Ankle Exercises After Sprain

What is a sprained ankle?

A sprained ankle occurs following a sudden sideways or twisting movement of the foot. An ankle sprain can occur during athletic events or during everyday activities. All it takes is an awkward step or an uneven surface to cause an ankle sprain–that is why sprained ankles are among the most common foot and ankle injury. Even though ankle sprains are common, they are not always minor injuries. Some people with repeated or severe sprains can develop long-term joint pain and weakness. Treating a sprained ankle can help prevent ongoing ankle problems. How does an ankle sprain occur? A sprained ankle usually occurs when a person lands from jumping or running on to an uneven surface. For example, sprained ankles are often seen when basketball players come down from a jump and land on another player’s foot. Ankle sprains also occur with more routine daily activities such as stepping off a curb or slipping on ice. What happens inside the ankle when it is sprained? An ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments in the ankle. Ligaments are bands of tissuelike rubber bandsthat connect one bone to another and bind the joints together. In the ankle joint, ligaments provide stability by limiting side-to-side movement. The severity of an ankle sprain depends on whether the ligament is stretched, partially torn, or completely torn, as well as on the number of ligaments involved. Ankle sprains are not the same as strains, which affect muscles rather than ligaments. There are two broad categories of ankle sprain: Inversion Ankle Sprains: This the most common type of ankle sprain and occurs when the foot is inverted, falling inward. When this type of ankle sprain happens, the outer, or lateral, ligaments are stretched too far. There are three ligaments that attach to the outer side of the ankle. About 90% of ankle sprains are inversion injuries. Pain is always on the outside of the ankle, and there is usually no pain on the inside of the ankle joint.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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

  2. QUESTION:
    How to exercise my ankle after a sprain?
    Sprained my ankle 3 months ago while doing some stunt riding on bicycles and I am mostly recovered now. I can resume normal activities and can ride normally except for a few odd positions that my foot feels pain in.

    If I am walking up a very steep incline where my heel is higher than my toes, I feel pain in my ankle. I do a few stretches and try to do “toe-raise” exercises to strengthen my ankle and calves. What else can I do to get rid of this pain?

    • ANSWER:
      do circles VERY slowly and be sure to keep stretching like you have. Point and flex your toes/feet and keep rubbing Cold FX or something like that on it. Ice on and off is always a good idea. Good solid bathtub soak wouldn’t hurt either. Pointing your toes should really help with the uphill pain you describe.
      Good luck!

  3. QUESTION:
    Best exercises to do after ankle sprain.?
    Sprained my ankle 4-5 weeks ago. I can run and jump almost to full capacity but it still hurts and it is still somewhat swollen. I’ve been doing toe raises/ heel raises. I have also been exercising a lot. Any way to strengthen my ankle further? Would it help to rest it more or keep exercising moderately?
    Would it help to massage my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      If there’s swelling and inflammation, you could try icing it a few times a day. As long as it’s swollen, taking it easy on the exercises is probably a good idea. Sounds to me like you are aggravating the situation.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are some good exercises to strengthen an ankle after spraining it?
    Ankle feels better after rest, but some twinge of uncomfortableness exists when putting pressure on ankle (like running) or when extending it too far. Just want to know how to strengthen the ankle to get it back to playing shape. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      um if you have a trampoline you need to stand on the injured leg leaving the good leg in the air. once you get you balance you need to push up on your toes up and down ten times. if you dont you need to do that on something off the ground like a step.

  5. QUESTION:
    Why does an ankle sprain hurt after exercise and not during, how do i alleviate the pain?
    I hurt my ankle playing basketball but i walked it off and it seemed to be ok. But when i got home, it started to really swell and bother me. Why didnt it hurt when i was on the court but later on?
    is there a way to reduce the swelling and pain?

    • ANSWER:
      when you’re playing and it happens, your body is still warm from the exercise and blood is flowing readily through your body, so it won’t hurt that much. however, when you rest it for a while, your body cools down and becomes stiff. then, the pain is really at its highest.

      To reduce the swelling, ice it for about 20 minutes 3-4 times a day. after 3 days, apply heat by using heat lamps, hot showers, ointments, etc. you can also get gentle massages. keep your foot elevated. that way, it won’t hurt as much because the blood will not accumulate at your ankle and cause pain. you could also try pain killers for the pain, but i wouldn’t. i’ve sprained my ankles countless times, and i would honestly just wear an ankle brace and tough it out. sounds mean, but if you don’t have to injest something, why should you?

      take care.

  6. QUESTION:
    How long should I wait until I begin exercising after a second degree ankle sprain?
    I spained my ankle two weeks ago and it is still sore when I walk and I do not have a full range of motion. Anything high impact is out of the question. When I wear a brace it feels ok, how long should I wait before going back to the gym?

    • ANSWER:
      well not until all the swelling and bruising is gone and you feel comfortable weight bearing.

      i would say wait at least 3-4 weeks

      xxx

  7. QUESTION:
    What are some rehabilitation exercises I can do after a bad ankle sprain?
    I sprained my ankle 7 and a half weeks ago and its still not healed! It’s been swollen and it continues to be. It’s usually just slightly swollen but after a long day on my feet, it gets pretty massive. How do I make it stop swelling when rest isn’t really an option? And what type of exercises can I do to get it back to normal. I stood for like 4-5 hours today and I got back home and it was HUGE..sigh..I really need it to get better..I wanna go running

    • ANSWER:
      i agree with Nathan tha u neded to go back to ur doc and get a perscription for PT… that is the best way to get back to normal…

      in the meantime u can do ankle rotations do 20 to the left and then 20 to the right(3 sets each way)… then do planter and dorsi flexion(point ur toes up and then down) and do this 3 sets of 20

      also u can do alphabets(using ur big toe as a “pen” write in the air the alphabet first in upper case then in lower case) wrok up to 3 sets of these…

      u may also want to get a towel or stretch band to work on ur ROM… and proprioception isnt a bad idea either stand on ur bad ankle for 30 s and try to do this 3 times…be careful not to roll ur ankle

      and dont forget at night to ice and elevate…

  8. QUESTION:
    Exercised even after ankle sprain. How long will it take now?
    So about 2 months ago I injured my ankle. I kept it off for about a week and half and decided to go back to my normal routine. This was for about a month now, and now that I am in vacation and amd not doing any sports I have rested it for about a month and I think it has either healed a bit, or it just doesnt hurt as much because I dont exercise. I hope to rest it for another month or however long it takes but I really want to go back to my normal routine. How long do you think it will take to heal?? Is there any permanent damage? This all getting me nervous…. and no I cannot get it checked by a doctor until next month because I am not in my home country at the moment. help please!!
    Time exercised after ankle sprain: 1 month
    Time rested: 1 month

    • ANSWER:
      Well I have a toe sprain and a heel spur and I play a lot of futball so I have to use my foot all the time to control the ball. Im in the similar situation where I just want to go out and practice my shooting and control and get into the normal routine but I can’t go out because I know deep down that if I just take care of my toe and foot and give it a rest, it will get better. What I do is put ice on it all day, do something like watch tv, watch a random football match, watch a movie, take tylenol 2 times a day. I take aspirin for a heel spur. Im willing to give it a few months because I know that if I just rest and the sprain goes back into place, I will have all of the time to play because if I play like this, I will never heal but if I rest, I will play more. It’s a sacrifice. Either you rest now and do things right or face the consequences into worsening your ankle!

      I hope this helps and I hope you take proper mesures to fix your ankle.

  9. QUESTION:
    When can I resume daily exercise after an ankle sprain?
    I sprained my ankle four days ago. It was only a first-degree sprain. For the first couple of days I used the R.I.C.E. method. On the third day I began to walk. Today I’ve been strengthening and stretching the muscles from my knee to my toes. I can walk up and down the stairs and only have a slight limp left in my step. I can put all my weight on it without pain (standing on one leg). I’m not sure if I’m ready to start running yet though, so when would be the best time to try?

    • ANSWER:
      There’s no fixed answer. The best way to strengthen the joint is by exercise, so start exercising once you can tolerate it.

  10. 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

  11. QUESTION:
    Need to heal quick. How do I treat an ankle sprain after the swollen is down?
    I am going to a snowboard trip in two weeks. I have a sprained ankle. The swollen is gone now, I can walk and put full weight, standing on the ankle (stand on one feet) without any pain. But i can’t jog or run yet. It hurts when I try to stand on my toes.

    What is the best course of action to get my ankle healed before my snowboard trip? should I start exercising or should i just rest? I heard applying heat helps, is that true? Please advise.

    • ANSWER:
      sprains can be treated immediatley by RICE:
      R= rest
      I= ice
      C=compression
      E= elevation.
      the first 3 are for immediate use, but you can still elevate it when sitting down i would place a cushoin under it. But mainly DO NOT do excercise if you can help it, i had the same problem and this made it far worse, sounds kinda obvious but try to avoid it. Try not to sit on it (e.g. crossed legged). And relax!!!

  12. QUESTION:
    Getting ankle strength back after a bad sprain?
    I sprained my ankle 4 weeks ago and just started running again yesterday. It was a pretty bad sprain. I have lost all strenght in the ankle. Does anyone know some exercises that could help me get my ankle strength and flexibility back? I used to be pretty fast and I have no “push” whatsoever. Thanks.

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  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:
    Is it normal for swelling to occur month after ankle sprain?
    I’ve had serious ankle sprain on 5th December when I stepped on opposite players foot when playing basketball league game.
    I wore crutches and protective boot for three weeks and I’ve seen improvements after I took of that.

    I’m doing little exercies until I plan to go on full rehab. I’m still not able to jump without pain and there is swelling around the ankle and around ligaments.

    Is it a sign of torn ligaments, do I need some kind of prevention/exercises?

    Please help, I’m really anxious to bounce back from this injury, there’s nothing worse than to sit and watch

    • ANSWER:
      yes, just stay off it an ice it an put heat on it.. i know it sucks to sit an watch every ones doing it..

  15. QUESTION:
    if you go to a psysio with a sprained ankle what exercises will they do for it ?
    thinking about going to a psysio after spraining my ankle four months ago and it still aches?

    • ANSWER:
      All psysio does are massages to the injured area and gentle stretches and manipulation to help return out of place sinews, bones and muscles to original shape and gently exercise the affected physical area. It is also possible to apply special remedy herb and beneficial oils to help to sooth the affected area and speed up the recovery process.

  16. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain strengthening exercises?
    i sprain my ankle skateboarding 2month ago. most of the swelling are gone too, but when i try to move it inward i feel some pain after 10sec.
    is there any site where i can find some tips and strengthening exercises for my ankle?
    Thank

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  17. QUESTION:
    3 weeks after ankle sprain and still in serious pain?
    Hello. I slipped on some ice at work three weeks ago, and in the ER they said there wasn’t anything “obviously” broken. I got referred to a Podiatrist in the area. He said to RICE it and signed me up for physical therapy. I have my second appt on Wed, because the paperwork for Workmans comp took awhile.

    Anyway, I am still experiencing pretty bad pain and swelling, and it is still bruised. I am in a “moon boot” and I am supposed to be putting more weight on it now, but it hurts worse, especially when I am doing my Range of Motion exercises. Granted I am a teacher so I probably haven’t been off of it as much as I should be.

    I was wondering if I should call my podiatrist back, the therapist said to me on Friday that it was unusual that I haven’t had repeat x-rays or an MRI yet. SHould I also look into getting a second opinion? I have had ankle sprains before, on my other ankle and none have been as bad or as painful as this one. Help me out if you can!

    • ANSWER:
      Ankle sprains can be severly painful, that’s for sure, and can take a long time to heal due to the poor blood supply of the liagments.

      Does your ankle hurt when doing the exercises, then return to baseline pain when you are done, or does the pain get progressively worse the more you do it and remains so even after you stop doing them? If the later condition is true, this is a sign that there may be sometime more sinister going on.

      Many times, avulsion fractures and stressfractures will not appear on traditional x-rays for 3-4 weeks after the injury. If your pain is not gradually subsiding, it may be time to have a follow up x-ray. If you are getting worse with the progressive weight bearing and exercise, there is no reason you cannot contact the MD and tell him/her your concerns. Yet, if it is getting better, even if it’s slow, just be a little more patient and stick with PT.

  18. QUESTION:
    Problems with a weak ankle after a sprain: Tell me I’m not being a hypochondriac about this!?
    About two years ago, I fell down some stairs, landed awkwardly on my left foot and tore a ligament on the outside of my foot. At the time, I didn’t put any ice or bandage on it, which I know sounds crazy, but it wasn’t swollen and the pain was fading quite rapidly after I had it elevated for 10 minutes. Thinking it would be fine, I decided to walk it off. Cut to several hours later and I am limping down an icy hill in intense pain.

    Like I said, that was two years ago, and while the pain isn’t so intense, I still have several issues with that foot. Firstly, my foot will not bend fully. I’d estimate it can bend 3/4 of the way before I feel a very strong pull (not a pain really) across the muscles at the top of my foot; much stronger than you would normally feel over-bending a foot normally. Obviously, that’s a cause of concern, as it rules out high heels and tip toes (without being lop-sided, of course). Anyone know what’s causing that/how I could fix it?

    Secondly, I just have a generally weak feeling in the tendons/muscles surrounding my ankle, inside and out. I get a dull pain in the muscles every now and again, a different one each time; it’s rather annoying. Is it just general muscle weakness from not exercising as much as I used to?

    Also, this area was quite swollen for the first year and a half, and now only seems to swell occasionally (not necessarily after any extra exercise or not, I can’t figure out why). My GP gave me some strong anti-inflammatory gel for it, but it never seemed to work very well, maybe only once every two weeks (and I had to apply it three times a day!) A simple ankle support usually makes it feel better instantly, but the last time I wore one, an odd bright red line appeared at the top of my foot (sort of the top of the hinge of the foot). It didn’t hurt or itch or anything, but I was worried so I stopped wearing the support about a month ago. It has since expanded and settled to a slightly darker red, but still does not hurt/hasn’t faded much. Any ideas what that’s about, as I would really like to wear my ankle support again.

    Lastly, I also have problems with a bone at the top of the inside of my ankle and my Achilles tendon. You can’t see the bone sticking out, per se (although whether that’s because of the swollen tendons around it, who knows), but it definitely feels larger than the one of my right foot. When I wear my ankle support, after about a week it seems to ache constantly. It’s not tender, but a firm press is very painful; foot massages, excruciating. This one freaks me out a little more, as it’s only come up in the past three months or so, rather than being there from the start.

    As far as the Achilles heel is concerned, I think I may have Achilles tendinitis, as a symptom I have is the stiffness and pain first thing in the morning. However, I’m not sure, as my pain is not in my tendon, but slightly below it. It also extends to the rest of my weak ankle area and to the top of my feet to a band of muscle (you know when you jump and land without bending your knees and a particular band of muscle across your foot hurts? That one). Since it’s so extensive, I’m wondering if that’s what I really have at all.

    Anyone who has any ideas on my screwed up foot would be very helpful! I can’t afford to see a physio/specialist, and my GP is useless. When I tell her the above, she gives me a condescending look and tells me to stretch it and it will heel in time. Two years is too much time for me.

