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How serious can ankle injuries be?

You twisted your ankle when you didn’t see a pothole in a grocery store parking lot. You stepped off the sidewalk edge, and your teetered to keep your balance once your foot hit that unexpected hole. Now, you are recovering from a serious ankle sprain, along with some torn tendons. You wonder how long it will take you to recover and you can get back to jogging again as part of your exercise routine.

Understanding ankle injuries

About occur each year in the United States. Most are ankle sprains. More serious ankle sprains can include tearing a tendon and take months, even a year, to heal. If you break your ankle or need surgery to repair it, you won’t be able to put weight on your ankle for at least six weeks.

Because your ankle has to bear a lot of weight, any serious injury you suffer can have long-lasting effects. Your injury could limit your mobility. You may suffer from chronic pain. You could have damaged your joint.

Risking re-injury

If you have a physically demanding job, you likely risk injuring your ankle again. You have to be careful not to put weight on your ankle until it is healed fully. You might have problems standing all day or using your legs and ankle to help you move heavy objects at work. You could struggle with chronic ankle instability.

You may need regular physical therapy to keep your ankle strong.

When you need help covering injury costs

One thing you should keep in mind if you suffer an ankle injury in a car accident or if you slip and fall on an icy sidewalk or in a pothole. You could seek compensation for your medical bills and recovery costs through a personal injury claim. If you missed lots of time from work, or now struggle to keep your chronic pain under control, you should talk to a personal injury attorney about your options. You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s negligence.

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