Trying to get on the good foot but this sprain isn't helping
April 5, 2012 9:02 AM Subscribe
An old foot injury is kicking up. Your advice and experiences wanted.
posted by Frowner to health & fitness (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Two years ago, I sprained my left ankle and twisted my left foot, both of which swelled and hurt like a son-of-a-gun. Like a big dummy who couldn't take time off work, I hobbled around on it for a day before fetching up in the urgent care, where I got a split and crutches. I still couldn't take much time off work, so only had one day actually off the foot.
It never healed correctly. My ankle still hurts sometimes, especially when I go down stairs. My foot is permanently wider. But the worst part is the pain from the foot injury, not the ankle. The pain runs in a line from the fourth toe to the ankle - sort of a long pain that seems to run between the metatarsals. It's sometimes markedly uncomfortable now, but I am more worried about the future, when I'm properly old instead of in my thirties.
Before I bother going to the doctor, here's what I want to know:
1. Is this common after sprains? Do they often fail to heal completely? Or do they just take a really long time to heal? What has been your experience?
2. Is there anything you'd recommend now as a home treatment, given that it's so long after the injury?
3. Although YANAD, do you have any thoughts about what might be wrong?
4. Is this worth seeing a doctor for? It's painful, yeah, but in your experience is this type of thing fixable?