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    Ankle sprain worried might be broken
    TonyRanieri posted:
    I sprained my ankle playing volleyball the other day, the sand under me was uneven and I am way out of shape, those two factors mounted and here I am with some swelling, bruising, and a painful foot.

    I have had sprains in the past but never one with bruising. I have been practicing RICE, when it's wrapped I can walk okay on it, actually went out for a night on the town last night and just had a limp when I walked but otherwise did fine. Problem is when it's not wrapped and I'm walking on it at my apartment it's really painful and quite ugly, just looking at it makes me a bit worried it might be worse than I sprain. I hate hospitals so I'd really like to not get this x-ray'd but I also don't want a broken bone in there to get worse.

    This happened Thursday night, the swelling does not seem to be getting any worse at this point so I assume it should start to subside in the next few days, the bruising still darkened up a bit more last night. I can stand on it, I can even put all my weight on it without an issue so long as I stand still, it's not comfortable or natural but I can do it. Can anyone tell me if this might be broken? I think (and hope) it's just a sprain, a really bad one, I can take pics if it helps... thanks.
    TonyRanieri responded:
    got it xray'd... not broken but tore ligaments, guess it's a really bad sprain...
    jusim81 replied to TonyRanieri's response:
    I got 2 ligaments torn too after an ankle sprain but I broke a bone as well. It sounds like you have a grade 3 sprain. It usually takes months to heal. Keep practicing RICE and be patient...
    Louise_WebMD_Staff replied to TonyRanieri's response:
    Ouch. I hope you are feeling better.
    bpreston4 replied to jusim81's response:
    Tony, you have a pretty long road to recovery, but any type of twisted ankle sprain will take a bit of time. By following the right initial treatment guide, as well as a rehabilitation program, if it's a really bad sprain it should be getting much stronger within the next few weeks. Have you started doing any rehab for the ankle?
    TonyRanieri replied to bpreston4's response:
    Sorry for the delay... I am walking without a limp now, for the most part it's better although my bones have a deep pain. I suspect it will take a few months to iron out the pain and stiffness but otherwise my ankle feels strong again, just a bit of pain remains.
    Blake Boggess, DO replied to TonyRanieri's response:
    The most common reason for continued pain after and ankle sprain is inadequate rehab. The goal should be to not only eliminate the pain and sweling but to prevent future injuries.
    ellabrown responded:
    I am glad you got it looked at... my "Just a sprain" turned out to be an avulsion fracture of the Fibula.

    I am glad youre feeling better.
    An_251651 replied to Blake Boggess, DO's response:
    (Part I) "I want to drive again" feels so so long ago. (part II) Now at 7 week after ankle roll. PART I I want to drive again. NumbToes posted: I was told it was a sprain 3 weeks ago. My ankle
    was a cantalope and now a softball. My family
    has let me sleep downstairs because I'm unable
    get up there. I get exhausted with my cruthches.
    But I know I need them. There is no way I could drive. Even now. Today I was able to slowly get my heal flat on the foot for ten seconds. Which tells me I have to be getting better.
    My question's:
    1.Why is my foot so pale, toes light bluish, but not bruised,
    2.Will the swelling really go away? Is that when I should be able try to do excercises. Move it
    3.blood clots concern me because the swelling has caused so many bulges in my veins.
    Sorry so long. Part II Xray reordered. I took pics every day for amusement and maybe boost confidence that although it still does not look feel or show improvement with toes, actually getting anxious about my dryness scaling wondering if my toes will ever move. With all that said... It was expected by most others on this website it takes this long. Since friday I something is changing fast. YEA! Down to one crutch. Heel touches floor. Plus little spasm's of returning signal's. The swelling finally is like an apple. The color red stripe seems to blend with smokish blue ankle. I want to give hope to others as concerned as I was. It does take as long as warned. I am living to avoid any tiny unlevel cracks or rugs. It really feels it wants to roll. My doctor keeps warning me im not ready for rehab. I'm afraid if I am not doing something I should be at this critical time I need to push it a little. Right? Driving on gas petal sustaining preasure is hopefully by sunday mass I can return. Hope this helps someone. Open for input. Diagnoises is 2 laterall tears with stage 3 acute twisted and rolled ankle. It was interesting that because bruise both sides with fluid beneath tissue is a sign of roll both ways. I hope that will make some sense to someone.
    An_251738 responded:
    You get x-rays for it. It might have caused some internal injury. Without it none will be able to tell what exactly is the problem. Take help of podiatrist/foot specialist.

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