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Ligament Tear?

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  • Posted By: AnnShh
  • October 30, 2008
  • 01:13 AM

I fractured my ankle in June and found out 2 weeks later that it was fractured and needed surgery (ER docs missed the break). The ER originally thought I had possibly torn a ligament or tendon in my ankle and/or foot, but did not send me for more tests. My OS who diagnosed the fracture didn't check for this either, since he thought the fracture was causing my problems.
Well, I've had many follow up visits, and PT sessions... follow up x-rays looked good he said and I'm now done with PT. However, I still have a lot of pain through the outside of my foot/up the lower part of my ankle. I can't go up on my toes ( including walking up/down stairs, jogging etc) without a sharpish pain, and when I sit down I get a lot of pain when I get up and start walking again (as in intense enough to cause me to limp and guard it). It gets a little better but never completely goes away. It was much better for a while, but now is getting worse again, to the point where my ankle feels unstable sometimes and has given out once or twice.

The pain when I get up from sitting down (doesn't matter how long, or if my leg is elevated or not) is pretty intense, and then it gets better but is still pretty bad sometimes, especially with things like going up or down stairs.

I called my doc and asked that we do an MRI to check things out, because I would like to try to do ROTC in college next year but if I'm going to do that I need to start working out at the gym to build up strength... before I do that I need to make sure there aren't any injuries to the tendons or ligaments.

Does this sound like a ligament injury to you? I'm really worried that it could be- but would I be able to walk and would it have healed by now if that's what it was? I have the MRI tomorrow, so hopefully it won't take too long to get results.

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