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    I'm just wondering how long it will take to be better.
    I haven't got the type of sprain where I couldn't put any pressure on it, just that pressure did hurt. It swelled up and now it's 3 days, and the swelling's gone down. I've rested it over the weekend, missed uni today to rest it, and am wondering whether to take another day off uni to rest it some more. I've also got a driving test next thursday and about 3 practice sessions prior to it (and I can't change the date of it, cos it will take forever to get a doctor's appointment, and even longer to get a doctor's letter).
    So what shall I do? Rest it even more? How long will it take to get better? Will I be able to play football again by 26th Feb (my next footall practice)? And will it be ok to be driving just 5 days after spraining it, and will it be ok for the driving test?
    Any advice greatly appreciated.
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    I'm just wondering how long it will take to be better.
    I haven't got the type of sprain where I couldn't put any pressure on it, just that pressure did hurt. It swelled up and now it's 3 days, and the swelling's gone down. I've rested it over the weekend, missed uni today to rest it, and am wondering whether to take another day off uni to rest it some more. I've also got a driving test next thursday and about 3 practice sessions prior to it (and I can't change the date of it, cos it will take forever to get a doctor's appointment, and even longer to get a doctor's letter).
    So what shall I do? Rest it even more? How long will it take to get better? Will I be able to play football again by 26th Feb (my next footall practice)? And will it be ok to be driving just 5 days after spraining it, and will it be ok for the driving test?
    Any advice greatly appreciated.
    depends how bad it is. Usually takes me about 1 week to heal. Do little walks on it. Like first time go the loo and back. 2nd day. walk to the end of the street and back. Next day go around the block. U get me?
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    Wrong forum. Health and relationships ring a bell? Get it moved!

    Someone of your status should know better.
    she is busy with exams. :mad: Xenon is cool so she can be let off.
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    (Original post by lil penguin kid)
    depends how bad it is. Usually takes me about 1 week to heal. Do little walks on it. Like first time go the loo and back. 2nd day. walk to the end of the street and back. Next day go around the block. U get me?
    I can actually walk on it, though hurts after a bit. Not as bad as the first day though.
    Off to the health forum.
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    she is busy with exams. :mad: Xenon is cool so she can be let off.
    Ah, good point. Xenon is certainly cool. One of my favourite mods.
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    Ah, good point. Xenon is certainly cool. One of my favourite mods.
    *notices the mad smilie in post* that was meant to be the sad smilie :eek:
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    I can actually walk on it, though hurts after a bit. Not as bad as the first day though.
    Off to the health forum.
    u need to relax it but walk on it. Not for too long though. Time how long you can stand up before it starts hurting then u should be able to see how fast its healing.
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    (Original post by lil penguin kid)
    u need to relax it but walk on it. Not for too long though. Time how long you can stand up before it starts hurting then u should be able to see how fast its healing.
    I read about one exercise about seeing if you can stand on the injured foot for 10 seconds at a time, 6 times without wobbling. That's sort of tough. Can do so, but am wobbling.
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    I read about one exercise about seeing if you can stand on the injured foot for 10 seconds at a time, 6 times without wobbling. That's sort of tough. Can do so, but am wobbling.
    that could be bad balance (that would be my excuse) Im guessing you have had a sprained ankle before? if it hurts a lot more than the last time u sprained your ankle id suggest getting an x ray to make sure. U dont want to be walking around on a nearly broken ankle. Try putting ice on it. 1 good thing about putting ice on your ankle is that you dont have to worry about getting water in your hair. Thats assuming your ankle is not on your head :thrasher:
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    (Original post by lil penguin kid)
    that could be bad balance (that would be my excuse) Im guessing you have had a sprained ankle before? if it hurts a lot more than the last time u sprained your ankle id suggest getting an x ray to make sure. U dont want to be walking around on a nearly broken ankle. Try putting ice on it. 1 good thing about putting ice on your ankle is that you dont have to worry about getting water in your hair. Thats assuming your ankle is not on your head :thrasher:
    Nope, I've never had a sprained ankle before. I've had groin strains, pulled thigh muscles... but not a sprained ankle.
    I just decided to research a bit about sprained ankles, and found a bunch of execrcises to help recuperate on the net.
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    Nope, I've never had a sprained ankle before. I've had groin strains, pulled thigh muscles... but not a sprained ankle.
    I just decided to research a bit about sprained ankles, and found a bunch of execrcises to help recuperate on the net.
    Are you definetly sure it is a sprained ankle? Usually a sprained ankle feels better by the day. If it does not do that for you id suggest getting an x ray.
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    (Original post by lil penguin kid)
    Are you definetly sure it is a sprained ankle? Usually a sprained ankle feels better by the day. If it does not do that for you id suggest getting an x ray.
    It does feel better. I just want to know how long it will take to get back to normal. Especially with my driving test coming up.
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    It does feel better. I just want to know how long it will take to get back to normal. Especially with my driving test coming up.
    i would say it usually takes about a week on average depending u rest it and exercise a little. make sure u dont over do it though. Thats all i can say coz i aint dr penguin
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    Main thing is that I just want to be ok with driving. Plus the fact that I have only some introductory lectures at uni, I'm taking yet another day off uni. Might as well! And anyways, don't feel like walking too much. Don't worry, I'm mixing up elevating my leg, putting on some ice (read that you do that till bout 72 hours after injury) and hobbling about. Whenever it starts hurting a bit, I just lie down and elevate my leg. I've been trying some of the exercises shown on the net too, cos apparantly, if you don't do correct exercises and stuff, there's a high risk that you could sprain your ankle again.
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    (Original post by lessthanthree)
    If you can't be arsed with a board, there are a few less taxing ones:

