Sports Injury Ankle Questions

Whether you have ankle questions about ankle sprains, tendonitis, shin splints, or ankle injury, you are in the right place. This page of sports injury questions is dedicated to everything about the ankle.

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Craig vs The Tough Mudder-Ankle and Fibula lose big (ORIF/break) 
Hello all- my name is Craig, and I’m a 39 year old male in central Virginia…and here begins my tale! A friend and I had started a pretty intense exercise …

Is it normal to experience swelling of the ankle after a tibial fracture?? 
My son broke his tibia, mid shaft between the growth plates. He was in a long leg cast for 4 weeks, then they cut it down to a short leg cast for another …

Sharp ankle pain, no known injury 
I am getting a sharp shooting pain, more and more frequently, that seems to start from the inside ankle bone, the medial malleolus and goes upward a few …

ankle fracture while playing football 
i am 22 years old and i had an ankle fracture five weeks ago (01/10/2009)while playing foot ball. in the case i broke my medial malleolus and fibula. i …

Broken Ankle  
I am 6 weeks into a broken ankle - plate and 8 screws Surgeon ok'd weight bearing 30 lbs at 4 weeks into injury increasing 20 lbs each week - I am now …

tib/fib fracture recovery 
Hi! My 13 yr old son broke his ti/fib of his R leg clean through in a soccer game (Sept 30 2008).It took 4 reductions over a month to get it to hold in …

Stubborn Stress Fracture 
I have a stress fracture that is taking a very long time to heal. Here are the details: I'm a healthy 36 y/o male, healthy diet, no history of fractures, …

What's wrong with my ankle? 
I can't seem to figure out what's wrong with my ankle. Here's a little of my background: I'm 24 - play ice hockey 2 or 3 times a week - and run 2 to 3 …

Talus break / cartilage removal 
Hello: Two weeks ago, I was hiking and the rock path gave out from under me and I fell 30 feet landing on coral and other fauna. I was fortunate enough …

On-Going Tendon or Joint Pain in Ankle 
Background: Ankle broken in early June, surgery 2 weeks later to remove some large bone fragments. OS said injury was one of the worse he's seen in 20+ …

broken fibula rehab... 
I play college football and I fractured my fibula via impact midshaft 6 weeks ago. I wore a boot for about 3 weeks and after that I could walk around on …

Question - Broken Ankle (swelling after cast removal) 
I broke my ankle playing football over four weeks ago and just recently got my cast off. When i broke it i severly twisted it and ended up laying …

unknown ankle pain year and a half post surgery 
I had surgery in May of '07 to repair chronic subluxation of the peroneal tendon-the retinaculum repair. I played a season of club soccer (about 2 practices …

broken ankle (recovery time) 
how long does it take to recover from a broken ankle and be able to play basketball again? ***Due to the size of this thread, and all of the wonderful …

weight bearing on a broken fibula with no surgery 
Hi, I broke my fibula two months ago by falling hard on my left foot. At first I was just treated with a transact and was sent home with painkillers as …

screws and plates in ankle recovery timeline 
I have a bi-malleoular fracture (I am certain I didn't spell that right!) in my ankle and had surgery to put a plate and screws in the bones to make them …

Recovery time (ankle fracture with ORIF) 
So i was playing for my high school baseball team and we were tied 0-0. I went to steal second slid wrong and dislocated my ankle and broke my fibula. …

Ankles hitting when running 
ok i know i dont really have an injury or if i do its probably just small but anyway when im runninglong runs i notice that sometimes not all the …

first walking post ankle fracture with air cast 
I am 8 weeks post distal tibia(ankle) fracture and also in an air cast. I just start putting pressure on my foot to walk (with walker and air cast)and …

Painful Tendon after severe ankle fracture 
I fell 5 metres whist bouldering (rock climbing without rope) and broke my tib, fib, talus, plus complete dislocation of ankle joint, it was an open wound …

Broken Fibula and Dislocated Tibia 
About 7 weeks ago I was playing football and broke my leg. I fractured my lower left fibula and the tibia dislocated from the ankle. I had surgery to put …

Question - Broken ankle (fibula - weight bearing?) 
I broke my distal fibula 5 days ago. Dr put me in an air cast. should I be walking on it?

cracked and bent fibula (Ankle Swelling) 
my son cracked and bent his fibula playing football on Friday night. the doctor xrayed it and says that his ankle was good and stable and he would just …

moon boots after ORIF for ankle fracture 
I fractured my ankle a week ago and had ORIF (lateral malleolus) with a plate and 6 screws. My deltoid ligament was ruptured, but not repaired surgically. …

Question - Broken Bone (fracture healing time) 
how long does it take for a completely broken foot bone to heal?

