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On September 1 of last year, I was running down the stairs while wearing flip flops and tripped. I landed awkwardly while my heel was in the air, but at the time I brushed it off as nothing. I didn't know I had a severe inversion sprain. I still went to my university's health clinic the next morning, but they told me I was completely fine and instructed me to buy some OTC pain meds if need be. I didn't feel like getting an x-ray at the time because I needed to take a 45min car ride to reach the nearest hospital (school had broken x-ray machine for 2 weeks). I was really busy at the time, didn't feel like getting the X-ray, and continued to walk (but less than usual) - there was a slight discomfort but it was tolerable.

Two weeks later, my ankle swelled horribly and I couldn't put any weight on it. Since then, I've been on crutches. I've had 3 MRIs, been to countless doctors (both in the U.S. and China), and they tell me that all I need is rest.

I [B]think[/B] I tore my ATFL and CFL. My ATFL healed in March, but my CFL is giving me many problems. The CFL connects your fibula to your heel. The bottom of my fibula and (esp) heel hurt. In June, I could finally bear weight (with tolerable discomfort) but I started using one crutch too soon and was back to NWB.

Now, whenever I put weight on my right heel, it's like stepping on eggshells/knives. I constantly experience a burning sensation in my heel even when I haven't put any pressure on it.

I'm finally seeing an orthopedic surgeon near my school this week about my issue. Last time I saw him was in December, and he'd said that I'd be better in no time.

I'm afraid that my injury won't get better and I'll have to pay for my stupidity for the rest of my life. I was so used to walking 10-15k+ steps/day pre-injury that I thought that I was resting "properly" by walking 1-2k. Please, I need consolation! I'm only 22. Will I forever be in pain?? I don't know if I'm in pain because the CFL is healed but weak (from scar tissue) or because it's still torn.

Since my injury I've been angry at everyone and everything. I'm angry at my dad (who's an MD) for telling me to "suck it up and keep walking". He said that when he injured his ankle, walking on it made it heal faster. And I'm angry at my friend who'd texted me "hurry and let her thru the locked dorm entrance, since she really had to pee" a few minutes before I fell down the stairs. I'd just showered, and I would've put on proper shoes rather than wear shower flip flops if I hadn't been in a rush. Most of all I'm angry at myself for being so stupid.
[QUOTE=spv2008;5467827]On September 1 of last year, I was running down the stairs while wearing flip flops and tripped. I landed awkwardly while my heel was in the air, but at the time I brushed it off as nothing. I didn't know I had a severe inversion sprain. I still went to my university's health clinic the next morning, but they told me I was completely fine and instructed me to buy some OTC pain meds if need be. I didn't feel like getting an x-ray at the time because I needed to take a 45min car ride to reach the nearest hospital (school had broken x-ray machine for 2 weeks). I was really busy at the time, didn't feel like getting the X-ray, and continued to walk (but less than usual) - there was a slight discomfort but it was tolerable.

Two weeks later, my ankle swelled horribly and I couldn't put any weight on it. Since then, I've been on crutches. I've had 3 MRIs, been to countless doctors (both in the U.S. and China), and they tell me that all I need is rest.

I [B]think[/B] I tore my ATFL and CFL. My ATFL healed in March, but my CFL is giving me many problems. The CFL connects your fibula to your heel. The bottom of my fibula and (esp) heel hurt. In June, I could finally bear weight (with tolerable discomfort) but I started using one crutch too soon and was back to NWB.

Now, whenever I put weight on my right heel, it's like stepping on eggshells/knives. I constantly experience a burning sensation in my heel even when I haven't put any pressure on it.

I'm finally seeing an orthopedic surgeon near my school this week about my issue. Last time I saw him was in December, and he'd said that I'd be better by February.

I'm afraid that my injury won't get better and I'll have to pay for my stupidity for the rest of my life. I was so used to walking 10-15k+ steps/day pre-injury that I thought that I was resting "properly" by walking 1-2k. Please, I need consolation! I'm only 22. Will I forever be in pain?? I don't know if I'm in pain because the CFL is healed but weak (from scar tissue) or because it's still torn.[/QUOTE]


Go to a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon that specializes in foot and ankle surgery. If you are working with someone that really knows what they are doing, it will cut down on the worrying because you will learn what needs to be done to correct the problem. Then you just have to follow instructions and do what is necessary.





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