Injury not healing

Patient

Q: I sprained my ankle by rolling it and falling 4 weeks ago. Ironically I am a personal trainer, and besides the RICE approach, I exacerbate my situation because I am simply on my feet 12 hrs a day for work. My problem is that my sprained ankle has healed up to about 80-85% and stayed there stagnant. The swelling has gone down over the weeks but refuses to disappear and is now more of a concentrated ridge of swelling. My line of work cannot have me take time off or have me injured or not up to par. I eat and drink well, have kept is wrapped for a while, elevate it and ice it when I can, sometimes alternating with heat and ice, and I've stayed off plyometric exercises and running for a month now. But I simply cannot Not workout because of this injury. Pain has left almost completely, but the swelling and the hindered range of motion still persists. Is it simply the nature of my job? I ask this too because I've never had any other major injury, and this is only like my second sprained ankle in life. I know the ankle joint is one of the slowest healing parts of the body. But I need to get back to my running soon. Can you advise me on anything for the swelling, range of motion, and shoe-ankle stability?

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