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Anon_57501 posted:
Sorry this is long!

Here's a little history: a little over a year ago I sprained my ankle pretty bad(playing darts of all things! silly...I know!) When it happened, I heard my ankle pop and I fell to the ground it hurt so bad. I had to be carried to the car and into the ER because I couldn't put any weight on it at all for the next several days. In the ER,(and by this time, my ankle had doubled in size, they almost had to cut my sock off.) they told me that I didn't break or tear anything and sent me home with crutches and an air cast. I was on crutches for several days, and ended up doing physical therapy for about 6 weeks. The physical therapist told me I had terribly flexible ankles, which apparently isn't a good thing, because they aren't very stable? Anyway, after 6 weeks, she sent me on my way with at home exercises, and I was feeling better as long as I didn't wear any type of shoes with heels, or jump around and irritate that ankle. I have just been really REALLY careful.

I have been lucky enough to not have many problems with the ankle over the last year unless I stepped on it funny or wore heels, etc. but one thing I did notice was that the swelling never did go away fully, and the pain, while very dull, was still there towards the end of the day. It always felt like there was fluid around the ankle and every once in a while, and on those days when I happened to have irritated my ankle, it would accumulate more fluid than usual. Well, here over the last few weeks, I've noticed that I've been having increasing pain in the ankle, and slowly yet surely, the fluid around my ankle is starting to increase. When I got out of bed this morning and took my first few steps my ankle was in a lot of pain, and seemed really weak, I had to stop and stretch my ankles out for a second, which, really didn't help much.

I guess what I'm wanting to know, is this normal for a ankle sprain? Can it really be causing problems over a year later, or could I have done something since then to have caused it to start causing symptoms again? Though, I don't recall injuring it again. Also, is the swelling for this long normal? I was told that the fluid would naturally reabsorb, but how long does that take if that's the case? I'm just wondering if it would be appropriate for me to go back to the doctor to take a look at it or just wait it out, because right now, motrin and ice aren't cutting it. Any advice would be great!
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Anon_22455 responded:
Severe sprains can take several months to heal but a year seems a bit long to still have problems. A pop sound is often a sign of a torn ligament but not always the case.

Maybe you should go see an orthopedist who specialise in foot and ankle problems.

I've had a really bad ankle injury 2 1/2 years ago and the only person who was helpful was my foot and ankel orthopedist.


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