d felt before. There’s a tightness in my ankles first and then in a spot beneath and at the sides of my foot it aches and burns. it hurts. I can be energized and still have exercising energy but when it starts hurting like that it puts me behind and to even do the moves i’m fighting some mildly extreme pain. Does anyone know how to heal this?

    Also note: I don’t have flat feet. They’re slightly arched, but not overly.

    • ANSWER:
      Rest
      Ice
      Compression
      Elevation

  48. QUESTION:
    Constant Ankle/Foot Injuries?
    Well , whenever I run for long periods of time, or really quickly,
    and even when doing high jump in track and field, my foot starts to hurt a lot. Too a point where I limp when I walk.
    Its hurting on the outside of my foot near the back, and moving
    my ankle from left to right makes it hurt.
    I’ve had this for the past (possibly) few years, and now that
    I’m getting into running more, I’m growing concerned, and annoyed with this pain.
    Does anyone know why this is happening, what I can do
    to prevent it, or any exercises or stretches I should do to help with it?
    Thanks

    By the way, I’m just about 14 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I had pain in my ankles when I used a particular brand of running shoes. My ankles would just scream. They were New Balance from a lot of years ago.

      So whatever shoe you wear can be really important.

      The first thing I would do is get some inexpensive gel inserts for the runnings shoes, and see what happens. Maybe change brand of shoes.

      The next step is orthotics, where you get a custom made insert for your shoes. Expensive but better than hurting your ankles and feet.

      At 14 you still have a few years before your body completely jells, and you may just need to ease off a little and see what happens in the next six months.

  49. QUESTION:
    what are some good ankle strengthening exercises?
    I want to dance on point very badly and I have the technique I just need the ankle strength, and comments or suggestions are welcome. And how can you tell if you have the feet for point?

    • ANSWER:
      i agree with the alphabet idea, i did it when i was in pre-point (getting ankle strength for pointe) but also, you can get these at a physical therapist’s office or any place that sells yoga gear.

      Take an elastic band and while you are sitting on the floor with your legs out in front of you, wrap it around the ball of your foot with the 2 ends in your hands. Do a rep of 10-15 on each foot, and build it up each week. Same setting, but this time do a rep of 10-15 moving your foot out to the side (dont move your leg, just your ankle) on each foot. Just gradually build up reps and you will get there.

      Another one is to stand in the middle of an open space (this helps with balance too) and starting from a standing position, raise up onto the balls of your feet and come back down. Do these until your calves hurt, or else the length of one song. These will help get the strength to get up on those pointe shoes!

      hope this helped!

  50. QUESTION:
    What is my best option for recurring ankle/foot sprains?
    I first sprained my right ankle in the winter of 2008, and since then I have sprained that same ankle/foot about 4 times, and have rolled it countless times. After the sprains I’ve rested it, iced it, compressed it, and elevated it until I felt I was fully healed. I do strength/flexibility exercises with it, and yet it continually rolls, even with a compression brace on it.

    The last thing I want is to tear something, so what exactly should I do (other than not being active;))

    • ANSWER:
      Go see a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeron. You most likely have a lot of scar tissue that could be causing the rolls. the Brostrom procedure tightens the ligament thats is loose and causing the rolls and sprains. Also you could get it do at the same time an ankle arthroscopy which will clean out scar tisssure damaged cartilage and stuuf like that. Before going to surgery though try intense physcial therapy and a brace for a few weeks or months. Good Luck!

      P.S. I am having this procedure in a few weeks because of the same problems that you have, but mine are much worse and I play travel soccer.


Football Ankle Braces

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can low-top football cleats with ankle braces be worn linebacker and guard?
    I am Starting at Linebacker and Guard next football season, I would like to know if low-tops with ankle braces are okay to be worn, I know of the consequence but need some opinions.

    • ANSWER:
      I would assume so unless you have ankle problems. Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Which ankle brace is better for football mcdavid ankle braces or the aso ankle stabilizing orthosis brace?

    • ANSWER:
      if you can get your ankle taped i would do that because you can get it to conform more to your ankle, get it to the tightness of your liking, and provide in my eyes more support. If you want to get a brace instead, either are fine but i would buy the aso. I have always like aso braces and recommend them to my athletes when they don’t want to get taped or if they can’t get taped.

  3. QUESTION:
    Are there lots of professional football (soccer) players that always play in ankle braces?
    Meaning they play in ankle braces even when not in ankle rehab? Could you name a few of these players?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know any players who play with an ankle brace. If a player is injured he doesn’t play. If a player needs an ankle brace or a knee brace to play, his career is over.

  4. QUESTION:
    are aso ankle braces good for football?

    i have an ankle and achilies sprain is the aso ankle suport better for me to wear for football or should i buy something else..

    • ANSWER:
      im not really sure. I played basketball alot and still do, but alot of the times when i sprang my ankle i used to try and walk it off if it felt like it would help to warm up my ankle and reduce excessive pain and swelling. Also I used wear and mcdavid’s. theyre the braces with the lacing that you adjust by tieing them up by the strings. My advice would be to make sure you try to warm up and exercise your ankle first thing in the mourning if you can manage, move it around, walk on it a little and put pressure on it that you can handle, that way its not as stiff and painful. And as far as ankle support, if you feel that aso’s keep your foot secure when your on the field then i would say your okay. Try to wear two pairs of socks on the ankle if it feels a little more comfortable and make sure your foot and upper ankle feel supported as a unit and i think you’ll be fine.

  5. QUESTION:
    Do I absolutely need an ankle brace for low top football cleats?
    Well, I recently just bought my first pair of low top, adidas football cleats, and after asking my old football coach, who didn’t really help out, (sorry coach!) Well, all I really need to know is, do I absolutely need an ankle brace for lowtop football cleats.

    • ANSWER:
      The best ankle brace is the Zoom Ankle. It has this cool soft shell technology that is really comfortable. www.zoomankle.com

  6. QUESTION:
    what kind of ankle brace should I buy for football?
    im a wideout and linbacker. i dont want the nike street jacketone. I know its good but i dont like the look of how it goes over the cleat. i need em for my ankles because where i play it is basically mud everywhere and wet but i think im playing on turf this year. Yah like any good ankle braces that like college players where or any u have used and say how good it was.

    • ANSWER:
      the best thing to do because of the positions you play would be to spat your ankles. i have had bad ankle problems. broke my right one 3 times and my left 2 times. when i started spatting it felt really good and my ankle did not hurt at all. and most importantly my mobility was not affected at all.

  7. QUESTION:
    Are active ankle braces good for rugby players to wear?
    about 7 months ago, I tore all the ligaments in my ankle while running during football practice… i recently went back to the hospital for x-rays and there’s a bone spur and doctors reccomended that I wear an active ankle brace for rugby. but I don’t know whether I should buy the active ankle brace or one of the lace up braces and tape.

    • ANSWER:
      Active Ankle braces are not good. I would recommend a lace up brace either the ASO ankle brace or a similar one. I am 19 and have a really bad ankle and use the ASO brace for soccer and tennis. The Active Ankle is too restrictive and bulky. Hit me up on AIM for any other advice DunkinDunn.

  8. QUESTION:
    Which is the best choice for ankle braces?
    I’m recovering from a sprained ankle I had in a football game and I’m cleared now. My concern is now that I need ankle braces not just for the rest of the football season, but for other sports I participate in.

    • ANSWER:
      hon HONESTLY!!! the BEST bracing you can do to these ankles is exercise them;; so, if you went through ANY PT for them, KEEP UP!!! if not, contact your doc for a PT referral, even ONE visit to get you into the exercises you are suppose to do for the specific sprain that you’ve occured;; the ankle brace will only make you more prone to injury;; & IF you are in a sport, you should be bringing this up to your doc…IF he is half concerned about you not re-injuring, he SHOULD be setting you up for rehab..just ask; the exercises will help you to regain support to that ankle a million times better than ANY brace…but, ya gotta keep up with them….good luck!! but truly, your muscles, ligaments & tendons will do the job, if they are trained after injury….

  9. 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. . .

  10. QUESTION:
    any know the new spat system of the nike “Nike STR8Jacket Football Ankle Brace”?
    http://reviews.nike.com/9191/FA0042/reviews.htm this is the pic , it conford? good product??

    • ANSWER:
      honestly, it doesn’t really matter which brand you get. if you have the money and are willing to shell it out, id say go for it. nike always has decent products that will last long. the thing is, an ankle brace should not be used long over a period of time. its a temporary fix. your ankle should be rehabilitated and given therapy to get strong again. most ankle braces all work pretty well and the same. you just need to make sure it is tied firmly and not too tight. any wrapping/taping of the ankle underneath should help more serious sprains.
      a cheaper and common brand is mueller.

  11. QUESTION:
    What’s better… lace or strap Ankle Braces?
    I am purchasing ankle braces for football… which is better in terms of comfort and performance… Laced ankle braces… or ones with straps?

    what is the difference?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Having dealt with 2 fractures and countless sprains, I can tell you to get the McDavid that has both. It laces in the front and has 2 straps that cross around the ankle, and 1 strap around the top.
      I’ve bought more kinds than you can imagine, and this is by far the best.
      This is it right here. Very comfortable…

      http://www.mcdavidusa.com/store/item.asp?ITEM_ID=55&DEPARTMENT_ID=298

  12. QUESTION:
    Will the ankle brace effect normal football game?
    will it effect my sprint passing dribbling or shooting in football…
    i just want to wear it so that i don’t get ankle sprain again…

    • ANSWER:
      you posted question twice i answered on the other one

  13. QUESTION:
    Are there ankle braces for wrestling?
    I just sprained my ankle pretty bad in football. The side was very swullen but no break. I am looking for an ankle brace that will protect it in wrestling. I bought the AS1 ankle brace by active ankle. It takes a long time to get on and won’t fit in a wrestling shoe. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Wrong section…….you can go to Modell’s and look for one.

