Cast for Ankle Sprain
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I have severe ankle problems. A pain on the inside part of the foot around the bone. My affliction is PTTD - Posterior Tibial Tendon Disorder. I have a job and insurance. I spend a lot of money on trying anything, even if not covered by insurance. A doctor finally put me in an immobilizer, a soft cast, up to the knee. I protested but gave in. This is the only thing that has helped. Not drugstore ankle braces. Not creams. Not acupuncture, etc. You can buy these "boots" yourself. Eight weeks. Sleep with a drugstore brace. Look for ankle therapy. You will find a lot of good info. Good luck.
- Chronicity 6-18 Months
I broke both bones in my ankle in 4 places and have a plate and 16 screws and then 2 that come from the back. I also had surgery to clean out the shattered bone fragments from the joint and surgery to lengthen the achilie tendon to help with recovery I did this in August 2015 and had surgery 10 days later due to swelling. I have had 3 casts, one Cam Boot, a brace and am now with a cane learning to bend and walk. I was non weight bearing for 2 months and could go no where without assistance. With PT I am now able to bend up, down, and side to side, but still have pain and swelling. I too wear a compression sock, but that doesn't seem to help much. I have temporary handicap pass, but they will renew it again in February so I am able to park close to where I work. fI spent my 60th birthday on pain meds and down - happy bday to me sad I have had the cane since end of November and can get around in the house but not out and about due to my stability. 2 years for swelling to go away that just isn't right
- Chronicity 18+ Months
An injury at work last October of 2007 that was diagnosed as a left ankle sprain now has me like a cripple. After physical therapy, the pain continued, although I needed to get back to my job in nursing. This injury has resulted in my being out of work since April of 2008 and in a cast for eight weeks. I continue to be in pain almost every day. No inflammatory medications have been prescribed to me for pain, but I started physical therapy again. The physical therapy person seems to be more concerned than my doctor, and I should not be in this much pain after all this time. I am about to approach a second opinion from another doctor.
- Chronicity 18+ Months
The reason I ended up with a TAR was that I had a spiral fracture of my tibia and fibia while skiing when I was 20. The was an attempt to set things with full length and then walking casts for almost 1-1/2 years. That immobility was the source of my cartilage problems until the ankle replacement 40+ years later. I can tell you that the slight resistance of my fibia to mesh kept my tibia from healing for 18 months. Then, when I had surgery, it healed in weeks when the parts were in the right places. If I had had the surgery originally, I would never have had a life of ankle problems.
- Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
After i twisted my ankle in the football field, i did not go to the hospital.. instead i just massaged my ankle with an ointment. After 3 weeks i got a cast on my leg!.. i had to wear it for 4 weeks!.. and now i still have the same pain! The doctor said its a chronic sprain!.. what should i do now? it still hurts and i cant move my ankle forward!
- Chronicity 18+ Months
At the age of 11 I landed wrong on a vault. My coach had me try it again even though my ankle was hurting, and when I landed again I collapsed in a heap in excruciating pain. I insisted my mother be called and she came and took me to the hospital. Although my coach thought it might just be an ankle twist and I should tape it and fight through the pain, the exam and x-ray revealed not only a hairline fracture but a chipped bone fragment. I not only had a sprain but a broken ankle.
They had to wait for the swelling from the sprain to subside before I could get a cast for the break. It took two casts over 4 months and physical therapy for a year, and I still limped for 3 years.
I shudder to think what would have happened if I had just taped it and worked through the pain. That was 30 years ago before RICE was commonly known beyond the medical community.
So always get your sprain examined. It may be more than a sprain.
Must have sprained my ankle 15 times as a teenager; the first was the worst. Never got better, became progressively easier to sprain each time, until I finally broke it when I was 18 y/o, simply by stepping on a small stone that twisted my ankle. Cast for 6 weeks, haven’t done anything serious to it since, but it’s weak. I always feel like it could snap like a twig at the slightest provocation, and it often feels like it’s going to give out on me. Plus, it’s remained slightly puffy all these years. Oh well.