    At the very least, I just want someone to tell me I’m not being a hypochondriac about this? Even that would brighten my day!

    • ANSWER:
      I just read the first paragraph; I did the almost exact same thing, and i went to the doctor yesterday, and my ankle is fractured [ pain coming and going]

  19. QUESTION:
    Is this normal after an ankle sprain?
    Sorry this is so long…

    On Jan. 24, I twisted my ankle going down steps and believe that I sprained my ankle. I had intense pain and could barely put weight on the ankle for over an hour. It was very swollen, almost to the size of my calf. After a while of icing it, I was able to put weight on it and decided it was not bad enough to go to the emergency room (it was a Sunday, so doctors were closed). I iced it for three days after the injury, elevated it (including when sleeping), and wrapped it with an ACE bandage pretty much any time I had to walk.

    It has been two weeks and there is still swelling, slight pain, and bruising up the outside of the ankle. I can walk on it, but I cannot jog and I have to kind of hop down stairs. I can’t sit or lay in certain positions if they put weight on the ankle. Recently I’ve noticed that I have decreased range of motion and can only “point” my foot outward about half as far as the normal ankle.

    I know that ankle sprains take a long time to heal, but this is the first time I have had one. Is this normal after two weeks? Is it too late to go to a doctor since the actual injury occurred a while ago? I know that a doctor can’t do too much more than I’m already doing, but I’m nervous that maybe I should have been using some sort of splint or aircast rather than just an ACE bandage for it.

    Also if anyone has any type of range of motion exercises that may help, I’d appreciate it. I have difficulty moving my ankle in circles as it just won’t go at the bottom.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I am concerned about your injury

      I do think you should see a doctor. You may have a hairline fracture or some kind of tendon injury. You do not want to make it worse

      Good luck

  20. QUESTION:
    In 17 months ankle sprain didn’t heal! (Exercises and therapies were being done.) !?
    17 months ago (29.6.07) I’ve sprained my ankle. As it didn’t get much better after two months I started to search for help. So I began with the ultrasound therapy three times per week (sometimes two), doing so for 6 months. Months passing with this therapy I could slowly move my ankle more and more. At that time I didn’t do any strenghtening exercises yet. I didn’t know I should. At the begining of the UST (ultra sound th.) I could be moving the ankle in the range of 45 degrees instead of more than 90 , after the 6 months of UST I could be moving for about another somehow 30 or 35 degrees more. But than it stopped to heal.
    So I went to another, better physiotherapist and started to do also a magnetotherapy twice a week apart from UST, and! loads of all kind of strenghtening exercises and streching and hand massages and electric stimulations of the painful points…
    Been doing this way a bit regularly a bit unregularly it went for some better, but still it’s far from being OK!
    I used to be a modern dancer, practising 4 hours a day, but now, after whole 17 months of trying to recover a sprain, even the non difficult exercises, where in various ways ankle supportst the weight of the body, make my ankle feel more painful, less flexible, even swelling.
    If I run or cycle it starts to be painful after some minutes. (Also can’t wear heels.)
    I did X-rays photos, but It didn’t show anything out of normal.

    I don’t know what’s wrong with my ankle!? :Z Does it has any correlation with not putting enough ice on the ankle at the beginning of the injury because I couldn’t walk to prepare some for me? And one day not resting after two months of the sprain? – No, in two months it should already be healed.

    Anyway, If anyone has any senseble idea of what could be wrong whit my ankle and what more should I do, I would be very grateful to you from all my heart for a good advice. …I wish to dance again so much!.. Thank you, really!, Bye : ) Eva V.

    • ANSWER:
      Read and apply http://www.helium.com/tm/148271 to fix it.

      It’s now an old injury which means it’s going to take considerable more time and effort to fix vs a fresh injury.

  21. QUESTION:
    Ankle hurts after knee sprain?
    I badly sprained my ankle in July but didn’t go to the doctor so it did not heal right and I had to go to physical therapy. They told me I had to do some exercises outside of the therapy and that I had to wear this brace when I played basketball. When I was done with therapy they told me I did not have to wear it anymore so the next day I did not wear it during my basketball game and what do you know I sprained my knee! My ankle hurt after but did not swell or bruise. (it did not when I sprained it though) Now it has been a while and my knee is almost all better but my ankle is hurting again. Do you know what I may have done to it and how I can prevent myself from hurting it again?

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like you put extra strain on your ankle while trying to compensate for your weakened knee

  22. QUESTION:
    My ankle hurts after exercise, what should I do?
    So I think I sprained this ankle a couple weeks ago, like I’m pretty sure it was sprained, and I iced it, wrapped it, and elevated it. I don’t need to go to the emergency room for a sprain, it’s just a waste of money, because I know I didn’t break it. How do I know? After I sprained it I walked it off and played 45 minutes of basketball, so yea, it wasn’t broken or that would’ve killed. Anyways, so I took care of it, but now, after not hurting for a long time [4 weeks maybe] it hurts after i do exercise, or like if I were to hop on just that foot, it would hurt to turn it in circles. What should I do? It’s not like broken kind of pain, it’s just kinda feels like a little pinch or something? I don’t know, but it’s not that bad, I just want to know- should I ace bandage it- and then tape it when working out?

    • ANSWER:
      thankss but it hurts to crawl i tryed lol well it seems like we have similar problems, and u shouldnt work out, just lay off it for a while hope i helped!!! keep in touch and tell me how ur doingg!

  23. QUESTION:
    How to regain Ankle Flexibility after sprain? (Immobilized too long?)?
    Back in may I had a slight fracture in my ankle and really bad sprain (Doctor said it was somewhere in between 2nd and 3rd. So I spent the next month resting on a couch and took my rehabe slowly to make sure I healed. But now I’m starting to think I waited too long to start rehabbing. I can jog, run, and seem to have most of my strength back, but I play basketball and can’t properly jump yet. I also don’t have identical flexibility to my right ankle anymore. It is behind in all directions.
    When I try squating on the ground and leaning on my ankle (To stretch) it still hurts (Not sure if that is just normal for stretching though).
    And sometimes when I wake up in the morning it will hurt in the heel too. It also hurts a little sometimes when I’m done jogging too.
    I feel like I can’t really play basketball because I don’t feel comfortable jumping without my flexibility yet. The doctors told me to come back if my ankle feels unstabble. It’s not that, but I just don’t feel comfortable jumping back into baskteball without all my flexibility and jump back. (I just am very cautious and don’t want to reinjure…this is my only injury my whole life).
    So my question is, what are the effects of being immobilitzed too long (I can’t find a website that lists them, they all just mention there are side effects)
    And how do I overcome this? What exercises should I try out?

    • ANSWER:
      Muscle mass loss, loss of flexibility, muscle imbalances from the weight of the cast and the shifting of weight and muscle use, misaligned joints.

      Pain signals are generated by damaged tissue all the rest in the world will not heal anything.

      http://jamesb.hubpages.com/hub/Speed-healing-of-trauma-injuries-through-self-directed-regeneration

  24. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain still swollen after 6 weeks!!?
    I just have some questions regarding my ankle sprain. I would first like to know if it’s normal for my ankle to still be swollen after 6 weeks. I had it X-rayed and they told me there is no broken bones. I’ve been able to walk on it with no pain what so ever, but if i walked a little too fast or run it would hurt. I’m also doing some minor exercises like pull ups and push ups, crouches (don’t want to go back to the gym all rusty.) Just wanted to know if having my ankle swollen for 6 weeks is normal or stop walking on it and go back to walking with crutches?

    Note: the swollen ankle isn’t as crazy swollen as when i first got the injury, but people can still tell that it is still swollen.

    • ANSWER:
      Stretch may have a point with the possibility of scar tissue and fluid build up. However, it may still heal completely with time.

      However, if it doesn’t, take a look at the swelling. If the swelling is soft and puffy, you’d probably still have damage from the sprained ankle. If the swelling is hard and solid, you probably have cartilage damage.

      These can be healed using herbal products called the FASTT and WHITEE patch, respectively. The FASTT patch would heal your ankle within 1 day with 1 patch since you have had 6 weeks of healing already. The WHITEE patch would heal your cartilage damage within one to two weeks with 3-6 patches.

  25. QUESTION:
    how to reduce swelling for ankle sprain?
    i sprained my ankle like 2 weeks ago and after a week, i thought it was better and started playing basketball again. But, i tweaked my ankle again and now a week later, the ankle is still swollen. It doesnt hurt when i walk or run but when i try to extend it, it hurts a little bit. I tried icing it but i heard to do rehab exercises so i tried those. But some say that i should compress it with tape? so what should i do? compress the ankle or rehab exercises?

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  26. QUESTION:
    How long after a sprained ankle should you start physical therapy?
    I sprained my ankle yesterday and I’m wondering when is it safe to start physical therapy exercises on it. I’m also wondering what different exercises I can do to strengthen the muscle tissue around my ankles.

    • ANSWER:
      Casey, the answer to that is the time that it happens. You can certainly do the standard Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. There are better ways to improve your return. Sit in a chair and have both feet flat on the floor. Using the foot that was not injured do this movement. Lean over and place your hand on the front of that foot. Elevate the front of the foot up as high as you can while giving some light resistance to the movement. The heel should remain in constant contact with the floor. Do this 10 times and rest 1 minute. Repeat this cycle twice more exactly the same way. The amount of resistance given is only enough to make the muscles work moderately hard. After completion of the 3rd set rest for 30 seconds and then do the same movement on the injured side. With this side on the 1st set don’t worry about resistance just do the movement. Rest for 1 minute and then add only a slight amount of resistance. Rest again and on the last set attempt to add a little more resistance. Next do this movement starting again with the good side. Place the foot flat on the floor and the roll the entire foot outwards while maintaining full contact with the floor with the inside portion of the foot. Do a set of 10 without any resistance and then rest for 1 minute. The next set should be with a moderate resistance from your hand. Rest again and then do a 3rd set with moderate resistance. Rest for 1 minute and then do the injured foot the same way. The 1st set should be done without resistance, the 2nd set with a light resistance, and the 3rd with slightly more resistance. Get up and move around. There should be less pain and more mobility. Do these movements at least twice a day.

  27. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain after a severe sprain 5 months ago?
    I was playing volleyball few months ago and had accidentally twisted by left leg ankle
    and fell down. I went to ER and they put a bandage thinking that I might have a hairline fracture. After a week I went to orthopedic specialist with the X-ray and he checked and said
    nothing wrong with my leg and had removed the bandage.

    I got better after few weeks and was doing fine.

    I have a manual car and from few weeks I feel that I still have some pain when I drive for more than 100 miles in traffic (bumper-bumper) as I need to use my left leg to press the clutch.

    Why am I still having some pain in the (tibia and fibula region), the muscle right below the knee.

    1) Do I need some more exercises or physio therapy ?
    2) Is it common to have some pain for few months, until the ligaments settle ?

    Any suggestions from experts

    • ANSWER:

  28. QUESTION:
    I need exercises to strengthen and heal my sprained ankle.?
    I sprained my ankle a week and a half ago. Immediately after spraining it I was able to stay off it for the next few hours while I did computer work. (After hobbling up 3 flights of stairs!) Then I went to sleep for the night and I iced it the next morning– (that was the ONLY time I’ve iced it so far). It’s been swollen, but now the swelling is subsiding. By day 3, my second day on it –I was able to move on it with full weight. However, I still notice it’s not as good as new. It doesn’t have full range of motion yet, is somewhat swollen and I want it to heal perfectly. Also I miss getting exercise. Is bike riding good? No off road, just easy sidewalk riding…. How about the treadmill at the gym? Maybe go up some slight inclines??? Any machines at the gym I should use that would help me now? I still have been climbing my apartment buildings 3 flights of stairs every day. I’ve been doing small circles with my ankle in each direction.

    • ANSWER:
      k make ice cups(paper cups filled with water than frozen and u peal off the top of the cup and massage the area) and remeber rest, ice, compression and elevate area maybe take some inflamatories too such as aleve is my personal fav… as far as exersices go first you need to do some strength exersices for ankles:
      Gently move the ankle up and down. After 5 to 7 days, start restoring motion to the hindfoot by turning the heel in and out.

      motion and flexability- You should also begin to restore flexibility to the calf muscles. One way to do this is to face a wall with one foot in front of the other and lean forward with your hands on the wall, bend the front leg while keeping the back leg straight and both heels on the floor. Lean forward until you feel a gentle stretch, and hold for ten seconds. Switch legs and repeat.

      After 60 to 70% of the ankle’s normal motion has returned, you can begin strengthening exercises using a rubber tube for resistance. Fix one end of the tube to an immovable object like a table leg, and loop the other end around the forefoot. Sit with your knees bent and heels on the floor. Pull your foot inward against the tubing, moving your knee as little as possible. Return slowly to the starting position. Repeat with the other foot.

      Restore strength- You can also sit on the floor with your knees bent and the tube looped around both feet. Slowly pull outward against the tube, moving your knee as little as possible. Return slowly to the starting position. Repeat with the other foot.

      Restore balance- As strength returns, balance is restored by standing on the injured leg, hands out to the sides. You may want to warm the ankle before doing these exercises by soaking it in warm water. Warmed tissue is more flexible and less prone to injury. Use ice when finished with the exercises to minimize any irritation to the tissue caused by the exercise

      Taping the ankle or using a brace for support can help prevent re-injury. There are many different types of braces, some made of neoprene, some made of elastic material, and some have extra straps or ties for support. Select a brace that feels like it gives you the best support for the activity you want to do. Braces with straps or ties generally provide greater support. Never use a brace that is too tight.

      Remember, a brace helps support strong muscles but should never be used as a substitute for a strengthening program. Continue to do strengthening exercises as you return to sports.

      How to bandage a sprain
      1. Wrap a sprained ankles with a compression bandage in a figure 8 pattern. Make two loops around the instep, then stretch bandage diagonally across the foot.
      2. Bring the bandage around the ankle to the front of the foot. Then wrap it diagonally across the foot.
      3. Continue wrapping the bandage in figure 8 turns. Each turn should overlap the previous turn by about three fourths of the bandage’s width.
      4. When the foot and ankle are wrapped, secure the bandage with a pin. Leave toes bare. If they become numb or discolored, the bandage is too tight.

  29. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle after 4 months?
    Sprained ankle 4 months ago but is still sore on outer edge of calf up to half way up calf (feels like a bruise deep inside) also still sore across top of foot where it joins lower leg. Have recently started light running again and pain seems to ease after a mile or so. Surely it should be better after 4 months, had a couple of Physio appointments and carried out the exercises given and is much better than it was after a couple of months but concerned it will not fully recover. Has anyone had this before and what did you do to recover full use of leg.

    • ANSWER:
      I have sprained my ankles several times in my long life and it takes many months to be pain free. Keep running and rest it when it is painful. Mine have lasted for over a year, sorry to say.
      UK

  30. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain and exercise?
    I sprain my ankle about a week ago and after a few days, I can walk and run without any pain. However, when I rotate my foot in a circle, it hurts at some points. Should I refrain from running until this pain goes away?