  14. QUESTION:
    reebok football cleats with ankle brace inside?
    there are reebok football cleats withan ankle brace inside i dont kno the name and where to buy them

    • ANSWER:
      DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY. DO YOU REMEMBER THE PUMPS? THEY WERE A JOKE BUT IT WAS GREAT MARKETING TO GET YOU TO SPEND YOUR MONEY ON THEM. HAVE YOUR TRAINER TAPE YOUR ANKLES STUD BECAUSE THAT’S THE ONLY THING THAT WILL REALLY HELP.

  15. QUESTION:
    I broke my ankle last football season and im wondering what would be the best ankle brace to use this season..
    Well my foot is finally getting better after my surgery cause they had to go in and put pins in my ankle and im wondering the best ankle brace to use this up coming football season…

    • ANSWER:
      Braces generally come in 2 types. First type, nonrigid, is like a canvas lace-up sock. It can also be made of neoprene. The nonrigid type puts some compression on the ankle and doesn’t really help with lateral movements.

      Second type, semi-rigid. It’s like the nonrigid but with extras, stuff like molded plastic struts or air cushions on the sides of the brace. Semi-rigids are more stable, but bulkier.

      There’s so many variations on these 2 types that you almost have to go by trial and error. If the brace is too bulky, or extends really far down the bottom of your foot, sometimes you can’t comfortably get your foot in your cleats. Some people like to use the lace up braces, some like velcro, some have both.

      Have you considered taping your ankle? In the long run, it’s more expensive and time consuming than buying a brace, but it’s a tighter fit to your ankle, and doesn’t feel as weird while running. Try both, and experiment with different types of braces. Also, maybe you would like to get some high-top cleats if you already don’t have them.

      This website talks about braces vs taping:

      http://www.rehabpub.com/features/22002/8.asp

  16. QUESTION:
    Where can i purchase the reebok football cleats with ankle brace inside?? and what are they called?

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t think football cleats have ankle braces inside of them. But when I broke my ankle they suggested I wore cleats that have higher ankle support.
      Make sure when you get a pair, have the cleat cover the ball of your ankle.

  17. QUESTION:
    whats the best ankle brace for football?
    i play running back and i need an ankle brace that lets me run as fast as i can without one and so i dont hurt my ankle jukeing and stuff

    • ANSWER:
      The best ankle brace is the Zoom Ankle. It has this cool soft shell technology that is really comfortable and supportive. www.zoomankle.com

  18. QUESTION:
    what are the best ankle brace/support for football?
    Looking for the best ankle support/brace for my son, he plays football and I’ve seen so many out there I’m not sure which one to buy. I heard good things about Mcdavid…..I think that was the name but I’m not sure

    • ANSWER:
      Why not just tape his ankles up before practice and games?

  19. QUESTION:
    Ankle kind of brace worn over football cleats?
    It looks really sleak and goes over the cleats and then around the middle sole, not over the cleats. Some college kids where them!

    • ANSWER:
      it’s just gauze tape wrapped really tightly to keep ankle’s nice and tight

  20. QUESTION:
    Do ankle braces slow you down?
    i hurt my ankle playing football a few years back. i was wondering if an ankle brace would slow me down when playing football. I play running back and speed is crucial

    • ANSWER:
      I never wore an ankle brace but had issues with my ankles every year playing football (I also played running back and CB)…I just used to tape the one that was having problems really heavy before I played or practiced.

  21. QUESTION:
    I have weak ankles and i play football and my ankle start hurting the more i run for a while and im a rb?
    and i wear an ankle support brace it helps a little but i don’t like wearing it so i was wondering what exercises will make my ankle A LOT stronger so i don’t have to wear the brace how much time s should i do it a day? can you show me a video?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    REALLY REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT volleyball ankle brace question?
    ok i use ankle braces in volleyball.

    the breg ultra ankle braces are the best does it matter if i use a football ankle brace for volleyball?

    are there any places i can get a breg ultra ankle brace for 20-30 dollars and is NOT used

    please help i need it for high school volleyball my active ankle t2 just doesnt work for me please help

    • ANSWER:
      You can use the football one and you won’t get an unused one for -30

  23. QUESTION:
    are ankle braces sold at dicks sporting goods stores?
    i am playing high school football and was going to get an ankle brace, are they sold at dicks sports?…what would you recommend for the brand/model if i am a defensive end. I don’t want to spend over

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend getting ones that lace up. And not the ones that have lace that velcroes down either. It should have a hole for your heel, with laces on the front. It can have velcro over the laces, but the ones that velcro the laces down tend to loosen easily. They are sold at most sporting goods stores and shouldn’t be more than . Hope this helps!

  24. QUESTION:
    I rolled my ankle, I have a huge football tryout monday today is friday i rolled it monday.?
    I need to know how i can get it fully healed by monday-friday this is an absolute must i can run with a limp as of thursday and i dont run on it for more than 15 min and ice right away… i alsso have a ankle brace that limits mobility any advice would be great.

    • ANSWER:
      I know not very helpful but theres no way to heal it “fully”, maybe you have or maybe you havn’t heard of RICE
      R-rest, while you sleep your body heals better it uses the enery that your not burning
      I-Ice, of course keeps swelling down and cools blood cells
      C-Compression, adding pressure holds everything together and makes it feel good
      E-Elevation, Once again helps blood flow, blood carries many things, example; lymph-helps with infection or injuries

      Hope this helps trust me I know your pain i rolled my ankle but im already on the team

  25. QUESTION:
    Can I play football on my minorly sprained ankle?
    5 days ago I twisted my ankle at football and got an eversion sprain. The next day it hurt really bad to walk on it, but now i can walk on it with no pain. Also, it only hurts if i roll it to the side, so I bought a brace that stabolizes it and gives it support. We have our most important game coming up this week. Is it okay to play on it?

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    i did something to my ankle in football practice?
    when i enlist in the army will they let me wear a ankle brace, or make me leave because im to much of a liability. ive wanted to b in the army ever since i was six. i hurt it in practice 3 months ago and it hurts to run every time since.

    so will they tell me to take a hike basically if im to much of a liability? thank you

    • ANSWER:

  27. QUESTION:
    Do I have to get a surgery if my ankle ligament is partially torn?
    I got hurt at the field when I was playing football two days ago. I twisted my ankle when I tried to block a fast moving ball with my weaker foot. So yea, ouch. I had an X-ray and MRI scan done right after that. It says that my left ankle ligament is partially torn. So do I really need surgery? Or can it be healed by just wearing an ankle braces?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on how good a player you are.

  28. QUESTION:
    MUST find ankle support brace for football player-worn OVER THE SHOE. No longer available on eastbay.?

    • ANSWER:
      You may find one on eBay, there’s all sorts of hard to find and discontinued stuff on there.

  29. QUESTION:
    is a thin ankle brace is the same as a reusable spat wrap for football?
    cleat cover football spat

    • ANSWER:
      No, the spat is looser & goes on the outside of your cleat, mainly for looks.

  30. QUESTION:
    Does an ankle brace protect the ligaments?
    I am currently recovering from ligament damage on my left ankle. I am at the final stages and ready to get back on the field. I play football (Soccer), and I was wondering if buying a good ankle brace would protect the healing ligament. The ligament, to be more specific, is the Talofibular ligament.

    • ANSWER:

  31. QUESTION:
    Where can I buy an ankle brace to use while playing sports?
    I have rolled my ankle (right ankle) twice this summer; the first time in May, I snapped a ligament (possibly two), and last night, while coming down for a rebound playing basketball, I rolled it again. It’s awfully swollen, so I will be taking the proper time to heal it and rehab it. However, not one to rest on my laurels for too long, I want to know where I can find an ankle brace to use for support when I play basketball/football/hockey/golf/go to the gym/etc.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Ow!

      The truth is, you probably would be better off resting and rehabbing it now, in order to keep from having to do so for a longer time later.

      But if you want a brace- and you probably should have one anyway- try checking the local pharmacy.

      Good luck!

  32. QUESTION:
    How to tape my ankles for football?
    I broke my ankle a little while ago (August). In June I’m going to football camp for 3 days, which is full contact with pads. I just got off taping my ankle underneath my sock, as well as wearing braces, and I’m just wondering if there’s an alternative to protect my ankle. I don’t want to go too far as to spat my cleats, I’m just wondering if there’s some kind of easy alternative. I don’t feel too secure without some kind of protection on my bad ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s what trainers are for. Let them do it. They know how and they can do it better than you could.

  33. QUESTION:
    What can i do to make my sprained ankle heal faster?
    Its been 4 weeks, and my ankle hasnt healed yet. And its only a mild sprain! Some people say let it rest in an ankle brace (which ive done for 4 weeks), others say try doing exercises on it to make it stronger. My football season starts in 5 days please please help! I can walk on it just fine, but i cant run hard!
    I have had my ankle checked by a doctor. Its only a mild sprain.

    • ANSWER:
      if it hasnt healed you could have a hairline fracture. Have you had it x rayed yet? you should see a doctor. It sounds like you are dealing with more than a slight sprain.

