Boot for Ankle Sprain

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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      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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  • Suzie Ankle Sprain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 18+ Months

    Treatment Ratings

      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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  • salg13 Ankle Sprain

    • Age 18-34
    • Male
    11
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Boot
      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Air Cast, Crutches

    hi, I fractured my talus in a jet ski accident back on August 30, 2015. I went for an xray the following day and no fracutrued showed on the result. The doctor had said it was severely sprained and gave me an air cast for 3 weeks. When i returned for my followup, i was still non weight bearing, still had pain to some degree,and still not too great on range of motion. The doc suggested physical therapy and gave me crutches. For the next month i did PT every other day, and my at home workouts. Went back for my 3rd visit, still in pain, barely walking unaided, some improvements on ROM. I had asked the doctor if this was permanent damage, and they said no, but sent me for an MRI. The results came back and showed a vertical undisplaced fracture of the talus with no fragments, the doc then gave me a walking boot(which i come to find out was the wrong boot).
    Feeling that the doctor wasnt taking my injury serious enough, i switched doctors. My 2nd doctor took an xray and reviewed my MRi and CT scan said that the fracture was still there a good 31/2 months later, and said that i would most likely suffer from arthritis in the joints. Then admitted that my case was complex and felt it was out of his league to treat me so suggested that i find a foot and ankle specialist. So the following week i make an appointment with a 3rd doctor who said im now suffering from post-traumatic arthritis, gave me the proper boot for one month and a fusion surgey might be on the table.
    Currently the pain is way less. Nothing most of the time while sitting around, and a slight pain while walking. I walk with a limp, running is out of the question. ROM is pretty darn good, no to minimal pain for the most part except when moving my ankle to certain angles.
    Im 31, of good health, don't smoke, occasionally drink, decently fit, work on my feet, enjoy to run, snowboard and is generally an active person. Im hoping to have this hear along without a fusion, as for everyday it tends to feel better and better. I have 2 weeks till i meet with the doc again to see what fate lies ahead for my ankle.
    i would love to be active again and would love to be able to snowboard. Im looking for some feedback/support for ankle fusion and TAR procedures. Ive been looking on forums and reading tons of stories online and its hard to find positive ones, but that being said i dont let them get me down, and have been pretty optimistic for an outcome.


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  • misty34883 Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    06
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Cast, Boot, Physical Therapy, Surgery, Rest, Brace
      Not Improved
      Compression

    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


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  • MsCamboot Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    05
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot, Surgery, Ice, Crutches, Compression

    broke my ankle August 2015 in 3 places with a dislocation. Surgeon says worse end of the spectrum regarding ankle breaks. I'm hobbling with a crutch and sometimes wear the moonboot / camboot. I too have swelling and wear a Tubi grip. I keep the right leg elevated when at home sitting and sometimes with ice. I've heard it can take 1-2 years to be rid of the swelling if you're lucky. I'm not yet back at work as I have a highly active physical job. I'm nearly 60.


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  • Anonymous Ankle Sprain

    • Age < 18
    • Female
    • 98 lbs
    • 5' 0"
    • San Antonio, Texas
    22
    Jan2018
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months
    • Repeat injury? No

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Boot, NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
      Improved
      Ice, Rest, Crutches, Compression

    Cheer


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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Rest
      Almost Cured
      Boot

    Sprained my ankle badly last year warming up for a game and had to wear boot for couple of weeks. It took three months before I was healthy enough to play and several months in total before my ankle quit hurting. My biggest advice to you is to rest it and BE PATIENCE WITH YOURSELF. Your ankle won't stay sprained forever if you're careful and patience with it, but damage could be much worse if you try to play through it. There's no shame in taking couple of months off to heal your ankle.


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  • 14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Boot
      Almost Cured
      Surgery
      Improved
      Strengthening Exercises

    It is now just over 2 years since I had my ankle replacement operation and quite frankly up to about 2 months ago I really despaired for m future mobility. Unfortunately I did not have any Physio offered. My consultant felt it was not necessary. ..?? I paid for a private trainer to work with me 2days a week to both strengthen my ankle and leg as well as work on my core strength as your whole body needs to adjust and readjust to the physical change. I experienced all the symptoms bing outlined. Swelling all around the ankle and up my lower leg. Pain in the ankle and then referred pain in the lower back and hips. My consultant could not find anything wrong and carried out yet more tests, scans, both CT/MRI and ultrasound Yes there was obviously something not right but he did not know what and wanted to reopen he ankle to see if that would tell him anything more. I did not want this and so aid to see a podiatrist who recommended that I wore an ankle boot-not anything horrible -just a normal formal shoe but covering the ankle and giving it support.

    At the same time she felt I needed an insole to support the arches. I bought the boots and wear them at work Monday to Friday It works! Within 2 weeks the swelling ad subsided. Most of the pain had gone and I feel much more mobile and at ease. I am still working with the hospital orthotics dept on an insole but I don't feel this is germane to the ankle problem Believe me it changed the whole situation almost overnight. After 2years of regret I now feel the operation was worthwhile.


