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Sprained Ankle

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I am due to go skiing next Saturday however I badly sprained my ankle 8 weeks ago and it is still not healed. I can walk on it fine however I can't yet run or jump on it. Any explosive movements or twists still cause me pain. Just wondering if anyone has encountered anything similar ahead of skiing and what is the best form of protection/damage limitation when skiing? If there is any phsyio/exercises I can do in the next week then I would greatly appreciate the advice.
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@ben2704, can you get a ski boot on?
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@Hurtle, Yes, no pain externally at all. There's no longer any bruising or inflation. It's all internal as I damaged my ligaments (grade 2 at worst) so they are still tender/weak. I can walk fine on it however it's only when I try to run on it, jump or walk on uneven grounds/steep gradients do I suffer any pain. Hoping a ski boot will protect it however any extra help between now and then would be welcomed as I don't want to miss out on any skiing.
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Have you got a wobble board? They are good for ankle rehab.
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Similar problem.
simple fix.
pay and go to a physio then follow all the exercises they give you.
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I twisted my ankle a couple of months ago and, according to the physio, sustained bad ligament damage with a lot of bleeding.

It healed ok but I still get the same pain that you describe. However, I've been skiing on it fine since before Xmas. A ski boot seems to act as a pretty good ankle brace.

Try putting ski boots on and then jumping around in the garden. Clip in to your bindings and wiggle your ski to try to simulate the twisting force on your ankles. Then you'll have a better idea of whether you can ski. Asking the docs and physios, they tend to say, if it hurts to do it, don't do it.

And as the others have said, make sure you get physio.
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Did mine bad in Aug. Loads of physio. Elevation compression ice and ibuprofen every day. Deep massage weekly to sort out overworked muscle and tendons. Now skiiable but jumping hurts and am still wearing a compression bandage at night plus ibu.

Loads of physio - pay and follow the advice.
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I had a Grade 2 sprain at the end of February last year, leading to heavy bruising and lots of inflammation. Followed a similar programme to what other people have said above. Did some very gentle skiing from early May, but to be honest that felt a bit too soon. Even putting the ski boot on and off was quite painful. Felt confident to run on it from August, but even now it aches more then I would like it to so probably a 95% recovery. Now that it feels much stronger I'm spending a bit of time each day on a Bosu dome balancing on one foot to strengthen muscles around the ankle join to support the damaged ligament.
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Every injury is different of course - in my case I went skiing offpiste one week after I was able to run 5 minutes on a treadmill for the first time, which was slightly more than 2 months after my ankle injury. The ankle hurt but, surprisingly, almost only after skiing and only if I kept my boot on for more than 5-10 minutes after skiing (so I lunched and apres-d with one boot off).

The boot acts as a cast, making further injury rather unlikely.
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Had a bad sprain a couple of years ago. Went skiing a couple of weeks later. Was able to get foot into boot without too much discomfort (swelling had gone down). I found the boot supported the ankle whilst skiing pretty well. No real pain or discomfort. A pleasant surpise. Suspect Horizon is right. Walking, however, continued to be quite painful.

I suspect much will depend on the nature and severity of the sprain.
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Last year I jammed my foot under a 4x2M steel gate, heard a lovely crack and said a few words. I was due to go skiing 48 hours later. Despite not being able to bend my ankle, put a lot of pressure on my foot (limped/hobbled everywhere), I still went skiing. Despite my OH wanting to take me to A&E, my theory being if it was confirmed Id damaged my ankle/foot I couldn't go skiing. I could get my ski boot on by myself but had to have help taking of off due to the pain. I had no problem skiing as my boot acted as a cast, my foot was a lovely purple colour by midweek. It did take a good six months for my foot to heal properly though.
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Depends on your level of pain tolerance.. I broke my arm (radius and scaphoid) on the first morning of a snowboard holiday, went to local A&E in Livigno for x-rays and a plaster cast, then walked to the hire shop to change the snowboard for skis.

A pint of lager for the pain and I was skiing again within 2 hours, albeit with my arm in a sling.
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Sorry for the late reply. Just like to thank all those who gave advice.

My ankle was absolutely fine when in a ski boot (the only thing bad was the weather). I used an ankle support, Voltarol, Ibuprofen, Deep Heat and plenty of Kronenbourgs to assist however my ankle actually felt as good as new when in the ski boot.

Even now 13-14 weeks after I injured my ankle, I still experience pain following sharp movements and heavy landings when exercising/playing sport however anybody worrying about an ankle injury preventing them from skiing should fear not. A ski boot really is as good as a cast and the perfect protection.
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Except that a ski boot is not a cast. For mine there is some ankle contortion when getting the boot on, and there is a degree of forward flex on each turn. Glad things worked out for you, though.
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