  34. QUESTION:
    What do you think I have done to my ankle?
    At a football match today i was running down the stairs and i went over on my foot, i have a sharp shooting pain through my foot, it is not swollen but hurts when i put pressure on it. Do you think I should go to the doctors or walk-in center?. My friend thinks I might need an ankle brace or crutches, if you need any extra information please let me know x

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on where the pain starts you should be careful high ankle sprains suck. I did that my senior year of high school and I continued to play on it and tore some ligaments right next to my ankle that give me constant pain unless I heat them really good. High ankle sprain you need 2-3 weeks off minimum. Have the trainer check you and give you some rehab work outs to do and you should be up and running and quick.

  35. QUESTION:
    Football Cleats what kind to get?
    I play Wide Reciever/DB and I need cleats for football, I have bad ankles so should I get low/mid or high top cleats or should I just get ankle braces ?

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If you have bad ankles then high-top would be the best cause they give more support!! Or like you suggested you could wear ankle braces, ethier way should work, but go wit whats more comfortable for you!!

  36. QUESTION:
    Does professional footballers wear ankle brace before match?
    well I get ankle sprain oftenly…and I’m really tired of it…I mean no everytime I play football I’ve got fear of getting ankle sprain…does it effect your normal game?

    • ANSWER:
      cant speak for all footballers but i know cristiano ronaldo does not

  37. QUESTION:
    What do you wear when you play football?
    i just wanna know what everyone else wears… i am a wide receiver. i have a schutt dna helmet with a nike visor on it… i wear cutters gloves with two white nike wristbands that have writing on them. also bicep bands. i wear white total 90 fg soccer cleats because of how good they look and how well they perform, with ankle braces and white socks rolled down. also wear a towel

    • ANSWER:
      I go all natuRAL

  38. QUESTION:
    Why does my ankle still bother me after 2 years?
    I injured my left ankle during my freshmen year in football and I had a sprained ligament and I couldn’t walk on it. I didn’t get it checked on or anything like I should have. I played last season with an ankle brace and no injuries occured on the ankle, but still now my left ankle bothers me when i’m just in one position. What are your thoughts on my left ankle’s condition? Is it worth getting checked up on?

    • ANSWER:
      Of course you should have had it checked at the beginning. the ligament might have been torn instead of just sprained. And since you have continued to stress the joint without knowing for sure what is wrong, it’s impossible to say exactly what’s wrong, other than there is something wrong or it wouldn’t hurt.

      You need to have it checked out before the injury becomes permanent.

  39. QUESTION:
    What to do about my weak ankles and i have football 3 times a week?
    So i play football and during football practice i wear an ankle brace for both of my ankle for support and it really does help cause i tried it without it and i was really slower because my ankle was hurting so bad why does my ankle hurt? Do i just have weak ankles or what? I DO NOT WANT TO take a break from football for even a day nor a week!! Sometimes my ankle doesn’t hurt because i put icy hot on it and take 2 advils but i dont know if its good thing taking two advils and 6 times a week and today in the car when i came from football my groin was hurting ( my groin has been hurting sometimes during football) but my ankle was twitching then i finally unlaced my cleats( dont say its because of the shoes because i have nike superspeeds and i got them for there high tops) and i took of my ankle support i tie my cleats tight and sort of my ankle brace but i dont know if thats it im going it not so tight tomorrow should i go see a doctor ? or should i do some ankle exercises? I HAVE BEEN DEALING WITH INJURIES ALL THE YEARS I PLAYED FOOTBALL ITS NO FAIR IM AN AMAZING PLAYER BUT ITS HARD PLAYING WITH ALL THESE PROBLEMS oh and im an 8th grader just letting you know haha

    and will wearing my ankle brace every practice ( 3 times a week) make my ankles more weak? ( and my ankle brace is one where you slide in your foot in to the brace then you wrap around the straps to secure your ankle)

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like the same problems i had last year during soccer. my coach gave me some stretching and strengthening techniques to help, also i got a really supportive ankle brace it’s one of the lace up kind. hit me up on aim mckade7 or on y-messenger jamiemckade if you have any questions or whatever. good luck brah

  40. QUESTION:
    Sprained both ankles and football starts soon?
    Last year in football i sprained my ankle. I bought an ankle brace and toughed it out, though some games i needed it taped. It used to crack all the time after it healed. Then in track and field this year, it hurt again after one race, but with the adrenaline i didnt really notice it until after the race. This year, my other ankle rolled inwards and then i landed on it AND it made a cracking noise. So i thought i broke my ankle or snapped a tendon. But i iced it right away and got my ankle brace on it and took some advil cause i had to go golfing in 15 minutes. It hurt for about a week after. And now this ankle cracks all the time. Like every third step it will crack.(my other ankle stopped cracking finally) Now i am worried about football this year. What if both my ankles start to hurt again? Is there anyway to stop the cracking noise in my ankle? How can i get my ankles to fully heal? I wear my ankle brace all the time

    • ANSWER:

  41. QUESTION:
    Can I play on my minorly sprained ankle?
    5 days ago I twisted my ankle at football and got an eversion sprain. The next day it hurt really bad to walk on it, but now i can walk on it with no pain. Also, it only hurts if i roll it to the side, so I bought a brace that stabolizes it and gives it support. We have our most important game coming up this week. Is it okay to play on it?

    • ANSWER:
      I would get with the trainer if your team has one. Otherwise go to a doctor and have it checked out. We have no clue on here as to the severity of the sprain. Good luck.

  42. QUESTION:
    would a ankle brace help??
    i have a weak ankle cause i was born with club feet and ive had surgery twice on my left and three times on my rite and my left got better but my rite is weak…..so i skateboard and i also play football and my ankle is weak so would a brace prevent me from injuring my ankle so i would be able to do both??…..or is there a way to strengthen my ankle??

    thank you

    • ANSWER:
      A brace can prevent you from rolling your ankle side to side, helping to preven sprains and strains.

      Strengthening exercises include stair lifts (stand on the edge of the stair and lift yourself up and down using your ankle and calf. Also, do the reverse using theraband or another stretchy material where you use the top of your foot to pull tension. Walking on the sides of your feet can also help to strengthen the outer muscles and soft tissue.

  43. QUESTION:
    Should I wait to play on my fractured ankle?
    About 8 weeks ago (November 16, 2010), I fractured my ankle in football practice. I was in the midst of running and was hit in my right shoulder girdle. Due to my force of motion and the force acting against it, the result was a plantarflexion in my left ankle to the point where I fell. I was unable to bear weight on the afflicted ankle, and within 2-3 hours, I was taken to the emergency room.

    My original diagnosis was that I had sprained the ankle; they gave me a splint and crutches and told me I would be able to walk fine by the following Monday (the event happened on a Tuesday). However, the next day I received a phone call from the hospital saying that they read the x-rays wrong and needed me to come back to the hospital because I had fractured it (you could only imagine how I felt!). So I came back, they apologized, and the put me in a fiberglass splint to accompany the crutches they had given me the previous day.

    Due to extenuating circumstances, I did not get to follow up with an orthopedist until almost 5 weeks later. Once I had seen the doctor and had taken x-rays, he assessed that I had a hairline fracture of the distal tibial epiphysis (I later researched to find out that it was a vertical fracture in the central third of the distal tibial epiphysis). He took off the fiberglass cast and put me in a walking boot. He then told me I would have to use both the walking boot and the crutches for 2 weeks with partial pressure (making 7 weeks), and then I would only use the boot as support for full pressure (making 9 weeks total).

    So here is my dilemma…

    I stopped wearing the boot half-way through the full pressure stage of the walking boot (end of week 7). The first couple of days I had a slight (barely noticeable) limp, but after walking on it a little more, the limp started to fade. I found out I could jump on it with slight, barable discomfort, but I couldn’t stand on my toes with just that one foot (however, I could stand on that one foot fine).

    Furthermore, there was one tiny detail I forgot to mention. I’ve been waiting to play on my basketball team the entire season (technically, I didn’t even try out yet). The coach said he would wait until my ankle is better and I give him a doctor’s note clearing me to play. I figured if I got an ankle brace and sort of self-rehabilitated my ankle, it would be okay.

    Do you think this is okay to do? Should I put the boot back on? Or would that reverse the rehabilitation I’ve already gone through? And what should I do about the basketball dilemma? I appreciate your input (and apologize for making this so long. ha)

    By the way, I am a 15 year old boy (though I was 14 when the fracture happened) if this helps.

    • ANSWER:
      You should wait. Give it more time to heal.

  44. QUESTION:
    is my ankle just sore or maybe sprained…?
    i have sprained my ankle before and gotten one of those huge ankle braces for it; i don’t remember which ankle that was though :/
    but i had football practice yesterday and then after i came home; it didn’t really feel bad; it just felt sore
    and now today when i step on it hard there is a pain on the left side of my left foot a bit under the ankle bone.
    and when i turn it to the left there is a pain there….

    the sprained ankle i got what like a year ago…

    • ANSWER:
      You must suck at football, always getting injured. Maybe you should play tennis or something that is geared towards cowards and wimps like yourself.

  45. QUESTION:
    Ankle brace hurting my heel?
    I’m in off-season football right now, and a few months ago I broke my ankle and my doctor recommended I wear McDavid braces on both ankles to protect both of them. I can run, cut, etc. and all with the ankle braces.

    The braces cover my the bottoms of my shins and my ankles, and it also wraps around my heel, kind of like this:

    http://www.svsports.com/store/images/cart/McDavid-Ankle-Brace-with-Cross-Strap-ItemImg_5203050.jpg

    I don’t have the exact same brace as this one ^^, but it’s the same brand.

