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Non-hitting with a snapped ankle ligament?

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09-22-2013, 06:44 AM
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Non-hitting with a snapped ankle ligament?

First I am under the care of a doctor and am starting physio tomorrow morning. It happened 2 weeks ago and I have a fully torn ankle ligament (typical grade III low ankle sprain) and significant damage to the other two. My sports medicine doctor says I can play hockey on it. I played on Wednesday night, it buckled once and I took a spill into the boards. I still can't cross-over backwards on it as the weight bearing foot.

I was wondering what other people's experience has been rehabbing a severe ankle sprain and if you were able to play without much pain and unhindered in your game. My initial experience has made me a bit cautious and questioning my doctor. Clearly there is the possibility of a second opinion but I believe there is also some merit in the experience of people that play hockey.

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Weak ankle in a hockey game. What can go wrong???

Kidding aside, unless your boot COMPLETELY immobilizes your ankle where the ligament would have stress placed on it, you shouldn't be playing on it.

And the question is rhetorical because of course the skate doesn't immobilize the ankle. Everything about skating revolves around movement in the ankle. And you have a grade 3 tear! I had a minor MCL strain and it knocked me out of hockey for 2 months.

If you're young, don't risk long term damage. Give it the time to heal. Your doc sounds questionable. I find [good] PTs to be a better resource in guiding recovery than sports docs.

btw - What are "the other two" ligaments you mentioned?

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There's no way you'd see me play. I came back from an injury where i tore all 3 ligaments and shattered my fibula going skates first into the boards at full speed when i was tripped.

The only thing i can think of is using an ankle brace with support straps so that you don't roll the ankle like this one



I doubt it would be comfortable in a skate though...

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I'm 33, so my chance at the pros are long gone Walking, being relatively painfree and able to play hockey are my objectives. I've retired from soccer after this one.

They are the 3 ankle ligaments. The anterior talofibular ligament can't heal because it's snapped in 2. The other two can mend/tighten a bit but I need to get the muscles very strong to support the ankle and hope it's good enough.

Let's see what the PT has to say then...

Otherwise it's surgery and a major ass expansion as I crutch around for weeks.

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33 is young enough that you can heal and recover from this. You have a lot of game left in you. It's not about going pro, it's about enjoying the sport.

You want a PT who is familiar with the demands of skating. If you're not in Canada, make sure s/he understands hockey.

If the other two ligaments are strained then give them time to heal so they can adequately support the loss of the third. Sounds like you'll be looking at a month or two minimum.

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Get off the ice and get that ankle taken care of. Give the other two ligaments a chance to heal, and focus on your range of motion. Then work on strengthening your leg. I'd recommend a therapist who specializes in sports injuries(and I don't mean the doc, because I agree with Stick that PT is the key here).

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