Should I go to an ortho?

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I sprained my ankle around 4ish months ago, and I thought it was healed, but now I don't think that anymore (and have been thinking that for awhile, at least a month). It will still sometimes feel a little unstable, it gets extremely swollen like it did upon first injuring it, and I have this crackling feeling when I walk. And it's not just my ankle that's swollen, my foot is as well. ROM is decreased, but not substantially on most parts). But the thing is, I don't always have issues with it, so I don't know if going to an ortho would make sense...what if it's absolutely fine on the day of my appointment? I'm stuck.

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    Yes another Opinion sounds like a good option. Have you been to a physio? They do say soft tissue injuries can take longer than a break to heal. R.I.C.E

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      I have been to PT. I got an Rx for it but never went because between school and work I literally had no free time. To get to school was a 40 minute bus ride, and then I would have to wait at school for an hour and a half after class to get the bus home...I'd get home around 4:30 and have to be at work at 5...you get the picture.

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    You definitely should now talk to your doctor have it Xrayed plus an MRI to check if there is a bone fracture as well as how the ligaments and tendons are, and see a physio. Yours definitely sounds as if it has not healed properly.

    You need to treat unresolved ankle sprains as soon as possible in order to avoid later complications and compound injuries. I speak as someone who has been there and now has severe complications.

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      I've had it x-rayed -- twice. Pretty sure there's nothing broken. MRI is probably a good idea though.

      I know allll about ankle issues. This is the ankle that I got messed up when I got hit by a car, and its never been the same. It's also the ankle in which I tore my ligaments and have to have surgery and now have 2 pins or whaever in it to keep the ligaments how they should be.

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    Certainly go for MRI then. It will tell you in more detail what is going on. Good luck!
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      Well you can't really just walk into the doctor's and say "Give me an MRI", but hopefully they'll say "You need an MRI" because without a script, you're SOL. I'm trying to figure out which ortho group I wantt to go to...there are 2 in town plus a sports medicine specialist that I used to go to, but now he'll only treat sports medicine patients which I gues I could say I am because I was training for a 5k when I sprained my ankle...but I can't get to him by bus anyway...the other 2 are pretty much next door to each other.

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    Good luck and all the best! You will get there.
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      Thanks! I just made an appt with the ortho group I've been to before and am seeing their foot and ankle specialist. Not until Sept. 13 though which is kinda a long way away, but this isn't urgent in any way.

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    I was in a similar situation hurt my ankle on a missed step four and a half months ago and had two X-rays and nothing showed up was told it was sprain but had mri last wk that showed an avulsion fracture, chipped bone and unstable ankle due to tendon damage .im waiting for orthopedic to see me next wk but worried now of the damage I have done, I've been working, waking and driving on it, some days it went to bad but other days swelled and bruised

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