> The question is this; I still have some pain running that is
> present in the afflicted ankle. It's not enough not to run,
> Should I just hang it up for 3 months more, or is it ok
> to run through the dull ache? After I run, there is no
> increase in discomfort and no swelling.
I seem to have been in the same category as you.
I'm likely one of the rare people that has had the
displeasure of a severe ankle sprain. Mine took me
about 4 months to fully heal. In fact, the massive
swelling actually lasted a full 3 months. I started
to run on it after about 2.5 months. It still hurt quite
a bit, but I am convinced that had I continued to
sit on my duff and "rest" it would have taken
several months more to heal.
It's just my personal theory, but I believe that
"light" exercise facilitates the healing process
via whatever means (providing localized *** flow
to the afflicted area, thus increasing the rate
of tissure repair.... whatever.. I'm not the doctor).
I think this applies to a wide variety of injuries.
I know people who have ruptured tendons.
In one case, my friend spent 8 months out from
a ruptured tendon... which he claimed was
not even healed after 8 months.. So I got
him running with me at an easy pace. Within
a few weeks, he felt totally healed.
This has been my observation the many times
I have gotten sprains. If I were you, I wouldn't waste
time letting it heal fully. I think the stretching motion
of exercise also may have alot to do with the pain
you feel; especially after a long layoff.. Once you
get some pliability going from a few light sessions,
you might feel less pain.
If you decide not to run.... There exists no
reason you cannot bicycle for exercise.
Even the most severe sprain will not inhibit
your ability to bicycle (except going up big hills).
(That is assuming... you like to bike).