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Climbing Accident....Broken Ankle?

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  • Posted By: Sarah79
  • January 27, 2008
  • 08:20 PM

Almost 9 months ago, I sprained my ankle at work. A stack of boxes fell onto it, I had the mandatory, grumbly ministrations from a poorly-paid First Aider (bag of frozen peas, you know the score....) and sent home for a couple of days. Now, I'm a rock-climber as well, and whilst I took time off for the sprain to ostensibly heal, I did the same thing from my climbing, too. However, the 'sprain' didn't seem to heal, and there's been an enlarged swelling on the ankle bone (about twice as large than that of my right); not just the bone, granted....most of the fleshy tissue, too. However, the pain went away, I polished off two weeks of sea-cliff climbing last summer and things were OK. Then I went soloing (unroped climbing) and took an unexpected tumble from 20 feet. Nothing hurt much at the time, but whilst descending the crag, I inverted on the same foot.....again, hospital, again an x-ray, again nothing was broken. But the pain has since returned (we're talking over a period of about 3 months) to that foot, and I can barely walk on it. Every x-ray has maintained that it's NOT broken, so I've rested it, followed the RICE procedure etcetc....but the lump's not gone down, and short inroads to walking (a ten minute stroll, for example, yesterday, after a 3 week hiatus of proper movement) left me wincing. I'm also noticeably 'rolling' the foot, so as to not use the normal weight-bearing stride as on my other, uninjured foot....

I'm frustrated, in pain and am wondering what the ***l could be wrong....

All suggestions gratefully appreciated


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  • The bones may not be broken, however ligaments are easily torn, especially on the outside of the ankle, this will cause persistent swelling, and pain along with ankle instability (excessive motion or a decoupling of the joint) if the ligaments are torn badly enough, they will require reconstruction by a orthopedic surgeon, if the ankle is unstable there is some chance that you will prematurely develop arthritis i would take this seriously if i were you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2008
    • 10:00 AM
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  • Maybe you need a longer rest,all the sprains I've had took a year or better to fully heal & always longer than a break !
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