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I Think I Sprained My Ankle

I think i might have sprained/broken my ankle?

Without an X-Ray there is no absolute way to tell whether it's broken or not.

However as a first aider, there are things I ask to tell the difference between a broken ankle and a sprained ankle.

How did they obtain the injury? .......

Did it make a noise? If yes, a cracking noise normally indicates a break, a tearing or a popping normally indicates a sprain.

What does the joint look like? Crooked and lumpy as well as swollen normally indicates a break, just swollen normally indicates a sprain.

Is there any numbness in the area? Numbness normally indicates a break, feeling normally indicates a sprain.

How bad is the pain? Severe pain normally indicates a break, less extreme pain, normally described as discomfort normally indicates a sprain. Most of the time if you've broken your ankle, you'll be in so much pain it'll be undescribable some of my more unlucky patients have said they wanted to curl up in a corner and die it hurt that much.

Can they move the joint? No normally indicates a break, yes but painfully normally indicates a sprain.

Can they apply weight to the joint? No normally indicates a break, yes but painfully normally indicates a sprain.

A sprain takes about 2 - 8 weeks to fully heal, not including rehabilitation. will help you if it is just a sprain.

Edit: The rule that if you can walk on it, it's not broken does NOT apply to everyone. Plenty of people have walked around on broken ankles for weeks thinking the pain was just a sprain. I can include myself in that group and I'm a first-aider so I should know the difference between a break and a sprain.

Your best bet is to go and see your doctor. Even if it's just a sprain, he can give you some idea of how long it will be before you can start training again and how bad the sprain is.

Sprained ankle should I?

I /think/ I spranined my ankle. Has all the signs really. But I fell off of my bed while I was sitting in the middle of it on my knees, I got really, really dizzy suddenly and next thing I know I hit my head on the wall and fell to the floor. My ankle sharply hit the metal bed frame, peeled some skin off but nothing too bad. I bent my whole leg this terrible way and it was within seconds, swollen. Right after that I raised it and apllied ice and compression. When I first applied the ice it didn't feel cold at all (again NOT after having the ice forever but when I put in on from the START of it, couldn't feel it). I went to move it and it kept making snapping/poping sounds. It hurts pretty bad. It feels pretty cold normally now and is still swollen. I CANNOT kept off of it or rest it very well; I have a brand new baby whom I have to feed every 2-3 hours. It also hurts up my leg and to my knee.
I cannot go to the DR/ER or anything until after my hubby gets home. Long while from now.

What does it feel like to have a sprained ankle?

It hurts. For me, it is also embarrassing, frustrating and inconvenient. I fell off my bicycle at midday on Saturday and landed awkwardly on the road. I managed to stagger to the footpath using my bike as a crutch, but then had to sit on the curb for a few minutes because it hurt too much to do anything else. A passer-by stopped to ask if I needed help, but I was too focused on the pain to hear what he was saying and I thought it was merely a minor strain, so I waved him away.After a few minutes, I was able to get back on my bicycle and ride the 2km home, where I say down, put an ice-pack on my ankle, and elevated it. Even so, after half an hour, it was very swollen and I realised that it was in fact sprained. I bound it in a compression bandage, but by evening, I couldn't walk without crutches and a great deal of pain. Luckily, I had both crutches and serious pain killers handy, as I had surgery on my other foot only a couple of months ago. So although I knew that I should probably go to the emergency department and have it assessed, I instead took some pain killers and went to bed.In the morning, it wasn't any better, so I saw a GP. He approved my bandage, but said that it was so swollen and bruised that a fracture was quite likely, so I still needed to go to ED and get an x-ray. I did: happily, it isn't fractured. The ED staff told me it would take about 6 weeks to heal and referred me for physiotherapy, to start after a week or so.By Sunday evening (the evening of the day after the injury), I was able to walk with a limp, but no crutches. This means it is at the mild to moderate end of a grade II sprain, I think.After a few days, the swelling started going down and purple bruises appeared all over my foot and toes. The bruises aren't particularly sore, but the area that is still swollen is still quite sore, especially when I do anything as taxing as tackle a staircase. The photos below show what the foot looks like today, Friday, almost a week after the sprain.It could have been much worse. Severe sprains can cause permanent injury.There's some more practical information about ankle sprains, severity grading, and treatment here

Sprained ankle- tryouts coming up?!?!?

it really comes down to your position with your team....i ve played in highschool and im playing in college and i have jacked my ankles up......If you are a returning varsity or should not have to worry....but if your competing for a position or a starting dose not hurt to show some heart.