    • ANSWER:
      try to be lite on your foot
      you should be okay =]

  31. QUESTION:
    Can I swim with a sprained ankle?
    I recently started going to the gym after I came to terms w/ the fact that I am well over 20 lbs overweight (lol) Anyway, a week after I started going I sprained my ankle. After looking for other methods of exercise, it seems swimming is my best bet. Would anyone recommend this?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve tried swimming with a sprained ankle and couldn’t because it was just too painful…It really depends on the severity of the sprain, the part of the ankle, and what kind of swimming you’ll be doing…I’d say if you can manage it without pain, then you’d be fine.

  32. QUESTION:
    Exercises for sprained ankle?
    I sprained my ankle yesterday playing basketball (landed on some guys foot). This is the 2nd time ive sprained that ankle (happened like 2 months before) so I wanna make sure I treat it right to prevent further injury. Before this, I twisted my knee 3 times before seeing a doctor and he gave me some PT exercises to strengthen my knee and so far I havent had any more tweeked knees…so I was wondering, AFTER i give my ankle the initial time to rest (prolly a week or so), what kind of exercises could I do to prevent any more injuries?

    also, my dad doesnt wanna take me to the doctors cus he thinks its a waste of time and money

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, Its not really a waste of money to see a Dr but I fully understand its sometimes not an option for everyone so….. Immediate treatment is vital. Proper care and treatment now will go a long way towards a full recovery later.
      Without a doubt, the most effective, initial treatment for ankle sprains is the R.I.C.E. regime, this involves the application of (R) rest, (I) ice, (C) compression, (E) elevation. The most common recommendation is to apply ice for 20 minutes every 2 hours for the first 48 to 72 hours.

      After the 72 hours there are a few other steps you can take to ensure your ankle heals properly:

      1. Range of Motion
      As you work through the initial stages of recovery, and your ankle begins to heal, start to introduce some very gentle movements. First bending and straightening your ankle, then as you get more comfortable with this simple movement, start to incorporate some rotation exercises. Turn your ankle from side to side, and rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise.
      When you feel comfortable with these range of motion exercise, and can perform them relatively pain free, it’s time to move onto the next phase.

      2. Stretch and Strengthen
      An effective and relatively safe way to start is to begin with isometric exercises. These are exercise where the ankle joint itself does not move, yet force is applied and the muscles are contracted.
      An effective and relatively safe way to start is to begin with isometric exercises. These are exercise where the ankle joint itself does not move, yet force is applied and the muscles are contracted.
      For example: imagine sitting in a chair while facing a wall, and then placing the ball of your foot against the wall. In this position you can push against the wall with your foot and at the same time keep your ankle joint from moving. The muscles contract but the ankle joint does not move. This is an isometric exercise.
      The above example can be used to strengthen the ankle in all directions. Pushing your foot to the left or right against something immoveable, and pushing down (as above) and pulling up.
      It’s also important at this stage to introduce some gentle stretching exercise. These will help to further increase your range of motion and prepare your ankle for more strenuous activity to come.
      While working on increasing the flexibility of your ankle, it’s also important to increase the flexibility of the muscle groups around the injured area. These include the calf muscles, and the anterior muscles of your shin.

      You should also consider seeing a physio for more in-depth exercises!

      Good Luck and I hope your ankle heals soon.

  33. QUESTION:
    What exercises can I do in order to strengthen my previously sprained ankle?
    I have sprained my ankle very seriously about 2-3 months ago (3 degree).
    about a month and a half after the sprain My ankle was feeling perfectly fine, so I decided to play basketball with my friends. I was playing fine when suddenly I slightly turned my ankle, and it felt like I sprained it again. The thing is that if I had turned my other ankle in the same manner, nothing would have happened and I would have been fine.
    So my question is: What exercises can I do in order to strengthen my ankle?
    It would be very helpful if I could get an instructional video of sorts.

    • ANSWER:
      haha wow I was just thinking about mine

      Calf raises, ankle rolls, toe pointers

      Look on youtube for ankle strenthening videos, but i don’t know of any

  34. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain question?
    I sprained my ankle 2 1/2 months ago, and it was a second degree sprain with bruising all over my foot. it took about a week before i could walk again. since then i still don’t feel like my ankle is as strong as it was before, though.

    i occassionally roll my ankle still, too, and it scares me b/c i dont want to sprain it again. like today, i was running barefoot in my backyard, and i was running up a hill, and so my foot and leg were kind of in a large V shape while i was running, and then my ankle was really sore after i was running and it has been sore all day. how long will it be before my ankle feels back to the way it was? should i still keep up with the “ankle strengthening” exercises my doctor gave me to do while the ankle was sprained?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s going to take your ankle a very long, long, long time to heal.

      Trust me on this. I did the same thing. If you can go to physio therapy do so. They will help you a lot.

      Do wear a tensor bandage on your foot for support, especially when you are out and playing or running, etc. Wear running shoes to prevent your foot from twisting. It’s going to take 6 months to a year for your foot to heal properly.

      In the meantime, continue to do hot and cold compresses to your foot 1 minute hot, 1 cold…this will help it heal. Point your toes then pull your foot back in.

      Very gently “draw” the letters of the alphabet with your toes…this will exercise your ankle…GENTLY though…that is the key. And rest your foot and raise it often.

      You probably tore ligaments too so your ankle will never be strong like it was and exercises when it is healed is really what will support the ankle now. Keep a good list handy and do those exercises but if there is pain you’ve pushed yourself too hard.

      Good luck.

  35. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain rehab??????
    during ankle sprain healing after a few months is it ok to exercise if it makes it sore, cause i’ve hear no with pain but what if it makes it sore?

    • ANSWER:
      If it makes it sore be very careful. Maybe cut back a little on the exercise. Go slowly. Check here.

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

  36. QUESTION:
    Severe Ankle Sprain Rehabilitation Questions: Should I wear Ankle Brace during exercise/rehab?
    Hi everyone. Well, school’s starting in a few days, August 8, to be precise, and I sustained an ankle sprain July 10. Right now, I can walk with and without the brace, but no running. First on 7/17, I went on to the doctor after 7 days of the RICE technique, and got a brace so I could rest and go on crutches. I took the painkiller Ibuprofen. Subsequently, on July 24, after seeing my doctor yet again, he showed me that I could walk, and needed to commence walking around the house to build strength. No more medicine. It’s been a while, and I have done exercises, like the one where you extend your toe and then bring it back or make it point toward the ceiling, and the one where you stand on one foot for 30 seconds. I did the towel one for a while, but right now, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to have my ankle brace on while I do the exercises. I usually wear a big sneaker to fit my ankle brace inside, and do the exercises. Also, I have a note that says that I can’t run until September.

    • ANSWER:
      Since you already have a note that says you can’t run until september then definitely don’t run until then. As for other exercise I would ask the doctor to be certain what is safe in your situation.

      Mainly I would warn you against trying to do too much too quickly, I had a severe sprain in the year 2000 – was on crutches and a brace. Several times I felt I would be able to bear some weight without my brace and ended up reinjuring my ankle. In my case I didn’t feel I was pushing myself too much, each attempt was after over a month of wearing the brace so I felt that was more than enough time, but I was wrong..

      Because of my impatience and continued attempts to walk too soon I now have quite a bit of scar tissue in my ankle, it is easy to feel when you touch my ankle and the ankle puffs out in appearance from the excess tissue.. It is 7 years later and I still am not able to run on my ankle and don’t know if I ever will be.. The tissue is compromised because of the scar tissue and it retears very easily, when I try to jog or run my ankle gives out and buckles to the side retearing the tissue. I have been in physical therapy for years and while I have made progress still cannot do what I used to be able to do without reinjury.

      I tell you my story because I want you to know just how serious a sprain can become and how it can affect you well into your future if it is not handled properly, my hope is that you never have to face the difficulties I have and can learn from my mistakes lol – hope it’s lots better soon hun :)

  37. QUESTION:
    can i play soccer after spraining my ankle?
    i sprained my ankle 3 weeks ago and have been strengthening it and trying to best to make it heal fast. i have a soccer tournament tomorrow and dont know how i will know if my ankle is ready to play on. im not seeing a doctor, nor a trainer. i will play with a brace, but is there an exercise or test i can do to test if my ankle is ready or not?? thankss

    • ANSWER:
      kick some soccer balls hard, run some laps and if it doesn’t hurt then u r fine

  38. QUESTION:
    My ankle sprain has destroyed my life?
    Ever since I got a severe ankle sprain(which is STILL healing) my life went down and down.

    I’m 18 almost 19 and about 11 weeks ago after I sprained my ankle I had to stop looking for a job, because I had to rest, I stopped exercising and I had to stay in the house 24/7.

    I literally gained weight in that little time, I am bored everyday and on the computer 24/7, I am jobless, and since I don’t have a car I can’t go anywhere much because that would involve walking on my injury.

    Right now I’m good enough to do some things but still can’t walk for long, but I am stuck in this state of boredom and depression on the computer all day everyday gaining more weight and feeling so trapped I am about to explode.

    What do I do? Even if I managed to get out of this bored state I still can’t work a lot because I don’t have a car and since I can’t walk I’m limited to the bus system.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow…get some perspective. Think of the people out there who live with chronic disease, the people who are living with cancer, going through chemo-therapy, those with permanent handicaps, etc. etc. etc.

      Your ankle will heal. In the meantime, adjust your diet (eat a bit less, eat healthier.) There are still many exercises you can do in your own home that require no weight bearing on your ankle and may even speed the healing process (range of motion, gentle stretching, etc.)

      Ditch the whiny attitude and get on with life, this won’t last forever.

  39. QUESTION:
    How long after spraining my ankle to wait before going back to the gym?
    I am getting married in october and as I am quite a few pounds over weight I had just joined a gym a couple of weeks ago to get in shape for my big day. I had been going every other day and doing well but last week I fell and twisted my ankle on some uneven pavement. It was very painful and I even fainted when I tried to walk on it. I went to the hospital and was told it was a sprain but no breaks or rupture and given some ibuprofen and a bandage.

    Now a week later my whole ankle and foot is still swollen. I can walk on it if I put my foot flat down but I have a bad limp and it’s still very painful and stiff. My ankle also aches badly at night when I am sitting or lying in bed.

    I don’t want to make it worse but I need to get back in the gym as soon as I can so I can look nice on my wedding day. How long will it be before I can get back to working out and how do I do that without making it worse. Should I buy a special ankle brace to wear will exercising?

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    burning in ankle during rest after exercise?
    I sprained my ankle pretty badly a while back, I’ve been going to physical therapy 3x a week for about a month, now. We finally started exercises with the ball, and when I kicked it with the outside of my foot, it hurt like crap. Then it got better and we continued with my regular routine. Now, it’s burning LIKE CRAZY deep down, and ice isn’t helping. My therapist is awesome, he’s the best doctor I’ve ever had for an injury, but I just want to know what I can do for the burning sensation until Wednesday, my next visit. Please and thank you!

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

  41. QUESTION:
    Sprained Ankle?
    I sprained my ankle after falling off a high platform. I went to a doctor and he said there was nothing broken and it should naturally take 6 to 8weeks for the ligament to heal naturally. It has been 3 months and although I don’t limp anymore the strength of the ankle just isn’t there in certain positions. What should I do now? Would it be a waste of time seeing the doctor again? Are there like ankle strengthening exercises?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m a soccer player and I know EXACTLY what you’re talking about. Try writing the abcs in the air with your foot, only move your ankle to write the letters. If you can, get on the edge of a step and raise and lower yourself with both feet, then progress to only your injured ankle. If you are just standing somewhere, rise up onto your toes and hold that as long as you can. Try to work that ankle as much as you can, it may not be as strong as your uninjured ankle (mine isn’t, but it’s getting close! I had a nasty 3rd degree sprain in soccer and then I re-sprained the next season) but it’ll definitely improve. Good luck!

  42. QUESTION:
    There’s something wrong with my ankle but I don’t know what?
    I sprained my ankle in the beginning of June pretty badly playing basketball. I sprained the same ankle 3 weeks before that. As a result, I had a high ankle sprain. After 5 weeks of resting, icing, compressing, everything, I was able to run and do all the athletic abilities I was able to do before the injury. However for the past few months, when I play basketball for more than 2 hours, I feel pain in my ankle so then I rest and stop playing. Its weird because I can sprint back and forth with no pain or problem, I can go run a mile with no problem, but it starts hurting after more than 2 hours of exercise while my other ankle has no problem. Any suggestions or diagnosis?

    • ANSWER:
      you need your ankle examined probably an MRI scan as you may have detached some fibers from your ankle and you may end up tearing a few more if you keep exercising without medical advice

  43. QUESTION:
    Sprained Ankle Exercise????
    Can I swim with a sprained ankle? I recently started going to the gym again and a week after I started I sprained my ankle :(. Can I swim with a sprained ankle. I need to loose weight ASAP and therefore need to exercise as much as possible. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing to do would be to Rest and Ice your ankle for about 1 week. You can also wrap it in ace wrap for support. If it is still not better, go see a podiatrist. For now, do situps or other upper body exercise – but don’t put any pressure on your ankle.

  44. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle still swollen after 4 weeks?
    I got kicked and my ankle was pretty bad and I couldn’t walk for a week. Now i can but I occasionally limp, and can’t easily jog/run. I’m 15 and I’m wondering how I can make it better faster, like exercises, and what to do.
    1st answer… your not even funny. Go find something better to do.
    ad i havent had an x-ray

    • ANSWER:
      The above is so lame- Don’t jog/run until it is better – did you get an x-ray? Resting it, iceing it and keeping weight off it is the fastest way to heal. It is a true sprain – it takes just as long as a break to heal – 6-8 weeks.

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

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

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

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

  46. QUESTION:
    What Type Of Shoes Are Best To Prevent Ankle Sprains..?
    I’ve had 3 ankle sprains during this year. Usually after the sprain I cast my leg for a week, then after removing the cast, I just rest for couple more weeks until my sprained ankle feels perfectly fine. Only to go back to exercising and sprain it again.

    People kept telling me to change my shoes, I didn’t listen to them. Until the third ankle sprain.
    What I do is, Aerobic step dancing, fast one. What I’m wearing is (as they told me) running shoes. Which is unsuitable for this kind of workout.

    They recommended me either Basketball, Handball or Tennis shoes. I’ve tried all of them but I’m not sure which one is good for my situation.

    I also wear ankle braces, the cotton ones, and not the solid ones(Plastic filled with air) which I find more useful but a lot more expensive.

    My leg now feels fine, I want to go back to exercising, but I’m afraid I injure my leg again, so this time I want to take precautions as much as I can, before heading to the gym.

