Why won't my sprained ankle heal?
January 29, 2009 11:56 AM Subscribe
Why does my sprained ankle still hurt after over a month of rest?
posted by snoogles to Health & Fitness (14 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I tripped while on a run on Dec 19th. Nothing hurt, so I just kept going. I ran the next 2 days, but by the thursday my ankle hurt enough that I decided to stay off it for a while.
There was (and still is) no swelling. I iced, rested, and elevated it for about 2 weeks. I talked to a physiotherapist friend who played around with it and told me it looked like a minor sprain. She lended me a brace that I wore for the week that I was staying with her.
Now it's been over a month and I still can't run. I can feel it slightly when I'm walking or going down stairs, but not enough that it interferes with daily movement.
What should I do? Is there any chance that there's anything more serious going on? Should I just be patient and wait? If so, how much longer? If I go see a doctor, are they going to do anything but prescribe anti-inflammatories and tell me to rest?
I'm not in my home country, so going to the doctor could potentially get expensive, as a sprain doesn't really qualify as an "emergency". A break might...
I just want to start running again!