Ankle Injury 4 + years

Hello - I have a general question to ask. I am low income and insurance companies will not touch me because I have diabetes and asthma. Consequently, I cannot see most doctors, as I have no insurance.

About 3-4 years ago, I fell down the stairs and heard a loud pop. The doctor at the ER told me I had a third level sprain. He wrapped my ankle up in a foam brace, prescribed crutches, and told me to contact the Health Center on campus (always a big joke).

That was just the beginning. I've had constant pain, tenderness, problems with the ankle being swollen (I am familiar with RICE), and constant, repetive injuries (even with walking, roll overs will happen, I've just learned to deal). Doctors have told me that I just need to lose weight, exercise, and eat right and that the ankle will heal. The recent case is that I tripped in a hole and reinjured the ankle. Then, I had to chase after a student and reinjured the ankle AGAIN - same week! Now, I can't even push off on a shopping cart with it (my legs are strong), and if I run or walk a lot on it, there's this burning/annoying pain feel. It also pops and grates a lot during the day - not painful, just very, very, very annoying (it sounds like I'm walking with flip flops on and I walk with boots). I know my weight doesn't help, but I was able to ride a bike and exercise and so forth until another injury a few months back (with another roll over on an uneven sidewalk that I didn't see coming).

I'm just getting sick and tired of the pain. I'm falling asleep with a bag of ice and nothing helps. Would you know of anything I could do that might help? I am a graduate student in Maryland, but couldn't find any sites where I could post my question. I'm not seeing another doctor until I know I can be helped (anything but the: "It'd heal if you'd just lose weight; ice it; rest it; exercise; it'd heal".

I'm at a loss, would you have any advice?

Thank you,
Serenity Palmer

Posted By Serenity Palmer on March 31, 2006 at 21:44:44:

A silicone insert on the back of the Achillotrain leaves tendon pressure-free and provides intermittent compression for the reduction of swelling and edema.

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