I sprained my ankle 7 weeks ago after stepping in a pot hole in the dark. What I thought was a simple inversion injury has turned into a very painful situation. I was diagnosed with an atfl spain , told I had no instability though found out 2 weeks later I have significant instability, placed in an aircast, and sent home on crutches. I returned to work as a respiratory therapist(a job that demands my feet) 3 days after the incident, limping and in an ankle brace. My ankle starts to throb after 20 minutes of continuous standing and 7 weeks later is still doing the same. The swelling, tenderness and ecchymosis is around the atfl and mallous. I pay for standing every night. The pain is incredible, night pain is even worse. I am no longer able to work or stand for more then 30 minutes at a time. Swelling is still persistant. Ankle is very wobbly and at times the pain is so bad, I can't stand at all. Swelling is also located bilaterally around heel. I am able to stand on my toes but shake. Pain is sometimes bilateral in nature around both medial and lateral sides of the heel. X-rays are normal. This ankle has been broken twice through the epiphysial plate and sprained numerous times. Never had a sprain that had pain that persisted this long.

Posted By KLR on May 15, 2003 at 19:35:11:

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