    • ANSWER:
      My recommendation to you is that before you return to exercise that you get a referral to a physical therapist. The reason for this is that you have damaged the ligaments 3 times within the course of this year. That tells me that the ligaments are not working as they should and most important that your sense of where the foot is in space is decreased. This sense is called proprioception. When this sense is decreased or absent it means that the joint doesn’t respond the way that it should. The muscles are not quick enough to stabilize the ankle. So in reality it is not going to matter what kind of shoes that you are wearing. The trick to rehabbing ankles is to regain this sense. A physical therapist can help you with this. Here are a few of those types of movements. When you do these exercises always start with the good leg first as it increases the sense of awareness in the injured leg. Stand on your good foot and raise up the injured leg so that it is not touching the floor. Stay in that position working up to the point where you are able to do it for 30 seconds straight. Do that 3 times on the good foot and then do the injured foot 3 times. Now do the same movement in the same order with your eyes closed. This becomes a very difficult exercise so make sure that objects around you will not cause you harm if you lose your balance. There are a whole series of these movements to improve your balance both statically and dynamically.

  47. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain….does this sound right to you?
    Sorry this is so long…

    About 3 weeks ago I got a level 2 ankle sprain when I was walking down some stairs and accidentally rolled my ankle. I went to the Urgent care at the University I attend, and the ortho tech there wrapped it up and gave me some crutches and said to use R.I.C.E and stay off of it for a week (including not going to work because where I work there’s no sitting down). I went back a week later and he said that I should start walking on it as much as possible and told me to start using only one crutch on the opposite side and to not wrap it anymore. I saw him again two weeks later and he basically said “WTF are you doing still using the crutch!” and told me I was holding my ankle back by using it. He gave me Thera-bands to exercise it and basically said it looked great. I told him that it still gets sore when I walk, that I don’t have feeling in some parts of my foot and ankle, and that it still looks really swollen, but he said that’s normal. He also said I was fine to go back to work which made no sense to me considering my ankle still got really sore and would swell up a ton after walking on it for like 10 minutes. At my work I would be walking on it for 8 hours, and there’s no way they would let me take breaks every 15 min or so to rest my ankle.

    So today I went and got a second opinion. The doctor took one look at my ankle and was just baffled at how swollen and bruised my ankle still is after that long. She said that it was totally wrong of them to take me off crutches that soon, and that I basically made my ankle worse; or rather that my ankle healed, but it healed wrong and so now I have to start from square 1 all over again. She put me back on crutches and wants me to stay off it as much as possible. She also ordered more x rays just to make sure that there’s not a fracture in there somewhere that they missed.

    This just totally baffles me. How could 2 doctors have such completely different perceptions? I just don’t know which one to believe…

    • ANSWER:
      hey i know how you feel two differ doctors two different answers you have too believe the secound one though

  48. QUESTION:
    terrible ankle sprain HELP? RECOMMENDATIONS PLEASEEE?
    Back in January I sprained my ankle pretty bad during a basketball game, I play for a D3 college. The trainers looked me over and said I have a first degree ankle sprain. it was an inversion sprain, i just landed on someone else’s foot. I am a athletic training major so i kind of know what I’m talking about here. They gave me exercises to do and told me to rest. after two months of rest and physical therapy the immediate pain was gone but it was in no way healed. so over spring break i went to my sports medicine doctor at home, he sent me to get an MRI. turns out i completely tore all the ligaments on the lateral side of my ankle, Posterior talofibular, calcaneofibular, and anterior talofibular as well as bruised my talus and partially tore and bruised my deltoid. pretty far from a first degree sprain if you ask me. So the trainers told me the talus was still bruised and that was the pain i was feeling and that i would need to take another month or two off, so i did. I waited until i got out of school to go see a ankle specialist. the ankle specialist gave me a stress x ray and it showed that my ankle was still incredibly stable, no instability at all. So he gave me a cortisone shot right in the joint. it worked for a week or two. then i went back and got another cortisone shot. it also worked for about a week or two. apparently the next step is to get an arthroscopy, i think its how its spelled. he described it as vacuuming out the junk that stuck in my ankle joint. Is this the best action? I have had another sports medicine doctor recommend a total ankle reconstruction. This goes way past what we learn in athletic training at school. I might add that i have no pain when just walking around every day. the ankle pops a lot and i can hear stuff grinding around inside of it when i move it but it only hurts when i play basketball which i just started doing after i got the first cortisone shot. Please let me know what the best course of action would be here. It would also be very helpful if you could include your credentials when answering the questions so i can trust you.

    Thanks for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Call a ninja.

  49. QUESTION:
    Trust Exercises – After an accident?
    Two months ago I was riding my Thoroughbred (OTTB) . We were running full out and I blacked out (due to hypoglyciemia… (Low Sugar)) I do not remember any of this but someone witnessed it. I fell off to the right and caught my arm in the rein, taking down my poor mare. We both went down on our right side and grinded across the road. I woke up in the hospital the next day.. I suffered from a MAJOR concussion, bad road rash, sprained ankle, cracked jaw and broken face bones, and for 2 weeks I was sleeping downstairs in the living room unable to go upstairs. My lovely, spectacular mare broke two teeth and also had bad road rash. I woke up in the hospital screaming for my horse so please do not say I don’t love her. I am 14 years old and dont want to be b-itched out so please just tell me somethings to build her trust again. She still loves me but riding makes her nervous. I want to know some exercises to get her to LOVE riding again. Like I said she is off the track (years ago) and loves to ride and run. I taught her barrels. :)
    Thanks you. And no I wasnt wearing a helmet!
    Umm im not gonna sell my horse! She doesnt walk, we run everywhere or “jig”, there is no walk! ;) she is a HOT TB! My question is more “bonding” again rather than anything. Lori means the world to me. We are my Yahoo picture. :)
    Clo please quit bitchin and sayin stuff about my horse!!!!!!!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      If you are emotionally ready and confident to ride again, that is what your horse needs.
      She will feed off of your confidence and that trust will come back.

      So you start out with simple, quick rides in safe zones and you let her know that you will take care of her there and you build to longer rides and farther away places.

      You do not feed into her fear by babying her along the way where you think she might be afraid. That hesitation actually teaches her that since you are acting differently there, she was right to be worried.

      You ride it out with confidence. Think of how a wild herd responds when moving, They just trust the alpha horse to move them out and they follow.

      That is the incremental building she needs to work through fear and redevelop trust.

  50. 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.


Acl Sprain Grades

Have you ever asked your self, what is the difference between a sprain and a strain? If so, read the valuable information here.

As a result of a quick twist or turn, you may have injured your knee. It is possible that your knee was forced into an awkward position and now you have pain… Let’s take a look at the differences between a sprain and a strain to give you some useful information.

Stretching in one specific direction can stress the ligament that is trying to hold the knee in place. When the ligament is stretched or has a tear, this is known as a “sprain”. These ligaments, are thick bands of cartilage that will attach bone to bone. Examples of some ligaments that you have in your knee are the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and the Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL). Common symptoms that you may experience in a sprain include, swelling of the knee, bruising, instability and painful movements. There are three grades of sprains; grades 1,2 and 3. In a grade 1 sprain, ligaments fibers are not torn, they are stretched; grade 2 sprains are more severe and tear the fibers, but the ligament does remain intact; and lastly, grade 3 tears completely disrupt the ligament and it is no longer intact.

Strains, conversely, are injuries that involve tendons and muscles. Tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones. Depending on the level of severity of the injury, a strain maybe a simple overstretch of the tendon or muscle, or you may be suffering from a partial or complete tear. A grade 1 strain is mild and involves the damage of some muscle fibers. As a result, healing can occur in two to three weeks. In a grade 2 strain, there is moderate damage to the muscle or tendon, although it is not completely ruptured. This healing process is longer and can take up to 3-6 weeks. In a grade 3 strain, a complete rupture has occured, and the injury is more severe. The need for surgery may arise, and the healing process may take up to three months. Tendons usually do not heal as quickly because they have a more poor blood supply, compared to other tissues in the body.

As a result, if you have sprained or strained your knee, you may be well served by the use of a low profile knee brace. Knee braces can help you feel more stable by helping to eliminate excessive movements that will cause pain, thus giving you more confidence in your daily activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    I’m 3 weeks post-ACL tear(pre-op)…ortho surgeon is uncertain..please help?
    I tore my ACL on 1/24/2009 in a skiing accident. Since then, I’ve seen an orthopedic surgeon(supposedly one of Denver’s best) who had an MRI done, and advised me to spend 4-5 weeks pre-op in physical therapy 2x a week. My diagnosis is a ruptured ACL, and a grade 1 MCL sprain. I did three sessions in physical therapy before my next follow-up appointment with the ortho surgeon. I can’t fully extend my bad knee, and supposedly I am supposed to be able to. I have great flexion, no pain, only slight tenderness when firmly pressed where my MCL is located. The reason I cannot fully extend my bad knee is unknown at this point. Initially the doctor thought I had a bucket-handle meniscal tear, but after extensive review with myself and his colleagues – the MRI shows the meniscus as clean, and the doctor is fairly certain the meniscus is in good shape, based on the MRI and several different pokes/prods around my knee where I have no pain, and I would have if I had torn my meniscus. I’ve been in PT, doing several stretches at home / at the clinic, stationary bike 20 mins a day. Even did a real bike ride on Saturday for 2 hours. I have felt as if my knee has been improving every day since my accident.

    After my follow-up appointment today with the surgeon, he’s totally uncertain as to what’s causing the blockage. He’s thrown out a couple scenario’s that he’s heard of(but never seen) that could be a 2-3% chance of why it’s blocking the full extension. All he told me today, was to stay in therapy, no more stationary or real bike, nothing rigorous, and follow up with him in two weeks. Throughout the course of my appointment today, the doctor in his uncertainty stated “you might want to get a second opinion.” That came as a complete shock to me because he’s supposed to be the best around. I don’t want to chance going to see another surgeon who’s eager to cut open the knee right away…and miss the chance of being under care with one of the “best.” I feel as if I’m being yanked around, and/or not getting the care I’m paying for here. Is there something I’m doing wrong? Any helpful advice/direction anyone can provide will be most helpful. I’m a very active individual, and just want the best care, and be able to get back to full health after surgery and a long and vigorous rehab regimen.
    Adding a bit here : I know my ACL is torn, and am ready for surgery. My frustration is with the care I’m getting so far.

    • ANSWER:
      If you get a second opinion, there’s no reason you cannot go back to the first surgeon. Even the best of the best can use some collaboration with their collegues. Perhaps he’s just looking for confirmation.

      Also, rest assured that while MRI is the best imagining we have out there, there is AWLAYS a chance of a false negative (ie, it “missed” something) for a meniscal lesion. However, other things can block motion such as inclusions and intra-articular fat pads.

  2. QUESTION:
    Why does conservative treatment work for PCL injuries????
    I see a lot of case reports that say conservative rehab works well for Grade I or II PCL sprains….but WHY? Why doesnt that same treatment work with ACL sprains as effectively? Is it just that the PCL is so thick and strong that even with a grade I or II sprain it can still function well enough to do its job????

    Any help here is appreciated.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well mmm first off conservative RX can be very effective for the ACL also, but people tend to be used to relying on ACL to prevent the shin bone from shifting forward relative to the thigh bone. This is the most common motion that needs to be stopped, the thigh muscles can be “toned up” in order to assist with this motion, but typically we rely on our ACLs much more. The PCL prevents the opposite motion and is far less utilized. However, it is possible to live walk, and do some cautious running without ACLs or PCLs, on both sides, I know a young woman that was born without ACLs and PCLs on either side. So it can be done, with some knee bracing, during activity. Hope this helps.

  3. QUESTION:
    Please help! Someone with Medical experience and knowledge. What do these results to an MRI mean?
    1. Cruciate-defecient knee. Findings consistent with complete rupture of the ACL. This would be consistent with a six-week old injury.

    2. Complex unstable tear of the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus with large displaced fragment in the notch consisting of the majority of the posterior horn.

    3. Grade 2 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament complex.

    4. Lateral femoral condylar bone marrow contusion.

    • ANSWER:
      Erick,
      1. a complete tear of one of the two internal ligaments of the knee. The anterior cruciate ligament keeps the femur, thigh bone, in constant contact with the tibia, shin bone. It also keeps those bones from slipping forward. What the radiologist saw was damage the would be consistent with someone that has had an injury some weeks ago.
      2. this means that you have torn the meniscus on the back part of the outside part of the knee. The meniscus is responsible for allowing the bones of the knee to glide smoothly and to make the depth of the joint larger. What you have is a large tear of the outside rear of this tissue. The meniscus is shaped like a large c on that side. So you have torn the bottom part of that c to a large extent.
      3. sprains are tears of the ligaments. A grade II is a tear that is between 25 and 50%. You have torn the ligament on the outside of the knee. This may or may not need surgical repair depending on just how badly it is torn. The closer to 50% the greater the need for surgical stabilization. This ligament keeps the knee from bending sideways away from the body.
      4. this means that you took a lot of punishment to the outside of the femur, thigh bone. The extent of the impact was so strong that it bruised the inner part of the bone.
      5. they are going to recommend that you have surgery for this. I would recommend that you have it done. They are going to give you options as to what kind of graft for the anterior cruciate ligament. The choices are using part of your own body from the hamstrings or patella tendon. I don’t like these as they make the body weaker thus allowing for further problems. The other option is either a cadaver graft or one of the new synthetic grafts. These would be my choices. I would ask how many of the new grafts has this orthopedist done. If they have done around 50 to 100 ask what the long term results have been. Talk to some of those who have undergone the procedure to see how they are doing. If there is no problems then this is a good way to go. The cadaver graft has been used for many years. There is little to no chance of getting any diseases from them. The graft is better because you don’t have to take any medication to prevent rejection. You are going to need to strengthen the leg as much as possible before the surgery and definitely after.

  4. QUESTION:
    I need to know about MRI results that I received today concerning my daughters knee?
    I know what the medical terms mean when translated literally, jus need to know what they mean from a doc! small focus of osteoedema/central proximal tibia; sprain-vs-low-grade intrasubstance tear of the distal acl;very mild chondromalacia/medial patellar facet

    • ANSWER:
      Chondromalacia patella is a vague term. The problem generally occurs when the patella (knee cap) does not glide smothly through the femoral (thigh bone) grove (obviously the distal femur at the knee). This is a common condition but not a serious one. It never requires surgery and it never causes permanent loss of function or disability. The AC ligament also sounds as if it will do OK. Technically a strain is a stretch while sprain implies various degrees of a tear from microscopic to complete. The MRI is able to image things which we were not able to see before unless the person ended up in surgery. Thus it may image things that are not a serious problem. If the MRI is not able to distinguish a ‘sprain’ for a ‘low grade tear’ the ‘tear’ if one is present is quite small. In such cases it is always expected to resolve without surgery or disability. I am not able to offer specific treatment advice without additional information. I hope that this is helpful.

  5. QUESTION:
    Knee injured in several areas…need complete answers on what it all means please.?
    The 18th I injured my knee somehow, and after MRI I wait to see a surgeon. Can someone tell me what all these finding mean together? I have found seperate info on it, but nothing of what it ALL means, and what now?
    1)Tear of ACL
    2) Grade II MCL sprain
    3) Tear of PHMM
    4) Diffuse fluid & edematous signal over Posterior knee soft tissues.
    5) Partial tear of medial gastrocnemius tendon.
    6) Partial tear of semimembranosus tendon
    7) Suspected Baker’s cyst with fluid over posterior knee over gastrocnemius muscle, with possible Baker’s cyst rupture.

    Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Ugh I feel for ya, I’ve got knee problems too. But geez…You did quite a number on yours…

      this means that:
      1) You’ve completely torn your ACL
      2)It’s kind of like a partial tear in your MCL, so like you’ve torn fibers
      3)PHMM is kind of like a tear to the meniscus (cartilage) I THINK, not sure, but i think it has soemthing to do with a cyst
      4) You’ve partially torn 2 tendons that ruptured the bursea which lead to the bakers cyst, then that cyst ruptured spilling its fluids into the caivtys of your knee.

      I’m not 100% on this one though, best off talking to your doctor And good luck…sounds like you’ve got a long recovery ahead of you…

  6. QUESTION:
    Have you heard of somebody who is so athletically motivated yet their body is not made for sports?
    i have been playing sports my whole life. i have trained and become very good at sports. but…. i have never gone a season of a sport without an injury. is this just unlucky coincidence or is it possible that my body is just not MADE to play sports. i work my butt off harder than most and i succeed in having good skill but i ALWAYS get injured.

    6th grade – two badly sprained ankles, misdiagnosed inflamed metatarsal (treated for fracture), clavicle was severely bruised and almost dislocated
    7th grade – broken wrist & torn ligaments in ankle
    8th – broken pinky finger, sprained ankles, concussion
    9th grade – concussion, whip lash, ankle problems
    10th grade – torn ligaments in ankle
    11th grade – torn ACL, reconstructive surgery on knee for ACL, tendinitis in knee post-opp
    12th grade – still tendinitis in knee and now tendinitis in wrist
    (there is more to this list that i just forgot… but theres so many injuries i cant even count them all up)

    i have tried so many things. this year (12th grade) i gave up playing volleyball because it was hard on my knee and started tennis and then got tendinitis in my wrist. I am also not going to be playing soccer in the spring anymore also due to injuries. should i save myself the trouble and not play basketball? i’m sick of getting hurt and sports are no longer fun to play… but it seems like such a big deal to be on the team because i’ve played my whole life…

    i’m not really a part of anything other than sports and now that sports are crashing down all around me and i should really not play as much.. what clubs could i join?
    i have a good diet, i eat lots of proteins i eat plenty of fruit and vegetables i stay away from flour and high fructose sugar. i have an amazing diet so thats not part of this is don’t believe.

    • ANSWER:
      yes, everybody bodies are different and some are more prone to injury. some of it has to do with diet, and some is hereditary. maybe you should try a lower impact sport like biking, its so easy on your joints and body yet is very physically demanding. since you tore your acl and your still having trouble with it i would try to be easy on it, if you never let it fully heal and your hard on it you are going to have knee problems the rest of your life. high school sports probably arent worth a lifetime of problems, but thats up to you.

  7. QUESTION:
    I re-injured my knee, some advice please? MRI report included?
    about 18 months ago i had an ACL reconstruction on my right knee after a complete ACL tear and a grade 3 MCL tear and also some repair to my medial meniscus after a sports injury. 3 weeks ago I re-injured my right knee and had an MRI scan last week. I have the report and I’m just looking for a second opinion on what I should do to recover. The report is this:

    A moderate size knee joint effusion, with a large amount of fluid in the suprapatellar bursa. ACL graft is identified and in satisfactory position and although there is some thickening along this ligament in the intercondylar notch, it appears intact. Small tear of the extreme posterolateral edge of the medial meniscus. The previous meniscal surgey may reflect that. High signal on the medial collateral ligament indicates a mild sprain in this region.

    This is the report from the radiologist. I would really appreciate any medical advice from doctors/physiotherapists or others qualified in this area. Thanks.

    PS I am an 18 yr old male.
    an orthopedic surgeon would be great

    • ANSWER:
      aol ant, here is what the report said.
      1. there is fluid in the knee. It is rated as a moderate amount. This means that there is a significant amount but not enough to cause you a significant problem. In the bursa, a sac that separates structures, that is above the kneecap there is a large amount of fluid. This may have to be aspirated. That means drawn out by needle.
      2. the graft for the ACL is intact though thickening is noted at the intercondylar notch. This means that in the grove between the 2 knuckles of the knee joint. This could be from fluid at that point.
      3. there is a tear at the posterior outside of the inside meniscus. The scan could not tell if this defect was from the original tear and repair or another tear.
      4. the medial, inner side of the knee, ligament has a slight tear, sprain.
      So you have injured your knee again. Seeing an orthopedist would be the proper way to go. They will examine the knee coupled with the MRI report make a decision as to which way to proceed.

  8. QUESTION:
    I fell on my knee and got a MRI and I was wondering if someone can help me understand it?
    I was wondering if someone can explain my MRI results to me. Also what would be the recommended treatment for my injury.

    normal osseous alignment and marrow signal characteristics. The ACL and PCL are intact. The lateral meniscus and lateral collateral ligamentous complex also intact. The medial meniscus is notable for grade II linear increased signal in the posterior horn extending to the capsular attachment and laterally towards the mid substance, most likely representing injury, as signal is not identified to surface. The fibers of the MCL are intact. However, some T2 signal is noted between the layers suggesting sprain.
    The patellofemoral articulation has a normal appearance. The patellar tendon and quadriceps tendon have a normal appearance. There is a large Barker cyst in the popliteal fossa. Some increased subcutaneous signal is noted at the lateral aspect of the knee, possible contusion.

    Impression:
    Abnormal signal in the posterior horn of the medial meniscus
    Baker cyst
    probable sprain of the MCL
    contusion may be present, clinically correlate
    Thank you for all the help.

    • ANSWER:
      Basically, you’re fine, but you sprained your medial collateral ligament and there might be some bruised tissue as well. The Baker’s cyst is interesting, but if it’s not bothering you, then don’t worry about it. They’re pretty common. If it does bother you, it can be surgically removed.
      Obviously, just follow doctor’s orders (like resting your knee and taking it easy for a few days while it heals).

  9. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me understand my mri on my knee?
    I was wondering if someone can explain my MRI results to me. Also what would be the recommended treatment for my injury.

    normal osseous alignment and marrow signal characteristics. The ACL and PCL are intact. The lateral meniscus and lateral collateral ligamentous complex also intact. The medial meniscus is notable for grade II linear increased signal in the posterior horn extending to the capsular attachment and laterally towards the mid substance, most likely representing injury, as signal is not identified to surface. The fibers of the MCL are intact. However, some T2 signal is noted between the layers suggesting sprain.
    The patellofemoral articulation has a normal appearance. The patellar tendon and quadriceps tendon have a normal appearance. There is a large Barker cyst in the popliteal fossa. Some increased subcutaneous signal is noted at the lateral aspect of the knee, possible contusion.

    Impression:
    Abnormal signal in the posterior horn of the medial meniscus
    Baker cyst
    probable sprain of the MCL
    contusion may be present, clinically correlate
    Thank you for all the help.

    • ANSWER:

  10. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle 1 week ago, still cant walk on it.pain and bruising didnt show up till 1.5 days later.Grade 3?
    I inverted my ankle on Saturday night while walking. The pain and bruising didn’t develop until monday and I could barely walk. On tuesday I could no linger bear any weight on it. Its been 8 days since i injured it and i can still barely put any weight on it. i stopped taking motrin a couple of days ago but I may start back up. The swelling hardened and is around the ankle bone with most of the pain coming from right behind the bone and the achilles. the bruising is right on top of the bone. the pain is painful to the touch. Im a 28 yr old male and I play in 3 different highly competitive bball leagues and train/workout 4-5 times a week. any suggestions besides getting an xray??? Ive never broken a bone and i hurt my ankle walking on uneven curb slowly. i have very elastic ligaments. 2 acl surgeries, 2 herniated discs, many shoulder dislocations Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      You need to have it xrayed whether you want to or not, you could of fractured it . Hope you do so soon, because the longer you wait & if it fractured, it may not heal properly & keep you from playing your sports ever.

  11. QUESTION:
    Why does conservative treatment work for PCL injuries????
    I see a lot of case reports that say conservative rehab works well for Grade I or II PCL sprains….but WHY? Why doesnt that same treatment work with ACL sprains as effectively? Is it just that the PCL is so thick and strong that even with a grade I or II sprain it can still function well enough to do its job????

    Any help here is appreciated.
    Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Well the PCL is located behind the ACl. And when you think of it when people walk, jog, run its usually forward not backward. So when you go forward it puts most of the pressure on the front of you knees not as much on the back.
      Thats why when lots of people get PCL tears they can usually heal it with physical therapy unless its bothering them to the point that PT doesn’t help they could get surgery for it.


2nd Degree Sprain Of Ankle

I know what you may be thinking…

“Not another article on core conditioning!”
“What more is there to learn about core conditioning?”

I am glad you are asking these questions because far too many trainers and therapists feel they have a strong grasp of core training fundamentals. However, there are far too many clients and patients who leave training sessions and/or therapy sessions with a poor ability to breathe and stabilize their body.

How do I know this?

Because I am regularly asked to consult with individuals with chronic musculoskeletal pain and guess what they say when I asked them how they got injured?

Those three infamous words: “I don’t know.”

Following is an example of the type of client who is referred to me for training.

Case example:

A 57 year old woman recently consulted with me for chronic hip and back pain. She stated that she would like to exercise but every time she tries she experiences hip pain and low back pain radiating out into her leg and foot. An MRI of her hip revealed moderate-severe degeneration in her right hip. An MRI of her left knee revealed a significant meniscus tear, and a lumbar spine MRI revealed moderate disc degeneration and spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal). In addition, she said the only trauma she could recall was a skiing accident that injured her knee 20+ years ago; but she had recovered and has had no problems until the last few years. Currently she is experiencing trouble walking, sitting for long periods of time which she has to do for her job, and sleeping on her back or stomach. She reported she routinely works 12-16 hours per day and sleeps 4-6 hours per night.

During my evaluation of her as she stood, she reported some discomfort in her low back and I noted that her lumbar erectors were significantly hypertonic (they actually felt rock-hard as if she was actively contracting them upon palpation). The erectors were only slightly less active in a supine position. What clue does her hypertonicity give you? What information can you take from the MRI studies? Although you may not be a doctor or therapist, the first thought that should come to mind is that this individual is under a lot of compression. Osteoarthritis (aka, degenerated joints) is not a genetic condition. No matter what you may have heard from your doctors, parents or friends, it is not hereditary. Degenerated joints occur because the compressive forces around the joint are too significant for the muscles to control and therefore the joint takes the stress. Over a prolonged period of time (usually years) the joint begins to deteriorate (loss of articular cartilage, the bones of the joint increase in density causing bone spurs to form), and there is a subsequent loss of joint space. Pain occurs when there is a significant amount of degenerative change.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    3rd degree ankle sprain, does it EVER heal?
    On Dec. 3, 2006 I sprained my ankle badly. The Doc. said it was between a 2nd and 3rd degree sprain. I was 41 when it happened and he said it would take longer than usual for me to heal. Plus, I don’t have medical insurance and wasn’t able to go to physical therapy. Then, 10 months later I fell on that same ankle and fractured it in two places; they were just bone fragments but now I’ve got all this scar tissue. My ankle still hurts when I touch it; I think there’s nerve damage. The skin is still tender as well. Can I ever expect more healing or am I stuck with this injury? I take glucosamine every day which is the reason I can walk without limping most of the time.
    Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Try those home therapies, like rasing your body temperture, messageing it, icing with a ice pack. Try icy hot that stuff works sometimes. And try some advil( the pain reliever) Also exercise on that same ankle could speed up healing. Get it checked out once a month.

  2. QUESTION:
    How long before I can walk on a 3rd degree ankle sprain?
    I sprained it in cross country practice, tore two ligaments, one complete one partial.. The dr. put it in a soft cast, gave me crutches, and tolsd me to come back in two weeks. He didn’t tell me if I would be off crutches then, and I really need to know. Some of the stuff on the web is scary, like 2 months on crutches. Does anybody know from experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on your physician and what ligaments you tore, it can be several weeks. Also, it’s dependent on how much weight you can put on your ankle, the pain, and how much instability you are experiencing. I would say they may wean you down to WBAT or put you in a walking boot at 2 weeks.

      Here’s an excellent link of one doc’s protocol after a grade 3 ankle sprain.

      I hope you are seeing an orthopedic for your treatment and evaluations.

      I don’t think 2 months, that is more like ankle fracture time. Yes, ligaments take a long time to heal, but if you are careful and not trying to run or play sports after 3-4 weeks, you should be able to be at least WBAT or PWB.

      Good Luck :)

      http://www.rcmclinic.com/protocols/lind/foot-ankle/lateral_ankle_grade_III.pdf

      You will probably need some physical therapy, too.

  3. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle 1st 2nd or 3rd degree sprain?
    Ok so I sprained my ankle yesterday by bouldering at a rock gym. I only fell like 5ish feet but when I fell my foot landed half on the mat and half on the floor. When this happened my ankle buckled and my foot rolled under me. I immediately iced it afterwards. Currently I am using the RICE treatment with crutches where ever I have to go. My ankle is swelled up pretty bad but not that much. The swelling starts from the top of my ankle to the arch of my foot. There is some bruising but it’s slight. Is this a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree sprain. I’m gonna keep up with the rice treatment, so how much longer until it’s pretty good and healed up?

    • ANSWER:
      I sprained my ankle today playing basketball to a third degree and the doctor told me that it will be fully healed in 2 and a half months. Keep using the rice treatment and it will heal in like 2 weeks:

  4. QUESTION:
    Whats more painful and ankle sprain or shin splints?
    I have been suffering badly with shin splints for the past 2 weeks alot of swelling and can barly put weight on it is this more or less painful than my friend who has a 1st degree ankle sprain and little to no swelling

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely shin splints. Not only is the pain worse (in most cases), it persists for a longer period of time.

  5. QUESTION:
    Bad ankle pain after 2nd degree sprain 3 weeks ago shall I go back to the hospital?
    Hello,
    About three weeks ago I rolled my ankle really badly jumping off a 2ft ledge, I could not move my ankle so an ambulance was called. The paramedic was convinced it was a dislocation so I was transported to hospital. I was x-rayed and told there were no fractures and I hadn’t dislocated it they weren’t sure what it was so I was given crutches and told to go back in 5 days. I went back still not weight bearing at all, I was told it was a 2nd degree sprain and that I had to have physio and try and weight bear. I had one session of physio and was supposed to have more but have not heard anymore about that. I can weight bear now and am back to all of my usual activities but I still have pain that is very unpleasant. When swimming the pain is very bad. I was told at the hospital to go back if it gets worse or I am concerned about it, should I got back or not?
    I am a 13yr old girl if that’s of any relevance whatsoever.
    thank you in advance
    St John Cadet

    • ANSWER:

  6. QUESTION:
    Long term ankle sprain problem :(?
    I had a 1st-2nd degree ankle sprain two months ago and although now I can walk and run normally, I still feel quite a lot of discomfort during and after playing soccer.

