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I have a bit of a concern over my ankle.
In January (2011) sprained it for the second time in about 6 months, it swelled just like it did the first time however with the appropiate RICE and as I was resting what turned out to be a stress fracture on the other leg at the time, I rested, the swelling went away and much earlier on then the first time I was able to walk around without any limping.
Thing is, it doesn't really feel like its fully healed! Its annoying more then painful, like a niggle, worse then a twisted ankle type pain but nowhere near the same as a properly sprained one.
I have had sports massages on the ankle and surrounding area, I have tried laying off for a while, I had orthotics for a while and nothing really helps. From the angle I can see it, its definetly not the same as the unaffected one but to the view of a doctor and physio it doesn't seem to look swollen and that means no matter what I say they just shrug their shoulders, say "dunno" and thats that, no help no recommendations and no idea how I get the damn thing fixed! I have tried ice, compression wraps when running, I have tried elevation every day after exercising for a good 20mins plus, I have tried ibuprofen gel and even deep freeze spray, nothing seems to make any difference
I have thought about going back to my doctor but have no idea what to say. It did show up on a scan but as the scan was done only 4 months after the sprain happened no one was in the least concerned and so no advice was given. I doubt I'd get a scan again as it was a radioactive one I was warned about having too many when it was done (as in: "don't have another one again please!")
Has anyone had the same deal with a sprained ankle? Are they not supposed to heal properly? Is this how its going to be for the rest of my ankles life now? Just feels so odd to me as it did heal 100% the first time around, but just not this time. Have no idea what to do or even what to ask for in way of getting help, I am not a fan of the physios I keep being referred to as in my experience they have never ever gotten anything right: (telling me I was making things up when I complained at what later turned out to be a SF and yes I did make an official complaint. This was three separate physios.)