I fell on Friday 4/15/11-well I actually missed the bottom step and rolled my ankle and fell forward on my knee and skinned the whole lower part of my leg.
I went to the ER the next morning because I figured out at that point it was more serious then just a little sprain. X-ray showed a chipped bone in ankle and was dx w/ severe sprain grade 3. They put a temp cast on it and told me to follow up w/ Ortho.
I went to ortho doc today, he took the cast off and advised me that the ER's dx was correct but told me he wasn't going to cast it but he put it in a air cast. As much as I hated the fiberglass cast this aircast is not very supportive and I am having a hard time getting about.
He told me to call the physical therapy place and start asap. WOW I thought- It is so swollen, and hurts so bad still that I could not imagine going through therapy, but I guess he knows right?
I had questions wrote down for him but of course forgot it- I remembered everything except for this one- Once in a while ( only since my fall) I get the sensation going down my lower leg like cold chills. Only there no place else. I was wondering what that could be?
I hope you are still on crutches? Are you seeing an orthopedist that specializes in foot and ankle? I asked because 5 years ago I had a grade 3 sprain and osteochondral defects (they took out 2 pieces of dead bone) and the first ortho I saw, who was head of orthopedics, but not a foot and ankle dr. told me it was only a sprain, hadn't I ever sprained an ankle before. I begged for a boot because I could not walk and we were going on a cruise in a week, and he never told me to use crutches and acted like it was no big deal.
So I didn't use crutches and did some other stupid stuff like competed in a karate tournament 3 weeks later, but I did follow up with an ankle ortho surgeon and he told me that I should still be on crutches!!! He did send me to PT, but at 3 mos post sprain, I had an MRI and then surgery and that is where we discovered the real damage.
I didn't talk a grade 3 sprain as serious as I should. Make sure you find a good ankle specialist that knows what they are doing because bad sprains that aren't treated properly can wreak havoc down the road. Trust me on this one.
I humbly believe "wreaking havoc" is an understatement. Sprains are no joke! And a lot of times not even the doctors themselves give them the attention and importance they need.
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Exactly. The first orthopedic surgeon I went to completely blew me off. Didn't even touch my ankle. I know my situation is worse than it could have been because of him. Oh how I'd love to send my records to that guy. I've had 8 surgeries all related in some form or another to that sprain in the past 5 years. I still have at least 2 more to go. All because of a sprain.
I wish I had outright broken it back then because I honestly believe I would be better off now.