    Thing is, for some reason the brace makes me heels really sore during practice. The bottom of the brace that wraps around underneath my heel causes me some pain when running, I can usually run it off but it painfully bothers me. Should I get new braces or what?

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Tips for ankle brace hurting my heel?
    I’m in off-season football right now, and a few months ago I broke my ankle and my doctor recommended I wear McDavid braces on both ankles to protect both of them. I can run, cut, etc. and all with the ankle braces.

    The braces cover my the bottoms of my shins and my ankles, and it also wraps around my heel, kind of like this:

    http://www.svsports.com/store/images/cart/McDavid-Ankle-Brace-with-Cross-Strap-ItemImg_5203050.jpg

    I don’t have the exact same brace as this one ^^, but it’s the same brand.

    Thing is, for some reason the brace makes me heels really sore during practice. The bottom of the brace that wraps around underneath my heel causes me some pain when running, I can usually run it off but it painfully bothers me. Should I get new braces or what?

    • ANSWER:

  47. QUESTION:
    basketball tryouts are monday and my ankle is killing me?
    i think my ankle is sprained or something its been hurting for like a year now since i slipped playing football. everytime i start running i feel pain down there. i lost my ankle brace and if i cant run at tryouts monday imma be pretty pissed lol so um any ideas cept doctors cause i hate em

    • ANSWER:
      Well….if your most definitely going to have to try-out then go get some wrap and wrap your ankle before you run(try-out). Start icing 20 min then heating 20 min alternating for a while this weekend and maybe your ankle will be better. But if you do not support your ankle at try-outs then your ankle could become broken!!!:( Then your season really would be over!!!!

  48. QUESTION:
    wat is wrong with my ankle?
    i sprained my ankle about a month ago playing basketball, i iced it and keep it elevated for about 2 weeks, and then i had football camp. i only wore a ankle brace, and didnt treat it. now its been about a month since camp, and every morning i wake up my ankle hurts. How do i get it back to normal?

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  49. QUESTION:
    What should i do to my ankle for my game?
    Recently i went over funny on my ankle when i was out with my friends, playing football (soccer). I’ve always had weak ankles so this is a common injury for me. I play for my local team and i have been training as normal ever since the injury but i find it hard to run and sometimes even walk because its painful when i try to do so and it causes me to limp. This is so frustrating as it always seems to be a recurring injury and i need to prevent it. Last week we had a friendly against another team and i had to come off after 5 minutes because i simply couldn’t run, and the manager was gutted because i’m one of the teams best players. Being a defender i obviously need to be able to run properly so i can keep up with the attackers on the other team and stop them. We have another friendly tomorrow and i need to know some things that i can do to help me be able to run properly, because i have to play (due to the numbers of players – a few people are on holiday so i need to be there or our team will have to forfeit) and i don’t want to let the team down again. I already had a tubigrip and ankle pads on it last week but they didn’t really do anything. I’ve heard of ankle braces but i can’t get one in time for tomorrow, so what else could i do?

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Therapy excercises for high ankle sprain?
    Hey i suffered a high ankle sprain in football and it’s been 6 weeks now. I was in a cast for 4 weeks and now he has me in a ankle brace. He told me yesterday he was going to send me to therapy now to strengthen it. My only problem is that the nearest therapy place to my house charges a 30 dollar co-paymet because of my father’s coverage. There is another place that is further that will cover my dad’s health plan but i have no way of getting there since my parents work. Is there any exercises i can with my ankle so i could have a self therapy?

    • ANSWER:


Exercises Sprained Ankle Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle exercises?
    about 4 months ago i sprained my ankle and couldnt run for about a 5 weeks. I underwent physical therapy and it did help. However, it has been 3 moths since therapy and I would like to know some basic treatments/exercises to loosen it up as I play basketball regularly. Also, will the swelling EVER go down?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go back to your physiotherapist, and they will be able to give you stretches, and use the machines on you, which will help you bring down the swelling that you still have.

  2. QUESTION:
    Will a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?
    I fell down the stairs today and I think I sprained my ankle because it hurts to walk on it I am fine though. I am going to keep running with my club but I was wondering if I just keep on exercising and walking if my ankle will heal.

    • ANSWER:
      The treatment NEEDED to repair a sprained ankle is referred to as RICE

      R: Rest – Key part of repair, without it may lead to further injury
      I: Ice – Helps reduce the inflammation
      C: Compression – Helps reduce swelling
      E: Elevation – Helps reduce swelling

      So to answer your question, no, resting your ankle is vital and needed to a recovery without damaging it further

  3. QUESTION:
    What do you do if your sprained ankle healed incorrectly?
    I sprained my ankle four or five months ago but I am worried that it may have healed incorrectly. There is still moderate pain when I exercise, which I cannot do without a sturdy brace, and the ankle that was sprained is more swollen and tender than the one that was not sprained. I never received any treatment for my initial sprained ankle and did little exercises to build strength (unwise, I know) but I’m worried now that this problem will follow me throughout my life (I’m only 18.) What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      a sprain is a partial tear in the ligaments around the joint. there are 3 grades of sprains, grade 1 will heal on its own if you stay off of it in about 1-2 weeks usually grade 2 is usually 3-5 weeks and grade 3 usually includes a fracture nd thats takes from 6-? weeks. the reason the brace works is because it is giving support to the ligaments. the ligaments in the ankle if you havent stayed off of it and let it heal properly could still be torn and not healing. it does take a while to regain the strength in the ankle after a sprain if you notice a lot of pain i would suggest you maybe go see a doctor because they will usually send you for an ankle series xrays which consists of 2 oblique views an ap view and a lateral view, that way they can check to see if the ligaments are still torn. and then they would go from there.

  4. QUESTION:
    when should I start doing ankle recovery exercises?
    I sprained my ankle about an hour ago playing basketball and there was definitely a pop but no swelling at point of injury and still no swelling but and I’m currently doing the rice treatment. Last time I sprained my other ankle and it swelled so i waited a couple days before doing rehab, but there was no swelling this time. Can I go straight into doing range of motion exercises and such right now.
    I want to be back on the court as soon as possible

    • ANSWER:
      The pop is typically not a good sign, however, as long as there is not pain, there is no reason to stop your regular routine.

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the best long term treatment for a sprained ankle. Sprained ankle 3 months ago, still not at 100%?
    I broke my leg and sprained my ankle this past Dec 4th. Doctor told me not to be surprised it takes 6 to 8 months tfor the ankle to heal. What treatment and rehab would be best. Warm soaking with epson salt daily? Stretching and walking with cold compresses? Staying off ankle as much as possible? Exercising and appling sports cream rub? Warm baths? Ankle will swell during the day. I need some good advice, golf season is approaching rather quickly. I was powerwalking and light jogging prior to my accident. I really need to get back to exercising as soon as possible.
    Ted

    • ANSWER:
      You can try physical therapy.

      Some of the exercises I did in physical therapy for my sprained ankle were….. Calf raises, rubber band exercises where you put the band around your foot, then move your foot in each direction, holding your foot across your lap, and ‘writing’ each letter of the alphabet.

      My ankles did pretty well with these exercises. I still have problems to this day though, as I have torn ligaments. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    What is the propet treatment for a ankle sprain?
    when you have a 3rd degree ankle sprain what is best to do to make it as good as it was. Should a person keep it still or maybe do some exercises with it to make the muscle stronger? how possible is it that it will be as good as it was?

    • ANSWER:
      well first of all ice it down if there is swelling and take ibuprofen. once u get past the swelling point then slush it(ice and cold water in a bucket, put ur foot with a sock in the bucket for 5 to 10 mins lite work out and do it again, etc) as you do lite workouts. then move to tape it up also for some support or brace it. then u have to tell after the feeling it up to u how far u go but support ice and gradually getting back to full strength is the best way

  7. QUESTION:
    Ankle Sprain? Treatment?
    I was playing lacrosse the about 4 days ago when i had my ankle stepped on. It was initially painful and i walked it off. I proceeded to have to run sprints at the end of practice. Then after not being on it for a few minutes I got up and it began to hurt, not too bad though. The next day I felt pain in my ankle, but it is on the back of my foot, not the achilles but on the actual foot. It now had progressed and is very painful when exercising and even to the touch. Is this an ankle sprain? I think so but it does not go around my ankle, just on the back side of my foot. Is this an ankle sprain? I have been icing it and elevating it, but to no help. Help? What kind of treatment should I do? Continue practice?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have broke it. You need to see a dr.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain(?) treatment?
    Seven weeks ago I suffered a nasty ankle sprain playing basketball. My foot was inverted (outside-in) when I went up for a layup, but instead of pushing off the floor I stepped on the defender’s foot. I’m fairly certain I heard popping, but that could have just been my shoe. I went to a walk-in physical therapy clinic the next day and the nurse there told me to R.I.C.E. and gave me a walking boot in case anything was broken. After getting my foot x-rayed, it was discovered that I had no broken bones. The doctor told me I may have partial tearing, however. After resting, icing, compressing, and elevating for about three weeks there was significantly less swelling and the bruising had completely gone away. However, there is still some swelling (or possibly fluid build-up) right around the actual “ankle bone” on the inside and outside. Also, the inside part of my ankle and my achilles tendon are extremely tight. The tightness on the inside of my ankle is what concerns me the most, considering the type of sprain I had (inversion) would usually warrant the worst of the injury being on the outside of the ankle. I’ve tried to play basketball with no luck because my tendons seem to be tightened up so bad that I can’t jump or run very hard. I’ve been doing some stretching exercises, and it seems to be helping slightly. I guess I have several questions for anyone who has good advice to give:
    1) Should I still be icing my ankle daily?
    2) Should I try some light running or other exercise requiring use of my foot?
    3) Do I need to spend the money on a doctor visit or an MRI?
    4) When I elevate my foot, the fluid seems to drain away from the ankle somewhat. However, when I start to walk around or sit with my foot down it usually swells to the same size again. What can I do about this?
    5) Finally, the league I play basketball in starts on Jan 31. Is it likely that I will be able to play by then?

