Let down by my own body

@GreenMoo (11842)
January 20, 2012 2:40am CST
I dislocated my ankle about two years ago, and it's never been right since. It was a stupid injury, falling off a kerb. I've been back to the physio a couple of times since (normally when it gets to hurting). Normally it's fine, but occasionally it will give way with little warning. Normally when it goes it is when I am on a step of rough ground, and it'll just not take my weight when I ask it to. Last year this resulted in my son being hospitalised after I fell whilst holding him. Yesterday it gave way when I was cleaning out the goats. I just stepped down from their shed to the floor level, less than a normal stair height, and it just gave way and left me in a heap on the floor. It hurt like hell and I felt my world go grey around the edges, but thankfully my partner was within yelling distance and he came and helped me get myself back together. I was back on my feet later in the afternoon and am wearing a support on it today. No lasting harm done but I'm finding it really worrysome. How can I live an active life with an ankle that gives way with no warning? Is there something I can do to strengthen it? Two years seems like a long time. Have you suffered a similar injury? How long did it take to put right? Or does your body let you down occasionally?
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• Pamplona, Spain
20 Jan 12
Hiya GM, Have always had problems with not very strong ankles and when I fractured my foot one Day playing at Julie Andrews lol on the mountain side that hurt like crazy and I could have kicked the Person who said to me it does not look very much to me my ears rang every time I tried to stand on the injured Foot. Of course it did heal very well but with the strain of having to do all the normal work like you do the other Foot gave way just after they took off the plaster cast off the other one. It was all the strain. Was carrying Shopping with Crutches, doing Housework doing everything normal because I had no choice you see so I was very lucky because the DoctorĀ“s strict instructions were to sit on the Bed and not move in most of the Day as if I could have done. Of course I did not tell him what I had been doing. Funniest bit was when the I had black bluish patches on my toes after a few weeks and I was almost in tears as I asked the Doctor was it mortal as I was so fed up I could have cried about anything and he burst out laughing thats only normal he said well he could have told me something I was worried sick I can tell you. Sounds like you need to wear a proper support until you find a really good Therapist that should get you back on track again. I had to give up picking up my kids as well that is something I did not do when I was with the broken foot. The other week I was running down a mountain slope like Laura Ingalls lol and I just about managed to come to a break but nothing broken or twisted this time was very lucky. Hope it heals soon.xxx
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
Sounds like you should avoid mountains LoL. They don't sound very good for you! My therapist also advises rest as the best medicine. But that is far easier to advise than to do! I injured my pelvis too a while ago and she advised keeping carrying loads evenly. That made me stop carrying my youngest on my hip.
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• Pamplona, Spain
21 Jan 12
Hiya GM, Oh I love the Mountains I am very careful what I do though. Yes and their advice is not always so easy to follow. Can you imagine being able to sit down all Day without hearing any comments going on like is that all you are going to do today lol? My youngest was always being carried around all Day long and my problems could well have started here but not sure really. Just to be on the safe side make them walk by your side instead I had to walk when I was one. We never got picked up then lol.xxx
@GreenMoo (11842)
22 Jan 12
When I hurt my pelvis i really did have to sit down for hours at a time, but with my back against a wall and my shoulder blades touching it. It pulled me back to the position I should have been, but it hurt so much i would be in tears. In those circumstances the family gave me some leeway! But I'm too impatient to sit around all day if I really don't have to (the pelvis thing frightened me as if i didn't do as I was told one of my legs was going to end up permanently longer than the other). My youngest doesn't need carrying any more, and even then it was for comfort more than necessity. Women's hips seem made perfectly for small children, but i don't imagine it does us any good.
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@inertia4 (27792)
• United States
20 Jan 12
I personally have not suffered from an injury like that but my old boss did. He was told by his doctor to watch out what he did because of the Achilles tendon. He could have damaged that permanently. So he used to wear a brace sometimes. But like he said, it used to just give out just like that without warning.
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
The achilles tendon is a really nasty one if you injure it I think. Thankfully my injury is to the side of my ankle, just below the knobbly bit. I do as your boss did and wear a brace occasionally, but I rebel against wearing one always.
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@inertia4 (27792)
• United States
21 Jan 12
I guess we all feel the same about wearing something like that. But look, if you need to wear it when you're doing certain things, then wear it. You don't want to wind up with a broken ankle.
@GreenMoo (11842)
22 Jan 12
You're right of course.
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@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Jan 12
Have not had a similar injury, knock on wood. Have seen people do a figure eight wrap with a sports stretch bandage. Have seen people use a cane. Have known people who have done exercises to strengthen the ankle. Have known people who have gotten better doing t'ai chi. Have known people who have had to have an operation.. Have seen people wear angle braces. Have seen people use an ankle tubelike thing before. There are many things out there. I'm sure you will find the one that is correct for you.Sorry you have to go through all this. But you're smart and you will figure something out.
@GreenMoo (11842)
20 Jan 12
I normally go with a bandage when it feels like it needs some support, and most of the time I wear boots. but I really think it's about time it was healed!
@writersedge (22579)
• United States
20 Jan 12
Maybe it is healed, but it needs more. I'm not a Dr. so I don't know what it needs, but we had a Dr. in the newspaper a couple of months ago that had a list of ankle strenghtening exercises. But there could be so many things, like nerve damage or repeated mustcle damage. I'm sure you'll find something out soon.
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
Thankyou writersedge. The physio prescribes rest. Not so easy to do!
