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  • 04
    Aug2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
      Almost Cured
      Strengthening Exercises
      Improved
      Rest, Air Cast, Taping, Crutches
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Brace, Compression

    Rolled ankle dozens of times, only thing that makes it better is strengthening my ankle and shank. Everything else is just to help with pain and inflammation in the short term.

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  • Anonymous Ankle Sprain

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    • 165 lbs
    27
    Jan2016
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes
    • Previous ankle sprains Yes
    • Ability to bear weight on that ankle Yes
    • Do you participate in any jumping activities No
      Cured
      Rest
      Almost Cured
      Chiropractor, Strengthening Exercises

    I sprained my ankle playing soccer in September 2015. At first I tried to continue playing and running on it but was a bad mistake. After another month I went to a Chiropractor that taped it and give me a list of exercises to strengthen it.

    Now, After 4 months with lot of rest is almost cured. I can train on it, play soccer but I still feel pain when I do specific movements. I suggest Rest!

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  • Karen03 Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
      Almost Cured
      Massage, Supportive Shoes, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises

    I broke my ankle in two places 9 months ago and sprained the other one. The broken one healed ok according tot he doctor, but it still bothers me quite a bit. Both ankles can not stand anything but flats, and beign flat footed they also must have special made arches. I can't stand over an hour or walk far without causing sever pain for days. Changing shoes through out the day helps. Swimming/water aerobics is the best therapy for them. Massage seems to help, too. I heard the lymph system was damaged which causes the pooling of blood. Massaging the ankles and keeping them strethed out is a must for me or I can hardly function at all.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
      Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest, Compression, Other

    I've done the whole ankle injury thing a couple of times (more than I would like). A lot of people here are listing good advice in terms of seeing a doctor. If you can, do it. If you are not able to, just wait it out, and take a break from ultimate. A gnarly sprain isn't exactly "doctor worthy." They're going to tell you to do your RICE technique (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) easy on the ice, and give you a boot that will be hella expensive if you don't have insurance.
    Just from previous trial and error recoveries, I find absolute strict repetition in RICE technique and staying away from frisbee is vital. I usually start getting back into things by less intensive exercises like riding my bike or just walking and jogging lightly. Once you feel comfortable to run, just start doing light training.
    And I totally forgot about this. Drink water. You will not heal if you do not hydrate yourself correctly. That and a combination of an OTC anti-inflammatory for any swelling.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
      Cured
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest, Compression, Other

    After numerous ankle sprains, I suggest the RICE method. Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.
    Some heat (warm wash cloth) after icing helps with blood flow and swelling. Take some anti-inflammatory pills if its really swollen.
    As suggested, only go to the doctor if the pain does not improve over a week or two.

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  • Segal Ankle Sprain

    • Age 35-54
    • Male
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Orthotics, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Rest, Brace, Compression

    I have severe pain for a year at the front of my ankle where it joins the shin bone. I have had no injury. I have custom made shoe inserts, I also wear an ankle strap. I tried r.i.c.e I take pain killers and anti inflammatory. I did not have an injury and an MRI can not reveal any kind of problem with my ankle. Two weeks ago I also had an injection under sedation which made no deference, I still can't walk.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
      Cured
      Physical Therapy, Stretching, Strengthening Exercises
      Improved
      Rest

    I sprained my ankle in October and didn't see a PT. I only rested it without working on strengthening it. The result? I sprained it again the next time I got out on the field.
    Now, I've been seeing a PT and it's helped a lot. Everyone across the board has told me that if you don't let it properly recover, you're just going to continue fucking it up.
    The exercises I've been doing are stretches with a resistance band, controlled toe raises, lots of balancing on one foot, and a couple of other exercises at the PT office where there is equipment.
    I can't stress this enough, rest alone will not help you. You absolutely need to strengthen it and take it easy on the field. If it's hurting, don't play. No need to push yourself and injure it even further.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Brace, Compression, Other, Strengthening Exercises

    Ankle sprains suck. R.I.C.E. as much as you can stand. Start range of motion and resistance band exercise as soon as you're cleared by a medical professional (usually once the swelling/pain is managable). Get a good brace and use it every time, even if you're just out for a stroll. (http://www.amazon.com/ASO-Ankle-Stabilizing-Orthosis-Black/dp/B000TGYI6C)
    Further down the line, work on ankle stability (tree yoga pose, balance board, jumping rope)
    Also (just in case you don't already do this) use the extra eyelet and lock lace your shoes (https://youtu.be/IijQyX_YCKA?t=22). I once left some shoes at my parents and my dad redid the laces for some reason (we have the same shoe size), and when I reclaimed them I didn't notice the extra loops were gone, along with any ankle stability. Guess what happened then.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Compression, Strengthening Exercises