    • ANSWER:
      Ashton,
      1. No, stop the ice. Recent studies have shown that the use of ice stops or slows down the rate of healing. Use warmth but not hot. Warm moist compresses work the best.
      2. You are describing difficulty in playing ball due to the fact that the tendons are tight. Since that is the case running or jogging is going to stress them when they are not in their normal length. This would be opening you up for another injury. Better to wait until you get full mobility and strength in the leg.
      3. If you are going to see a doctor about this see a podiatrist. They are the foot and ankle experts. If you are not having any other problems except for the tightness I would say no. If on the other hand you are still experiencing pain and other problems then you should go.
      4. The leg is a cylinder and all of the laws of physics apply to it. Since you are walking on a cylinder with limited muscular work the normal pumping mechanism is not working as well as it should. The fluid is always going to drop down to the lowest point unless you have a strong pump to push it back up. If you were to take a measurement of the opposite ankle when you first got up and then again when you went to bed you would find that it also was larger. You have to use your calf muscles more to pump the fluid out. I will give you a simple exercise to do that after these answers.
      5. This is a little over 3 weeks off. It might be possible but in all honesty I would say no. The reason for the no is that unless your leg and ankle have full mobility and strength you are asking for another injury. As soon as the leg is strong enough you can return.
      6. Do this movement to gain mobility and help to pump some of the fluid out of the leg. Assume a long sitting position on the floor. Have the muscles of the feet pull them backwards towards the shins. The only movement that should be taking place is at the ankles. You will know that it is being done correctly as you will feel a pulling sensation in the calves. Hold that pull for 10 seconds and then relax for 5 seconds. Repeat this until you have done 10. You can do this as many times a day as you want. Once you learn the basic movement you can also do this standing and sitting. The best position is lying down.
      7. There is an exercise called the 180. That number stands for the total number of reps that you have to do for this exercise. In the beginning you are not going to be able to do this number so just do what you can. Stand on a step with the balls of the feet on the edge. Raise both heels up as high as they go. Now take the injured foot off the step and hold it up not touching anything. Now slowly lower the heel of the foot you are standing on. At the bottom of that movement replace the injured foot on the edge of the step. Now using both feet raise the heels up to the highest that they can go. Again take the injured foot off the step and lower the other foot down as low as it can go. Do this until you have done 15 reps. Now reverse positions of the feet and you are going to work the injured foot. Attempt to do as many as you can always attempting to get the heel as low as it can go. Do this exactly as you did the other foot until you have either tired or done 15. Now switch back to the original position and do 15 on that foot. If you are able do some more on the injured foot. In this way you only do what the leg is capable of doing. Don’t force the leg to do more than it is capable.
      8. You will be able to return to playing when you can run this drill. This is called a figure 8 drill. Make a large 8 somewhere like a basketball court. Walk the 8 as fast as you can. If you have no pain or restrictions then make the 8 a little bit smaller. Do the walk as fast as you can in that 8. No problems make the 8 smaller. Keep doing that until you have the smallest 8 you can. If you have no problems then go back to the largest 8 and jog it. No problems do the next smallest one and so forth until you are able to do the smallest one or you have a problem. Return to the large 8 and run it at 3/4 speed through all of the 8′s. If you have no problems run it at full speed through all of the 8′s. If you can run through the smallest 8 without any problems then you are ready to play.

  9. QUESTION:
    i have fractured my ankle, what exercises or treatments can i do to speed up the healing process?
    I fell three weeks ago and went to the doctor the following morning, they took an X-ray told me it was sprained, gave me a lace up ankle wrap and crutches and told me to elevate and stay off of it, and to put weight on it when I was able. they called me back five days later (i was already trying to put weight on it and walk with out crutches) and told me that is was fractured. I went to the orthopedic surgeon, had an MRI he says surgery isn’t necessary and neither is a cast and i am walking on it gingerly without crutches. besides elevating it when i sleep and keeping an ace ankle wrap(doctor’s orders) on it. Is there anything else that will help speed up the healing.exercises/treatments etc. ?

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  10. QUESTION:
    Best Treatment and Advise On Going Ankle Sprain?
    About 2 months ago I think I sprained my ankle – well I say think because I don’t remember doing it. I had been doing some fairly physical work, jumping around in woodland etc… The next day the top of my ankle was a bit painful, I thought it was a cramp so I tried to walk it off, but I woke up the following day and I couldn’t stand on it. The whole ankle hurt. It was swollen on the outside just above the ‘lump’ over the top and on the inside just above the lump’

    I rested it for a few days with ice and stuff and after a few days I was able to put weight on it, but it was still painful to walk on.

    I saw my GP who said yes its a sprain ‘I think you have sprained all the muscles an ligaments’ he referred me to a physio who I went to see, I also paid for a private physio. Both physios and my doctor have told me it just needs time, rest and ice . But after two months it still hurts when I walk on it for any length of time (particularly downhill) although sometimes it’s fine.

    When pain occurs it is different to how it was to start with, it is a sharp pain on the inside of the ankle just behind the ‘bony bit’, it occurs while walking as I ‘roll the foot up’ whilst bringing my other leg forward.

    Can anyone give me some advise? What’s going on? Surely it should be healed by now? Is the physio giving me good advise, I have been told to stand on my toes, and to do rotation resistance exercises inwards and outwards – but when I do these exercise the pain flares up again! Is there anything I can do to heal it faster? I have been told when it starts hurting to rest and ice. I have been put my whole foot in a bucket of ice and water for 20 mins twice a day. But it doesnt seem to make much difference. The ankle is still swollen but not as severely.

    many many thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I downloaded the ankle rehab breakthrough program and i was cured in less than a week…Here’s the link..Try it..all the Best,mate,it worked for me.It Teaches Anyone How To Heal A Sprained Ankle In A Few Days Instead Of Weeks…and it has amazing results based on my experience…Good luck…Here’s the link below:

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  11. QUESTION:
    I severly sprained my ankle 3 yrs ago, can it swell up and be in A LOT of pain now from that injury now?
    I got no treatment from the injury then, I just rested and iced and was out about 2 weeks with it.
    Nothing precipitated the swelling this time, just a feeling of “not being right” and exercise.
    The same thing happened a year ago (pain and swelling for a few days), then it was fine for the year.
    Could this be gout in the ankle that was injured and weak … I rarely drink alcohol.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, soft-tissue injury can be permanent. The soft-tissue is damaged and repaired with scar tissue which limits the function of the joint. Loss of joint function over a period of time, leads to destruction of that joint, eventually arthritis.
      start a stretching routine to help alleviate fibrotic ligament contracture,, to hopefully restore lost joint function.

  12. QUESTION:
    is it okt o walk with a sprain ankle?
    my ankle has sprained for four days now and it is still swells.. and the pain is still there.. i tried the RICE treatment already.. what else should i do to cure it?.. do i need to have some exercise?

    • ANSWER:
      Well its not impossible, but I would suggest crutches and more RICE. stay off it when possible and get better!

  13. QUESTION:
    Is it normal for swelling to occur six months after an ankle sprain?
    I had a severe ankle sprain six months ago. The ER wrapped it, gave great instructions, & supplied crutches. Two days later my PCP gave me a walking boot (with an air bladder) to use instead of the crutches. Approximately two weeks later I saw an orthopedic physican and he said no to physical therapy. He did mention that I had weak ankles prior to the injury & suggested a simple surgery to strengthen them — after the swelling subsides. Five+ months later, my ankle still has considerable swelling by the end of the day…and earlier if I’m fairly active. I wear an ankle brace when exercising and other sporting activities…but it still hurts occasionally and doesn’t feel stable. The orthopedic doc blew me off when I voiced my concerns, and I can’t see my PCP right away since it’s not an acute care issue.

    I’m not asking for medical advice in lieu of a doctor’s appointment–but has anyone been in a similar situation? What did you do? Did the issue resolve w/o medical treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      Well a two fold answer. I would get a 2nd opinion on the doctors recommendation based on what you have said in your question. You do not need surgery to ‘strengthen’ an ankle. 2nd, yes you can have continued swelling due to an ankle sprain. Depending on your age this can last for months and I regret to tell you I have seen it continue far beyond that.

  14. QUESTION:
    When will an ankle sprain heal?
    I sprained my ankle October 30th, 2010, and up until today (July 15th, 2011) I still get pain on it when I put pressure on it. Not discomfort, PAIN.

    I did most of the physiotherapy exercises, had ultra-sound once a week on it, and a lot of other treatment.

    Anyways, my point is… some days, I can’t even walk on it. And I’m developing anxiety problems because last year I couldn’t play soccer or go for parkour runs with my friends. And I look back and saw myself with a lot of potential, but now I just feel like a 60 year old person with a lost dream even though I’m only 16 turning into 17 in about a month.

    The doctors diagnosed it as a 2nd degree sprain, so it wasn’t even THAT bad. Could it maybe because I have a growth deficiency so my muscles don’t heal properly? Will the ankle go back to normal, or atleast good enough so I can climb down stairs?

