Ankle sprain - worsening pain

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I twisted my left ankle walking on the road 8 days ago. Went to UTC and they did x-ray and said no bones were broken, it is a sprain and that I should do Ice + compression and see the GP in a week. It got slightly better when I came back. I could walk with some pain/discomfort. However, since the last 2 days, whenever I try to stand it is extremely painful. If I persist on walking, it does get better. But the initial pain is excruciating and I feel weakness in the lower part of the ankle. There is some swelling on the outer side. I did contact GP and they have put me directly for an appointment with physio on Friday. Worried if I have made it worse by not taking enough rest and what does it mean in terms of recovery.

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    sometimes severe sprains take longer to heal than broken bones. i did a similar sprain and had to always ice it and rest my ankle . also taking anti inflammatories. it took several weeks a new pair of shoes with better arch support . the best help was to improve my walking gate. my doctor recommended spring shoes which takes the pressure off the injury while improving the gate and pain.

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      Thank you for sharing your experience. That's reassuring. I was getting worried since the pain was getting worse and making difficult even to stand/walk. I had the appointment with physio as referred by the GP. Physio has asked not to walk for a week, keep the RICE routine, keep taking paracetamol and some exercises/stretches for 3 weeks and then another set of exercises after the first 3 weeks. Have also been asked to use ankle support/brace. Hopefully that will show improvement. Otherwise, I'll ask for another physio appointment. I am also feeling sometimes pain across the leg - I guess it is all part of this injury and recovery.

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