    I made many great mistakes and here they are in chronological order.
    1. Didn’t do RICE
    2. Put my foot and ankle in very hot water right after the injury because someone told me it was good…
    3. After a week and ongoing pain, I returned to intense physical activity using my foot.
    4. Saw a physician 3 weeks after the injury.
    -He gave me a steroid shot (on only one tendon).
    -The bones were all OK.
    -He told me to rest for 3 weeks, I didn’t listen and started playing again one week after when I felt fine. (I know, i’m an idiot)

    I know this is all my fault and probably deserve it, but though it’s late I want to make it better.

    Is there anything that I can do now?
    ice? physio?(let me know the links)
    please, tell me all the suggestions you know
    I will be so so thankful to you

    • ANSWER:
      This was a very common complaint when I was in practice. The mere suggestion of rest and rehab brought parental remarks like “But Doctor, he’s the star. The team can’t do without him.” My response that professional teams who pay multi-million dollars insist that injured players be rehabbed before returning to practice and play usually fell on deaf ears.

      You need to have your doctor re-assess that you have not torn any ligaments around the ankle. He/she will then give you a set of progressive exercises to do to strengthen the ankle gradually, or, will refer you to rehab. Remember your Aesops fable about the hare and the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the race.

  7. QUESTION:
    Which is worse: a third degree strain (ankle area) or a common ankle sprain?
    i was diagnosed with a 2nd to 3rd degree strain. the damage showed up on the x rays, and they evaluate me for physical therapy on monday.

    so, anyone know which is worse, in terms of pain, level of impairment, and/or damage?

    • ANSWER:
      A strain/sprain are often used interchangeably, but erroneously so. A strain technically refers to an injury to a muscle or tendon while a sprain refers to a ligament.

      They typically use the same classification system:]
      Grade I: injury but no disuption of the tissues
      Grade II: injury with small disruption of the tissues
      Grade III: injury with disruption usually through at least half of the thickness of the tissue
      Grade IV: usually refers to a complete disruption/rupture.

      As to which is “worse” depends on what type of tissue is damaged. A grade III strain of the muscle may actually heal well because of the good blood supply that muscle receive. A grade III strain of a tendon or grade III sprain can both be very significant because of the poor blood supply both of these tissues have. Grade III strains or sprains can both be very painful (as bad as a fracture)…infact are often more painful than grade IV because the nocioceptive input (pain nerves) are still intact. Sometimes, people with grade IV sprains have no pain, but the joint is completely unstable.

      Best wishes for a speedy recovery

  8. QUESTION:
    What is the best, thinnest, and most versatile athletic ankle brace?
    I got a 2nd degree inverted ankle sprain from falling off of a 20′ boulder. It’s been a month and I’m ready to get back to climbing. So I need a VERY thin yet very durable ankle brace with dynamic movement. Something that will fit into a rock shoe. I have heard that bioskin was really good material, and neoprene is okay. Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      The Aircast A60 is good.

      http://www.braceshop.com/productcart/pc/AirCast-A60-Ankle-Brace-17p889.htm

      Neoprene is good. Any Aircast or DonJoy is a GREAT brace
      BioSkin is good also, but if you are looking for an athletic, I’d go with Aircast or DonJoy. Good Luck and God Bless

  9. QUESTION:
    Is there a point were running is impossible?
    I have steadily stopped running over the years.. When I was 21, I could run 2 miles non-stop. Now since I’ve gone to college and had full-time jobs, my running steadily decreased over time. I would try to get back “on the horse”, so to speak over the years, but something always stopped me. My weight has increased by over 50 lbs since High School, and it bothers me a lot. Recently, I had a 2nd degree ankle sprain from playing basketball, and many people are saying that that was the “final straw”. My ankle has not healed completely, but it feels like one of those injuries that never heals right. I even attempt to run now, and I get some sort of pain or injury from the attempt. I’m not a smoker, but I also run out of breath nearly immediately. Is there any answer to this? I’ve tried a lot of different forms of exercise, but none compare to the burn of running. Can someone get to a point were running is impossible?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you can’t run on it as it is, you might as well consider surgery. It may be fixable if you go under the knife.

      Barring that, I can’t see how you could ever get going fast the way you want to again. I have had to give up running for long periods of time from plantar fasciitis to tarsal tunnel syndrome (not carpal, that’s a wrist). It’s really a downer to have big injuries.

      If you can’t do running, maybe biking or roller blading could work. You might be able to find a skate that binds up your ankle really well and gets around your injury. I had a lot of fun roller blading (but stopped because I didn’t want to give up runs).

      Best of luck

  10. QUESTION:
    Info on Ankle Braces?
    Imma ball player, never been injury prone but over the past 2 months I’ve had a few 2nd degree ankle sprains. I’ve decided imma go to an ankle brace for awhile… any ankle brace i’ve wore in the past i’ve never been able to wear more than 15mins because i’m a bit flat footed and it aggravates the bottom of my foot. Are ankle braces made fot flat feet? Good place to purchase them other than online?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not to fimiliar with certain degrees of ankle sprains, but I just always used the “Ace” ankle braces that you find at stores like rite aid etc.

      I’m not sure if they’re made for flat feet or not…personally, I’m not flat footed so they don’t bother me. My suggestion, would be to get an Ace ankle brace and loosen the part that attaches to your foot just a tad so that it doesn’t squeeze your foot too much.

      Hope this helps and that you heal quickly

      Keep ballin’

  11. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the doctor if I injured my ankle 3 yrs ago and it still hurts?
    When I was a senior in high shool I hurt my ankle. I tripped over a bat and rolled my ankle outwards. It felt like it dislocated, and i tried to get up and push it back in. It made 2 loud pops and I could not even touch a toe to the ground. I just remember it felt like it was dangling. When my coach made me touch the ball of my foot to the ground, it sounded like something was grinding. I went to our school’s physical trainer and she said I neede to be put in a boot. It was so excruciating just to lift it, the boot was a no-go.

    I went to the doctor the day after, but when the X-rays came back, my ankle was to swollen to see if anything was broken. My parents just said “oh well you’ll get over it, it’s just a little sprain” and never took me back after the swelling had gone down enough to see an xray.

    It wasnt just a little sprain. I couldn’t walk on it for at least a 1 1/2 months. The doc said at the visit that it should completely heal within 9 months.

    Well i’ts been 3 1/2 yrs now and to this day it still kills me. I can walk, but running and going up stairs is a challenge. Yesterday it rained and when I came inside I slipped and all my weight went on it. It felt like it was injured all over again, except this time I’m walking.

    It hurts to move it sideways, point my foot forward, and rotate it. I read some symptoms on 3rd degree ankle sprains and I could say yes to everyone of them.

    Here are the symptoms:
    1. Severe ankle pain at the time of injury.
    2. A feeling of popping or tearing in the outer or inner part of the ankle.
    3. Sometimes there will be a sensation that the ankle joint is dislocated or was temporarily dislocated and popped back into joint.
    4. Severe tenderness at the injury site.
    5. Loss of function. The injured person usually falls and has great difficulty walking. The joint loses its stability.
    6. Looseness in the joint if the foot is forced in the direction of pain.
    7. Immediate, generalized swelling throughout the ankle and foot.
    8. Bruising that appears immediately or soon after injury.

    But my question is, is it to late to take care of it? Can a doctor do anything for me now? Do you have a clue of what might have caused the symptoms or what could be wrong with my ankle? What type of treatment could be done to fix the ankle?
    after it still hurt after 9 months, my insurance basically only covered a cough and a sneeze, because i had insurance at my university. my parents insur. wouldn’t cover me because i didn’t live in their household….so i couldn’t have gone until now…
    I did make an appt. for next week, but I was just wondering if anyone else had this experience…like having an injury that never fully healed and now getting it taken care of…or what could be wrong with my ankle

    • ANSWER:
      First off, I dislocated my ankle much like yours a few years back (and then the other one 10 months after). I did not have any fractures. I wore a boot (3 weeks on crutches first) for 5 months and started PT 4 months into the injury. I didn’t need to have surgery on it, but I did end up with a whole lot of scar tissue (which is how ligament and tendon injuries heal). I ended up seeing a doctor who specialized in Active Release Therapy, much like deep tissue massage who broke up all the scar tissue. It sounds like you have 1 of 2 or both problems.

      1. you have a ton of scar tissue that formed and is pulling at your ligaments causing your ankle to hurt when you move it around . This is probably what’s causing the pain.

      2. if you truly had a 3rd degree sprain in 1 or more ligaments then it’s possible that they were torn bad enough that they never scarred together. After 3 years it is likely that you are missing a few tendons. This would be what’s causing your ankle to give out easily and be weak. This you either live with and wear a brace for high energey activities or you have surgery to correct (replace the ligaments)… AKA ankle recontruction.

      My ankle took a full 1.5 years to return to normal after extensive PT, the scar tissue break down (which hurts almost more than the injury) and I started cycling which forced my ankle to move repetively stretching and further breaking up scar tissue. My second ankle dislocation I treated myself and healed full 1 year later.. I have no issues with either.

      Good luck… if you have insurance make the ortho appt.. get an MRI. that way you can at least see what’s going on inside and get some options from your doc.

  12. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain………..?
    I sprained my ankle 3 months ago while playing soccer and went to the orthopedist about a month later.. they took an xray etc. doctor said it was more like a degree 2 ankle sprain but it could be a fracture since he saw a small bone chipped off in the xray. so its been 3 months and i cant even run, because it starts hurting after running about 10 feet…sometimes it hurts when i walk (but not even 10% of the time)

    so do you think this is an ankle fracture? or does it just take a lottt of time to heal a degree 2 ankle sprain since the body’s whole weight is pressured on my ankle..

    • ANSWER:
      Sprains take longer to heal. They are more painful, and you will have to be extra careful with it.. as it will be easier to sprain on the future.

  13. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain …………….?
    I sprained my ankle 3 months ago while playing soccer and went to the orthopedist about a month later.. they took an xray etc. doctor said it was more like a degree 2 ankle sprain. but he also said it could be a fracture since he saw a very small bone chipped off in the xray. so its been 3 months and i cant even run, because it starts hurting after running about 10 feet…but i have no problem walking

    so do you think this is an ankle fracture? or does it just take a lottt of time to heal a degree 2 ankle sprain since the body’s whole weight is pressured on my ankle..

    • ANSWER:
      I think it could be an ankle fracture.

      Contact your doctor before it get worse or heals the wrong way.

      same thing happened to my mother. The doctor thought she sprained her ankle, and gave her a little brace for it. A couple of weeks later it still didn’t heal. She goes back to a different doctor and they found out she had broken her ankle in 2 spots. They said that it could have started to heal wrong, and if it did it would require surgery to repair it

  14. QUESTION:
    Should i go to a doctor?
    I have had multiple (about 7) ankle sprains while playing soccer. Most of them were 3rd degree ankle sprains. Iv been to a doctor before but they always say i damaged ligaments and send me off with a brace. I tape my ankles before each game and wear the braces all the time but nothing helps. Every since my first ankle sprain my ankle has been swollen constantly for about 2 year. Iv had xrays before and it has never been fractured or broken. Should I go back to another doctor? Im am in constant pain everyday.

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  15. 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.

  16. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain, taping or ankle brace..plz help!?
    i just sprained my ankle (2nd degree) and i think taping it would be better, because it seems like fun:D but idk..should i tape it or where a lace-up? please help, I’ll ask my physical therapist when i go to see him in a few days..but for now, what should i expect? and when getting back into soccer, if i feel pain, is it normal, or should i get off right away and call my orthopedic? (even if its the littlest bit of uncomfort in my ankle?)

    thnx

    • ANSWER:
      talk to your physical therapist but i know i normal brace my ankle it the sprain doesnt improve i would go to the ortho

  17. QUESTION:
    Should I be walking on a sprained?
    Well 2 weeks ago i sprained my ankle, and my mom let me use her crutches until we went to the docter, we went to the docter and he discovered i had a 2nd degree ankle sprain, and so he gave me a padded brace, and told me to try an stay off it, now im at a friends house in LA and i have my own room along with my family has theirs too (manision) and so my mom is makin me do all these chores, like putting the dishes away, vacumming all of our rooms, and bringing the garbage out, and she knows the doc said stay off my feet AS MUCH as possible especially in the house! And its VERY painful i tried tellin her that but she didnt listen!

    • ANSWER:
      Definitely not you ankle will take longer to heal and you can make it worse by straining it. You need to show her the results of this question and tell her to take this advice, STAY OFF OF YOUR FEET. I cant stress how important that is, if its causing you pain your body is telling you something is wrong, you foot should be completely healed soon, my mother fell down the stairs and sprained her ankle and had to go the emergency room, she was sore for 6 months because she wouldn’t stay off her foot. If you arn’t on pain meds take some pain revilers they help a little but, just enough to take the edge off. If the pain meds arnt helping at all call your doctor and scheduled an appointment with them to get some proper ones. Stay in bed use you foot very little and pray that you feel better. Take care and hope your foot heals fast.

  18. QUESTION:
    Ankle still swollen 6 weeks after sprain?
    About 6 weeks ago I sprained an ankle (2nd degree, tore a ligament) and I have nearly full ROM back now and it doesn’t hurt……..occasionally I would say that I can “feel” it, but not enough for it to actually be considered pain. But it’s still swollen! The area over and around my ankle bone juts out twice as much as on the other side. Additionally, though this may not be related, veins behind my knee on the same leg are becoming more noticeable……as in, varicose vein looking, without actually being raised. Should I see a doctor, or is any of this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      Contact your doctor just to be sure, but it is not uncommon to have swelling at the site of a soft tissue injury for months after the injury. Icing, elevating and over the counter anti-inflamatories (if you aren’t allergic or if they won’t interact with other meds you are on— check with your doctor or pharmacist) will help with this.

  19. QUESTION:
    Severe ankle sprain that never healed…should I be worried?
    Two months ago I severly sprained my right ankle. I was sure I broke/dislocated it at the time, but I didnt. Doctors said that it was a bad 2nd degree sprain. I didnt think much of it becuase it wasnt broken and I was advised to stay off it for 3 weeks. I was back playing volleyball in a week. It hurt but I thought I could play through it. Now two months later I cant run or twist or do anything with my ankle without my heavy duty brace (Active Ankle brace), it just hurts too much. Should I go see a doctor or will this heal eventually?

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  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. QUESTION:
    Putting weight on broken foot (rigid ortho shoe)?
    I was walking around on a broken foot for 10 days, thinking I had sprained it. I had it xrayed and it turned out to be broken – the 5th metastarsal near the neck (i.e. farthest area away from ankle). I saw the XRay and there was a break, with a little displacement. It was a closed fracture.

    The dr. taped my 2 toes, and gave me a rigid orthotic shoe to wear. I’m supposed to go back this weekend for additional Xrays. But, from googling, many sites mention keeping one’s weight off of the foot. But my dr. said nothing about it. I’m still in pain, and the rigid bottom show has me walking in an odd way. He said it would prevent me from flexing the sole and possibly moving the bone. He also said he didn’t think I would need it to be pinned.

    Does this right? If I’m in pain, should I be walking with my weight on my foot.

