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Sprained Ankle 1 month ago and I still can't run on it..

post #1 of 5
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Hey guys,

 

about 1 month ago I sprained my ankle. It was never really bad, meaning I could always walk on it and Now I can even slightly jump on it...however I can't run on it when I try it hurts and it's still a bit swollen. 

 

I'm going to get MRI on it just to be safe about it but I want to see if anyone here has skied with ankle injuries before. I don't want to delay my season and I can't visualize how much stress skiing would put on my ankle..

 

thanks,

 

 

post #2 of 5

I know how you feel. Sucks to have a bad ankle but ski season is still a while away. Time heals all wound.

 

 

Sprang my ankle (left) early January last season on an icy driveway. No breaks but extremely painful. Could barely walk. Could not get my foot into the ski boot. Took 5 months to get back to 100% - walk without pain and/or a limp. The disability was especially apparent going down the stairs.

 

 

Bad new - Lost 35 days of skiing (5 weeks).

 

Good New - After 5 weeks (mid-Feb), managed to stuff my foot into the boot and skied the rest of the season. The worst parts of the days was putting on and taken off the boot. Once the foot is in the boot the boot provided much needed support for the ankle - almost like a cast. Caveat - beware of hard charging lines. The injured ankle flexes slower (without pain anyway) so the ability to absorb sharp impacts (without pain) is reduced. Smoother line selection is essential - especially in the bumps. 

 

 

So check out your ankle just to make sure everything is OK. You can probably go skiing once the pain of stuffing your foot into the boot becomes bearable. 

 

 

Have a good season.       

  

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks King,

 

that makes me feel a lil better...

 

1 more question for those looking.. I was going to get custom foot beds this Wednesday.. should I wait until I can run on my ankle ? Just wondering if this has any bearing on it..

 

I guess my boot fitter would guide me correctly whether to wait or not but I figure I'd ask..

post #4 of 5

I am assuming you have insurance?  if you didn't have the ankle properly examined, you could have some hair line farctures or something in addition to or other than a sprain.  That said, get it checked out. KingGrump is correct; depending on the grade of the sprain, it can take a long time to heal up. a dr. may advise PT to get it moving and on the path to faster recovery.  Good luck and have patience.

post #5 of 5

It can be really hard to get these things right and a month really isn't excessive particularly if you've not rested it enough in the early stages. I really wouldn't push things too much until the swelling has settled down and the pain eased. Certainly don't go trying footbeds. They'll be wrong by the time the injury has repaired. It's very tempting to try and rush things but getting it right will save you long term problems.

 

What you should do is get some advice from a qualified Sports Physio preferably with specific ski knowledge. Doctors generally have little idea about sports injuries certainly here in the UK. They may even give you the wrong advice. It has been known.

 

A good physio will give you a progressive rehab programme specific to your injury and your needs.

 

Whatever you do, however, when things are improving it's really important to retrain your proprioception. Investing in a wobble board or just balancing on an unstable surface such as a simple cushion will help enormously to re-establish it and help safeguard against future injury. It will also help your skiing.

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