Shocking ankle

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12 months ago I walked down steep step and my left ankle twisted under me. X-ray no break. Crutches and about a month of hassle. No pain killers needed other than for the first 3 days. After that the pain was tolerable.

Anyway fastrack to now 12 months later. First thing in the morning having been asleep and not putting any weight through my ankle I literally have to use the walls or door to move around the house as I cannot put any weight through my ankle. It takes a few minutes to be able to walk normally. Same goes if I sit down for 30 mins or so when I get up I can't walk properly until I'm up and moving.

The GP says it takes time but I'm getting fed up now. I can't do any exercise in fear of my ankle going again. If I swim my ankle hurts so I'm stumped. I work outdoors so constantly watching what I'm doing. I'm 40 and got very slight high blood pressure which is a family thing. I'm not on tablets but I know my now lack of fitness isn't helping matters which I can do anything about because of my ankle.

I use high boots for work to strengthen the ankle but these are uncomfortable in other areas and are restrictive as I'm moving and bending down a lot.

It's like a chicken and egg situation.

Any ideas?

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    Hi Xerion,

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    ?While reading your post, I was wondering if I was reading something I had posted!  That is how similar your situation sounds to mine.  Wow!

    ?I can really understand the part about having to use the walls, because that is EXACTLY what I had to do, for a good while.  I would go to bed and during the night, if I had to use the restroom, I would literally have to hold onto the walls because my left ankle was so stiff.  Actually, my left ankle is frozen. 

    ?Anyway, back to you.  I'm so sorry you're having these issues after that amount of time and unfortunately, I have no good advice.  I'm sure someone will chime in though with their advice.

    ?I wish you the best and of course, this mess takes time.  A lot of time!  Whew!  But, each day out, is one day further from D day! 

    ?Happy New Year. 

    Beth

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    I think you need to have someone in orthopedics (specialist in foot / ankle) check you out. Also, competession socks help a great deal... they have helped me more than an ankle sleeve or brace.
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    So as I usually do no provide suggestions being in ur age range I shall. First and foremost, get a control on any blood pressure issues. More important than ur feet and can contribute to every stuff,and more complicated matters.   Being  unable to walk does not restrict you from exercises. Without excuse, many upper body exercises that you may perform, and one important above all others is your diet. Weight gain is common amongst lower extremity accidents. Weight and back pain and sciatica may be all related to you problem. These are things that I focus on. Best of luck.

     

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      Hi David, the blood pressure is minor and as said I'm not on tablets nor are they being considered by the GP presently. I have always had a good diet and am not over weight. I used to be a chef and I home cook everything. I don't use salt at all and only get the natural salts in food. I hardly drink. Takeaway's? Never because I know what's in them. I don't use packaged sauces or anything like that.

      Blood pressure runs in my family on both sides so it's inevitable for me but the inability to exercise isn't helping.

      I think your missing the point also commenting on upper body exercises. As I said if I take weight off my ankle then I'm back to square one holding things to start walking again. So I go into a gym and bench press weights ......... when I finish then I can't walk ....... I go and sit on a machine and pull the weights in towards me ........ when I finish then I can't walk. I go and do sit ups ....... when I finish then I can't walk.

      I can't do press ups as I'm relying on my ankle. I can't run. I can't swim. I can't walk really at pace without fear my ankle will go again.

      Compression socks ...... been there done it. Don't work.

      There is a problem which I can only assume is muscle related as I appear to have no strength in the muscles to hold the ankle steady. It's almost as if I need it pinning but then that in itself is restricting.

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    i broke my ankle months ago, i spend weeks in the splint waiting the swelling to reduce. the foot was very unstable.

    when the cast came off the ankle still looked like broken, i was diagnosed a very severe ligaments damage.

    so i suggest to look for a second opinion to have a diagnosis. and if it isn't painful to start exercises. i used some rubber straps to exercise the muscles.

    i also suggest to use running shoes or sneakers, i remember that when i had to use the ankle brace my joint became weaker and weaker.

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