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Sprained Ankle Still Swollen After Nearly 2 Months

by Jackie

While running on an uneven trail I rolled my ankle.

I iced/elevated it immediately after, but the next few days I unfortunately did not take care of it like I was supposed to.

The next few days it became incredibly swollen and became bruised around the entire foot.

I went to the doctor about 5 days after the sprain happened and got x-rays.
Luckily, it was just a bad sprain and he said I would be able to get back into running slowly within a week.

This was about 2 months ago, and I have slowly gotten up to 2-3 miles every other day to every 2 days.
I wear an ankle support brace every time I run and try to ice it as much as possible, but it is still swollen around above the bone on the outside of my foot, and sometimes I feel some pain as well (kind of a throbbing feeling versus the stabbing pains I felt when I first sprained it).

Is this normal, or should I go to the doctor?

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Answer by Dominique:

Thanks for your running injury question.

Sprained ankles and pulled muscles can hurt pretty badly. The pain and the swelling can stay for a long time, especially if you continue putting pressure on it. Walking and running are not helping the ankle.

Considering you have done the X-ray a broken bone is probably out of the question (you have to give the high-paid doctors some credit...), but maybe you had a small hairline fracture which did not show up or was not noticed.

When in doubt or experience prolonged periods of pain always go see a doctor.
I'd also recommend some extra weeks of rest for the ankle. If you decide to keep on running with it and to persevere (probably not the wisest thing) use plenty of ice after your runs and, if inflammation persists, you can take some ibuprofen.

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Dec 17, 2008
by: Anonymous

I have news for you. Keep running and the swelling will never go down. You need to stay off it for a LONG TIME (maybe months). You are not letting the ankle heal by putting a lot of pressure on it.

Jan 05, 2010
by: Anonymous

your doctor is an idiot... u have a bad sprain with bruising... and he told u to start running in a week.... what an idiot, get a new doctor man

Aug 24, 2010
Not healing
by: Shreyash

I recently got an ankle sprain and it's been almost 2 months and I still have swollen ankle from outside ankle bone and some minor pain. Still can't run. Any advice, is this normal, or sign of serious injury. I got x-ray which is normal.

Comment by Dominique (webmaster):
If the x-ray is normal, then it might be more muscle related. Check with a sports physician. It may just need some massage or loosening up, but hard to further comment.

Jan 24, 2011
After 2 months
by: Anonymous

Its been 2 months but my sprained ankle is still not healed .my doctor says its only a sprain after the x-ray.what am i to do am board and feel sick walking with crutches.can u give me some best ideas on why is it still not healed .what should i do.

Dec 25, 2011
6 weeks in
by: Anonymous cj

My situation is similar, 6 weeks into a sprain and the ankle is still swollen. Been to the Dr and had xrays taken 4 weeks apart with no show of a stress fracture or any broken bones. All they tell me is elevate as much as possible, no running, and wear an ankle brace. Currently wearing one of those big ugly boots the Dr recommended. Trying to do all I'm told. Can't believe this ankle won't go down. Any advice or experienced comments would be welcome. Good luck everyone with your own situation. This is driving me nuts.

Mar 12, 2012
i have the same issue
by: Anonymous

my one is still huge after a year, id say it is just your body protecting the joint, as for usage the net says everywhere to keep running on it etc.

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