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Old 07-24-2014, 10:14 PM   #1
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Sprained Ankle


I sprained my ankle in early June. It was pretty bad I couldn't put any weight on it for a few days.
I made the horrible decision of playing beach volleyball 3 weeks later and it swelled up a lot.
I went to see a Chinese (physio?) doctor in Richmond that was recommended by my mom. He pressed and massaged the area. It hurt like fuck.

It has been 2 weeks since.
It seems to have gotten a little better but it still hurts when I press the area under the ball and can't bend it a full 360.

Especially after work each day (I walk stand and walk all day), when I get home the ankle is very sore. I've twisted my ankle before but it's never took this long to heal.
Am I just getting older or is this a different or more serious injury?

What should I do?
It's been almost 7 weeks since the initial injury, should I still apply ice to it every night?
Should I see a western doctor or is that a waste of time?
How long is it supposed to take for this to fully heal?

My co-worker said that this will haunt me forever, that when I get older, humidity will make it hurt. If that's the case I'm really worried and would like to prevent this if possible.

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Old 07-24-2014, 10:33 PM   #2
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Sprains are sometimes worse than breaks. One of my wrists I still feel from time to time, doubt it'll ever be the same.

I all honesty it's probably going to take a while considering you're on your feet all day essentially using it for 8 hours a day.

tldr; suck it up and tough it out, nothing you can do besides wait for it to heal. It'll take time.
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Buy an ankle brace. Go get an xray.
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My ankle got fucked up too. Twisted right around when I fell on it playing soccer. Bought an ankle brace to walk around on. Tried playing hockey a few times and I kept re-aggravating it. Eventually healed up fine after about 3 months. When you're all fixed up, make sure to stretch out your ankle before sports. My friend has rolled his ankle multiple times and it will never be the same. He wears a special brace when playing sports now.
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Go to emergency room and ask to them to do an x-ray.
Possible minor fracture/inflammation (from possible torn ligament/muscle)that hasn't healed yet.
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From what you described, you need an x-ray if you haven't already got one. Rule of thumb is that if you can't weight bear for a few steps after an injury, you need some imaging.

See your doctor to get assessed. If not treated properly, you're more likely to end up with chronic instability and/or arthritis down the road.

Here's some info:
Sprained Ankle-OrthoInfo - AAOS (Ankle Sprains)
Ankle Fractures (Broken Ankle)-OrthoInfo - AAOS (Ankle Fractures)
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Thanks I went to get an X-Ray a couple days ago, still waiting for results.
When I went to the doctor and showed him my ankle, he said "So you twisted it 2 weeks ago?"
... I was like "uh no... it's been about 2 months now"

His reaction was "Wow that's still pretty swollen, we'll need to get an X-ray on that" ...

Hmm ... not the most encouraging sign.
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Old 08-08-2014, 05:24 AM   #8
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Yeah man sprained ankles don't really keep being swollen past 4-5 days...

Even severe sprains reside within 2-3 weeks

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