pain and swelling twelve weeks post sprain 
I was wondering how long pain and swelling normally last post ankle sprain. I had a severe ankle spain approx 12 weeks ago and still experience pain with …

5th Metatarsal Fracture - (brusising after surgery) 
I displaced my 5th Metatarsal and had surgery the next day with a screw placement. It has been 1 week and my toes are all black and bruised. Is that normal?? …

Question - Post Ankle Surgery Tendonitis 
I had a bimalleolar fracture 8 months ago which required ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) with 6 screws and plate. I had very limited dorsiflexion …

Screw removal recovery period (tib-fib screw) 
I broke both my tib and fib as well as dislocation of the ankle 2 years ago. External fixation was put in palce to allow swelling to go down, then the …

Broken Tibia, Fibula, Talus, dislocated ankle & ORIF ankle surgery 
Almost 4 months ago, I dislocated my ankle and broke my tibia, Fibula, and talus. I was hiking on a steep trail, lost footing and fell hard on my ankle. …

Question - Broken Fibula 
I broke my fibula about 9 weeks ago just above my ankle bone. For the first month I was in a plaster cast, then the doctor put me in a walking cast. The …

Broken Fibula Healing Time 
I broke my fibula playing ice hockey in November 2007. It was a non-displaced fracture so I was in a boot and on crutches for about 6 weeks. I was running …

Fracture Base of 5th Metatarsal Right Foot 
I broke my 5th metatarsal right foot 4 days ago.I'm a single mom & I have to work,I have no one to help me! Is there a special boot or shoe that I can …

Home Rehabing a 3° Ankle Sprain with Fractured 5th Metatarsal?? 
Thanks for all in info on your site. I'm American living in Italy and left to my own devices more or less. It's august in Italy and all docs are on vacation. …

Rehab After Healed Tibia and Fibula Fracture (ORIF Surgery)  
Hi, I suffered a comminuted fracture of the distal end of my left tibia and fibula, in a high-impact motorbike accident on January 12 when I was flung …

Question - Ankle Sprain (8 weeks with continued pain) 
My wife sprained her ankle 8 weeks ago and she is still in lots of pain. It still swells up and keeps her awake at night, yet at times it can feel ok for …

Question - Healing Time (tibia fracture - surgical) 
Hi, I am Hunny from Mumbai, India. I am of 27 years of age. I met with an accident on 27th May 08 evening and suffered a fracture in my right leg (below …

Question - Broken 5th Metatarsal 
Hi, Broke my 5th metatarsal two weeks ago, was put in backslab then into a plaster cast which came loose then back into a backslab until I could see ortho …

Compound fracture of tibia & fibia - what exercise can help healing? 
Nearly 3 months ago my son was involved in a car accident and suffered a compound fracture of both tibia and fibula. The consultant confirmed last week …

Question - Recovery (Jones Fracture) 
I am 26, and eager to get back into shape. My Jones fracture is 8.5 weeks old (landed on someone's foot playing basketball). I did not have any surgery. …

What causes severe cramping in the toes? 
Hi Bart! Thanks for your kind comments about my rotator cuff tear story . I really am doing well. I had something happen to me yesterday that …

My Ankle Is Not Healing Well 
I am a 32 year old male, physically not over weight. It's been 1 year since I had a surgery on my broken ankle (Fibula & Tibia broken into 2 parts). I …

Grade 2 Ankle Sprain - Pain After 12 Weeks 
I sprained my ankle (grade 2) 12 weeks ago and I still get a dull aching pain (after light jogging) and there is some residual swelling which is making …

Muscle Strain in Anterior Tibialis 
I'm training for Marine Corps Officer Candidate School which obviously entails lots of running. The current goal is to get my 3 mile run time below 20 …

Question - Untreated Ankle Sprains 
What are the effects of having a level 3 ankle sprain misdiagnosed and treated as a minor sprain (ie physio)?

Question - Tibia - Fibula Hardware Removal 
I am a 42 yr old male in very good shape. 7 months ago I broke my tibia and fibula in a freak accident. I had 2 surgeries and currently have 2 rods and …

almost 2 years after tib-fib comminuted fracture... is this normal? 
I had a tib-fib fx 3/2006, plate & screws were in for almost 6 months, couldn't weight bear for several weeks. No physical therapy of any sort followed …

Ankle Sprain Pain? 
I sprained my ankle a week ago while playing basketball. Probably a 2nd degree injury.It hurts so much for the first two days but it went off for the next …

3rd degree ankle sprain 
How long does it take for a 3rd degree ankle sprain to heal. I sprained it almost 3 years ago and i went through therapy and mri and everything and everyone …