My Ankle Has Improved!

My last post talked about how I injured a ligament in my right ankle when I was walking down some steps, and although it was EXTREMELY painful at the time, it has improved greatly since then!

For a while I was walking with a limp but now I try to walk as normal as I can. I don’t need the crutches anymore, and pain wise it’s actually fine now. I can’t twist my foot though, or run (which I found out yesterday) but I can walk around as usual. I just have to be that extra careful the way I move my foot.

It’s still bruised and theres still a little bit of swelling, so that causes pain when I touch it, so I don’t know when all that will disappear. The times when it’s sore is usually after I walk for a while, I turn it a funny way and when I wake up in the morning and walk on it.

It will be 3 weeks this Tuesday since I injured it, and at the beginning I thought it would take ages to heal. I could hardly move it, it was bruised and really swollen.

But I’m surprised that it is healing ok though and I can walk on it. I’m still doing the alphabet with my foot (which is a little sore to do), I do stretches and I balance on the bad ankle. Apparently this is to build up muscle so that a sprain is less likely to happen in the future.

I read that now that because I sprained it once it’s going to be easier for me to do it again, which I certainly do not want to happen again!! Thankfully I’ve never broken a bone or had anything major happen me, but this was the sorest thing that happened me, so I really don’t want to experience that again!

I haven’t drove yet but I might go out tomorrow and see how it is. Ireland is starting phase 1 of it’s recovery tomorrow so hardware shops, garden centres and other work places will be open again. But it’s never going to be the same again, at least not for a long long time.

Aisling

My Ankle Recovery

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It will be a week tomorrow since I hurt my ankle, and I’ve improved a little. I can now move it a little more and put more pressure on it, and I can (slowly) walk up stairs with my crutches.

For the past two days however I feel my foot has become a little more sore; maybe I overdone it with the walking or something, but I do feel my foot is more painful these past two days. I was walking around the house with my crutches and trying to put weight on my foot, but I think I may have overdone it!

Lately I’ve also been having troubling falling asleep as it’s uncomfortable.

The doctor told me that it would take around 14 to 21 days to fully recover, and I do believe that is true! I felt great a few days ago: walking around and using the crutches for balance, I thought “Oh this is fantastic I’ll be walking soon!”

But no, now I don’t think I’ll be walking soon! The doctor said my injury was between a Grade 1 and a Grade 2, and after looking online, I think he’s right. A Grade 1 injury means that you can walk on your ankle, it might be a little swollen, but you can walk on it.

A Grade 2 means that it’s difficult to put weight on it and it’s all bruised and loads of swelling. It’s also harder to move it around. So I do think mines in the middle! It’s a little bruised and it was quite a bit swollen.

I suppose I’m afraid that if I don’t do enough strengthening and walking then it will take longer to heal, but then I don’t want to overdo it either! I don’t really know if what I’m doing is right. I may have started walking too soon it, I don’t know… but the doctor did say that I should try and start walking on it as soon as I can. So that’s what I did.

I will keep doing the alphabet with my ankle, put ice on it, and just try and move it so that it doesn’t get stiff.

Hopefully tomorrow it will feel a little better!

Aisling