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Old 09-01-2019, 08:44 AM
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so i was on a run the day before school started (2 weeks ago) and i stepped on top of concrete pathway and slightly lower tanbark/dirt area---my foot went wobble, wobble, wobble--in SLOW motion...and down i went.

my first thought: i couldn't be farther from my car--literally, i run a 1.25 mile loop around a park, and i was at the turning back curve of the far side....i was concerned i wouldn't be able to put weight on it.

sat for a couple minutes, relaxing and calming down and then rotated ankle round and round (may have been mistake), got up and walked gingerly for a couple yards, decided i felt fine and was about to be late to meet DH, so finished the last 3/4 mile jogging (may have been a another mistake). got home, went grocery shopping, came home and iced my ankle 5 times that afternoon and night.

the next day i had a walk scheduled with friend--i told her i'd need to let her know after i'd spent half the day on it--by noon i told her i'd be fine--we walked over 3 miles (and yet likely another mistake).

this is a pic of my foot at the end of the first day of school (i'd changed out of my school shoes)--ELEPHANT ankle! i have very nice ankles and calves (and wrists)--those are my nice bits. you should be able to see all of my ankle bones! *sigh, of course it's upside down...

no walking/jogging since. i did ice a few times the first day of school.

my ankle is still a bit swollen--the more the swelling subsides, the more it seems to hurt. i've only taken aleve twice for the pain--so it's not a painful pain--just--ughhh, something's not right pain--i do have a pretty high pain tolerance and tend not to take meds when others might. (would aleve be good to take for the remainder of the swelling even if i don't need it for pain?)

i did some google research--and am sure nothing is broken. (i also had my PT --that i saw for a separate hip issue-- 4 days after the fall look at it---she yanked it around pretty good and wasn't alarmed.) i can put weight on it and walk just fine.

what is painful is the side to side movement--like when you plant your foot, but your body moves a bit. i read that one way to heal is write the alphabet with your foot---i have very limited range when turning foot to the right (as well as some pain.)

last night i had a few shooting sharp pains go up my ankle and then later my ankle started making a clicking noise (like when your bones pop). i do have arthritis and occasionally can feel it in ankles. worried that that will exacerbate it all.

here's the pathetic thing: i had NO IDEA that a sprained ankle was serious. when people have said they had a sprain, i thought, how silly, you wimp--get over it. (i think the terminology just sounds so minor....)

what i read on internet says 6 weeks--talked with school nurse who confirmed. sucks because i'd worked so hard this summer--lost 10 pounds--ran a 5k 2 weeks before school started and shaved a minute off my time from 5k in May. now i have to be a slug....

please tell me it will eventually heal--tell me that this is all normal--anything else i can expect--should do? thanks!


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Old 09-01-2019, 09:06 AM
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Rolling an ankle/sprain ankles sucks! I rolled my ankle on my way home from vacation. OMG...so much pain!!!! My ankle looked like yours with bruising and swelling all the way around. You are way tougher than me. I could not have ran or walked on it after. It was everything I could do to get back to the car with my dog. It seriously has taken the longest time to heal. I had to wear an ankle brace for a while (which I hated). Unfortunately, I still have some problems (rolled it on May 31). It is still a little puffy and sensitive. I also have experienced that my ankle is easier to roll now. I have to be really careful. I hope since you have been more active than me your ankle heals quicker. I was told by my doctor at my yearly physical that it would have been easier if I had just broken it. That is sad.
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Old 09-01-2019, 09:15 AM
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Perhaps you have sprained the tendon. I spent years easily spraining my ankle, did PT a few times and then wrecked it enough for surgery to replace the ligament. That day, I swore I'd broken it. It WILL get better, but you do need to baby it a bit. Makes sure you are wearing sensible, supportive shoes while it's healing. Ice will help it. Good luck.
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Old 09-01-2019, 10:10 AM
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it would have been easier if I had just broken it.
aw, crap.
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Old 09-01-2019, 10:11 AM
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I would check in with an orthopedic dr and get an X-ray. I sprained my ankle 20 years ago and it still doesn't have the flexibility it should. Ankles are nothing to mess around with.


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Old 09-01-2019, 11:42 AM
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Several years ago I fell down my front steps and sprained my ankle on the second day of school. I went to the emergency room because I could barely walk and it was huge. The next day I went to the orthopedist. I had a severe sprain. I had to wear a splint for a month then an ace bandage for a month. No stairs. I had to use the elevator in school, sit as much as I can, and wear sneakers. At home I would just sit on the stairs and go up and down if I had to. I would see an orthopedic to make sure there is no ligament damage. The nurse in the office said it is a quicker recovery if the ankle was broken. She wasn’t kidding. It took about ten months to heal when there was no pain if I turned it the wrong way. Make sure you elevate it and ice it.
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Old 09-01-2019, 11:49 AM
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Next time, make sure to RICE it, and unfortunately there will be a next time. Like one PP said, once you do it once, you are more prone to it.
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Old 09-01-2019, 02:02 PM
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I would go to a podiatrist or orthopedic specialist. I sprained mine in early June, and it still hurts. It's been almost 3 months! I went to a primary care doctor after 2 weeks and he said I just need time. After 7 weeks I went to a podiatrist and he said I should have come to him right away. I'm wearing a brace and taking anti inflammatory meds. I also got two shots of cortisone. Nothing seems to help so far.
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Old 09-01-2019, 03:24 PM
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ugh...you are not telling me what i wanted to hear, people! (but thank you)

i'll check about seeing who i can get in to see on Tuesday. (primary doc is worthless and do NOT want to pay for an appointment just to get a referral...)
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Old 09-01-2019, 05:38 PM
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I am so sorry. I did something like that once. DH took me to the ER that night and they weren't sure whether it was a break on the X-ray or a bad sprain so referred me to an ortho. I never went. That was over 20 years ago and to this day I can't stand on my tiptoes and have lost flexibility in it. I highly recommend getting the x-ray. The doctor should then be able to give you the advice you need, and may be able to put you in a boot or something to take some of the pressure off of it. In the meantime, for exercise can you ride a bike? Swim? Workout at the gym?

Feel better SOON!

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Old 09-02-2019, 12:55 PM
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I recently (3 weeks ago) twisted my ankle as I walked up onto the curb. I tried to swift to the left, for my right ankle twisted and I ended up falling on my knees. My right ankle was sore the next morning and it is still slightly swollen. I am just letting it heal....
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