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  1. Jakeman

    Jakeman MSC Founder and Donator

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    Does anyone here have experience with sprained ankles? Injury, treatment, etc.

    I think my ankle might be sprained. I have had a chronic "popping" problem in my left ankle for years, and it aches if I walk on it too much over several days. I didn't realize it might be sprained until yesterday when I read that "popping" often happens with ankle sprains, and boy does it pop... people are like wtf was that loud noise?

    I'm gonna get my doctor's opinion tomorrow since it is starting to bother me after several days of walking for exercise.
     
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    er... miss click, see following message
     
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    maybe a break...

    For any sprain, you can follow RICE, Rest, Ice Compression, and Elevation. I've never heard of a sprain that lasted years though. I've badly sprained both my ankles and though they may have been easy to reinjure, the pain only lasts a few weeks. You might have a break. I've heard a lot of stories about people breaking a bone in their wrist or ankle and only feeling pain after exercise or particular movement. Some breaks can cause pain years later and eventual necrosis. Either way, if you have insurance, seeing a doctor is the best idea.
     
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    It actually sounds like it could be cartiledge damage. Does it pop a lot and do you have less mobility in your injured ankle then your healthy one?

    It's best to see a doctor, short of an MRI, it's anyone's guess (even a doctor's).
     
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    It has 100% mobility, just a lot of popping and sometimes aching from overuse.
     
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    I concur!


    It doesn't sound like a sprain to me either - they usually hurt more than a (non-displaced) break, but heal in a matter of weeks.

    <limps away on surgically (mostly) repaired knee and types with (formerly) severely broken wrist...>
     
  7. Jakeman

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    I saw the doctor. A physical exam turned up nothing. The xray turned up nothing. Now I get to wait 6 weeks before returning for the same problem so the doctor can request a MRI and get declined.

    He says that it doesn't matter what's wrong with it... ankle injuries are typically treated by conventional means. It's either ice / compression / rest / aleve or ankle fusion in extreme cases. Screw that, I'll just go easy on it. My ankle is happy to go biking and that can be equivalent exercise to walking.
     
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    I have the same issues with my ankles, and wrists actually, and they will never find what is the issue. I screwed up my wrists in Mexico about 8-9 years back, and when I was twelve I had an accident going over some rapids, which left me unable to walk for several weeks, and needed help after that for months. I got horrid tendinitis and the pain was terrible. Ever since I recovered, I have had loud popping noises in my wrists and ankles whenever I move them, and when I went to the doctor they couldn't find anything wrong on the x-ray. I'm actually pretty positive they would see the issue on the MRI, but they refused to run me through it. Now I can't actually get an MRI (as far as I've been told) due to plates in my skull from a later surgery, so nuts on that, but yeah... something that can get a finer look at softish tissue would probably be your best bet.
     
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    I'm not making fun of you but you are a walking disaster Wulf!

    Sprained ankles will heal in a matter of months at most. It sounds like you could possibly have a more serious problem that your doctors should look at a little more closely. They always seem to dismiss these things at the time as being nothing; even though it causes the patient extreme discomfort. Years from now it could cause a really serious problem that could have been avoided if they took a little more time to diagnose the actual problem.

    I had a friend that continually had a popping sound in his knee for years and the doctors couldn't find anything wrong. In high school he suddenly had pain that got so bad he was unable to walk on it. Upon closer examination they found a "very minuscule" piece of bone that had broken off and was grinding against his joint as he walked. Apparently, it was so small that it was overlooked when he was younger. His problem was just a popping sound for years as well until the bone worked its way deeper into his joint. This is an extreme example but you never know what kind of problem you may actually be up against.
     
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    When I was little I broke my finger. When my dad took me to the doctor, the doctor said "It'll probably be fine with a splint on it." My dad, being the overprotective sort he is, said, "What would your treatment be if he was an aspiring concert pianist." The doctor said that in that case he'd probably suggest getting a cast. I got a cast.

    The point is that to make sure you've got all your options, you can always ask, "If I was a professional ballet dancer, would your treatment be different?" or whatever. You're not, so RICE is probably good enough for you, but it's always good to know your options.
     
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    Went to a specialist. He says it's something in the soft tissue. He thinks that a combination of anti-inflamatories and physical therapy will fix it, so that's what I'm doing right now. He is ordering a MRI.
     
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    Got a MRI today. Will know the results next week. Big magnet. :eek:
     
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    I have a small benign cyst on the ankle joint and some excess fluid in the joint. Neither of these explain the popping he says. The fluid is just your basic inflamation.

    Treatment options:

    1) RICE
    2) Steroid shot in the joint.
    3) Exploratory / corrective arthroscopic surgery followed by 2 months of therapy / recovery.

    I am choosing option 1.
     
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    Nice.
     
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    It still aches a bit from exercise. Everyone told me to keep up my exercise, but it feels so much better after a couple days of rest. It gets this feel-good itch like something is healing. I am inclined to let it rest for a couple weeks.
     
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    Put your feet up, kid, you'll be fine.

    The Old Git.
     

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