    • ANSWER:
      I have sprained my ankle about 8 times. :/ The last time took the longest to heal because I wasn’t caution with the injury. I say call a dr and have it looked at it has been almost 9 months since the inury and should be healed by now.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it okay to swim with a mostly healed ankle sprain? Any swim routine recommendations?
    I fell down a flight of stairs and obtained a grade 2 left ankle sprain over a month ago, and it’s healing well- I’m off crutches and in a cam (walking) boot and am able to walk without the boot. In fact my doctor wants me to start walking short distances without it now. I’m a busy college student in the middle of nowhere on a very large hilly campus, and have a lot on my plate- but I manage physical therapy once a week (I get stretched and receive treatment with a laser as well while I’m there) and have been able to stretch it daily and walk around without the boot to try and keep it mobile… But there is still a lot of stiffness in the ankle.. My PT was able to stretch it quite far (painfully so) and said it was doing really well but my calf muscle gets really stiff as well. It doesn’t hurt at all to walk on it, but stretching is murderous in certain directions. But I’m starting to feel like I can do a lot more than I am now, because these past 2-3 weeks there has been absolutely no pain. It’s been about 5-6 weeks since the injury. I also happen to live right across the street from a pool and recreational center for the students.

    Can I do light swimming exercises? I’m not a pro swimmer, but I figure it’s a good place to start.. I was an avid runner and exercised for 2 hours every day before this ankle sprain, and am dying to get back into exercise. What kind of exercises would be good to do for an hour or two that I can do to help regain motion in my ankle? Just curious if anyone else had an experience like mine.

    • ANSWER:
      im not sure. probably it would be quite okay. consider wearing an ankle guard or something that would minimize the pressure and effort exerted on your ankle when you kick or use your leg. try not to kick too hard. if it hurts when u kick, then do not force yourself. if you really do want to keep yourself fit and exercise by swimming, then try using a pool buoy which helps you float, and then just use your hands to swim instead of using both hands and legs.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to lose weight with an ankle injury?
    I’m 19 and I’ve had a sprained ankle for 10 weeks and it’s not healing even though I’m getting treatment.

    Now I’m afraid it wont heal like the stories I hear from people about their ankle giving them problems for years.

    I’m not that overweight but I’m at the point where if I don’t exercise I WILL get really unfit and much much fatter, and weightlifting isn’t enough, I REALLY REALLY need to do some cardio.

    I’m good enough to walk for short periods of time but eventually it starts to swell up. I’m thinking of using the rowing machine or cycling machine, but I don’t know if I should. If I don’t exercise soon it will really mess up my mental state as well, I’ve had enough.

    • ANSWER:
      Try: Swimming (if you have access to a pool), Elliptical, stationary bike, sit ups (cross your bad ankle over your good one), crunches (do them on a stability ball for variety), bicycle with your legs while on your back, get a resistance band there are plenty of exercises you can do with one, jump rope with one foot, try yoga or pilates–they have a lot of 10minute exercise dvds out there.

      Not all of these are cardio, but they will help you tone, gain strength, and keep you moving.

      Just make sure you stop if it hurts and take care of your ankle; if you don’t you could be in for a lot of problems. Trust me I know from experience

  17. QUESTION:
    Tips for relieving an ankle sprain?
    Two weeks ago, I sprained my ankle from a motor scooter accident. I went to the ER, had X-rays to confirm the sprain. Since I do not have insurance at the moment, I can’t afford any further treatment. After two weeks, I thought I would be able to bear weight on my foot, but can’t. The pain is mostly in the achilles area, and ankle bone. I keep it wrapped in an ace bandage and splint. I have discontinued icing it, since nearly all the swelling has gone down.
    I feel that I should probably be doing some sort of exercise, but don’t want to do the wrong thing and incur more damage.
    Any suggestions???

    • ANSWER:
      i am only 11 years old and mine was fine after a week….
      my uncle had alot of ankle spraining from football when he was younger and he said…
      1.rest
      2.ice
      3.compression
      4.elevation

      it worked for me and putting a little force on it so it can get used to walking when it starts feeling better

  18. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament tear questions?
    Okay so i sprained my ankle a few months ago and it healed. Once i started exercising on t again there was some pain but it went away. Two months later the pain started again and it got really bad. It used to hurt only when i danced on it but now it hurts almost all the time. Also its not swollen or bruised. I went to the doc and he said i have tendonitis but took an mri because it was popping funny when i rotate it. They called with the results and said i had ligament tears. I haven’t gone to discuss this with him yet, but i was wondering if any one has had this, what the treatment was and how long it took to recover.

    • ANSWER:
      i blew all the ligiments in my left ankle throughout the corse of 3 years. from all the sports i was involved with… my scar tissue kept building up becuase it would never properly heal. – the end result was surgery. i had surgery almost 2 years ago. and just recently my ankle has been causing the same pains. – they’ll make you go through PT and then if that doesn’t work then surgery after surgery you’ll go back into PT and then have to take it easy for a couple months. – i hope everything works out!

  19. QUESTION:
    Aargh! reinjured ankle sprain!?
    It had been feeling pretty good, the pain was mainly gone, it was just kind of weak and stiff. But it got badly chilled and as a result stiffened up badly, so that walking on it I felt little jabs of pain in my ankle. I didn’t feel immediate consequences but over the past couple days there has been increasing pain in the ankle from the area of the originally injured ligament. It actually seems to hurt more when I’m lying in bed trying to sleep than when I’m walking around (with a brace). It will also hurt if I’m doing strengthening exercises and rotate the toe too far downwards. Its not anywhere near as painful as the original injury, and there is so far no noticeable increased swelling, bruising, or inflammation.

    What did I probably do to it? And what would be appropriate treatment? Warm or cold water? And would something like Bengay, flexall, or Zostrix/capsaizin help or hurt (I had good lucck with Zostrix earlier but I thought something so powerful might harm a fresh injury).

    • ANSWER:
      You’re smart to be wearing your brace…so kudos for that.

      If you haven’t had another injury, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. Applying ice is the best thing, as well as keeping it elevated (especially when you sleep), and keep the brace on when you sleep as well. You can also try an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory like Ibuprofen. Topical creams like you mentioned before won’t really help you much.

      I don’t know if you were prescribed physical therapy with your original injury…if you were, definitely bring this problem up to your therapist and continue doing your exercises at home. If you have NOT been to see a physical therapist, I highly recommend one. Having a muscular injury to a much-used joint like the ankle can turn out badly if it’s not rehabilitated properly. Trust me.

      Best of luck!

  20. QUESTION:
    Please help!!! Has anyone had this?
    sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago. I fell down my stairs, tripping over mt 17lbs cat (klutzy i know), and missed the bottom 3 stairs. I landed only on my right ankle which rolled all the way to the outside. I swelled up 3x’s the normal size immediately and I couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it at all. I went to the E.R. and they did an x-ray and could find anything broken. Let me point out this was sooo painful I was crying and any jolt or movement was excruciating. They gave me a boot brace and crutches, and some pain meds. I did the ice and elevation treatment for a week w//o the swelling going away, like the er doctor said, so i went back to my doctor and he put and ace bandage and give it time and it will get better. But that if it doesn’t to schedule a follow up appointment as i might need to get an MRI. There was some deep very dark (almost black) brusing a long the out side of mt right foot and near that ankle bone. So it’s 2 weeks since I last saw my doctor and there’s still a little swelling (not nearly as much), and I’m not using the crutches anymore. I still can’t put my weight all the way on that foot. I’ve been doing the rehab exercises, but my ankle feels like it can’t support me and if I try to walk on it there’s this clicking noise and kind of a popping sensation. I was feeling much better and now it’s starting to hurt again…could it be something more serious than just a sprain?
    I don’t have medical insurance and hate to keep racking up bills. Is the recurring noise and pain something I should get seen right away or more in depth?But it just feels like something is “wrong”.especially since it wants to “give out” (with pain when I try to balance on it.
    ASRB…ya it’d be great if i could call my doc. It’s a “low-income” facility since I don’t have health insurance so I can’t talk to him without an appt. He DID say when I saw him that I had definitely torn something though. Just dnk how badly.

    • ANSWER:
      I am not sure, but ankle sprains (and it sounds like yours was a bad one) take a loooong time to heal… I sprained mine a year ago and it took months to feel normal again. I re-sprained the same one this year (you gotta be careful or that will happen) and it still hurts a little bit. You also have to watch how you walk b/c if you pronate (like turn your foot to the side when you press down) it will hurt and take longer to heal. You could have also pulled or torn a ligament. See if you can call the dr rather than going to see him to cut down on costs.

  21. QUESTION:
    please please please help!?!?
    sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago. I fell down my stairs, tripping over mt 17lbs cat (klutzy i know), and missed the bottom 3 stairs. I landed only on my right ankle which rolled all the way to the outside. I swelled up 3x’s the normal size immediately and I couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it at all. I went to the E.R. and they did an x-ray and could find anything broken. Let me point out this was sooo painful I was crying and any jolt or movement was excruciating. They gave me a boot brace and crutches, and some pain meds. I did the ice and elevation treatment for a week w//o the swelling going away, like the er doctor said, so i went back to my doctor and he put and ace bandage and give it time and it will get better. But that if it doesn’t to schedule a follow up appointment as i might need to get an MRI. There was some deep very dark (almost black) brusing a long the out side of mt right foot and near that ankle bone. So it’s 2 weeks since I last saw my doctor and there’s still a little swelling (not nearly as much), and I’m not using the crutches anymore. I still can’t put my weight all the way on that foot. I’ve been doing the rehab exercises, but my ankle feels like it can’t support me and if I try to walk on it there’s this clicking noise and kind of a popping sensation. I was feeling much better and now it’s starting to hurt again…could it be something more serious than just a sprain?
    I don’t have medical insurance and hate to keep racking up bills. Is the recurring noise and pain something I should get seen right away or more in depth?But it just feels like something is “wrong”.especially since it wants to “give out” (with pain) when I try to balance on it.

