Ankle sprain 9 weeks and athritis??

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Hello I had an ankle sprain 9 weeks ago..Jun 10, 2016. I went to ER and did an X-ray. The doctor there told me it was just a sprain but he didn't say the severity. For the first 3 weeks, I was unable to walk or stand on foot and there was lot of swellng and pain. After 3 weeks, swelling is gone and pain is still there is certain angles but was able to start walking.

From week 4, I am seeing little improvements and flexibilty and motion of my ankle but still my front side ankle is little swollen and I cant yet stand on one leg(sprained leg). After doing some research I feel I have a ankle athritis as I have symptons very similar to it. My front ankle is always warm, little swollen and there is a pain around it. 

Can anyone tel me if ankle sprain can lead to athritis? or is it common to have front ankle swollen even after 9 weeks of sprain. i have litlle stiffness and there is no swelling around(not on foot too) except on the ankle.

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    Hi. I currently have a fractured fibular - it's a lot less painful than a sprain! I badly sprained my ankle years ago and it was a few months before any swelling and pain went away completely. Sprains are horrendously bad as you damage muscle and ligaments and as they're always in use it takes a long time to heal and settle. I doubt very much it's arthiritis x

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    Hi Sri,

    Sorry you are having trouble

    My ankle was swollen for a year. The way that I could tell that it wasn't from a sprain is when I iced it and nothing happenef-it stayed swollen and it still hurt. I had ankle surgery, eight ankle pins and a plate on top of the big toe for ankle fusion and big toe fusion (bad toe bunion). I am in week 9 post op and it doesn't hurt much anymore. Walking with crutches and boot. Does this help you?


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    Ok, first off an ER w/ only be able to tell you what xray says. The word "sprain", from what I am learning, is too general of a term. An orthopedic doctor should probably be seen. Just because they can't see anything on xray doesn't mean there isn't an issue. Similarly, I went to ER on June 2.  I just kept going w/ ice, went to work, elevated when possible. Even the ortho just handed me crutches and a camboot. My stress fracture diagnosed on July 6 through MRI is really severe. Swelling after so long probably indicates you need an MRI. 

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    Yes, an ankle sprain can lead to arthritis. That is what happened to my ankle. First it was a sprain then pain. Then it was osteoarthritis and after 4 x-rays (over a few years) and a ct scan I ended up getting ankle fusion surgery because my bones started wearing away around my ankle. A CT scan cam def tell you if you have any other bone issues.

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