    Stand with both legs straight and your feet close together. Raise up on your toes and hold for 1 second. Slowly lower to the ground. Repeat 20 times.


    Towel Slides: Put a 5 pound weight on one end of an open (unfolded) towel. Put your injured foot on the other end of the towel. Pull the weight toward you as your turn on your heel. Continue to slide your foot inward and outward until the weight is touching your foot. Repeat 5 times in each direction.


    Boring Calf Stretch: Facing a wall, stand with your forward leg bent and (injured) back leg straight. Gently lean into the wall until you feel your calf stretch. Hold for 30 seconds. Relax. Repeat twice.


    Stork Stand: Put a chair turned backward in front of you. Using the back of the chair, try to balance on the injured leg only. Begin with your eyes open and then try balancing with your eyes closed. Hold 20 seconds. Repeat 5 times.

    (:
    Thanks man, will definitely try these (probably the ones without the board because I can be pretty lazy!)
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    I don't really know about the driving, but i can help with the football. I've sprained my ankle so many times that it's now at the point where it's so weak it's unbelievable. The slightest knock and it's injured again.

    I'd suggest resting it for a few days. No running etc. You'll be fine to walk on it, but don't do any physical contact or exercise for a couple of days. Then when it comes to playing if it's still a little sore then get yourself a support. I'd recommend a plain bandage-type tube grip over the actual ankle supports you can buy. I find they support you better. I'd also get a little light running in the night before, make sure you can take the pressure.

    That's what i do anyway.
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    (Original post by Makavelli_07)
    I don't really know about the driving, but i can help with the football. I've sprained my ankle so many times that it's now at the point where it's so weak it's unbelievable. The slightest knock and it's injured again.

    I'd suggest resting it for a few days. No running etc. You'll be fine to walk on it, but don't do any physical contact or exercise for a couple of days. Then when it comes to playing if it's still a little sore then get yourself a support. I'd recommend a plain bandage-type tube grip over the actual ankle supports you can buy. I find they support you better. I'd also get a little light running in the night before, make sure you can take the pressure.

    That's what i do anyway.
    Thanks
    I've got one and a half weeks till my next footie practice, so hopefully I'll be ok. I just hope it doesn't keep coming back like yours.
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    I'm just wondering how long it will take to be better.
    I haven't got the type of sprain where I couldn't put any pressure on it, just that pressure did hurt. It swelled up and now it's 3 days, and the swelling's gone down. I've rested it over the weekend, missed uni today to rest it, and am wondering whether to take another day off uni to rest it some more. I've also got a driving test next thursday and about 3 practice sessions prior to it (and I can't change the date of it, cos it will take forever to get a doctor's appointment, and even longer to get a doctor's letter).
    So what shall I do? Rest it even more? How long will it take to get better? Will I be able to play football again by 26th Feb (my next footall practice)? And will it be ok to be driving just 5 days after spraining it, and will it be ok for the driving test?
    Any advice greatly appreciated.
    Have you seen a physio yet?
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    (Original post by Xenon)
    Thanks
    I've got one and a half weeks till my next footie practice, so hopefully I'll be ok. I just hope it doesn't keep coming back like yours.
    Yeah, hope you get better b4 then! I know what it's like, my friend - as a soccer (your footie ) player myself, you really need to be in good condition to run around for a 2-hour or so game, it can be fun, but also quite strenuous. Keep that foot well rested b4 then, and increase your vitamins.

    Luv Danni xox
 
 
 
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