Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by Drew Castil » Thu, 18 Sep 1997 04:00:00


I sprained my ankle  on August 15.  I did the ice for a couple days afterward, didn't
walk until I felt the ankle was stable, and have been using a whirlpool a few times a
week.

The pain is not nearly as great (it's almost non existent), the ankle is more stable, but
now almost five weeks later, the swelling remains.  How much should this concern
me?  What is the 'usual' duration for such swelling to continue?

Thanks!

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Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by Mass Runne » Fri, 19 Sep 1997 04:00:00

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Quote:
>now almost five weeks later, the swelling remains.  How much should this
>concern me?  What is the 'usual' duration for such swelling to continue?

Usually, I have found that the swelling of minor injuries takes about a week
to get back to normal with no activity on it.  If swelling remains after 5
weeks, there is something wrong (like maybe you shouldn't be walking on it).
If in that situation, I would go see a doctor.  The swelling would only be
around after a few weeks if the root of the problem still remained.

Are you sure that it is swelling?  When I broke my wrist, I had a cast on
for 4 weeks and the swelling went down and was healed by then.

 
 
 

Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by Scott R » Sat, 20 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> I sprained my ankle  on August 15.  I did the ice for a couple days afterward, didn't
> walk until I felt the ankle was stable, and have been using a whirlpool a few times a
> week.

> The pain is not nearly as great (it's almost non existent), the ankle is more stable, but
> now almost five weeks later, the swelling remains.  How much should this concern
> me?  What is the 'usual' duration for such swelling to continue?

> Thanks!

> --
>     Andrew   a.k.a. Drew   Castillo
> remove the "&" from my address to email

I feel your pain brother.  I sprained my ankle just before my first race
of te season, which was the last race of the season...now I have to wait
until next year!!!!!

Anyway, I sprain my ankle on August 30...with a small hairline
fracture.  however the swelling has gone down, except over the top of
the foot.  I believe that has to do with the airsplint and the
shoes...in the morning the swelling is not noticable.  

My question is:  Has the swelling decrease at all? or is it just as
swollen as the first week?  Is the foot Black and blue still?

You may wish to try soaking your foot in Epsom salt.  I helps with
drawing out the *** and reducing swelling...IN THE FOOT.  Don't expedt
to see *** in the bucket after a 30 min soak :)

Best Wishes
Scott R.

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Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by matthew oglethorp » Tue, 23 Sep 1997 04:00:00



Quote:
>> I sprained my ankle  on August 15.  I did the ice for a couple days afterward,
>didn't
>> walk until I felt the ankle was stable, and have been using a whirlpool a few
>times a
>> week.

i sprained mine whilst playing football with a piece of brocolli in the
kitchen !

instant ice and also instant homeopathic ingestion of arnica 200.  this
was teh first tiem i'd done a homeopathic arnica treatment and i was
back running within 10 days.  i just could not believe teh difference it
made.  teh key, i believe was to take it instantly.

for details check out a homeopathy book.

of course don't forget water running if you get held up for a while, you
look like a drowning dog but it's great stuff, an excellent ie workout
if rather embarrasing..

all teh best
--
matthew oglethorpe

 
 
 

Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by pc5 » Sat, 27 Sep 1997 04:00:00

If the swelling is severe, e.g. some *** came free, it might take up as
long as a year before the ankle is heeled. The *** dries up on the band.
You MUST keep running, and moving, to speed up the heeling process



Quote:
>  <snip>
> >now almost five weeks later, the swelling remains.  How much should this
> >concern me?  What is the 'usual' duration for such swelling to continue?

> Usually, I have found that the swelling of minor injuries takes about a
week
> to get back to normal with no activity on it.  If swelling remains after
5
> weeks, there is something wrong (like maybe you shouldn't be walking on
it).
> If in that situation, I would go see a doctor.  The swelling would only
be
> around after a few weeks if the root of the problem still remained.

> Are you sure that it is swelling?  When I broke my wrist, I had a cast on
> for 4 weeks and the swelling went down and was healed by then.

 
 
 

Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by John Berci » Mon, 29 Sep 1997 04:00:00

The key is a strong therapy program.

Do a couple of things.

1.      Start exercising the ankle.  Ask a physical therapist what exercises to
do.

        Toes on stairs with heels*** off raising and lowering yourself

        Pulling back on foot with a towel held in each hand while sitting just to
stretch it.

        12 inch round board with golf ball screwed in the middle (bapps board) and
you practice ankle rotations to slowly make the board roll around on it's
outside edge.

        kids sitting on your lap as you raise and lower them with your toes.

2.      Warm up the ankle in hot water before the exercise.
3.      Ice it down 2-3 times a day for the next month and after each exercise.
        Styrofoam cups filled with frozen water work good.  Just peel away the
foam
        as you apply the ice
4.      Keep doing the physical therapy for 3-6 months 4 times a week.

Good luck.

John Bercik

 
 
 

Ankle Sprain / Swelling Questions

Post by Drew Castil » Sun, 05 Oct 1997 04:00:00

Quote:
>The key is a strong therapy program.

Thanks to everyone who responded in the NG and via email.  I can now run again
as long as my ankle is taped and wrapped, and this has helped it to feel better.

I run in the late evening, ice it afterwards for about twenty minutes b4 bed.  First
thing in the morning I stretch and heat it.    I feel very little pain if any.  I'm getting
so used to the swelling that somtimes I think the other one shrunk ;-)