@SIMPLYD (86545)
• Philippines
20 Jan 12
I am sorry to hear your distress about your injured ankle. Actually, my husband did have a sprained ankle when he accidentally walked into a big stone. At first he thought it would just heal as days goes by. But it didn't, so he went to the doctor. He undergone a one month therapy. He said, during the process, he can really feel the tiny electric current going into his ankle. After that, he is already well. I hope yours will finally be okay, my friend. Just wait for it.
@GreenMoo (11842)
20 Jan 12
I'm fed up of waiting simplyD, though it's good advice!
@SIMPLYD (86545)
• Philippines
21 Jan 12
Patience is a virtue my friend.
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
And one I lack!
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
22 Jan 12
I think I may have something similar. I twisted my knee a few days before Christmas. It was a stupid thing too, as I was chasing my knapsack that fell down a hill while we were tobogganing. Anyway, I brave it for 3 weeks after that, before I went to see a doctor. After a bit of physio, and 2 weeks medication, I thought it was healed. Early last week, I woke up with the same pain all over again. I think I'll tough it out for another couple of weeks before I go back to the doctor.
@GreenMoo (11842)
22 Jan 12
If i were in your shoes, I'd go back sooner rather than later. My physio blames the fact that I didn't visit her when I should have for the troubles I'm still having two years on. If you don't get it sorted, your body adapts to the difficulty and makes it much harder to fix.
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
23 Jan 12
OK, you scared me enough! I'm going back. Maybe next weekend.
• China
21 Jan 12
You have borne a lot of hardships there. I remember clearly that as your injured ankle,You lost your footing last year ,as a result your son who seemed to ride on your shoulder and you all fell flat.Your son fell head-first,so he got a slight concussion then.It is time for you to effect a radical cure of your injured ankle.You mustn't be negligent of it.
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
You have a good memory! My physiotherapist suggests rest of the ankle as a cure, but that it very difficult to do.
• China
22 Jan 12
You ought to do it by your physiotherapist's advice.
• United States
20 Jan 12
I hope you feel better real soon.
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
Thankyou. Today I've woken up and it's really sore actually. Probably my own fault as I asked my partner to massage it last night and he found the sore tendon. I've got new volunteers here this morning arrived last night and I ought to be showing them around the farm, but I'll see if I can pass that job to someone else today and hold fort from the sofa instead.
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• United States
21 Jan 12
I know it is hard because you are so used to doing Everything for others but this time let others do things for you! If you slow down and let your ankle heal, you will get back to your busy schedule faster! But if you try to do every like before , you may make your ankle worse. so take it easy. I Know it will be hard but Please just try, lol!
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
21 Jan 12
I sprained my ankle as a kid, and ever since then I've had the same problem. My ankle will just give out for no reason from time to time. Thankfully it doesn't happen so much anymore, but it used to happen a lot. I think exercising might have helped because I haven't had the problem after I used to work out everyday with running and weights. Perhaps you could try some weights to strengthen your ankle again? Otherwise I'd suggest using an ankle brace while you're up and about. That should help keep it straight when it might want to give out.
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
The physio suggested rest as the cure actually, but it's easier said than done. I do loads of exercise just day to day, but perhaps something specifically strengthening would be helpful. I'll see her today, perhaps I will ask. Today it's really sore. I can feel the tendon or muscle or whatever it is pulling from my ankle up the front of my shin and i'm feeling particularly sorry for myself. Thankfully not too much on today though after I've shown some new volunteers about.
@jillhill (37383)
• United States
20 Jan 12
Well I have arthritis and sometimes my knee or ankle gives out...I haven't went for help though so can't help you in finding a remedy.....hopefully you can find exercises on the internet that might help stregthen it!
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
Rest is what is suggested. Easier said than done of course!
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
20 Jan 12
One or two therapy sessions is not going to do you any good or heal the injury. If you can't afford the expense of a therapist (like me!) go for a couple of times and be honest, tell them it continues to trouble you (tell them about your son's injury caused by the ankle) and you need exercises/routine that you can do yourself for as long as it takes. Most therapists chose the profession because they truly love helping people and most will give you a long-term plan you can do yourself. You may also have broken something that needs a surgical solution. Go to an orthopedic surgeon and get his/her advice, some X-rays to see what's really going on and a prognosis on the best you can expect from it. But don't just let it go. Your family depends on you and your injury could put your life or others' in danger, as you well know. Good luck!
@GreenMoo (11842)
21 Jan 12
Sensible advice dragon! I use a lovely lady in the village who charges me very little, but it does add up so you are absolutely right in that I can't really afford to see her. I go when it hurts a lot, but not otherwise. The first time I went was actually to get her advice as to whether she thought I had broken something or not. Her recommendation is strong socks and resting! The socks I can cope with, but the rest is pretty impossible.
20 Jan 12
When I was 16 I was running through some woods when I put my left foot down a rabbit-hole. It hurt like hell and one of the lads I was with strapped it up with his braces, in the UK they hold up trousers! The doctor at the hospital I eventually ended up in told me that I hadn't broken it but that it would take a very long time to heal because of the severe damage to the ligaments. Over 40 years later, I still have a problem. Like your ankle, it just gives way every now and then to let me know I mustn't treat it badly! Look after your ankle and don't wear any shoes that hurt it. That's what I found worked for me.
@GreenMoo (11842)
20 Jan 12
Oh goodness, don't tell me that! I'm resigned I think to the fact that it will always have a weakness, but I do wish it would gie me some warning before it fails :-(