    The Doctor DID say when I saw him that I had definitely torn something though. Just dnk how badly

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Please please I need help with this!?
    I sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago. I fell down my stairs, tripping over mt 17lbs cat (klutzy i know), and missed the bottom 3 stairs. I landed only on my right ankle which rolled all the way to the outside. I swelled up 3x’s the normal size immediately and I couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it at all. I went to the E.R. and they did an x-ray and could find anything broken. Let me point out this was sooo painful I was crying and any jolt or movement was excruciating. They gave me a boot brace and crutches, and some pain meds. I did the ice and elevation treatment for a week w//o the swelling going away, like the er doctor said, so i went back to my doctor and he put and ace bandage and give it time and it will get better. But that if it doesn’t to schedule a follow up appointment as i might need to get an MRI. There was some deep very dark (almost black) brusing a long the out side of mt right foot and near that ankle bone. So it’s 2 weeks since I last saw my doctor and there’s still a little swelling (not nearly as much), and I’m not using the crutches anymore. I still can’t put my weight all the way on that foot. I’ve been doing the rehab exercises, but my ankle feels like it can’t support me and if I try to walk on it there’s this clicking noise and kind of a popping sensation. I was feeling much better and now it’s starting to hurt again…could it be something more serious than just a sprain?
    I don’t have medical insurance and hate to keep racking up bills. Is the recurring noise and pain something I should get seen right away or more in depth?But it just feels like something is “wrong”.especially since it wants to “give out” (with pain when I try to balance on it.

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry you’re going through this. Sprains (tears in the ligaments) can be way more painful than a broken bone and can take much longer to heal. I sprained my ankle during the summer and still don’t have full movement back. It still hurts too. If after six months you still find that it hurts or you don’t have full range of motion in the joint, I would go back to your doctor and get the MRI along with a prescription for physical rehab. In the meantime, save your money and keep doing what you’ve been doing. I am not a health care professional; however, I have had several sprains. I hope you feel better.

  23. QUESTION:
    Help please!!?? I’m not sure what to do!?!?
    I sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago. I fell down my stairs, tripping over mt 17lbs cat (klutzy i know), and missed the bottom 3 stairs. I landed only on my right ankle which rolled all the way to the outside. I swelled up 3x’s the normal size immediately and I couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it at all. I went to the E.R. and they did an x-ray and could find anything broken. Let me point out this was sooo painful I was crying and any jolt or movement was excruciating. They gave me a boot brace and crutches, and some pain meds. I did the ice and elevation treatment for a week w//o the swelling going away, like the er doctor said, so i went back to my doctor and he put and ace bandage and give it time and it will get better. But that if it doesn’t to schedule a follow up appointment as i might need to get an MRI. There was some deep very dark (almost black) brusing a long the out side of mt right foot and near that ankle bone. So it’s 2 weeks since I last saw my doctor and there’s still a little swelling (not nearly as much), and I’m not using the crutches anymore. I still can’t put my weight all the way on that foot. I’ve been doing the rehab exercises, but my ankle feels like it can’t support me and if I try to walk on it there’s this clicking noise and kind of a popping sensation. I was feeling much better and now it’s starting to hurt again…could it be something more serious than just a sprain?
    I don’t have medical insurance and hate to keep racking up bills. Is the recurring noise and pain something I should get seen right away or more in depth?But it just feels like something is “wrong”.especially since it wants to “give out” (with pain) when I try to balance on it.

    The Doctor DID say when I saw him that I had definitely torn something though. Just dnk how badly. Oh , and i know this is in men’s health but I am a woman.

    • ANSWER:
      Firstly it does sound like you are trying to rush the recovery. Go back to using the crutches until you can weight bear comfortably. Ankles take enormous strain and pressure bearing the weight of the whole body so it will take a long time to come right. You may well have torn something but look into that when you are able to walk unassisted. Get rid of the cat

  24. QUESTION:
    Please please!! I need help with this! Lots of input plz!!?
    sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago. I fell down my stairs, tripping over mt 17lbs cat (klutzy i know), and missed the bottom 3 stairs. I landed only on my right ankle which rolled all the way to the outside. I swelled up 3x’s the normal size immediately and I couldn’t walk or put any pressure on it at all. I went to the E.R. and they did an x-ray and could find anything broken. Let me point out this was sooo painful I was crying and any jolt or movement was excruciating. They gave me a boot brace and crutches, and some pain meds. I did the ice and elevation treatment for a week w//o the swelling going away, like the er doctor said, so i went back to my doctor and he put and ace bandage and give it time and it will get better. But that if it doesn’t to schedule a follow up appointment as i might need to get an MRI. There was some deep very dark (almost black) brusing a long the out side of mt right foot and near that ankle bone. So it’s 2 weeks since I last saw my doctor and there’s still a little swelling (not nearly as much), and I’m not using the crutches anymore. I still can’t put my weight all the way on that foot. I’ve been doing the rehab exercises, but my ankle feels like it can’t support me and if I try to walk on it there’s this clicking noise and kind of a popping sensation. I was feeling much better and now it’s starting to hurt again…could it be something more serious than just a sprain?
    I don’t have medical insurance and hate to keep racking up bills. Is the recurring noise and pain something I should get seen right away or more in depth?But it just feels like something is “wrong”.especially since it wants to “give out” (with pain) when I try to balance on it.

    The Doctor DID say when I saw him that I had definitely torn something though. Just dnk how badly.

    • ANSWER:
      If you tore something, it’s going to take more than 3 weeks for it to heal and then you still have to slowly ease yourself back onto the foot and don’t overdo it or you’ll only irritate the healing cells. Take it easy, do the prescribed exercises, use the crutches when it starts to feel overworked, give it time. You can’t rush these things and if you aggravate that area by overworking it, it’ll take even longer to be fully heeled. There’s a lot of weight being put on your skinny ankles (at some point as you walk, you are putting your full weight on just that one ankle which is a lot to ask after it was badly bruised and torn).

  25. QUESTION:
    My Life Depends on This: Questions about my HEALTH?
    Hi, I am a 16 year old guy and I have some questions about my health? There are certain things in my life that I know is bad for my health. To make it easier, I’ll bullet point it.

    - Eating habits? I believe I’m a somewhat unhealthy person. But I want you to decide. On a weekly basis, I tend to eat an average of freezer package meals such as farmer john chicken strips or trader joes orange chicken around 2 times a week,”regular” meals such as pork and soup around 3 times a week, and fast food such as McDonalds around 2 times a week. On top of that, I eat a moderate amount of chips, ice cream, or some sort of snack mostly everyday. But to cover up for it, I exercise everyday. I have 1 hour of gym and 1 hour of skateboarding+ walking on the weekdays, and on the weekends I usually skateboard an average of 4 hours or so. An most of the exercise done is intense workouts (sweating, cardio).

    - Allergies? I have lifelong, year-round allergies to pollen and dust. Most of my allergies are most intense during spring, winter, summer, and then fall. My allergies interrupt my daily life more than anything I can think of. Most days, I do make it through without thinking about my allergies. But the 24% of days, I’m limited to doing my daily business such as studying or exercising because of my allergies. The last 1%, I’m prohibited to doing anything. All I can do sit at home, only thinking about my allergies. I cant concentrate or think normally, I have a huge headache, body ache, I could barely open my eyes and feel my face, and my nose generates mucus every 5 minutes causing me to use at least 50 tissues all in one day. It’s a horrible feeling. All I can try to do about my allergies is take allergy medicine daily, but yet it doesn’t seem to ever work and I wonder if taking medication everyday may be harmful to me. Do you have any solutions for my allergies? How can I overcome them?

    - Back Problems? When I am sitting at my desk, I have a strange habit of sitting on my chair with my body winded to the right with my head looking left to my desk or computer. Will this cause back problems in the future and if so, how can I stop this habit?

    -Ankle problems? I am a skateboarder and I’ve rolled/sprained my ankle about 3 months ago. I never seeked treatment because it actually wasn’t all that bad and it seemed to be ok within a month. The upcoming months up this day, I suddenly start feeling pain in my ankle if I move it a certain way mainly when walking up the stairs. Skateboarding has been a stressful sport for me because now I have this paranoia of hurting my ankle so I don’t skate as well as I used to. Recently I’ve started using an ankle brace while skateboarding to cover up for it and it seems to help tons. Will my ankle ever heal? I can’t quit skateboarding but I just hope my ankle heals really soon because it’s been disrupting my daily life.

    There have been many other flaws in my health in my past but I figured how to overcome them and fix them up. So, I hope to do the same for these because I really don’t want to quit life here just because of some dumb flaws in my health. I really appreciate you reading my questions in regard to my health and I depend on you to offer my any tips and solutions. My life really does depend on this. Thanks!
    thanks for specifying a specialist doctor

    • ANSWER:
      You are a smart guy ; and you already know all the answers to all your questions . NO ; you are not eating healthy ; and no you are not sitting properly at your desk

  26. QUESTION:
    Pinched Nerve Problem?
    I have been having a problem for about 9-10 months, I first thought I had sprained my ankle on the treadmill and didn’t go for treatment.

