I was involved in a motorcycle accident a week ago and I suffered a few injuries one of those being an ankle sprain, I went to the Er and was told no broken bones. I had significant swelling more then most ankle sprains I have seen so I went to the ortho doc. All he said was come back in a week
If the swelling has not gone down we will do an MRI, and put me in a boot Now from the moment it happened I stood up and my ankle buckled under me I was unable to stand on it at all. I can walk with the boot and a crutch but with lots of pain. The pain is actually getting worse it seems, the swelling up my leg and around the ankle is still there the swelling in the foot has subsided slightly. I was just curious if I should request that MRI or just deal with it?
Did they do xrays? If not could it possibly be a stress fracture? I would definately request an MRI as it appears to be more painful and not improving. Maybe there could be a problem with a tendon or ligament.
You should get an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist and see if they will get the MRI. It could be a tendon or ligament. If there is a tear in a tendon/ligament walking on it could do more damage.
Buckling when you try to stand on it is not a good sign. That could mean a torn tendon/ligament. Or it could just be painful and feel like it's giving way.
For now, use the boot/crutches, don't push it at all. If you weren't prescribed any medicine, take Advil or Aleve. Keep the foot elevated high (above the heart) whenever possible. Put ice packs on 20 minutes at a time.
Elevating and icing will control swelling, which will reduce pain and allow the tissues to heal. Also, when you do go back to the orthopedist or get an MRI, the less tissue swelling there is, the easier it'll be to examine the foot or read the film.
Give it time. Do not do anything that causes pain.
Just a follow up. I did have the MRI took a little bit to get in and get scheduled. I have a talus fracture and I go in for surgery tomorrow. Definitely not what I wanted to hear. Thanks for the responses.