Sprained ankle 2 years ago, still painful

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I sprained my ankle badly around 2 years ago, I was out of my boot and crutches within a week of it happening (doctor's orders) but it was still really painful. I started to go to the physio a few months after it happened but was dismissed after only a few weeks, with them saying that I was fine when I hadn't improved at all. It is now almost 2 years since I sprained it and it is still painful. What do I do?

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    Get an MRI, you might have torn ligaments or tendons. I sprained mine twice within 7 years. Started having severe pain and found several things that I need to get fixed. I decided to post pone surgery until next year, my torn ligaments won't heal on their own and my ankle is tight and weak. It's best to know all the answers.

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    Go to a new doc and insist on an MRI. There may be something more wrong than original diagnosis. My brother lived in pain for 4 years and finally he went in for surgery when he was finally diagnosed right. He is happy he pushed the docs until they got it right. Fight for yourself, they can be wrong on their diagnosis, I've heard it many times.

    Good luck!


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    I went to an ankle specialist who said I needed surgery, which is going to happen next year. At the moment I am doing physio and wearing a brace, I will be getting an MRI before I go back to the specialist next year

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    Hello Pandara,

    Two years after your accident and you are still experiencing a painful, dysfuntional ankle?

    If you listen to our stories on this forum you will notice that sometimes ankle injuries (sprain/fracture, or both) don't heal very quickly, if at all. But don't get discouraged because many (the majority) of patients eventually get back to normal, or nearly so.

    There are of course lots of reasons ankles don't heal-- because each individual's circumstances, injury, and body are different. Bones usually heal without drama if properly treated. It is the soft tissue trauma (ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles, fluid sacs, and the like) that can be drama queens and be difficult to recover from. Good grief, it can be a mess.

    So be patient and attack your situation with calm determination. Odds are that your 2 year battle with ankle dysfunction and pain can be whipped, but a complete resolution might take some time and a lot of effort (physical therapy, ankle exercises, and possibly supplementary therapy like prolotherapy, PRP, Graston technique, PEMF, fascia massage, etc.)

    I know it's easy to get frustrated and feel defeated-- don't yield to negative and defeatist emotions. You will win this, but only time and your efforts will yield the result you want.

    To find out more about your non-healing ankle, do an internet search on key words and phrases like: 'why ankles don't heal'.

    Good luck to you, my friend.


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