I'm limping even if there's no pain :(

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I had a horrible grade-2 ankle sprain almost 7-8 weeks ago. Now the pain is completely gone but there's still swelling. My PT told me to not worry about the swelling as some people often have it for months. So what could be the cause of limp? Even my PT seems unsure about what maybe the cause, Please help.

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  • Posted

    Hello john sorry about your injury but don't worry you'll be ok isa,,i want to help you but tell me

    How was your treatment,, have u been immobilized in a cast??

    What about your dorsiflexsion is it normal with full range??

    Did you have any weakness in leg muscles like calf or hamstring??

    I guess you limb means you have mechanical fault in gait something like overpronation ??

    Do you feel any pain in your heel?

    Please let me know and i wish i can help you..

    • Posted

      Hey thanks for replying.  

      1.  Yes I wore a POP slab for 15 days. 

      2. Yes it is normal now. 

      3. I don't think so. 

      4. That maybe the reason but I'm not sure. The ankle has almost completely healed. 

      5.  Nope there's no pain in any part of my kg.

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    Hi John,

    Lots of ankle patients limp for a shorter or longer period in recovery, but usually that is due to pain from damaged tendons, ligaments, or cartilage, etc. They favor the injured side when moving about to minimize pain.

    Your case is a little unusual in that the limp has no associated pain. So a cause must be searched for elsewhere. Perhaps you have a musculoskeletal imbalance or unsymmetrical gait due to nerve or other issues.

    What does your PT have to say about your painless limp?

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      Well the PT is almost as confused I am about the painless limp. I didn't have any pain at all in the injured area since last 3-4 weeks. I could do all the exercises of bending and stretching including those involving the theraband without any pain. He even suggested me to walk a few rounds of the nearby park to check if it's related to any particular surface. But there's still a limp with no pain on every surface.

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    Ok john

    Try to stand on your toes and compare the size of calf muscle on both sides.

    Try to make lunge test by standing in Front of a wall then bend Your knee to touch the wall provided that your heel is on ground then measure the distance between your toes and the wall for the two legs..that's how to assess dorsiflexion.


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