When I sprained my left ankle last month, I went to a small little clinic and continued to go every weekday for about 1.5 weeks for “therapy”. At that time, I knew my left ankle wasn’t too ‘serious’ and I didn’t need to go to a real hospital. This time, however, My right ankle hurt a whole lot more to walk on after I injured it, and I didn’t really want to go back to the same doctor. I mean…I feel stupid as enough as it is since I managed to sprain both my ankles within about a month–I didn’t want to have to face the same doctor, too.
So, that’s why I decided to go to Gumi Gang-dong Hospital 구미강동병원. It’s actually really close to my home:
As I said, the first day I went there, I got a cast with a boot, and 9 days worth of medication. He told me to come back after 9 days…so I did. In the mean time, I’ve been trying to research through the internet about my ankle sprain. A lot of things about this sprain are much different from any previous one I’ve ever experienced. Anyway, based on all my symptoms, I’ve decided that I have a high ankle sprain. It’s basically the most serious ankle sprain that doesn’t require surgery. It has the longest recovery time…the average time taking a minimum of 6 weeks to heal.
When I went back to the doctor, yesterday, I was told that it would take at least another 2 weeks to heal…possibly up to 2 months. (It’s definitely a high ankle sprain.) He told me to keep walking around in the splint until the pain is gone. Then he left me with another 9-day prescription and told me to come back next week on Friday. (Unlike the first time, I skipped taking the shot to the bum.)
I’m not very impressed with this doctor, and I don’t plan on going back. All he did was talk to the person I came with (a co-teacher), and very briefly at that. Only the first time did he look at my ankle for like 30 seconds and then he sent me to get an x-ray (and then didn’t look at it again). Anyway, thanks, but no thanks.
I will, however, keep taking care of my ankle, and keep walking around in the boot. I decided not to fill the prescription because I think it’s unnecessary. The pain/discomfort I do feel is not enough to require pain medicine and, from what I can see, there is no swelling/inflammation…well keeping it wrapped (compressed) and occasionally elevated helps with that.
Last night, I decided to get self mini-assessment on the limitations of my ankle. The ligaments are still very weak–I can’t balance on one foot for more than a second or two…and even that kind of strains. When I use my hand as a type of resistance, it hurts to push down with my toes and i can’t push with much pressure in some directions. There is discomfort in almost all directions of rotation. I still have to sleep with the brace on…the angles/pressure from the blanket was to uncomfortable/painful when I tried it for about 2 minutes.
I took a week break from exercise, but I’ve decided to get back to doing some light exercise (sit-ups and different things with hand-weights). Other than keeping my ankle in a splint basically 24-7, I plan on doing some small strength training with my ankle (flexing, pointing, and pushing against my hands). I will also start stretching/rotating it little by little (up to the point-not beyond-the feeling of discomfort). This is standard stuff that I remember having to do from when I had slightly torn my ankle years ago. Anyone have any other suggestions?