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Sprained ankle, hurts 5 months later

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 31, 2007
  • 08:51 AM

I get very embaressed if I get hurt, and don't tell anyone. So, I sprained my ankle doing high-grade falls at aikido (martial art) when I landed with my ankle underneath my other leg. I was training with this guy who is really good at aikido, so I didn't say anything though it hurt so badly I almost passed out when we had to sit in seiza (which is kneeling and sitting on your legs). Next day it had swelled a lot and I could barely hobble, but the day after it wasn't bad and I continued training as usual though the swelling hadn't gone down and it still hurt, and I would get this wierd crackling noise when I rotated it. That was five months ago. It was at least a month until I could sit in seiza properly, before that I was sticking my leg out to the side. It only stopped being a little swollen and squishy about a month ago and it still twinges sometimes. Is it normal for a sprained ankle to take this long to heal? I never saw a doctor, so it was a self-diagnosis, but surely I would have realised if I broke something? It hurt a lot at the time, but I was able to walk nearly normally on it 10 minutes after I did it and able to conceal it from the other people training, it was sitting in seiza that caused the most pain.

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  • I would go and see a docter as soon as possible you could easily have a small fracture or torn ligaments that need treatment, somthing like this could turn into a chronic problem in the future your foot is going to have to bear your weight for the rest of your life if you develope artharitis in your foot it will only get worse as time progresses dont worry about being embaressed your health is much more important.
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  • I agree with the last poster, and would add to try and find an Oriental Medical practitioner who can give you acupuncture and herbal treatments. There are several good patent formulas which are based on Chinese martial art injuries. But get the xray to rule out a stress fracture. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thanks for the advice, so you really think I should see a doctor? I don't like going to doctors because I don't want to make a fuss over nothing, and it happened so long ago. And going to the doctor is expensive. Plus, if it turned out I did have a stress fracture or a torn ligament, would that mean I'd have to get a cast? I really don't want that right now!!
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  • Well, since you have waited so long I suggest trying acupuncture first, as I really feel you'll notice a difference right away. You will need several treatments, so please try to get at least 4 before stopping. You need to allow your ankle to heal. You don't want to be crippled, right? Willing your pain to go away won't work! If you see no change after 2 treatments, then I recommend getting the xray. Visit www.acufinder.com to find a practitioner near you. In the future please don't let an injury go, treat it immediately to prevent further, more chronic problems. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • I get very embaressed if I get hurt, and don't tell anyone. So, I sprained my ankle doing high-grade falls at aikido (martial art) when I landed with my ankle underneath my other leg. I was training with this guy who is really good at aikido, so I didn't say anything though it hurt so badly I almost passed out when we had to sit in seiza (which is kneeling and sitting on your legs). Next day it had swelled a lot and I could barely hobble, but the day after it wasn't bad and I continued training as usual though the swelling hadn't gone down and it still hurt, and I would get this wierd crackling noise when I rotated it. That was five months ago. It was at least a month until I could sit in seiza properly, before that I was sticking my leg out to the side. It only stopped being a little swollen and squishy about a month ago and it still twinges sometimes. Is it normal for a sprained ankle to take this long to heal? I never saw a doctor, so it was a self-diagnosis, but surely I would have realised if I broke something? It hurt a lot at the time, but I was able to walk nearly normally on it 10 minutes after I did it and able to conceal it from the other people training, it was sitting in seiza that caused the most pain.This is my long story. Ok here it goes...I don't want to alarm you but you need to get it looked at. I sprained my ankle 10 years ago skin boarding. Fell right on my ankle, was but on a cast and as soon as I took it off I did not do any therapy and went on about my business. Now 10 yrs later I had a misstep and this time the injury was worse doing everyday things (walking)! I made the mistake of walking on it the following day. This was in march of 08, it's now june and it hasn't healed. I went to see a orthopedic dr., got X-rays done and there was no fracture so he just sent me on my way to physical therapy. Come May i went to see him again because the pain wasn't as bad but I still couldn't be on it for longer than a few hrs cause then my ankle would swell. That is not normal. He sent for an MRI and guess what it showed....my injury 10 yrs ago on top of my tendons being totally inflammed not allowing my ankle to heel. I pretty much have tendonitis and was put on a boot for 3 weeks (splint or soft cast). I know you don't want to deal with the cast and stuff but really like someone else said, you will need your feet for life and I doubt you will want to be on pains meds later on in life. Not only that if you get a 2nd injury it might be worse the 2nd time around. I suggest you urge your dr. right away to send for an MRI so you avoid back and forth visits. Anyway, I hope this was helpful.
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  • This is my long story. Ok here it goes...I don't want to alarm you but you need to get it looked at. I sprained my ankle 10 years ago skin boarding. Fell right on my ankle, was but on a cast and as soon as I took it off I did not do any therapy and went on about my business. Now 10 yrs later I had a misstep and this time the injury was worse doing everyday things (walking)! I made the mistake of walking on it the following day. This was in march of 08, it's now june and it hasn't healed. I went to see a orthopedic dr., got X-rays done and there was no fracture so he just sent me on my way to physical therapy. Come May i went to see him again because the pain wasn't as bad but I still couldn't be on it for longer than a few hrs cause then my ankle would swell. That is not normal. He sent for an MRI and guess what it showed....my injury 10 yrs ago on top of my tendons being totally inflammed not allowing my ankle to heel. I pretty much have tendonitis and was put on a boot for 3 weeks (splint or soft cast). I know you don't want to deal with the cast and stuff but really like someone else said, you will need your feet for life and I doubt you will want to be on pains meds later on in life. Not only that if you get a 2nd injury it might be worse the 2nd time around. I suggest you urge your dr. right away to send for an MRI so you avoid back and forth visits. Anyway, I hope this was helpful. Have you tried acupuncture for this problem? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies Flag this Response
  • if ur too embased to go to the doc , then r.i.c.e rest, ice , compresse , and evaulate , then your ankel will be as good as new . if it doen't then go tot he doctor befor it gets worse!!
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  • "Squishy". "Crackling"???? :eek: What made you think it was just "sprained"? Sprains do not make crackling noises. Even from this distance (Australia) I would be pretty certain you broke your ankle.:confused: Get to an orthopaedic specialist pronto - before the bones heal themselves in the wrong positions. If the bones are not correctly aligned, you could end up with all sorts of problems further down the track - including arthritis, stiffness, and ongoing pain.
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