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    Sprained Ankle and Calf Exercises

    I sprained my ankle about 6 weeks ago playing basketball. I did it again this weekend. It's not swollen but it is very sore. The healing process is sooo slow. Is it a bad idea to continue my calf exercises? It doesn't hurt but I imagine there is a lot of strain being put on the bad ankle. I would just assume work through it if it doesn't hurt. Could I be doing long term damage though?
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    I couldn't give you an answer from a solid physiological standpoint, but I'd say it's better to be safe than sorry. Give it some time, you don't want to cause a more severe problem to arise.

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    Stop doing calf exercises and possibly all exercises that stress the ankle until it heals. Otherwise, you'll slow down recovery and make yourself much more likely to reinjure yourself.

    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation

    NSAIDs are probably also called for.

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    Hahahaha that happened to me IN MAY and it still frigging hurts- AND I have the worst calves ever.
    I stopped squatting, deadlifting, everything for about 2 months, and STILL have to take it easy. Sometimes I just tell my ankle to go to hell and squat heavy anyway.
    That'll teach the bastard to not heal right.
    F*cking stupid ankle.

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    ankles are gay, i had problems with em all throughout hs, since i never stopped doing things on em, then after hs i took about a 6 month break from pretty much anything athletic, and my ankles healed up great, and I hanvet had any problems since then

    so the moral of this story is, stop doing **** and your good, keep it up and your going to be farked until you do...take it from me, if you keep going they never fully heal

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    Well I'll just have to work through it. I'm not going to stop squatting, deadlifting or doing calf exercises. Well, maybe calf exercises, but not deads and squats.
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    Quote Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
    Stop doing calf exercises and possibly all exercises that stress the ankle until it heals. Otherwise, you'll slow down recovery and make yourself much more likely to reinjure yourself.

    Rest
    Ice
    Compression
    Elevation

    NSAIDs are probably also called for.
    Nash is correct. If you insist on ignoring your injury, at the very least wrap it or brace it...still, do nothing that would isolate the joint. Is it too hard to wait a week or 2 to make sure it's okay? It's not like deads and squats are the only movements out there for you.
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    Connective tissue is the slowest part of the body to heal. Tendons and ligaments take weeks to recover from bad sprains and stretches and months from partial tears. Surgery can signficantly healing time compared to rest.

    I had a partial finger pulley tear. Took 3 months to heal and 6 months to get all strength back. It took that long in large part because I didn't lay off it immediately.

    There are plenty of leg exercises that you can do without involving your ankles.

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    Like the others said, it would be best to give it a couple of weeks rest from squats and deadlifts etc.
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    To add to what people said here, just trust your body. Use pain as a guide, if something is making your ankle hurt, than stop. Another wise decision would be to do some stuff to strengthen the ankle after the soreness subsides, because it will help recovery. What an athletic trainer had me do a year ago after I partially tore a ligament down there was to stand on one foot for 30 seconds, for about 5 sets. After two days of that, I went on to standing on one foot on one those mini-trampolines. In two weeks I was back out in practice, and in 3 weeks it was back to 98%.(The last two percent took tell well after the season, but I was able to do anything I wanted on it)
    Last edited by SalahG; 10-21-2004 at 05:34 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalahG
    To add to what people said here, just trust your body. Use pain as a guide, if something is making your ankle hurt, than stop.
    That's the thing, it doesn't really hurt to move the joint up and down the way you do with calf and most leg exercises. It's the side to side movement that kills me. If it doesn't hurt would it be safe to say it's okay?
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    I used to skate religiously and I'd sprain my ankle like once every two weeks. I dont know about long long term but its been 4 years since that episode and i have no probs..skater philosophy is..no pain? skate! so..anyway, dont sue me if you end up with club feet

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    Best personal skateboarding trick pulled off....kickflip to 50/50 grind on a handrail. I think I pissed myself the first time I landed it.
    Best way to cheat on deadlifts...

    Stand there for a few minutes, then pace back and forth a lot, huff and puff, wait until everybody's looking. Approach the bar. Back off. Approach it again. Back off. Get some water. Chalk up. Approach the bar again. Then spray some more chalk around. Wait until people start losing interest. When nobody's looking, pick it a little off the floor, and slam it down. Jump up and yell "LIGHT WEIGHT BABY". Then give high fives all around. - Belial

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    A while back i sprained my ankle pretty badly at rugby training, there was a crack and i thought it was broken. However i was walking on it again within a couple of days and could squat/deadlift within two weeks with the ankle strapped. But it was at least two months before i could train calves again without pain.
    I use to be right into skateing my self. Kickflip 50/50 down a rail is awesome. How many stairs was it.

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