what type of sprain & need foot/ankle support after sprain?

Hello, I am trying to determine what type of foot/ankle sprain I had, so I can ask if I need a support/brace or exerciser-type of equipment. I'm concerned about sustaining additional sprains, now that this is my second time to injure the same area.

Near as I can tell, it's an inversion sprain of the right ankle. The entire foot, including all toes, was swollen to another full shoe size. The pad of the foot, just under the toes, has been noticeably swollen and just now looking normal. At first I could not move my toes at all, and then the big toe was moveable a few days after the injury, and it took a week for the other toes to be moveable.

It's nine days later, and still a large noticeable area just down and slightly forward (towards the toes) of the cuboid bone. The swollen area is triangular in shape. It does NOT hurt; I'm not in pain. I have full Range Of Motion.

There is also still a noticeable purplish-colored bruise line just above the bottom of the foot, below the cuboid bone.

Any ideas of what type of sprain I had? It was not designated on the instruction/follow-up sheet.

Treatment prescribed was to use a DonJoy High Walker for 4-5 days.

Also, what would you recommend, if anything, that I could use to prevent another sprain of this type, to the same area? Is there some kind of brace or support that could be worn fairly inconspicuously, under my sock? Or some kind of equipment that would help me to exercise/strengthen this weakened area of my foot/ankle to help prevent future injury?

I appreciate your comments and look foward to hearing back from you.

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Posted By Dee Dee on August 12, 2004 at 21:54:56:

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