    I have an aircast brace and wonder if I should be using that instead… I had a 2nd degree ankle sprain in Spring, and thought I had just reinjured it.

    • ANSWER:
      I suggest you don’t put weight on it. It sounds to me like there’s a possibility weight would worsen it. I would see what the additional xrays show and then go from there about putting weight on it or not but right now I highly suggest no weight.

  23. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain question?
    I sprained my ankle 2 1/2 months ago, and it was a second degree sprain with bruising all over my foot. it took about a week before i could walk again. since then i still don’t feel like my ankle is as strong as it was before, though.

    i occassionally roll my ankle still, too, and it scares me b/c i dont want to sprain it again. like today, i was running barefoot in my backyard, and i was running up a hill, and so my foot and leg were kind of in a large V shape while i was running, and then my ankle was really sore after i was running and it has been sore all day. how long will it be before my ankle feels back to the way it was? should i still keep up with the “ankle strengthening” exercises my doctor gave me to do while the ankle was sprained?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s going to take your ankle a very long, long, long time to heal.

      Trust me on this. I did the same thing. If you can go to physio therapy do so. They will help you a lot.

      Do wear a tensor bandage on your foot for support, especially when you are out and playing or running, etc. Wear running shoes to prevent your foot from twisting. It’s going to take 6 months to a year for your foot to heal properly.

      In the meantime, continue to do hot and cold compresses to your foot 1 minute hot, 1 cold…this will help it heal. Point your toes then pull your foot back in.

      Very gently “draw” the letters of the alphabet with your toes…this will exercise your ankle…GENTLY though…that is the key. And rest your foot and raise it often.

      You probably tore ligaments too so your ankle will never be strong like it was and exercises when it is healed is really what will support the ankle now. Keep a good list handy and do those exercises but if there is pain you’ve pushed yourself too hard.

      Good luck.

  24. QUESTION:
    Still Having Pain Resulting from Ankle Sprain After 4 Months?
    I shattered my left ankle and sprained my right ankle by falling off a horse and landing on my feet. The impact was so strong that one of my ankles fractured and the other one resulting in 3rd degree sprain. I’m pretty much in the process of healing for the fractured ankle after 2 surgeries, but I am concerned about the sprained one because I’m still having pain, epecially when I rotate it around.
    I also get a sudden sharp pain occasionally whever I’m walking. It’s been 4 months since the accident and I have been going to physical therapy for 2 months already.
    Do you think these conditions are considered normal? Am I going to be able to get any better?

    • ANSWER:
      Third degree sprains actually take much longer to heal than fractures. Ligaments receive almost no blood supply, and therefore, are a lot slower to heal if at all. Yet, I’d give it a full year to see what it’s potential is.

  25. QUESTION:
    How long to heal a sprained ankle?
    I got a first degree sprain about 2-3 weeks ago and I walked on it a little bit when it was hurt because I have to stand at work. . But I did ice it and wrap it a lot for about a week. It didn’t swell all that much and it barely bruised so I know that it should be fine by now.

    Anyways. . . I want to make sure that it is OK to go back to running. . . I can start slow and do a half a mile or a mile until I know for sure that its better but do you think it would be healed by now?

    I have been warned that I could permanentally injure it by running on it but I’m getting annoyed not being able to.

    By the way, it does hurt if I poke the side of the ankle where it swelled. . . But I’m sure thats normal.

    • ANSWER:
      ELEVATION! ice, wraping, and elevation are the way to go. i nearly broke my ankle a week ago and its healed now because i did those 3 things.

  26. QUESTION:
    How long before I can run?
    I just sprained my ankle about 3 hours ago.I believe its a 3rd degree ankle sprain.What happened was that I was playing basketball and I was waiting for the rebound,and this kids was in front of me and he was boxing me out.Anyway,turns out that I ran straight while he ran to my left and somehow my foot ended up on top of his foot and I sprained my ankle.Oddly enough,I sprained my other ankle(my left ankle) in a similar fashion,only last time I was rebounding the ball and as I jumped and came back down,I put full pressure on my ankle,which was lying on top of another kid’s sneaker.Though last time the swelling was instantly,and although this sprain isn’t as sever as last time’s sprain,I do have to say that I feel more pain during this sprain that during last time’s sprain.Even though it took about 30-50 minutes before the swelling eventually became noticeable,it isn’t as swollen as my first time’s sprain.However it is still pretty swollen.

    My question is,when do you think I will have the green light to run again?Im currently working on losing from 30-40 lbs so that I’ll be set for next year,come basketball tryouts(I’ve already lost 9 lbs in about 13 days with a perfectly healthy diet and lots of basketball and about 20 minutes of joggin on my treadmill at around 4 mph each day).Even though I still have more than 5 1/2 months left before judgment day,will this be a major set back for me?I hear ankle sprains can take weeks or even a FULL year to 100% completely heal.

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  27. QUESTION:
    question about ankle sprain?
    I had a 3rd degree sprain in the front outside ligaments of my right foot. It was so disgusting, it looked like it was dislocated and there was a baseball sticking out of my foot.

    Anyways, I sprained it about 3 months ago and I was about halfway through with therapy. I went to therapy one day and told the therapist that the inside of my foot by my achiles was hurting. After 2 weeks of having pain in the same spot, she said she wanted to do a massage there to break up scar tissue from my injury. While she was giving me the massage I was crying in pain because she was pushing so hard, but she said it would be for my benefit to break up the tissue.

    Ever since the massage, by ankle has been in lots of pain. I had a checkup with my podiatrist yesterday and told him my original sprain felt better, but was having pain in the back of my ankle. He said it is possible that she could have minorly sprained my ankle by giving me the massage. Is that possible that she could have massaged it so hard that she sprained it?

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  28. QUESTION:
    Is My Ankle Sprained, Fractured, or Broken?
    Just a little over one day ago, I was trying to jump down about 5 stairs and tripped, and landed on my right ankle. All of my body weight was on it and it twisted inwards. I haven’t seen a doctor yet, but I’m planning on within a day or so. Compared to when I had a 2nd degree sprain in the same ankle, this recent one isn’t nearly as bad. However this one is painful to bend, twist, or even move my toes. My whole foot and leg up to my knee will get swollen and turn reddish – purple. I can walk on it, but I can’t put to much weight or bend it in any way. What’s wrong with my ankle? By the way… I’m 15 years old, 6 foot 2 inches, and 200 pounds.

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t worry its just a sprain. You would be in tremendous pain if it were broken of fractured. Apply cold for 20 min. and heat for about 40 min. and try to move it as much as possible but not too much to where its painful and keep it elevated you should be fine in a week or so.

  29. QUESTION:
    Ankle surgery……..?
    I sprained my ankle while playing soccer about 3 months ago. i went to the doctor and the xray showed a small part of a bone chipped off. but he didnt even call it an ankle fracture he said it was more a degree 2 ankle sprain. anyways he told me to take some medication for 2 weeks and do some exercises to work the muscles around my ankle for 2 weeks also… i did all of that and now its been 3 months and i just dont feel any change! i know it got better a little bit….but when i try to run, the bottom and the side (where i sprained it) of my foot hurts…. should i go see my orthopedist again ? he said that if everything goes bad i might get a surgery….

    my question is…if i do get a surgery how long do i have to wait to play soccer again ?

    answers are appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      A cast will keep you away from soccer for longer, but with surgery comes potential long term issues.

      I would suggest getting the opinion of another orthopedist.

  30. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle, top of foot swollen and numb… normal?
    I sprained my ankle and have tissue damage and a 2nd degree sprain. I have been on crutches for 4 days. My ankle is swollen and badly bruised. I can walk with some pain but it can manage, my walk obviously isnt natural yet. Yesterday the top of my foot to my toes swelled loads and is numb, is this normal?

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to the doctor :)

  31. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle please help?
    I sprained my ankle first on December 7th 2009 (3rd Degree sprain, Was walking in 3 weeks with crutches, in a month with no crutches), then again in March of 2010 (Minor Sprain, Was walking in 3 days with crutches, in a week with no crutches), The first sprain healed well, The 2nd sprain healed fine until today. The past week I have been doing tons of activity (helped move a house, did some yard work, cleaned my garage out) each activity lasting 2-6 hours (I was on my feet alot). Today after doing more yard work i noticed a minor pain in my ankle and didn’t think anything of it because it has happened many times since the 2nd sprain and nothing has happened. After taking my shoe off and removing my sock i noticed swelling and a little bit of re-bruising. Is this a serious issue ? Should i rest it for the next week ? (R.I.C.E)

    Even if I R.I.C.E it, Will it still heal properly ? even though the sprain happened about a month and a bit ago ?

    • ANSWER:
      U need to rest ur ankle for a while,u can work but not continuously for 2 to 6 hrs..put a pillow below ur leg and just elevate it above ur body,ur swelling will subside

  32. QUESTION:
    How soon can you play basketball after a sprain?
    About 2 1/2 weeks ago I sprained my ankle (degree 2) slightly tore a ligament and bruised the tibia bone that I had broken 8 months ago. (<--Get all that?) I've been in a walking boot for 2 weeks and it's starting to feel better. My basketball team is in the semi-finals of the ECC tournament and we are going to states. I really want to get back and play but i'm not sure I should. It's sore and it's not 100%. I know I can play on it but I really don't want to blow it out. Do you think I should play on it if I can handle the pain?

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

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, i think you should stay home. Especially since your not that good on your cruthes yet.
      You dont want to take the chance of getting injured more.

      -I hope you heal well

  34. QUESTION:
    On april 2nd I twisted my right ankle really really bad Immedialtely it swelled up and couldn’t put no weight
    on it Was transported to hospital Xrays were taken morphine given while there Diagnosis was a 3rd degree sprain put in a walking boot. Recently went back for a return visit told to stay with the walking boot for another couple of weeks. Removed the boot recently and now have problems walking down stairs Swells like a big balloon no more bruising. Put walking boot back on until my next appt. on May14th. The pain seems to be in the back of my ankle. How long will I be like this. If I don’t wear boot my foot swells and if I wear boot and on my feet walking my dog or doing whatever I need to do it still swells. can anybody help me? Could I have a torn ligament that requires surgery?

    • ANSWER:
      You really just need to give it some time.A third degree sprain is complete tearing of the ligaments,and those will take no less than 6 weeks to heal,and often take up to 12.Surgery won’t come into the picture for quite awhile unless after your ligaments heal your ankle is still unstable.

      For the swelling,have you been putting your foot up as much as possible,and have you been icing your ankle also?Both of those should really help keep the swelling down.Along with that,you should be taking an anti-inflammatory such as Advil.

      And not to be rude to Judy or anything,but she has absolutely no idea what she’s talking about.Even grade 1 ankle sprains (the least severe,and include only stretching of the ligaments,no tearing or anything) take at least a week or two to heal completely.If the girl she knew at work were up and walking with minimal swelling after a week,there is no way in the world that she had a grade 3 sprain.

  35. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury questions?
    a few years go i got a third degree sprain of my ankle while playing soccer for college! i never went to a specialist to get it checked out cuz the trainers at school “dealt” with it! i have a couple questions!
    #1- its still swollen and a little painful does that mean there is an underlying problem with it like i broke a bone or something??
    #2- My ankles are unstable from years of playing soccer and sometimes i twist them on uneven surfaces while walking! Does this mean i am going to have bad ankles for the rest of my life and are they always gonna bother me?
    Thanks for your help
    Also they crack alot and are both swollen and bruised but especially the one i injured!

    • ANSWER:
      Okay, you should seriously check them out instead of asking random people here if they still are f***ed up!!! You do realize that every time you sprain yourself you further permanently weaken the tendons and ligaments? And that ankle will always sprain itself easily. Just because it stops looking swollen does not mean it healed! Sprains generally take 6 months and longer to heal. Every time you walk on it, you damage it. Seriously, you need to rest it FOR A VERY LONG TIME and get it fixed now properly. That means avoid walking on it for a long time too and get a support brace for it or something. Make sure you put ice on it all the time. When the swelling and brusing goes away, put a heat pad on it. This will help your blood circulation to heal it. After all the main problem in why tendons and ligaments never heal back fully to it’s original state is because there is not a lot of blood flow to them, therefore not much oxygen there, and therefore not much healing going on. GET CHECKED OUT NOW AND STOP MOVING SO MUCH! Your ankles are being ruined even more each time you are moving on them in that state especially if you do so without giving them a chance to heal back fairly. Also make sure you have the ankle always elevated from the rest of your body especially when sleeping. So put a large pillow under your ankle or something.

      My ankle is sprained too and hasn’t healed for yet for a couple of months. Cause of that, I can’t go back to Tae Kwon Do for a very long time. Trust me when I said this. My brother studied physcial therapy and told me the same thing. I made the mistake of being active even by walking on uneven surfaces and my ankle is messed up cause I kept spraining it. I wish I broke a bone instead because at least bones grow back stronger. Tendons and Ligaments get weaker.

      So when I say rest them, I don’t mean for a couple of days or weeks. I mean many many months. Avoid putting weight on that leg even if it means using a cane or some ankle brace. If they are still in pain and swollen, that is your body telling you to stop torturing your ankle and to let it rest.

      Good Luck to the both of us and hopefully we can both go back to playing the sport we love soon.

  36. QUESTION:
    Sprain ankle, swollen foot… should I be walking?
    I sprained my ankle friday afternoon, its 2nd degree spray. I had an x-ray which showed damaged tissue, i have bad bruising and from above my ankle to my toes are swollen. I have been using crutches since friday and putting some weight on. I was walking tonight with some pain but still without crutches. My walk is obviously unnatural at the moment. Should I be walking with the ammount of swelling I have and bruising or still be keeping weight off it?

    • ANSWER:
      Keep off of it untill the swelling has gone down.

  37. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain…please help?
    3 months ago i sprained my ankle while playing soccer. i went to the orthopedist about a month later and they took an xray etc and he told me that it was a degree 2 sprain. but he saw a small piece of bone chipped off… so he also said it COULD be a fracture. he told me to take some medication, do some physical exercises for 2,3 weeks…

    its been 2 months and it still hurts when i try to run. it doesnt hurt when i walk … (maybe 5% of the time it does). but i just cant run, it starts hurting………

    could it be a fracture? i know they dont do surgeries for sprains but what do you guys think…. is this more like a fracture or did it become a worse sprain (like degree 3 or something) ??

    opinions ?

    • ANSWER:
      They will need to do a CT scan to be able to see the full extent. If theres a bone chip / spur etc then a cast and or surgery would be needed.

  38. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain/fracture………….?
    3 months ago i sprained my ankle while playing soccer. i went to the orthopedist about a month later and they took an xray etc and he told me that it was a degree 2 sprain. but he saw a small piece of bone chipped off… so he also said it COULD be a fracture. he told me to take some medication, do some physical exercises for 2,3 weeks…

    its been 2 months and it still hurts when i try to run. it doesnt hurt when i walk … (maybe 5% of the time it does). but i just cant run, it starts hurting………

    could it be a fracture? i know they dont do surgeries for sprains but what do you guys think…. is this more like a fracture or did it become a worse sprain (like degree 3 or something)

    answers will be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      2nd degree sprains mean that it was really stretched and that there was minor tearing.
      assuming that you stayed off of it enough so it could heal, it should be fine by now.
      i suggest you go back to your ortho.

