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02-23-2010 08:06 PM
mRB0 Sprained my ankle a few weeks ago. Second run on my second time out this season, haven't been able to board since.

It was really icy, and I failed to make a heelside turn. Fell onto my back and rolled down the hill a bit or something, while the board just kept going straight. I made it the rest of the way down okay (well, except falling in the EXACT SAME WAY about 30m further) but that was it for the day. I could walk on it a couple hours later.

Saw a doc the next day, told me to RICE and get an X-ray if it kept hurting. I didn't do the X-ray, but I was limping for a week or so. I can walk normally now, thinking about going back out... might adjust my edge angle in case they're just not grabbing the ice well.
02-20-2010 02:32 PM
SHOTGUNABEER Twisted ankle nvr happened to me or anybody i know, but i was riding last night(night boarding at local hill) and hit a really sketchy jump and the toe edge of my tail hit the lip and i flew forwards and landed directly on my shoulder. Shit sucked sat there for like 5mins but i feel better today=D
02-20-2010 11:33 AM
ghostovan Was on my toeside when 2 skiers jumped in front of me and we were going to crash badly. I've made my best doing at toeside stop ASAP. Slope was hardpacked and somehow i've managed to stop almost immediately. All impulse Iíve got was eaten by pressure and bending of my front boot (stiff one, 7 out of 8) in a second. My ankle got all the credit.
Iíve finished my run. Got some tea.. made one more and.. Next few days I was crawling around on my rest 3 extremities. After a month Iím almost fine, but still have to watch for the ankle.
02-20-2010 10:32 AM
AAA Ankle sprains are one of the most common injuries from what I've read, particularly on the lead leg. I had a bad fall (caught my toeside edge, transitioning too soon in a fast carve) that sent me topping in face-first somersaults about 18 years ago. Got a bloody nose, broken google lense, wicked face abrasions...and a sprained ankle. I sucked it up (foolishly) and barely managed to sideslip the last few hundred feet down, keeping all my weight on my back foot. It was excrutiating, but I just didn't want to be "that guy" in the redcoat's sled. (Oh, how age has changed my perspective on that!) I had X-rays and doc deemed it a 2nd degree sprain. My recovery took much longer than what he predicted, though, so I suspect it was worse than he thought. I couldn't walk without alot of pain or a bad limp for about 4 months. I ended up with my good leg hurting from favoring it so much. The summer months were iffy, still painful, especially for anything beyond normal walking. It took a full year until it was fairly comfortable. For a few years after that, I'd get sporadic sharp pains if I'd pivot on that foot or make certain motions. But it's healed up just peachy since.
02-20-2010 07:53 AM
Originally Posted by MauiWowie View Post
If you're sure it's not broken there is no reason to see a doctor. All he is going to tell you is to follow RICE. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
Not true.There are three main outer ligaments in your ankle. If you tear 2 out of the 3 then, in general, yes, RICE. BUT, if you happen to tear all 3 then surgery is necessary.
02-20-2010 03:04 AM
fredericp64 Yeah go consult and tell us what the diagnosis was.
02-20-2010 02:54 AM
ckang008 I sprained my left ankle a bit. Cartwheel over my ns summit from a pretty crappy landing ( off this 3 m drop) and my body went over the massive nose of the board ( practically set the front binding to the last insert). After 2 weeks of no sports and I still feel a bit of pain. Should see a doc now after I read this thread
02-20-2010 01:17 AM
fredericp64 Well I actually thread-jacked. But considering it dates back to 2008, I figured I'd got for it haha.

I must have been going not too far from 40 mph when the board caught during the failed landing. I'd say it's more the skidding/trying to slow down part mixed with catching bumps n whatnot that caused the sprain rather than the actual failed landing. (Skidding on my stomach, so I couldn't anticipate the terrain ahead)

I shall give it a week and see where it stands.

Way to kick off spring break.. lol

Thx for the input!!
02-20-2010 01:04 AM
The Dood Like MauiWowie said, if you're absolutely sure it's not broken then don't bother going to a doctor, at least not yet. They will only tell you what you already know, rest, ice, compression, elevation. I didn't realize your injury was so fresh and for some reason I thought you said you cartwheeled your landing. If you came down on it really hard but didn't bend or twist it in any unnatural way and you were able to keep on riding the rest of the day then it most likely isn't broken.

I had a similar incident happen last season in the smaller terrain park at my mountain. I went into the jump too hot, overshot the transition and landed hard in the flats. It was jarring for sure and I could feel the compressive forces, but I was ok in a couple of days. In the end I just tweaked my achilles a bit. You have to be careful in those little grom parks because if you're used to hitting the real park you might accidentally carry too much speed into the jump and overshoot the landing.

Anyway it's the tipping forward on your board and the wrenching of your ankle into an excessive bend that will really mess you up, like when you flip and come down hard on your tip or your tail and lean your body too far in that direction or when you cartwheel your landing and bend forward too much. If you didn't do either of those things then you are probably ok.

Give it a week or two and see how it's doing. I would say don't ride on it again for at least a few days, optimally about a week and see if it feels significantly better. Also keep in mind that even if it is just a small ligament tear, that could open you up to a bigger injury since the ligaments are now weakened and if you take another har fall and put similar forces on it, the ankle could bend further next time which could lead to more severe tearing, bone chipping, etc. So if you do get back out there soon, try to tone down your aggressiveness at first.

My most recent injury was two weeks ago and it still isn't feeling much better so that's why I scheduled an MRI. I am somewhat hypersensitive to this kind of thing after my experience 6 years ago when they misdiagnosed my break as a sprain. I don't think my ankle is broken or even chipped this time around, but I just want to be absolutely sure so I don't inadvertently make it worse.

That's where I'm coming from. Better to be safe than sorry. For a $25 copay at the doctor's office you will know for sure and you can treat it accordingly at that point.
02-20-2010 12:12 AM
MauiWowie If you're sure it's not broken there is no reason to see a doctor. All he is going to tell you is to follow RICE. (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation).
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