I have a grade 2 ankle sprain right now got it on Wednesday. I’m not sure exactly how I rolled it but I rolled it bad enough to hear a pop. I was on the floor screaming in pain from my ankle. My ankle literally swelled to the size of a baseball or bigger and when I went to the doctor he told me there was a good chance of it being broken. He wasn’t sure if he could get a clear picture from all the swelling.
I was giving a brace and instructed to wear it for 3-to 4 weeks. I couldn’t walk until I had ice it for a good 2 hours. In my feeling of invulnerability I took it off and was able to stand on it single foot. I laid off it just to be safe and about 6 hours later I had random teeth gritting pain “shots” that hurt like hell. Each shot I’d say was the equivalent in rolling your ankle bad enough to not be able to walk on it for a day.
I didn’t bother to ice anymore past the first 4 hours or so mainly out of lazyness but I think I should have for the pains continued for rest of the day. I wouldn’t have any in between “shots” pain I would just randomly feel it for 10 seconds or so and it would die down and go away. They would happen about once every 10-15minutes. It was horrible.
Anyways I woke up this morning with only slight pain when I tried to mess with it a little too much. I could almost walk normal. I even deadlifted 315lbsx6 in order to motivate a friend. A few minutes afterwards I started to get some mild pain, I just tightened the brace as hard as I could and just left it alone. My ankle just feel bitchy but not crippling pain like the day before.
However, once I finally took my brace off and tried to walk on it pain kicked in very quickly and very intensly. As long as my brace is off I can feel the bottom of my leg just start throbbing and hurting like a bitch. I quickly learned that keeping my brace nice and tight is my key avoiding pain. I strongly recommend going to the doctor and getting a brace it helps immensely.
“The problem with ligament damage is that unlike bone healing, ligaments will never be as strong as they once were.”
Unfortunately I very strongly suspect this is true. When I was little I was jumping at a friends house across the street and I jumped off a trampoline and onto a football. I was about 11 or 12 when this happened. I basically hopped home crying like a baby and was unable to put any pressure on it for 3 days. My mom just iced it up but a bandage on it. I suspect this was a very severe sprain and I just sorta rested it out for a week or so.
Ever since then my right ankle, the one I injured on that day, is the ONLY ankle to ever roll or get twisted. I’ve noticed that my ankle sprains are getting more frequent and way more severe as time goes on. This may or may not be due to fact that I won’t really let give it time to heal. I’m literally walking into the gym with a limp, and then trying to deadlift or squat on it.
I STRONGLY recommend you get an ankle brace, as shown above, and to take some time off so you can be ready for basketball season and very possibly prevent another ankle injury. Do not be stubborn about this, you may just sprain your ankle again during basketball season and be out even longer. I’m spraining my ankle a lot more often and more severe as time goes on. I think it was just 8 weeks ago I mildly sprained it and was unable to walk for a day or two. I’m only 17 so I’m not some old guy that heals slowly.
GO see the doctor, GET an ankle brace and LET it heal. [/quote]