    I have had pain from time to time in the ankle, calf, thigh, and buttock, I have no pain when i sit, sleep, or drive a car.

    I am having pain in my ankle when I stand or walk, initially I could walk 15-20 minutes before I would need to rest however now the pain starts right away.

    I have had Peripheral Arterial Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis , x-rays on the ankle, knee, and hip.

    I went to a podiatrist and he recommended that I go to an orthopedic, the orthopedic suggested physical therapy. I went to physical therapy where I did exercise and traction it seemed to help the first 30 days , however it didn’t seem to improve during the next 30 days.

    Is it common for a pinched nerve to only cause pain when on stands or walks, if not a pinched nerve does anyone have any ideas what it might be that is causing the pain

    I went for lumbar spine x-rays and received the following report. I would really be grateful if someone could tell me what exactly the report indicates. I have left four messages for my doctor and have not received a call telling my the results, I finally went to the hospital and received a copy of the report and the cd with the x-rays.

    The report says ‘ there is facet hypertrophy at L4/5 and L5/S1. There is disc narrowing at the same levels.
    There is no hardware, fracture or subluxation. There is mild dextroscoliosis. No spondylolsis.

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the nature of the “pinching” of the nerve. Bulging intervertebral discs that refer pain into the leg generally feel better standing and walking and worse sitting. However, completely extruded discs and/or stenosis of the spine can cause just the opposite. Your MRI report does demonstrate some narrowing between the vertebrae, which can cause stenosis, but it doesn’t note the degree, nor do we know your age and whether this represents normal age related changes, or something else. You also have mild scoliosis which is fairly common and should not play a signficant role in your current condition.

      At this time, I’d have to say that is sounds more consistent with either a completely extruded disc or stenosis of the spine, but the at this point, the MRI does not really point to it definitively. You’ve had x-rays of the hip, but that wouldn’t include conditions of the hip which are soft tissue in nature. MRI is only rarely helpful in the hip. Without being able to examine you, if treating your back for this problem yielded no results, I would examine the hip next.

  27. QUESTION:
    Pinched Nerve or Sciatic Problem or Other?
    I have been having a problem for about 9-10 months, I first thought I had sprained my ankle on the treadmill and didn’t go for treatment.

    I have had pain from time to time in the ankle, calf, thigh, and buttock, I have no pain when i sit, sleep, or drive a car.

    I am having pain in my ankle when I stand or walk, initially I could walk 15-20 minutes before I would need to rest however now the pain starts right away.

    I have had Peripheral Arterial Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis , x-rays on the ankle, knee, and hip.

    I went to a podiatrist and he recommended that I go to an orthopedic, the orthopedic suggested physical therapy. I went to physical therapy where I did exercise and traction it seemed to help the first 30 days , however it didn’t seem to improve during the next 30 days.

    Is it common for a pinched nerve to only cause pain when on stands or walks, if not a pinched nerve does anyone have any ideas what it might be that is causing the pain

    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Most people with pinched nerves or “sciatica” typically feel worse sitting and better standing/walking. However, it the cases of complete disc extrusion (the disc is so distorted, that it cannot recoil and it often compresses a nerve root), usually the opposite occurs. However, this is usually an acute problem and I would expect that after 9-10 months, it would have resolved.

      If you improved with traction, I would take that as an indication that the lumbar spine is the area in which to be investigated next. An MRI of the lumbar spine is likely the next step to rule out a disc extrusion as a cause of the “pinched” nerve.

  28. QUESTION:
    i want to rant. i need to rant. will you please tell me to stop wallowing?
    I’m not using the backspace key. (Except for typos)
    I’ve had a headache for what feels like forever but is really only 9 months. Doctors are stupid. No, they’re arrogant and pompous. They KNOW what’s wrong, **** the symptoms. You have NDPH. It may or may not ever go away. Sure, we could try that treatment, but let’s try another one instead that WON’T WORK. Just like the last 5. 6? 7? I’ve lost count. We can’t try it because I didn’t think of it, and I went to medical school. You don’t have md behind your name, therefore you are wrong.

    I CANNOT ****ING GO EXERCISE! I hardly feel like getting out of bed. So yes, nurse, I know I’m overweight. Thanks for pointing it out. I’ve only been self concious about it since I was 5!!

    Stop asking me how I’m doing! I don’t want your pity. I want to gag everytime I hear, “oh, you poor thing!” YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW! YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT FEELS LIKE BEING TOLD YOU COULD BE IN PAIN FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE! I’m 15. I can’t learn to drive. I can’t go to school. When I go to the hospital, I see little kids with cancer who are dying, and I think to myself, you selfish *****.

    I’m crying as I write this, not because I’m sad, but because I’m soo majorly pissed at myself. I didn’t do anything to deserve this, but neither did they. I’m just lonely and fat and in pain all the time. I’m not dying. It could be soo much worse, why am I wallowing now? Why do I yearn for a diagnosis when I know it will change nothing?

    I’m causing my family soo much grief. My mother is always researching and stressed because of me. Because I’m a freak. I have such a great family, I shouldn’t complain. Why don’t other people get families like mine? Families that love them and help them and drive two hours to wait two hours to see a neurologist because she’s supposidly the best?
    Why did I have to do this to them?

    Why…

    What’s the meaning of it all? Why are little kids suffering? Why do we have to get sick?

    Why am I crying? Why am I typing this all? I’m not going to get anything out of throwing a fit on the internet, and yet I must, because I can’t tell my family. I don’t want to burden them more with me.

    There’s no point here. I’m pitiful. And don’t worry, I’m not suicidal. Just tired and angry at life.

    I need to throw up. I think the new medicine is making me nauseous.

    I ruined our family night at universal studios. We went to the hard rock cafe and sat down and my head just hurt soo bad. I curled up on the floor next to the toilet, trying not to throw up and focus on anything else but the pain. But we left and I fell, and I sprained my ankle. On the way home, my sister said “why do you have to ruin everything?” And my parents told her to stop, but its true. I ruin everything. I ruined the past year.

    I want to be a neurologist. I don’t want other people to go through this.

    I don’t want to go through this.

    I just want to sleep. And go to school. And learn to drive. And flirt with boys. And be normal.

    I’m sick of wallowing, but that’s all I do. I’m pathetic.

    I think I’m having a mental breakdown.

    I think I just need a hug.
    Thanks :)

    I should probably sleep now. I feel better after venting all of that.
    It’s not from muscles. My neurons are damaged and keep sending out pain signals.

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  29. QUESTION:
    Is An Aircast For 3 More Weeks A bit Much?
    I delayed treatment, for 5 weeks, When the pain got so bad I was forced to see the doctor, to find a grade 2 sprain, involving ligaments and tendons on both sides and front of the ankle. I also had some nerve damage, that was the shooting pain I was feeling.

    Was put in an aircast and told to use crutches for 2 weeks. I was told I can start walking but I was to be very careful and to keep resting it as much as possible and to keep aircast on another 3 weeks no exercise. Then 4 weeks of only light activity.

    I still have pain on the inside of the ankle and when I walk I feel pain across the front, Every now and then I get a shot of pain up the leg but walking is not as painful as before.

    I have had 5 sprains on this ankle since last March and this was the first time I ever saw a doctor for a sprain in 22 years of spraining both ankles. This was not my worst looking sprain just one that would not heal.
    Am I being overtreated because of my history or is this normal treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      For the kind of injury and pain you are describing this sounds pretty normal, hope it gets better soon tho

  30. QUESTION:
    Does this mean I need surgery?
    So, I injured my ankle 10 months ago now – it was a dancing incident, I stepped badly and collapsed to the ground unable to put weight on it. I went to A&E, X-Ray was inconclusive, but they said to treat it like a sprain, put me on crutches and sent me on my way.

    I had a show that week (not a dance show fortunately, a play) – so I literally had 2 days to force myself off of crutches to be able to walk well enough for my character to have integrity – I did a lot of RICE treatment did everything by the book, and within 2 weeks I was back at dancing (obviously not at full pace straight away)

    Gradually I was able to use my ankle more and more, but it never healed past a certain point, and things like running, and landing on the injured foot were still impractical months down the line. So I went back to my doctor who referred me to a physio – after a 2 month wait (naturally), I started physio for the last 2 months or so on the ankle – we have tried everything, from exercises to massages, to ultrasound, and even tried laser treatment – after 2 months of seeing absolutely no improvement – my physio has said there is nothing more I can do for you – I’m going to refer to back to a doctor for further investigation, I think the ligament might have torn something to do with the bone (I didn’t really understand) and that I may need an MRI scan…

    Maybe I’m just jumping the gun here – but being told my physio can’t help and that I need an MRI scan suggests to me that this is much more serious than I first thought – am I going to need surgery to fix this problem? What else can they possibly do if a physio can’t help?

    It’s amazing how much impact one stupid ball change kick can change your situation… still 10 months down the line!

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  31. 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.

  32. QUESTION:
    is it okt o walk with a sprain ankle?
    my ankle has sprained for four days now and it is still swells.. and the pain is still there.. i tried the RICE treatment already.. what else should i do to cure it?.. do i need to have some exercise?

    • ANSWER:
      If you can’t stay home, invest in a pair of crutches. You need to stay off of it until the swelling goes down. Keep it elevated at night and you can also do a contrast of an ice pack, then heat. If you absolutely need to walk on it you can get an air cast that can be inflated to contour to your foot and it is really comfortable.