Inversion ankle sprain long term effects

Inversion ankle sprain long term effects

I sprained my ankle more than 2 months ago. For the first day after the injury it was hard to walk, but then I started walking somewhat normally with occasional pains.

I couldn't rest my foot as much because I'm a student in university and I couldn't miss classes. I would walk slowly, but I would still move a lot to go from class to class. In a week, I started walking faster even though my foot did not feel like it was fully healed.

After another week, I went to go see a doctor because the ability to walk got worse than it did initially. The doctor sent me to go get an x-ray and that ruled out the possibility of a fracture. In another week's time, with proper rest, I was able to walk normally again.

However, I'm noticing a difference in muscle fatigue in my legs. Activities like running feel like more work for my previously injured left leg compared to my right leg. I'm not sure if I'm paranoid or if there is actually a possibility that the ankle sprain from two months ago can affect the muscles on the leg in this manner.

No, you are not paranoid at all; just google arthrogenic muscle inhibition and you'll see what I mean.

In short, injury to any joint causes a change in the discharge in the sensory receptors in the tissues that were damaged, affecting spinal reflex pathways and inhibiting the muscles. It happens in all cases of joint injury, whether your ankle, knee or lower back. Most of the research has been done on the knee; long term affects are severe wasting of the quadriceps muscle. It's more difficult to visualise in the ankle.

Much more can happen when you have an inversion ankle sprain than just fracture of a bone. Did it go black and blue? The sharp pain when walking is usually caused by a subluxation in the ankle mortise or subtalar joints; these may correct spontaneously but often don't causing the inversion ankle sprain long term affects you are concerned about.

If you have no pain when walking, just the weakness, then I'd start with a wobble board and our ankle exercises at chiropractic help; use the site search function. Do it faithfully for a month; if you're not improving see a chiropractor with a FICS post graduate qualification.

You may need to go on with these exercises for life, depending on the degree of damage, which obviously I can't assess, just as you would with lower back exercises after a lumbar injury.

Good luck; I hope this contributes. Give a FB recommend please.

dr B

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