I sprained my right ankle two years ago and it never healed properly. I was practicing soccer and kicked the ball over the fence. I climbed the 5 foot fence and jumped over and twisting my body around to avoid the garden on that side and landed in a hole. I heard a "pop" at the time of injury. I got an MRI done recently and it showed swollen ligaments. Now the pain is much worse and it goes from my ankle, up my leg, to my knee. I also notice when I press down on the left side of my right ankle I have alot of pain. Also, when I press down on the bones on my leg, I am also in alot of pain. Should I get more tests done? Could there maybe sonething wrong in the leg also?
Swollen ligaments and pulled muscles can hurt really badly, and for a long time, especially if you are aggravating it by continuing normal routines. If you had an MRI, you are probably ok as far as your bones are concerned. If it was broken it would have shown up. Maybe a hairline fracture didn't show up or wasn't noticed.
But the main thing here is to stay off that leg as much as possible. The ligaments are probably what are causing most of the pain. You should alternate hot and cold compresses to speed the healing. Soaking it in very cold water to get the swelling to go down too is ideal.
I would give it a good 6 weeks at least to feel better. Taking some ibuprofen will help with the inflammation and take away some of the pain.
Four weeks ago I got ankle surgery done to repair ligaments and a fractured bone. My name is Cassie and I have been posting about my Chronic Sprained Ankle for a while to get some adivise. It really helped because I went to different doctors but they couldn't find anything, then I was referred to Orthopedics and I got a different x-ray view, a stand-up view instead of laying down on the x-ray table. It was then that there was a fracture on the right part of my right ankle. When he went over rmy MRi, he saw that some of ligaments had to be repaired and some of them has to be tighten. So then I had the surgery and had a cast on for 2 weeks and then he put me in a boot. It is still sore from the surgery, but that will go as time goes on. I wanted to keep you updated.
I do not believe that rest and ice alone is a viable treatment for an ankle sprain. There are so many different kinds of damage from ankle injury. And rest and ice alone cannot heal any of them. In my experience, it does very little tor educe swelling and absolutely nothing to improve range of motion and strength in the ankle joint as well as break up scar tissue.
I am not saying that rest is not important after an ankle injury. I am simply saying that rest alone is not good. And ice is really only effective for about 2 days. You really have to do some proactive rehab as well or else it will never regain it''s natural flexibility and strength. This can keep you in pain and susceptible to more injuries in the ankle down the line.
I have sprained my ankle numerous times playing basketball and I always used RICE before. It would take me about a month to recover. Eventually, I looked for a better way to rehab as my knowledge of the body grew. I found a very simple at home rehab treatment for sprained ankles called H.E.M.
I have yet to find anything else that is simple to do and works so effectively. I noticed a substantial reduction in swelling in 2 days and was walking normally again in 4. I went for a run on day 6 and had no pain. H.E.M. contains a complete rehab and prehab treatment program with a wide variety of healing techniques, stretches and exercises. I recommend it very highly. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.