    Source: Broke my ankle a year ago in two places, tore all three of my ligaments along the outside of the ankle playing soccer. Was out for 9 months, been back about 2 months and still am not quite 100% (But am so close!!!).
    1) Rest Ice Compress Elevate. Really cannot stress this enough. Take a week off of your ankle, it will be well worth being healthy in the long run I promise.
    2) http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/Pages/How-to-Ankle-Sprain-Strengthening-Exercises.aspx. Do these. They won't replace Personal Training or Rehab, but they are a start. Those bands are something that almost every ultimate player should be doing, especially those of us who like to play barefoot.
    Propioceptive exercises, essentially balance exercises, are also very helpful. Your body is readjusting itself due to the injury, and it is retraining itself on how to stay balanced. This can have lasting, long term effects. Get your ankle strength back and realign your balance.
    3) If you need to ever take an extended period of time off... Don't do what I did and eat like you were. I gained 40 pounds. I'm fat now, haha. Stop eating IMMEDIATELY, no pity meals for the first week, go on a diet ASAP because you won't stop having pity meals or snacks until you realize you are fat, haha.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
      Cured
      Boot, Physical Therapy, Rest, Brace, Crutches

    I had a pretty bad ankle injury in 2013. I tore all of the outer ligaments, partially tore on f the inside ligaments, bruised my Talus and Tibia bones, and pulled sever muscles on the outside of my calf/shin. I was out for about six months before I played ultimate again. I did crutches/space boot for a few weeks then had several more weeks of physical therapy and even now I'm still wearing an ankle brace during league/club. I've only started playing pickup without my brace in the last few weeks, and the injury was nearly a year and a half ago.

    While a specialist and physical therapy are definitely your best options, its not a viable route for everyone. You need to rest it until you can walk pain free(maybe even spend some time on crutches or in a space boot). Once you can walk pain free you can begin to strengthen with ankle exercises. You can search for strength & mobility exercises online. Ankle injuries aren't something you want to mess around if you enjoy walking normally.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Taping, Compression, Strengthening Exercises

    A sprained ankle can take anywhere from 2 weeks to a several months to heal depending on the severity.
    If it feels like a normal sprain then drastic measures aren't necessary, just RICE that shit.
    I usually find I'm okay the next weekend with a week of RICE, range of motion exercises, & an ankle taping by an AT teammate. The taping is really important and needs to be done properly with anchors, stirrups, etc. by a proper athletic trainer.

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  • 14
    Jan2016
      Cured
      Chiropractor
      Improved
      Ice, Rest, Brace, Strengthening Exercises

    GO TO A CHIROPRACTOR!!!
    I used to have chronic ankle injuries; seriously all the time. I would let them heal by icing them and staying off them. Followed by slowly strengthing them back up over the next few months. I would finally be able to play without a brace, and then a couple months later I would roll on it again and have to repeat the whole process.
    I finally went to a chiropractor about it after another traumatic ankle injury. She adjusted it for and the swelling instantly reduced, as in I watched it go down.
    Anyways, long story short: it helps immensely to get it readjusted into place. It reduces recovery time and reduces recurrances.
    Seriously. Do it.

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  • Suzie Ankle Sprain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
      Not Improved
      Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Crutches, Other

    I have had a lot of pain and very stiff ankles for 2.5 years. I have had 2 prednisone treatments and a cortisone shot. The MRI on my left foot showed a little bit of bursitis. X-rays show no broken bones or spurs. The pain and tenderness and stiffness are on the inside ankle bone area. I have also tried cold ice baths and heat along with on the market pain relievers and nothing seems to work. I have also used a boot and am on crutches presently.

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  • Jade Ankle Sprain

    • Age 18-34
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months
      Not Improved
      NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Physical Therapy, Massage, Strengthening Exercises

    I've been having heel pain for about seven months now. This started a day after a session of intense cardio boot camp. Swelling in my ankle, and pain in my heel are the only symptoms. They occur while I am active or at rest, but I notice it most often when I am just sitting or lying down. I have seen four doctors and have had no tests run. The doctors can't figure out my symptoms (as it's not plantar fasciitis), but they have yet to use any diagnostic tools. I just keep getting prescribed NSAIDs. I've done physio and massage therapy. I finally just started going back to the gym, and it seems to help when I run and do weight-bearing exercise regularly. The symptoms don't completely disappear, but they're much less noticeable. However, I still get occasional swelling around my ankle at completely random times.