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Basically, just over a month ago I was playing football (5-a-side) and in the first few minutes I went to block a shot. The ball was harder than expected and this bent my foot downwards. I felt a sharp pain in my ankle but ran it off. However, after we had finished playing (an hour later), it was very sore, achy and uncomfortable. It remained sore for around half a week, and achy and uncomfortable for around a week on top of that.
I missed 5-a-side the following week in order to rest my ankle. I returned a week later, and my ankle became achy and uncomfortable. When I got back home it was again sore.
I have since laid off football (for 3-4 weeks) and have been resting my ankle. I have been gently exercising by walking at normal pace. This last week, I have been for two runs. On Monday, this caused no issues, but following running on Wednesday, my ankle was again sore, achy and uncomfortable. I have been using RICE (rest, ice, compress, elevate) which has relieved a lot of discomfort. However, every once in a while, simply from changing position when laying down, I feel a sharp pain in my ankle, that lasts for five minutes or so before reducing to a dull ache which seems to remain.
I am able to walk at my normal pace, however it feels slightly abnormal to do so. Is this a simple sprain and do I just need to rest it by laying off exercise for a few weeks until comfortable once again?
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