Good afternoon! Okay, I sprained my left ankle in May 2009 (by walking down some stairs to work, and I somehow missed the last step and when my foot hit the sidewalk, it rolled to the side). I still went to work and it got better... but walking around work, it got worse and I went to urgent care, where they said I sprained it. I had never sprained anything before so until after the doctor, I didn't adhere to RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation).
It eventually healed and all is well. But I've noticed - usually when the temperature changes - that it starts to hurt again. Like this week it suddenly got cooler, and now it hurts. In the past I've resorted to putting a brace on it, sometimes, when it starts to hurt.
I guess the reason I'm posting is... will I live with this on-again-off-again pain the rest of my life? Or is there some kind of range-of-motion exercises I can do to help? Or should I go to a doctor (podiatrist or physical therapist?) to see what they think? It doesn't hurt terribly or anything - just really annoying, mainly - but I'm only 27 years old and don't feel like I'm old enough to have chronic pain like this!!!
Thanks in advance!!!