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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.
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.