  39. QUESTION:
    How long for my sprained ankle to heal ?
    I sprained my ankle yesturday playing basketball. I had a minor sprain back like a month ago that only took about a week and a half to heal but now i re-sprained it and this time its worse. It is swollen to about the size of an apple and i can barely stand on it and i cant walk on it because it feels 2 weak and it hurts. if i stay off it almost completly how long will it take to heal ? I also think it is between a 1st and 2nd degree sprain but leaning closer to the 2nd degree. pleasee help because i need to start playin bball again, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      get some crutches, wrap it, ice it, and good luck!!! If it is not any better in a week or may have gotten worse, got to the doctor… I sprained my ankle, didn’t stay off it, ended up fractui=ring it!!! DO thuis- You gotta pay the

      P- IDK look it up… :):)
      R-Rest
      I-ice
      C-commpression
      E-elevation

  40. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain. someone please help no one answered last time :(?
    Ok i know i have a sprained ankle but idk what degree it is. It happened at my college soccer practice. i landed on it completely sideways and it cracked twice and hurt extremely bad. i could barely move. the trainers took me to get x rays and put me on crutches and a air cast for 3 days. i can walk on it now (5 days later} and have been since 2 days ago.
    the first day i could barely walk and was real slow now i am walking with a limp still and it gets really stiff and painful after sitting for even a little bit.
    It is still swollen and very bruised on the entire outside of my ankle foot and some up my leg as well as the inside of my ankle. it was swollen to about the size of a softball the first day.
    what degree is this? how long should it take to be 100% and when should i be able to play again.

    • ANSWER:
      Yiu probably have a grade 2 sprain. Usually takes about three weeks to recover don’t go bak to soon listen to your body and trainers. Good luck and I hope you feel better soon.

  41. QUESTION:
    i need advice im an injured figure skater twice!!?
    i was a skater ballerina,gymnast,jazz dancer,breakdancer etc.i was into these excersise because im fat.so i was injured in my ankle(2nd degree sprain) when i was in fs 6 and i was injured in my left knee (*PCL ) during a competition when i was fs 7
    actually i was planning to train in the states because i want to be better and try to compete in olympic is guess. yet my dreams faded when i was injured.
    i never gave up because despite of my injuries, i was starting to gain weight . i am 160 lbs already.
    suddenly i tried to join in ballroom dancing, i think im good at it. i really had a great body before like i was so sexy and now im not. im so chubby because i cannot dance anymore.. so until now im learning ballroom dancing and starting to shed of my excess weight. can you give me some advice?thanx a lot. from a ice dancer, i became a ballroom dancer.

    bdw, my doctor told me tos

    • ANSWER:
      I think they address this in Blades of Glory.

  42. QUESTION:
    Run with sprained ankle?
    So, a bit of background. I was just finished training for the Ogden, Utah half marathon and I went for an “easy” taper run with my husband yesterday. Three minutes in I stepped on the back of his foot and rolled my ankle. Now the area near my toes and (to some degree) my ankle hurts when I walk, especially when I roll off my toes. I think I have a level one sprain. I have no swelling really and no bruising. So, should I try and run the 1/2 tomorrow? If so, do I tape? How? Do I use Advil or Tylenol? How much? Sorry, but I have never really had an injury before!!! Thanks in advance!!

    • ANSWER:
      I think you know the answer. It is possible to run the marathon tomorrow with your sprained ankle, but the question is Should you? there will be more marathons to run if you dont permanently injure youself.

  43. QUESTION:
    im a veteran and just wanted to know if i could collect some %age of disability?
    i endured a 2nd degree sprain to my right ankle while in the service. i got out in 2004 but it has never completely healed and remains swollen and black to this day. who should i talk to?

    • ANSWER:
      if you sustained the injury in the service was this logged when you left in 2004….I think you are in for a very long battle that after 7 years you are only now mentioning that it never healed etc etc even more so if you did not say anything about it still being swollen and black when you was discharged from the military……….

  44. QUESTION:
    is it ok to be walking on my sprained ankle?
    i sprained my ankle on monday which was about 7 days ago and the doctor i had never specified whether it was a 1rst second or third degree sprain but my dance teacher said it was probably a third. i sprained it while i was dancing and i sort of landed on top of it and it cracked. it was swollen for about the first two days and now its just swollen a tiny bit right underneath and beside the ankle bone where the bruise that it purpley-blue is. The doctor also told me to rest it for 7 to 10 days and so yesterday i started walking on it but not fully more of a slow limp. It doesnt really hurt to walk on it but it sometimes hurts when i move it a certain way. I have dance shows in 2 and a bit days and i would like to do at least one dance but im not sure if thats possible. I hate the crutchs but i know they help so should i continue to use the crutches or just keep slowly walking on it. I dont walk on it to much just gradually around my house and sometimes when i go out which isnt often. I do take breaks and sit down while i walk on it. So is it ok that im walking on it?? sorry that this is really long. i need an answer asap!

    • ANSWER:
      Walking is fine. It is actually good for you as it helps the swelling to go away and speeds up the healing process. However, NO DANCING SHOWS FOR YOU MY FRIEND.

  45. QUESTION:
    Calcium deposits in my ankle/heel of my foot…. and im 15?
    So Thursday night, i sprained my ankle. When i went to the doctor yesterday, he said i had a 2nd degree sprain, put me in a splint and told me to rest. I also have calcium deposits in my ankle/heel. [more so, in the back of my foot, lower on the heel] Anyways…. i know this is supposed to happen mainly to women between the ages of 35-65… but the thing is… i just turned 15 in april.
    I am in marching band [drum line] so i have a lot of weight on me while running around for hours a day. but also, that ended last november and i havent really been on my feet a whole lot since.

    So i would like to know what i should do about the calcium deposits in my foot and why i have them at such a young age. What are they and why are they there, how did they get there and how do i get rid of it if it is potentially bad or dangerous?

    • ANSWER:
      well when i was 16 i was playing soccer and thought i fractured my heel, when i went and got an xray it was actaully a heel spur that i had fractured..which, like you said, women usually get once they are older.
      they are basically the same thing.

      bone will build where there is stress put on them..so i have them on my hees because i have always played soccer since i was young and always was on my feet..which it sounds like it is the same for you.

      i’m 20 now and still have them. they don’t bother me at all and usually arent dangerous, however they can press against bone and nerves and that will be painful.

      if they are painful you can do things like stretching before activity, or maybe take inbuprofen.

      if they get real bad soemtimes you need injections and some of them can kind of dissolve the calcium.

      and sometimes there is surgery b ut that is the last thing you would do.

      but if they arent bothering you i wouldnt worry about it

  46. QUESTION:
    I sprained my ankle years ago, but the doctor did not treat me properly. I still have pain, can I still sue?
    As I was stepping off a public bus, my ankle rolled off the edge of uneven concrete. My body weight coming down on that ankle made the sprain even worse. I heard pop pop and then severe pain and I knew I did something very bad. I was taken to the emergency room and when I finally got to be seen by a doctor she was very short with me, rude, impatient and not very informative at all. I had a temporary splint that was put on from the ambulance driver which she basically YANKED off. She never examined my ankle. She just told me the x-ray showed I didn’t break my ankle and I can just go home. I tried to get any kind of a explanation from her but she just kept acting like she just wanted to get rid of me. I asked for crutches but she treated me like I was crying over a small scrape. She made me get off the examination table, with no assistance from anyone, and try to stand on it, which I couldn’t because of the pain and I couldn’t straighted my foot out. So she finally begrudgingly let me have the crutches, I went home and waited for my ankle to heal. 2 weeks later my sister convinced me to go to a small family practice nearby. Upon removing the bandage the doctor and his nurse were both shocked at how swollen, bruised and slightly crooked my ankle still was. The doctor was actually shocked that I got that kind of treatment from someone at the other hospital. He suggested a free hospital since I lost both my part time and full time jobs because of the injury and didn’t have any insurance. When I got there I was examined by doctors who were very caring and empathetic to me. They said I should have never been trying to walk on it, and told me about R.I.C.E. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) I was never told that from the other ER doctor. I was told I suffered a 3rd degree sprain with possible ligament, tendon damage and a small broken bone. It took months of recovery with compression bandages, casts, constant pain and my ankle is not as flexible as it used to be. These days it’s difficult for me to stand on my ankle for longer than 2 hours. I wind up limping around all day afterwords with a constant dull achy pain radiating from inside the ankle outward. Is it still possible years later to sue that hospital because I feel like I was being denied proper medical treatment which may have also cause further damage to my ankle since it was swollen for 2 additional weeks?
    Thanks for the advice all. To answer a couple of you, the 1st ER doc just told me it was a mild sprain and never explained how to take care of it. I really couldn’t do anything on my ankle anyway so I stayed off of it. She never even looked at it and if she did she would have seen it was the size of a large apple and already turning colors.

    • ANSWER:
      no, unless you can gather copies of all the reports and records from the time its going to be difficult to prove anything.

      The er doctor can and simply will say that at the time she saw you there was no evidence of further or extreme injury. And that you must have either injured it further after the fact or failed to follow the recommendation to follow up with your own doctor if there was no progress within a set amount of time. Thats standard for most ER release directions.

      If you had wanted to sue you should have pursued it at the time and when the latter doctors said there had been an issue in your treatment.

  47. QUESTION:
    What do you think, is it a fracture?
    I sprained my ankle 3 months ago while playing soccer and went to the orthopedist about a month later.. they took an xray etc. doctor said it was more like a degree 2 ankle sprain but it could be a fracture since he saw a small bone chipped off in the xray. so its been 3 months and i cant even run, because it starts hurting after running about 10 feet…sometimes it hurts when i walk (but not even 10% of the time)

    so do you think this is an ankle fracture? or does it just take a lottt of time to heal a degree 2 ankle sprain since the body’s whole weight is pressured on my ankle..

    • ANSWER:
      i have like the same problem but i havent gotten an xray. idk man just ask the doctor or go to a chiropractor and get an xray

  48. QUESTION:
    It’s been 5 weeks, and my ankle is still swollen? When will it end?!?
    About 5 weeks ago I sprained my ankle, went to the doctor a few times over it, the end diagnosis was: I tore ligaments on both sides of my ankle. Which is supposedly basically a grade 3 sprain, twice; once on the inside of my ankle, once on the outside of my ankle. When it first happened my ankle was swollen to double if not triple the normal size, it looked like a tennis ball was under my skin on the side of my ankle.

    I got told it was going to be 2 weeks with crutches, 4 weeks of 8 ibuprofen a day, 4-8 weeks with an ankle “gauntlet” continuously (a glorified brace with solid bars on the sides, laces, straps, crazy stuff), 14 weeks with the ankle gauntlet during any sport, or during work seeing how my job is 8 plus hours a day on my feet moving. I was supposed to go through physical therapy, but after paying for x-rays and hospital visits without any insurance I really didn’t have the money to do it. Instead, I followed my doctors advice of using a resistance band and exercising it nightly, then icing it. But I’ve had to cut the ibuprofen out because it was making me sick, changed it to 2 aleve in the morning and 2 aleve at night under my doctors orders.

    I know it’s supposed to take a long time for my ankle to heal, but it’s been 5 weeks… my ankle is still swollen, it’s not as bad as it was. But now it’s still puffy… and I have no idea if it’s supposed to be or not. My doctor did tell me that it could be possible to need surgery, but like I said I have financial issues I’m looking at when it comes down to getting it reevaluated. I just don’t know if it’s normal for a 3rd degree sprain to be swollen still.

    I am off crutches. I can walk all day with it with my brace with a few sharp pains. I take my brace off at night after work, it’s just very very stiff. I do the abc’s with my big toe and a resistance band. I push down with my toes to flex my ankle a few times a night. I ice it every night. I can walk without the brace with a few sharp pains, but it pops a lot. When I move it in circular motions it’s kinda snappy robotic movements, but I’m glad that it at least moves because when this all first happened it didn’t move much at all. From what my doctor explained last time I saw her, the inside part of my ankle has basically healed it sounds like, because she said that controls the up and down movements which isn’t hard really at all anymore. But the outside part is supposed to control the side to side movements and it doesn’t feel like its healing.

    I just can’t figure out if it’s something that might get better later, or if I wait longer the harder it’ll be…

    • ANSWER:
      It maybe a stress fracture, if you do get a xray they are hard to show up on em

  49. QUESTION:
    Feeling Screws After Fractured Ankle Surgery?
    I fell off a horse and then he fell on my legs about 3 months ago. I fractured my ankle in 2 places and had a torn ligament. Also, I sprained the other ankle (3rd degree) very badly. After having two surgeries to implant 15 screws and a metal plate, and to fix up my torn ligament, I am feeling much better. I got off my walking boot recently and I just started walking. Although it’s a little wabbly, it’s getting much better with the help from physical therapy, however i’m having a problem lately.
    I can feel the screws through my skin on the side of the ankle and they rub against my splint or my shoes whenever I walk. They are bothering me and can be pretty painful sometimes when I walk too much. That part of my ankle even got infected recently. I’ve made myself a padding so that it would be less painful but would not take away the whole pain. Do you think this is normal? I am thinking of asking my ortho., too but would like to ask other people who have any idea about this situation.
    I heard that it is difficult to have the surgery to take the screws and metal plates out. The surgeon may break the ankle again while removing? Is that right?
    Does it take the same amount of time/process to heal or much shorter?
    sorry for the complicated question…

    • ANSWER:
      This happens frequently. You are doing the right things by using extra padding to help reduce irritation. This is a common complaint after ankle ORIF surgery. In most people, it subsides over then next 6 months…others will opt to have their screws and plate removed a year later…but this must be approved by the surgeon.

      It is a very boney area and subject to irritation…

      I would suggest thick socks, padding and/or moleskin.

      ADDENDUM: I’m sure each surgeon goes on a case by case basis…as I know of, there is no reason to have to break the ankle again to get the plate and screws out…especially if we are talking about the ones along the side of the fibula. However, I am not a surgeon…I have seen people who have had this done, however, and the recovery is rather quick…a week or two on crutches and a short course of PT (in some cases). I, myself, had the plate and screws removed from my ulna (in the arm) and was much more comfortable afterwards.

  50. QUESTION:
    I was being a drunk idiot and i sprained my ankle pretty bad.?
    my cousin lifted me up on his shoulders and when he went to put me down i landed wrong because i’m obviously retarded. i thought i broke it at first because the pain was so intense. when i woke up the next morning which was 2 days ago my ankle hurt and was swollen. today which is 2 days later it is severely swollen and doesnt hurt at all. i can rotate my ankle 360 degrees without being in pain. i can walk, run, jump without being in any kind of pain. ive been icing and elevating it for the past 2 days and the swelling has only gone down a tiny bit. the ankle i have apparently seemed to sprain was the ankle i have fractured in the past. any ideas or suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you did sprain your ankle… but as long as you ice it even thought it is better… it will help.