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I am 41 and have rolled my left ankle about 12 times in the last 15 years. The last time I rolled it was in June. I didn't notice any imorovement for nearly 2.5 months. It was the first time that I didn't recover within a week or two. I was quite scared and decided on the physio route. Physio was just ok but didn't take away the main problems. I hired a personal trainer for a few sessions - not specifically to deal with ankle - and after a few sessions woke up one day a week or two back 90% better. I think it had to do with the numerous squats he was getting me to do. So that is something you may want to try. You don't need weights - your own body weight can suffice. I think the squats worked the foot somehow.
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I am 41 and have rolled my left ankle about 12 times in the last 15 years. The last time I rolled it was in June. I didn't notice any imorovement for nearly 2.5 months. It was the first time that I didn't recover within a week or two. I was quite scared and decided on the physio route. Physio was just ok but didn't take away the main problems. I hired a personal trainer for a few sessions - not specifically to deal with ankle - and after a few sessions woke up one day a week or two back 90% better. I think it had to do with the numerous squats he was getting me to do. So that is something you may want to try. You don't need weights - your own body weight can suffice. I think the squats worked the foot somehow.
I've actually been already working on some weight bearing exercises.

The thing is though, my ankle sprain is an eversion sprain (on the inside), not an inversion (on the outside which is more common). So my ankles are perfectly functional for normal activities, including squats or running. I only feel pain when I point and stretch my foot upwards toward 11-12 o'clock positions. Or when I lean against a wall like this image.

http://rochester.radishmagazine.com/...51615839_1.jpg

I can snowboard in my current condition but I KNOW that if I just take one bad landing and stretch my ankle, I will be in for weeks of pain =(

I'm hoping to recover before the season starts since park and freestyle are 70% of the fun for me on the mountains.
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Somebody else said it, but you very likely have that fractured talus. It's common amongst snowboarding ankle injuries, and it was the first thing they checked me for when I snapped my Achilles. Thankfully, mine was intact, so I cannot speak to the treatment, but make sure the podiatrist understands what/how happened.

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Yikes, I hope I don't have a fractured talus, because the season is coming up =(
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Just an update... the podiatrist basically only looked at my ankle and asked me to go get an x-ray. I will have to visit him again next week for another check up.

I do feel like it might be a fractured talus because that's exactly the location where the pain is. But I'm able to run and do normal day-to-day and even snowboarded with this injury in the summer. So maybbbbe it's just a really bad sprain I guess I won't know till I see the podiatrist again next week.
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Time and patience. Calf/hamstring exercises help a lot to strengthen the surrounding muscle tissue. Last season I broke my ankle, hyper extended my big toe, and broke that as well. Tore muscle tissue all the way up into my calf. The best solution is to let the bitch heal. Wrap it, ice it, and therapy it. It's the best way. Chiropractic adjustments help a lot as well
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go for acupuncture. It can really help speed up the healing for long term sprains etc. like yours.
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last September I strained my achilles when I rolled my ankle on a hike. I found it didn't get any better at all until I started wearing shoes with good arch support and ankle support. I bought a pair of K2 Thraxis boots, thinking that the super stiff boot would help and still let me snowboard. All season the only pain I had was when I was putting my boots on and pulling them off, because my ankle only really hurt when stretched in the way you mentioned above. I found that stretching them a bit before putting the boots on also helped. I rode 30 days last season and never had any pain while riding, but my ankle still hurt until April or May of this year. Tendons are a bitch.
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last September I strained my achilles when I rolled my ankle on a hike. I found it didn't get any better at all until I started wearing shoes with good arch support and ankle support. I bought a pair of K2 Thraxis boots, thinking that the super stiff boot would help and still let me snowboard. All season the only pain I had was when I was putting my boots on and pulling them off, because my ankle only really hurt when stretched in the way you mentioned above. I found that stretching them a bit before putting the boots on also helped. I rode 30 days last season and never had any pain while riding, but my ankle still hurt until April or May of this year. Tendons are a bitch.
lol that's what I did with my broken ankle, and I was able to get in 29 days
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go for acupuncture. It can really help speed up the healing for long term sprains etc. like yours.
I would give this a try, im going to myself. Sprained my ankle 14 months ago and hasnt been the same since. It may be scar tissue that is causing the pain now if you already checked that its not fractured. I can feel a hard lump of tissue if I dig deep thats causing my pain so hopefully sticking some needles in it will help.

Edit: Ive also heard of dry needling that might work better

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