Crutches for Ankle Sprain

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  • 04
    Aug2016
    • Injury Status Recovering
    • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
    • Chronicity 18+ Months
    • Repeat injury? Yes

    Treatment Ratings

      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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  • 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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  • 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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  • OSS Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    18
    Sep2015

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Ice, Rest, Crutches
      Worsened
      Stretching

    Between skiing and soccer, I've hd well over 20 angle sprains. Modern ski boots helped with the former, and I gave up the latter. I went on to become an avid runner, mainly on dirt and forest trails, which are highly irregular surfaces. I have a pretty controlled foot strike despite the terrain.

    After ankle injuries, I iced frequently for several days and used crutches to stay off the injured leg for a week or so. X-rays of my ankles show that there is a bone process in each one, which is an abnormality which causes my ankles to "lever apart" with too much angulation.

    I had some problems later in my running career, but this seeemed to be related to overzealous stretching before a run. I stopped stretching and the problem went away.


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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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  • 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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  • Jacques Ankle Sprain

    • Age 55+
    • Male
    18
    Sep2015

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Other
      Improved
      Crutches

    I sprained the same angle twice in my adult life, once playing basketball and the other badly landing a jump on a rock. Even though the second one was bad, I used crutches for a few days and went back to exercising. Since then, I have hiked mountains with no problems, run a marathon at 68 and still do a lot of stuff on my feet. That angle seemed to have healed completely without the help of the medical profession. (I have been disappointed with my interaction with physical therapists to deal with other problems.)


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  • 26
    Mar2015
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Crutches, Cross training

    In the 2nd minute of the very first game of the season, I got injured and my ankle swelled to the size of a grapefruit. I couldn't put any weight on it for two weeks. As soon as I could put my foot on the ground, I got rid of my crutches which was definitely a bad idea. The day I got injured, I went to the ER and took several x-rays, no break. I was referred to an orthopedist who took x-rays of my ankle and told me I'd be playing within 2 weeks. Of course, this did not happen. After about a month of sitting on the sidelines, I still wasn't fit enough to get cleared. Frustrated, I did everything I could to start playing asap. It's been 6 months since my injury and even though I run almost every day, I cannot do so without feeling a burning pain in my ankle after more than a mile and a half. My advice is to allow yourself to heal. If you want to keep active, participate in training that doesn't stress your ankles/joints. Try swimming, cycling, etc. keep the blood flowing and keep your ankle moving as much as possible. If you're stationary, move your ankle around in circular motions and etc.


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  • Chloe32090 Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    21
    Sep2014
    • Chronicity 0 - 6 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Crutches

    So about a week ago, I was out for a hike and twisted my ankle while going downhill. I managed to hobble out (though I could barely put weight on it) and went to the ER because it was so swollen and painful I was concerned it could be broken. Lucky me, it's not, and instead was diagnosed as a severe sprain. Being on crutches for the past week has been killing me and I can't wait to get running again!


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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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