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Pain on weight bearing after 8 months of ankle sprain
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An_253310 posted:
In Dec 2012, I suffered from a severe ankle sprain due to a road accident. I sprained my left ankle pretty bad and I was not able to put weight on it for about 2 days. The feet swelled up badly within few hours. I was immediately taken to the emergency section of hospital and I was given a half cast for 5 days, later on I was put on scotchcast for 4 weeks.
I had pain on weightbearing (standing & walking) since beginning. After the cast was removed,I did lots of physiotherapy exercises, ROM exercises, ultrasound physiotherapies, Hot cold fomentation, have taken analgesics, calcium tablets, vitamin B12 injections, but still pain persisted when I used to stand for more than 5-10 mins. I had done USG of ankle and MRI also.
USG of ankle after 3 months of injury revealed damage to ant. talofibular ligament and calcaneofibular ligament.
MRI after 5 months of injury revealed tear of talocalcaneal ligament with partial tear of post. talofibular ligament.
I have been bracing my ankle for past 7 months since my cast was removed), am always wearing sports shoes to get good support. But still after 8 months my feet pains a lot on standing and walking for more than 10-15 mins. Sometimes it gets better to a tolerance of 20 mins but again the tolerance drops to 10-15 mins after some days.
The whole limb starts paining after a while, which starts from ankle region and radiates upto upper thigh through lower limb. The pain worsens with time if I stand longer. It takes atleast 15 mins for the pain to completely go away if I sit and rest. Also If i brace my ankle for too long, the fore feet gives a burning sensnation and then I have to remove the braces. Also standing and walking without braces gives me more trouble.
This has created a lot of annoyance in my day to day activities as I am a working woman and have to manage house also and so I cannot sit for a long time. Doctor suspects early symptoms of RSD. Kindly advise If I would ever be able to get back a normal ankle with normal movement without any pain. Its been 8 long months and it has been disturbing me very badly.
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Anon_22455 responded:
First off, have you seen an orthopedist? You mentioned seeing a Dr but did not specified if it's your family doctor or a specialist.
If you haven't already done so, an orthopedist who specializes in foot and ankle would probably be your best bet.
Nobody can tell you over the internet if your ankle will ever get back to normal.
In 2010, I sprained my ankle so severely that i also damaged the bones (fracture), I still can believe it's that bad. It was a 2 year ordeal of me going to doctors and have had many tests done, the only person who helped me was my foot and ankle orthopedist. Unfortunately for me, my ankle will never be the same as before my injury... But i am still extremely active and I do 6-10 hours of martial arts per week and i am about to test for my brown belt in tae kwan doe. Do lose hope, you might just need to see right person to help you.

Good luck to you!


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