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Unresolved Sprain
9/21 15:04:18

I sprained my ankle 9 weeks ago.  I was walking on a grassy hill when I heard it pop and felt a pulling sensation.  The doctor at urgent care said no weight bearing for 10 days.  That was the extent of his instructions.  At 2 weeks, I went to Walgreens for a lace-up brace so I could put some weight on it.  At 7 weeks my ankle is still swollen on the outside of my foot behind and beneath my ankle bone.  It pops and grinds when I walk and it is still very painful.  I called my regular MD who referred me to PT.  

I hate to second guess my doctor but I hate even more that I could waste 6 weeks in PT only to find this should have been treated more aggressively from the start.  Any suggestions?

Hi Serena,

Each doctor has different treatment courses.  The physical therapy is a good idea. However, since you are still having pain, I would see a podiatrist for an x-ray and possible MRI.


Marc Katz, DPM
Tampa, FL
Advanced Podiatry

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