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I buggered my ankle in an otb crash in March this year. Despite seeing two different doctors, one of whom was a sports injury specialist, having an MRI scan that confirmed no cartilage damage, and basically not riding my bike very much at all for the last few months, I still have niggling pain from my ligaments. How long has it taken other riders to recover from sprained ankles? Do I just need to be patient or should I have it looked at again?


I've ridden the Spot only about 4 times in the last 4 months, almost entirely on roads and concrete bikepaths. It sucks.

Cheers,

Duncan
 

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Twisted ankles are the worst. I totally rolled mine a few years ago. Never had it looked at, but I stretched the hell out of the ligaments and may have torn something. It being all weak, and me hiking over hummocky tundra all summer, I managed to re-roll it a bunch of times over the course of the next few months. It probably took a solid 6-8 months of me being cognizant of it's weakened state before I could go about my business normally, and even today I am more careful. Try to get a good support like those air-braces (an inflatable splint) and just go easy for a long time. Cycling on non-technical terrain should be good for it. I know Hfly, Moab local extrodinaire, also rolled his ankle and it took many months to get back to being his big-dropping old self.

Good luck.
 

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Duncan, I had a severe high ankle sprain while in law school. There was so much swelling, the doc swore I broke it before he saw the x-rays. It took almost a year before I felt completely recovered. Even now, I will always tape my ankle up before playing basketball, flag football, or tennis. Tape or an ankle brace may give your ankle the support you need until it heels up completely. Stretching it out before exercising is also really important. If the pain doesn't go away pretty soon though, I'd think about going back to the doc.
 

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Duncan bummer dude I here ya, I did the same thing just before Xmas stupid me went on some charity fun run in AK domain but it didn't stop me riding infact riding sorta helped, check your cleat postion I know it sounds silly but often people have them too far towards the nose of the shoe which puts more pressure on yr ankle not good for MTB ggod for road but thats different.
CBros pedals help too.

Im running Mallet Ms and I don't suffer at all now but when I had my ankle prob this helped support my foot more where as the Candy's hurt like hell after about a half hour, shoes maybe another thing too you need to get off those XC types if you run em and get a good support shoe, no carbon soles this will make it worse, not sure what to recomned here though..Others may be able to help with shoe knowledge.

Good luck dude can't have the Spot sitting around, just not cricket!:thumbsup:
 

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similar ankle injury myself a few months ago and it's turning into the most nagging injury I've ever had. It feels like forward movements are what causes my pain now. I had to put in a solid month of surfing on it, painful and performance degrading, but the options were surf, or watch.

One thing that helps mine out is wearing a brace while I sleep. In particular one that holds my foot at 90 degrees.

Flat pedals are helpful also by allowing rearward centering of the foot.

I know recovery is close because I actually forgot for a moment the other day which ankle it was. Brief moment though as it reminds me often. I've been hitting it pretty hard on the bike lately, no big bails(at least onto the bad ankle), but lots of landings, and I'm fine as long as I'm on my flats and the pedal is closer to the heel. Plenty of painful moments but not quite as debilitating as it was.
 

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Thanks for all the advice. I'll have a go at readjusting my cleats, and keep to road riding and easy trails for a while. As it happens, summer in Korea is not that great for off-road biking anyway, as the rainy season makes that trails really prone to erosion. I've come to realize though that, whilst Seoul is surprisingly good for mountain biking, it sucks in terms of scenic, pollution-free road riding. Bring on the countrylanes and bridlepaths of England:) . There I can stick to the road for a while and still enjoy riding.

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Duncan
 

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Duncan,
I don't know how open minded you are, but one thing that can really speed up the healing is to go into a Korean herb shop and ask for a home made herbal linement for sprains. If your feeling gutsy getting a few acupuncture treatments will really help a lot. As you have heard from the above posts, this kind of injury can take many months to recover from if just left to recover on it's own. This is because ligiments don't get good blood flow, and can be sloppy and loose for a while after a sprain. So they heal slow.

Speedy recovery.
 

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another member of the dorked up ankle club here. 2 decembers ago i ended up with my toes at the back of my calf. i still limp most days and some things that were easy before are hard if not impossible now. i use a multi strapped velcro brace when on my feet in a atheletic mannor now and it helps a ton. when gettin mine i was told that the air, lace up and other fancy and expencive braces only cost ya bucks and do little or nothin more than a basic model. so far im on board with that idea. keep in mind yer injury is not the same as mine which required surgury and a deck screw to hold me together so i guess my point is time heals and ya havent had enough time yet. hang in there pal. be patient and be smart. youll be fine soon enough. very sorry to hear ya got hurt and its givin ya grief. been there too many times. if ya get down and need a ear, ya know where to find me.
 

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I sprained my ankle in the beginning of June and I am not fully recovered yet. I basically keep my riding to commuting to work and no technical fire roads to avoid another crash and the potentiel of another injury. The ankle is still sore at times and swollen, I guess it takes longer that I thought to heal properly and being close to 50 :) doesn't speed up the healing process.
Good luck to you...
 
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