I was jogging when I got my ankle sprained.First,I went to the ER,took an X-ray,than the doctor told me that it is sprained ankle,and it will only take me 2 weeks to recover,after 2 weeks passed,I had to go to my physician whom referred me to a specialist who asked to be patient and just let heal by itself,after 3 weeks ,I went back to him and had to beg him to agree for an MRI,I got one,and it showed that I have bruised talus,and it hurts just like broken ankle,I 've been in cast for almost 2 months,I just took it off but there is no progress,the pain still acute,and it feels just like the before...I can't move my foot a all,and now I am more scared after reading more of articles and people's experiences if it's getting worse,if my foot was misdiagnose....Please help me,tell me what should I do???
Do you know where the bone bruise is on your talus? Do you know how big the bone bruise is on your talus? Do you have any soft tissue damage? What kind of ankle sprain did you endure? What kind of specialist are you seeing (sports med, general ortho, ankle ortho specialist??). I, too, have a bruised talus and I've been dealing with this since 11/20/08 (see subtalar joint injury post). Mine is a 4mm anterior talus bruise with some significant medial ligament damage. I think the biggest advice I can give you is to NOT get too caught up in reading other people's posts and freak yourself out that you have the same problem. (That was an issue for me...and I drove myself CRAZY the first month in dealing with this). Janewhite1 has been EXTREMELY HELPFUL TO ME!!!!!!
Ankle sprains are REALLY DIFFICULT to diagnose and treat. What kind of cast have you been wearing the past 2 months? I know from my own experience that my foot/ankle really hurt when I got out of my GRAY CAST. The advice I got from my surgeon after being in the cast for 2 months was to GET OUT OF IT and start moving my foot. He also gave me a cortisone shot and prescribed IBUPROPHEN for me. My foot has been getting better ever since...but I'm a long way from walking normal and we are still trying to figure some things out in the process. Bone bruises can take a VERY LONG TIME TO HEAL...like a year.
OK, without knowing much about the specifics in your situation...my advice to you would be to get into some structured Physical Therapy (PT) to work on ROM and deal with the pain in your ankle. I'm not sure if your insurance can cover that but I think you need to be as pro-active as you can in your recovery process. Are you comfortable with your doctor? I think it's really important to be in constant communications with your medical care team.
I know how scary this is...believe me I know!! Please try to be as calm as you can and surround yourself with compassionate people. know that there is A LOT of support here on this board too. I will keep you in my thoughts as well. HANG IN THERE...you aren't alone! Let me know if you have any questions!
Let Me Walk
You poor thing. I know what you are going thru. It has a ring of been there done that. First of all, you definitely will gain lots of medical knowledge from this and secondly, you will have to be proactive most of all.
I too, went thru 3 xrays in april 08 with normal results for both ankle and feet pain that got worse every day.Finally I begged for a MRI in August and boy was the doctor shocked. I had 2 fractured ankles, 5 broken bones in feet, broken sesmoids in right, stress fractured calcaneous in right,bruised talus,cuboid and severe bursitis in both. Needless to say, I was cassted both feet to knee for 6 weeks. My life I thought was over. I crawled like a little mermaid all over my 3 level house.
After the casts were removed, 2 days later I fractured the calcaneous that was only stressed, back to cast for 6 more weeks.
I am now in PT and in shoes with crutches. It is a long recovery. I get agggravated, sad, mad and most of all depressed. My life is not the same, however I know the future is going to be better. I could be worse, I could be better, but I will make it and I will never let a normal xray or wrong doctor stand in my way again. I could truly go on about what I have learned, but I just wanted to let you know, you arent alone if its any help. But mostly, this too will pass.You know your body more than anyone, so keep going until you get help that works.
I hope this helps you and you find the right help. If you are like me, you pay alot for insurance so you need to be content with a doctor that speaks and treats, not just one of those. Good Luck and keep me posted with an update.:
Dear let me walk,
First I want to thank you for taking time and effort replying to my email,and I truly wish that you can walk soon.
It's weird because my injury was around the same time as yours,well to be more specific mine was right after thanks giving.I really wish if I had answers to all your interesting questions that u asked at first,but since this is my first injury ever, it was really a big shock to me that I can't probably walk for the next few months so I really didn't take time to ask any specific questions neither my doctor!!! He didn't take the effort to give me any details about my foot!!! All what I know that he is a foot specialist,and that he couldn't diagnose my foot at first since he said that it was only a sprained ankle,than after 3 weeks when he look at the MRI he said that it was bruised anterior bone in the talus,nothing more,nothing less,and I have to deal with it and just be patient!!!
After reading some people's experiences and postages,I decided to give it another try and call another ankle ortho specialist,so I got this appointment for next Wednesday of next week,hopefully he can give me more details,as far as the therapy,I am starting next Monday,I don't really know what the process is since my foot is not healed yet,I am kind of scared but I'll give it a shot and see what they are going to say about it! so YEAH,i guess it's just matter of time,but all what I know it's that I can't take it any more,it's just constant acute pain,and great depression!!!
Sincerely Fatima Onus
I'm glad to hear that you are going to see a second ankle specialist. You may want to create a calender and then document all of your pains and throughout the day. I have done this, since 11/20/08 and it's been very helpful for me and the doctors. To date, I have seen 20 specialists regarding my foot. My life has been completely turned upside down, I'm a personal trainer, a strength training specialist for the University, an avid hiker, biker, inline skater, etc. I can relate to what you are going through. BOTTOM LINE..IT SUCKS....but you gotta be as PRO-ACTIVE as you can in this process!! (Beleive me, I've had my break downs and in fact last night I just broke down and cried)
Having said that...you may want to start writing down questions as they pop into your head and bring them into your appointment. You may also want to ask your doctor about the quality of the MRI. (I recently learned that, with my case, I could have had a thinner sliced MRI to zoom in on my bruise. SO, you may want to ask about the slices of your MRI).
Remember, it's good to have information...but sometimes we can drive ourselves crazy. I think the calender is a good idea as is writing down all of your questions. I think with your PT they will work on lessening your pain and work on your ROM (range of motion), which is important.
If you have any other questions or get freaked out..just send an email. As I've said before a lot of people have helped calm me down on this board! Hang in there and know that you are being thought of!!