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So on Friday I definitely sprained my ankle, and most like tore or partially tore the ligament in the lower back-left of my left ankle/heel area. Its been pretty swollen, (Still is), and has a throb sort of pain, and I basically can't walk on it, I have to limp around school, and LAX conditioning.

How long do these take to heal? I need to be able to run well to make the LAX team, but I don't want to make things worse.

Also, I have a brace for it I got at CVS, will that do? Any good ways to relive pain after walking (Limping) around school all day and LAX conditioning?

I've tried Icy Hot, Tylenol, etc, but they don't work all to well for me.

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!.  Go to your family practice physician and have him look at it.

2.  Chronic ankle sprains are a problem; acute ones are worse but they heal and go away. If you do not heal the injury it will be chronic for your life.

3.  You are only as good as your legs. A wounded ankle means you cannot play Lacrosse worth a d**n and you will keep re-injuring it until you get under a physician's care to make sure it is healed 100% before hitting the field.

4.  From a mental aspect, any injury can make you play slower or be afraid to make a quick turn or run as fast as you can since you will think you will re-injure the ankle. So get some professional help to get it healed.

5.  You may have to wear a brace or support when you play in the future but you need one that is not off the shelf. You need one via prescription to make sure it fits correctly and does what it is supposed to do.

6.  Don't rush your recovery. I know you love LAX but unless you are healed 100% you will have what I have: nagging injuries that never go away.

Good luck and when you get back on the field knock someone on their behind for me!!!  ;D   ;D   ;D

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ude go to the freakin doctor and get the proper treatment for it. I sprained my ankles severely and several times growing up due to skateboarding.  After the first one I never went to doctor again.  I am payin the piper now.  Both my ankles are very weak and "click".  If I step on uneven ground or a small rock, I fall down.  Once while walking from the car to the house I did this.  I broke a whole set of new drinking glasses I was carrying.  Go to the doctor.

Cliff

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You need to get an x-ray, then see a doctor/ trainer. When I was playing college football  rolled my ankle real bad and it looked like a purple grapefruit for 2 weeks. I was able to do rehab in the whirlpool and different things cause it was available from the school. But one day I  after the second week I stood up and something cracked back into place and it hurt then felt awesome. Get it checked.

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I thought I sprained my wrist last year...went to the doctor and found out I actually broke it.

I agree with everybody else,have a Doctor check it out. 

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Go to the Doctor...asap. While there, request physical therapy so you can strengthen not only the injured ankle, but the other one as well.

Inquire with your Lax team trainer about taping your ankles before you play.

You can ask about being fitted for a brace, but in many cases the folks treating you are going to push for you to strengthen and stretch ankle, foot, and lower leg muscles/tendons/ligaments to prevent injuries down the line.

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Soak 4" wide strips of brown paper from a brown paper bag in vinegar and wrap ankle with it.  Will relieve pain and swelling.

Kelley

MD (Mountain Doctor)

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If you do not heal the injury it will be chronic for your life.

Excellent point! I sprained my right ankle in Iraq, and I never had it looked at. I didn't have the luxury of taking a day or two off, and I wasn't about to send my Soldiers into sector while I stayed back, so I sucked it up and drove on. We were spending five or six hours a day doing foot patrols and wearing a ton of gear, and it took weeks for the swelling to go down. Nowadays, I get pains in my ankle almost everyday, and sometimes it hurts just to stand. Take care of your body. You'll have to live with it long after your lacrosse playing days are over.

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Going to the doc is the only way to know for sure.  I stretched everything in my right ankle during our football playoffs my junior year.  Its no fun, and truly won't heal without rest. 

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Have your parents take you to the doc.  ::)

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Have your parents take you to the doc. ::)

I was wondering/thinking the same thing myself.  If you really want medical advice from the intraweb, at least go to WebMD or some site like it.

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I usually try to avoid the doc, but I guess I'll go. :-/

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Jay Cutler healed quickly after the loss to the Packers. He was seen walking in Hollywood within a few days after the game. :o

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I played Lax in HS and College AND have sprained my ankles 1/2dozen times each and broke them once each, right one has a steel plate and 5 pins holding together.  I was a 6'3" 240lb Attackman, I put a huge amount of torque on my ankles cutting in the VT mud we played in. 

Seriously go to a Dr. now to find out exactly what you did.  Get a McDavid ankle brace and some mole hair (that stuff your trainer puts on you so you don't get blisters.  ICE ICE ICE, Icy Hot is junk and does nothing...  Wrap it at all times when you are not playing to keep the swelling out. Keep your ankle up as much as possible.  To keep the joint loose use your foot to write out the alphabet a couple times a day.  After 10 days get on a bike (real or gym) and use a very low gear and spin (don't stop doing the alphabet thing).  4 Advil a couple times a day. 

Finally... and I am not a peace-nick hippie but go to a "natural" store and get ARNICA Gel (NOT cream).  The stuff reduces swelling/bleeding I SWEAR by it.

PM me if you want more info or specifics.  Good luck and play big!

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Keep ice on it.. ice it for 15min at a time...  but you need to see your doctor..  ankle sprains take a while to heal but you need an x-ray just to make sure it isn't broken..

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Think you have it rough ? My grandad had a wooden leg .......with a real foot  :o

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That would suck if your grandad got termites  :o

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That would suck if your grandad got termites :o

LOL hilarious

but really though, if its just a sprain, soak it in some warm/hot water with epsom salt, rub some cornhuskers oil on it, and tough it out.

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11 years ago I was skipping down stairs and landed on the side of my foot with all my weight and fell down the rest of the stairs.  It was so severe that my dad made me sleep with my foot in a bucket full of ice and I couldn't even feel it.  The next day the doctor said "that was a little extreme."  We opted for some pain killers and sprain treatment instead of an x ray.  The ankle has felt a little funny ever since, especially when I turn my foot to the side.  I'd take every precaution you can.

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Any update on how you're healing? Lots of good advice so far. Pretty unlikely it's broken but if it's no better within a week or so then you should get an x-ray just to be safe. Definitely keep up with the ice and elevation and don't baby it too much... try walking as close to normal as soon as you can (with or without crutches), otherwise you'll start to develop some compensatory gait mechanics that may be difficult to get rid of once you completely heal. Good luck!

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Jay Cutler healed quickly after the loss to the Packers. He was seen walking in Hollywood within a few days after the game. :o

ouch.....

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Still hurts like hell, really hasn't felt better. I have started to notice more pain like I might have cracked my heel also.

My mom is going to try and get me to a doc tomorrow, but only one place takes our insurance, so we'll have to see if they have any openings tomorrow.

As for walking, I try to walk normal on it, mainly because I'm embarrassed to be limping. But I really can't walk normally on it. I get the comments though about it being hard to walk regularly after walking funny for so long.

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Make sure you tell the trained medical staff what your self diagnosis is (cracked heel, sprain, torn ligaments).  They should really appreciate it.

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