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Around three years ago I sprained my ankle playing basketball. Not the first time I sprained my ankle so I did the typical rest, elevation of the ankle, crouches for a few while until I felt the ankle was well enough for me to walk on. About a month after I sprained it I began to do a little bit of exercise but I noticed I still had pain when putting pressure on my ankle. I rested some more and eventually my ankle would plateau at having no pain when walking or doing routine movements but if I let my ankle sit for a while (I.E. sitting down for more than an hour or after getting up from slee) it would inflame around the anterior aspect and I would have trouble planting it for a few minutes until it warmed up and I could walk normal.
Today that is still the problem I am having. I'm a very active person in sports/exercise and persistently my ankle doesnt allow me to run because of the pain in planting it.Sometimes I play basketball/football or do circuit training without feeling a thing.. and some days I can't even jog 20yds without having to pull up because of the irritation.
Like I said earlier, this has been the steady battle for at least two years now and nothing seems to change better or worse. I thought about wearing an ankle brace but now sure how its actually going to heal the ailment.I'm also not sure if this is ligament or bone related.I'm 34 with no history of serious injuries and I'm in good shape. What should I do to get my ankle better or just so that it isn't constantly inflammed when trying to be active after bouts of inactivity?
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