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First and foremost, may i wish everyone a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Secondly, i would really appreciate some advice on an ankle injury i have been suffering with for almost a year now. I am a PE Teacher (for my sins) and now, all the obese kids can run faster than me!
In January 2012, whilst playing football and jumping to up to challenge for a header, i fell onto my left ankle and sustained immediate pain and swelling which was diagnosed as a soft tissue injury following an X-Ray - revealing no fracture. I was unable to continue playing outfield football, run, swim or cycle. I was on crutches for around 4-5 weeks before i could eventually weight bare. When returning to sport there was immediate pain in my left ankle.
I had 5-7 private physio sessions from April - June and this is was the dianosis given my by physio at the time gave: "At initial assessment demonstrated reduced range of movement globally at the bilateral ankle. Range of movement was particularly restricted into dorsiflexion due to pain over the talocrural joint and lateral malleolus bilaterally. Walking and weightbearing aggravated the symptoms and an altered gait pattern as a result. Effusion was also noted around the lateral ankle, achilles and talocrural joint bilaterally. Our patient has been treated with 6 sessions of aggressive deep soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and manipulations, ice and heat therapy, and exercise therapy. The patient rested initially and commenced a clinical trial on a bike, with which he reported worsening of pain with one episode on a bike. The client has reported little change following each session of physiotherapy, with little carryover the following week. Walking continues to be affected, with pain worse when using stairs. On examination the effusion is significantly reduced, however symptoms continue to aggravate at the talocrural joint and lateral malleoli bilaterally."
After numerous 'consultations' i was finally put forward for an MRI scan at the end of August 2012. During my 8-10 week waiting period, i went on holiday to Eygpt and on one particular day of travel my left ankle 'ballooned up' and i found it really hard to walk on. Up on my return, my MRI scan revealed there was no significant damage or fractures and when i questioned why my ankle swelled up so much on holiday, the specialist could not give me an answer.
Since September, i have had 4 physio session on the NHS (with 3 different physio's). I have since then had 5 privately paid sessions (with one physio) of aggressive deep soft tissue massage, joint mobilisations and manipulations, ice and heat therapy. I have also worn a brace during this time (Mueller Hg80 Ankle Brace w/Straps). Over the Christmas period i have been given 20 minutes on stationary bike, 10/10 on bike/cross trainer and 20 mins on cross-trainer with ice immediately after exercise and heat treatment there after. I have had no alternative methods of treatment and have been told not to do any exercises (e.g stretching or use of a wobble board which i have looked up in the internet).
My goal this year was to compete in a few Triathlons. This is now my goal for next year.
I'm not the type to write threads but feel like i am going round in circles and would really appreciate some help.
Thank you for reading.