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Ankle sprain while climbing, not during fall

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Patrick Beeson · · Portland, OR · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 47

I was leading a route yesterday and felt a pop in my left ankle as I was putting pressure on my foot. It startled me more than anything, but I didn't want to chance further injury so I lowered down and had my partner finish the route.

I believe I sprained the ankle, though swelling and bruising is minimal. I can stand on it but can't rotate outwards without some pain. Otherwise, there is no pain.

This was on my fourth route of the day so I was pretty warmed up already.

I'm baffled as to what I did here, or why it happened. I climb several times a week in addition to hiking and cycling.

Has anyone else experienced such an injury? Thoughts on how to prevent?

FrankPS · · Atascadero, CA · Joined Nov 2009 · Points: 275

I'll let someone else tell you to see a doctor. 

Patrick Beeson · · Portland, OR · Joined Sep 2016 · Points: 47

Sure, plan to do that in a few days if no improvement.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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