My Full Proof Ankle restoration plan
Before practice/games
-ankle stretching/loosening
-taping by professional
-active ankle or ankle brace (recommended)
Off the Court
-Anti Inflamitory pills
-ankle strengthening exercises

it really comes down to how you feel when you start warming up, if you have talent and something to bring to the game, your coaches (if they are intelligent) should not let play. My coaches in high school and now in college do not let players play injured. Good Luck though

I sprained my ankle last week. Should I go to work?

First of all, Jonathan, I'm sorry about your injury.  Soft tissue injuries take a long time to heal.  Period.  If you're younger (age 18 - 25) healing will occur more quickly.  The good news is that you should return to work, and are perfectly OK to do so, especially given that you have your ankle immobilized with an air cast.  The crutches, if you're using them correctly, will allow you have less encumbered mobility while reducing the need for weight bearing on the injury.  Non-weight bearing is CRITICAL to healing.  However, gentle active range of motion exercise is also essential to promoting increased circulation and muscle tone maintenance required for healing.  Use ice on your ankle three times daily for 20 minutes at a time.  Intermittently, use a heating balm (Theragesic, Icy Hot, Aspercream - take your pick, they're essentially the same) while sleeping.  If you're able, take Ibuprofen as directed on the label.  So, in review:  R.I.C.E.  R is for rest (non-weight bearing while walking) I is for ice as noted above.  C is for compression which is accomplished by using your air cast or soft neoprene sleeve available over the counter at CVS, etc.  And E is for exercise (check out the video).  Go to work, sir.  It's OK to stay active while protecting the soft tissue injury while it's healing.  Best wishes with your recovery.  Feel free to contact me at if you'd like more correspondence with me.  Will be happy to guide you.

Sprained ankle and volleyball?

about 5 days ago I think I sprained my ankle. when it happened it hurt but I kept going, on Saturday I woke up and felt my ankle was very sore, but I had private volleyball lessons so I went. 15 minutes in to the lesson I could barely walk without limping. BOTH of my ankles and the area around my lower calf hurt , there was this pulsing or throbbing there and I was so close to having my coach call 911 cause it hurt so badly. at the end of the lesson she let me do drills sitting down, instantly my pain went down. when I got home I wrapped both of my ankles in a ace bandage and it made my ankle feel a lot better. Last night I took it off and walked around for about 10 minutes and I couldn't even walk normal! there is no swelling or bruising. when you touch the bone it's sore . but my question is - today is the first day of my volleyball tryouts. my mom thinks it's nothing serious and won't take me to the doctor before. If I don't go to te doctor and don't find out what it is, what do I tell the coach? what if I can't run like Saturday?

It's been 6 days now since I sprained my ankle and it’s swollen and bruised with a little pain. Is this normal?

On numerous occasions, I’ve seen clients that have sprained their ankle, completed multiple visits in physical therapy and they still have a considerable amount of swelling.By definition, a sprain is a tear to a ligament. Ligaments also have a poor blood supply. Which means that they will take longer to heal.Another thing that I’ve consistently seen with clients that didn’t have a tremendous amount of pain but still have a lot of swelling weeks after they roll their ankle is that their shoes were forcing them to distribute more of their weight to the outside of their foot.Even without an injury, doing any activity in shoes that force you to the outside of your feet is not only much less efficient, you’re also more vulnerable to rolling your ankle. This scenario is more commonly seen with “stability” running shoes, running shoes where the cushioning system is worn out, or with any shoe that has orthotic inserts.All of which places more stress on the soft-tissues on the outside of your ankle.Even though you hear so much about ACL tears, the ligament that’s most often sprained is located at your ankle (i.e., the anterior talofibular ligament).Talo represents the talus. Which is a relatively small bone that is a component part of the two joints that make up your rear-foot. And fibular represents the fibula, the smaller of the two bones that make up your leg. Your fibula is also a component part of your ankle joint.