Bad Midfoot/ near arch sprain

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I have a bad sprain near the arch of my foot. it hurts when I walk,. is there anyway to make it heal faster? I go to school and is required to walk a lot. I don't want to miss this track season. I want to heal fast really badly. I cant even walk correctly sad

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    I would try not to use it for a week or more.  Can you get a scooter or some other walking device to help you out?  
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      Yeah I asked the doctor but they said I don't need a scooter or crutches. I go to school and I'm required to walk a lot which makes it a lot worse. I honestly don't know what to do. I rested it for more than a week and it was getting a lot better but then school started and it got so much worse

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    So how long since you sprained your ankle? It sounds like you actually saw a doctor, and all the doctor could do or tell you is that you don't need crutches or a scooter. Really?

    Is there a lot of swelling in foot, or discoloration? What is your worst pain level like, and where does it seem to be focused?

    You said you are in school and have to walk a lot, and it's only gotten worse. And on top of that you want to want to participate in track sports.

    From your symptoms I would guess (and I am not doctor) you suffered a Grade II sprain, which can take 4-6 weeks to heal.

    To heal properly you need to treat it properly. For ankle sprain initial recovery we talk about PRICE-- Protection (of ankle), Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation (to reduce swelling). Unfortunately, it sounds like your sprain never got the first aid it needed.

    Depending on where you are in recovery timeline, you may need to rest your ankle as much as possible so any damaged soft tissue finally gets a chance to heal (you may even need a CAM boot to immobilize ankle). If you keep pushing it when the ankle is not ready you risk developing an incompletely healed, scarred, and compromised ankle condition.

    If it doesn't get better perhaps you should get a second medical opinion.

    Best of luck to you.

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      My foot actually still hurts whenever I walk too much. I don't even walk as much as I use to. Ive been ignoring the pain because I need to get ready for track season. I don't even know what to do anymore. thank you! 

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      Hi Vixvicky,

      I see that your ankle problem is still there.

      All the advice I gave you in my previous reply should still be valid. So it's really not a good idea to 'power' through the pain and attempt to go on with normal activities as if nothing ever happened.

      You're young, and we all remember what youth is like: full of life and feeling invulnerable (well, mostly).

      I'm sorry to tell you that you must listen to your body and respect its limits. If your ankle has not healed yet it is like playing with fire with regard to engaging in demanding activities like sports (or even just using feet too much). You could get 'burned' and suffer lasting consequences (depending on nature of original injury).

      This forum is replete with stories of patients ankle injuries that were not properly treated and came a cropper later in life.

      I still recommend seeing an ankle specialist about your problem, and heed their advice.

      I wish you the best in recovery.


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