About three years ago I started spraining my ankles every 8 months or so. The sprains were sort of bad, with big swelling, lots of pain and 3-6 months of recovery time, sometimes more. After each sprain, I the next one came easier, was worse, took more time to heal, and didn't heal as well.
Now, three months ago I had a very walking-intensive day. By 6pm I couldn't walk without help, and when I got home my left ankle was swollen and it hurt. It got worse each day, and after 4 or 5 I simply couldn't walk without two crutches (because I had tried using one). I went to the doctor, and after a while I started PT. Up until 3 weeks ago I still couldn't walk without the crutches, and felft no signs of considerable recovery.
Then my right ankle started to swell (after another intense day) and the exact same thing happened, except it hurt (and hurts) more.
Since I didn't actually "sprain" my ankles the doctors think it's nothing serious, but I can't walk! (Because neither ankle can take my full weight.) I can't go to classes, because just moving a little bit makes my right ankle (which used to the good one) hurt and swell A LOT. It feels very tender (even after 3 weeks), and a few days ago my dad barely touched it and it hurt even more for two days (until returning to its "normal" level of pain).
I'm starting to get desperate! Not walking, not moving... I've gotten two MRIs and they say there are no signs of "serious injury", but the weeks go by and neither ankle shows signs of improvement. And that is with EXTREME CARE.
The doctors simply don't take seriously the fact that my ankles were SO WEAK that simpy over-walking has brought me here. What can I do? Any comments or experiences will be much appreciated.
I was wondering if you have been to an orthopedician or a specialist or have had detailed investigation regarding your symptoms. If there are symptoms, there has to be an underlying cause. A few possibilities that may need to be considered include ligamental sprain/ tears, fractures, dislocations, infections/ inflammations like tendonitis, arthritis, bursitis, fasciitis, growths like spurs etc. I would suggest an evaluation by an orthopedician for an appropriate diagnosis which may include a complete physical examination and a few tests such as imaging studies like X-rays/ MRI etc. After a cause is diagnosed, it can be managed accordingly. Meanwhile you may try resting your feet. Ice-packs and NSAIDS may to help relieve the pain as well.
Hope this helps.
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