I twisted my foot hiking on holiday two weeks ago. I did the RICE thing but the whole foot swelled up like a purple baloon anyhow.
My PT, who I see for another thing, looked at it and said my ATL is torn through with maybe some cartilage or other damage. It happened just before the labor day holiday weekend and I was far from home, so it was over a week before I saw anyone beyond the emergency doc who (apparently) misdiagnosed it as a foot sprain and did not suggest any ankle support.
I couldn't get an ortho appointment for over two weeks after I got home and only go finally to see them next week.
I've since heard lots of horror stories about how sprained ankles that don't get attention can become chronic problems. Experience from other injuries tells me I should try to keep rather than regain range of motion. So, I've started some home re-hab. theraband stretches, alphabet circles, etc. It doesn't really hurt too much,especially braced, so I'm walking on it as normally as I can but am not sure how aggressive to be with these exercises.
Of course, my most pressing concern is, will I be ready for the ski season? (AAAAAK)