Physical Therapy 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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  • Jade Ankle Sprain

    • Age 18-34
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      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.


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  • 14
    Jan2016

    Treatment Ratings

      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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  • 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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  • abbys52 Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    10
    Apr2015
    • Chronicity 6-18 Months

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Physical Therapy, Orthotics, Rest, Cross training

    Hi. I am a 17 year-old female runner of average weight. I ran cross country for four years and just this past fall (my last season) I got really bad shin splints and sprained my ankle. I cross trained and went to PT during the winter (took off from running), got new orthotics and sneakers (I have really flat feet) and just started to get back to running. However, whenever I start to run the pain just comes back into my shins and ankle (but after I run, which makes it hard to know how much to push myself). I ran a half last year and would really like to do another one but I just do not know how to get rid of my pain since taking a four month break from running, PT, and orthotics did not help.


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  • schoolmarm Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Female
    15
    Jan2009

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Physical Therapy, Ice, Rest, Compression

    I sprained an ankle about 20 years ago, then sprained it again 1.5 years ago. I did the RICE thing after the sprain, then just wrapped it and hopped on the elliptical. As soon as I could I started running again. 'Cause that's what runners do. A few months later, I felt as if I had broken glass inside my ankle. Just happened on a random Sunday run. Long story short: running before the ankle had healed caused the scar tissue to stretch out. Which is, apparently, a bad thing. I went through PT, and can now run, but not pain free. I also have to keep up my PT exercises on my own. I ice my ankle every time I run. I found a wrap that is like a short, stiffer ace bandage with Velcro on one end. It works for me. Probably ought to get it checked out. If the doc wants to cut without PT, find another doc. One thing that the therapist said is that my hips are weak, which destablizes my ankle. She gave me exercises for that.


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  • schoolmarm1 Ankle Sprain

    • Age 35-54
    • Female
    14
    Jan2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Physical Therapy, Strengthening Exercises

    My ankle is why I hurt my knee, and my ankle is why I didn't run the marathon I trained for last year. PT helps keep me running...mainly hip strength stuff, and of course, quads and ankles.


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  • 14
    Jan2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Physical Therapy, Other

    Try turmeric, swimming and physical therapy. As a life long athlete with a variety of injuries including very bad and multiple sprains in both ankles, I deal with inflammation often. Weather is a contributor to inflammation but sugar and salt are hugely problematic. Keep training, run, swim, bike, yoga and try turmeric for swelling! My ankles are stronger today at age 50 than they were in my teens.


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  • 14
    Jan2016

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy

    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

    Treatment Ratings

      Cured
      Physical Therapy

    See a PT. I can't recommend that enough. They can give you a lot of personalized information about how you as an individual move. I had chronic problems with hips and ankles due to muscular imbalances and mobility issues that I didn't know about. You don't even necessarily have to go a lot, just learn while you're there and be persistent with doing the exercises they teach you when you're on your own.


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  • Orb Ankle Sprain

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

    Treatment Ratings

      Almost Cured
      Physical Therapy

    I suffered an ankle injury resulting from a fall through the attic floor in 2009. The injury only involved soft tissue. I had about 6 months of physical therapy and did exercises at home to restore movement and flexibility. Although I can walk or run quite well, I constantly have pain and swelling when trying to stretch. I cannot wear high heels anymore and definitely have pain and swelling if I am in low heels for any extended period of time. I have had an MRI and x-rays that determine no real cause for my pain.


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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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  • Cristabell Ankle Sprain

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

    Treatment Ratings

      Improved
      Physical Therapy
      Not Improved
      Brace

    I have had pain in my ankle since October when I thought I sprained it by stepping down out of my car. I have been under an Orthopedics care since that time and I am still in pain. I had 3 months of physical therapy which seems to help a little, but after it was over the pain got worse. I asked my Doctor for an MRI in June which showed I had tendinitis, a small cyst and some cartilage defects. All he said was to keep wearing an ankle brace until October and then we will see what can be done. In the meantime I am in lots of pain when I walk and I limp. I am ready to get another opinion.


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  • mistaylady88 Ankle Sprain

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

    Treatment Ratings

      Not Improved
      Cast, Physical Therapy

    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.


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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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  • Marc Ankle Sprain

    • Age n/a
    • Male