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  • Lor Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Boot
      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Orthotics

    I suffered from tendonitis in my ankle for about six months. I tried orthotics, therapy, and any other suggestions that were given to me. Finally, the orthopedic doctor gave me a big black boot. It felt wonderful. He told me to wear it all the time for three weeks. After I stopped wearing it, my pain was gone.


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  • 25
    Sep2015

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Physical Therapy, Crutches
      Almost Cured
      Boot

    The physical therapist is vital to a person's recovery both physically and mentally. After my fourth and most severe sprain, the orthopaedic doctor unknowingly put me in too low a boot along with a pair of crutches. Should have been in a knee high not mid calf high boot. After four weeks of PT without much improvement my PT decided to do ultrasound to break up scar tissue around the inside of the ankle just under the point of the ankle bone. The pain was tremendous when the ultrasound hit that spot and she looked at my xrays. She, not my doctor, spotted the fracture, and then my boot was readjusted, I had yet another four weeks with crutches and then I used a cane. Most importantly, she functioned as a sports pyschologist would. I had recurring bouts of PSTD reliving the moments when I stepped off a platform thinking it was longer than it was, being on point for a split second and then sitting sidesaddle on a ballooning ankle. It was hard going to sleep, it was hard to stay motivated, and it was really hard keeping myself in shape. She helped me through all of that. She also let me know what was good pain and bad pain, so that as the tendons and muscle strengthened and there was soreness, I could continue to push myself without worrying about reinjury. A year later, she had given me the tools to physically manipulate the joint myself. Almost two years now since that injury, and every day I am reminded of it, but I have the toolkit to work it out while I continue to workout.


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  • Martha Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Female
    19
    Sep2015
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Boot, Physical Therapy, Crutches

    I shattered my ankle at 50. Was told I would have trouble with arthritis, for sure.
    On crutches six weeks and then in a boot cast for another 6 weeks. Three more months of physical therapy….. Did everything the therapist said. 14 years later……no problem so far! Do what you are told! Keep moving, keep moving!


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  • 30
    Nov2014

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot

    I just finished up 5 weeks in a boot for an ankle sprain I got playing basketball. I still don't have complete flexibility back but I'm back to being able to squat and such now. I wore the boot 24/7 for the first four weeks and then I started taking it off when I was sleeping or just sitting around my house.


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  • deewestbrook Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    18
    Jan2014
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Boot, Crutches

    So, I suffered a grade 3 ankle sprain about 3 months ago now. Not while running, but while walking in heels across a slick surface. (I know… please show mercy in this area) I was on crutches for a month, and in a walking boot for about a month after that. I can now walk with minimal pain, but not zero pain. Range of motion is still lacking and I still have a good bit of pain when rotating the foot. I have been walking for a few weeks, and decided to go out for a 30 minute walk with my husband with a few short jogging periods. Each jog came with pain and I couldn't run more than 30 seconds each time. Downhill definitely was better than flat or uphill running.


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  • KiKi Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    24
    Jul2013
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Boot, Crutches
      Not Improved
      Brace

    I am currently recovering from a sprained ankle. I tripped on a sidewalk about two months ago. I went to an urgent care center the next day and was given a brace. Technically, I was able to walk more than 4 steps (it hurt regardless if I walked on it or not), it was swollen and black and blue, but I'd seen worse when I googled it. Everyone made me feel like I was being a baby about it and it was "just a sprain."

    When several weeks later I was still in pain, I finally got an MRI that showed a complete ligament tear. A lot different from a minor sprain. I still was told it would heal faster if I walked on it with the brace. It did not, it only got worse. I ordered a boot online myself (twice, actually, as the first boot was horrible and I was given no guidance on what to get, for my second order I just got the most expensive one I could find). Wearing the fancy boot nonstop for the next four weeks (and using crutches on top of that when needed) and only now am I starting to feel better. Meaning I'm not in pain 24/7.

    I'm annoyed I had to suffer for so long and resort to self help methods because doctors can't seem to agree on the best protocol. Here's my advice-- if it hurts, use a boot and/or crutches until it doesn't. Don't force yourself to "heal faster" by using a less supportive brace or forgoing crutches because it's "just a sprain".


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  • 30
    Aug2011
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Boot

    I twisted my foot awkwardly when walking, it hurt a lot at the time and I felt a bit sick, but I kept walking and climbing. I had no visible swelling or bruising and could walk without too much pain as long as I used the outside edge of my foot. It was hard to run though as my leg would buckle, so that did eliminate running, but I assumed I was being a wuss. I didn't see anyone about it for 3 weeks, kept walking 6 miles a day, went rock climbing and hiking, and was in constant pain...but I thought nothing big was wrong because there was no swelling. I finally had enough and got an MRI through work, turned out I had totally ruptured two ligaments and had some damage to the third, plus I had a very angry accessory navicular and posterior tibial tendon. Cue 6 weeks in a walking boot, and another two months after leaving the boot before I could run without my leg buckling. Perhaps if I'd rested when I first hurt it, I wouldn't have been out for so long, especially as in my case it was most likely a chronic injury, so the total ruptures m