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So I sprained my left ankle terribly while coming down from the treadmill exactly a month ago. I've been exercising and running on the treadmill for more than a decade now but one silly misstep and here I am Applied ice pack immediately and went for X-ray the next day. There was no problem with my ankle as said by one of the best ortho doc of my state. They said the sprain was slightly less than a Grade-2 sprain. There was no discoloring on my skin and pain was minimal.As there was above average swelling, the doctors advised me to apply a POP slab on it and complete bed rest for 15 days (the cabin fever is awful) . I was also prescribed to take painkillers for 7 days which reduced the swelling and pain greatly.
After removing the slab, swelling had decreased a lot and I was advised to use a crepe bandage instead from now on. The pain was completely gone by now but foot was stiff and felt heavy. So now it was finally the time for physio therapy. My phsio have been doing all types of bending and stretching exercises for my ankle and I did not feel any pain and the foot has also slowly started to feel more balanced and light as my other foot. Weight bearing was not allowed until recently, I was given the permission to use an elbow crutch and ankle brace for moving around. Now my problem is for how long do I have to use the crutch? I don't feel any pain at all and the swelling is now very minuscule. But I feel less confident about my balance and weight bearing though, so there's that. I have my graduation ceremony next week and I don't think I can walk there properly with a crutch. My physio therapist has completely left the decision on me. He thinks if I can walk confidently with the crutch for few more days, then I should be able to walk without it by next week. I am confused. Please help.
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