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My drop foot hurts. Could it be a peroneal nerve injury?

My drop foot hurts. Could it be a peroneal nerve injury?

Maybe: Peroneal nerve injury can result in a foot drop. If you have a foot drop with pain and no diagnosis, then i would recommend seeing your physician as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Common peroneal nerve injury and partial posterior tibial nerve injury knee joint. What treatment should I go for? Can simulation help?

Common peroneal nerve injury and partial posterior tibial nerve injury knee joint. What treatment should I go for? Can simulation help?

Physiotherapy: I normally recommend a course of physiotherapy with homework and avoidance of compression for these conditions. A more specific answer may depend on how you acquired these conditions. Good luck! ...Read more

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Had a grade 3 ankle sprain, 10 weeks of pt still pain, weak, in stable and swelling. Doctor said i may have nerve damage? How is this treated?

Had a grade 3 ankle sprain, 10 weeks of pt still pain, weak, in stable and swelling. Doctor said i may have nerve damage? How is this treated?

Two thoughts...: If the ankle instability remains a chronic problem it can be treated with taping, bracing or surgery. Although you do not give any specifics on the location of the nerve injury there are a minority of ankle sprains that result in traction (neuropraxic) injuries to the superficial peroneal nerve. This is a sensory nerve on the top of the foot. See an orthopaedic surgeon: www.Aaos.Org. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

Nerve impingement: Unlikely, that the fibular bone moved to pinch a nerve. The peroneal nerve (superficial peroneal nerve) is located in the skin and can be impinged through swelling resulting from an ankle sprain. The bone, ligaments, muscle, tendons are deeper than the skin, but the swelling associated with injury can cause shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago (xray no fractures) doing RICE religiously ..tingling sensation in my foot ...normal healing process or nerve damage?

Sprained my  ankle 2 weeks ago (xray no fractures) doing RICE religiously ..tingling sensation in my foot ...normal healing process or nerve damage?

Both: It is likely a temporary nerve injury known as neuropraxia. It can take several weeks to several months for this to resolve completely. But usually if you have at least some sensation in the area this will eventually resolve. ...Read more

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Will continuing to play volleyball on a minor high ankle sprain exacerbate the injury and force me to have surgery?

Will continuing to play volleyball on a minor high ankle sprain exacerbate the injury and force me to have surgery?

See below : For any injury, the best course is the riice mnemonic ( rest, ice, ibuprofen, compression and elevation). The more you play on the ankle before it is completely healed, the more likely you are to worsen the injury and increase the likelihood of a permanent disability. As for surgery, that depends on the injury. For any ligamentous injury, recuperation time can be a long time - 1 to 2 months. ...Read more

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Simple fib fx and ankle sprain 7 weeks ago. Still have a lot of swelling and injury site is completely numb. Normal?

Simple fib fx and ankle sprain 7 weeks ago. Still have a lot of swelling and injury site is completely numb. Normal?

Fracture pain: At 7 wks s/p ankle fracture and sprain, continued swelling and numbness is typical. There can be swelling on and off for months and in some cases, up to a year. Neuropraxia is common after traumatic injuries or surgery. Sensations start to return within a couple of months. If you are still concerned check with your doctor about ways to reduce swelling. ...Read more

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After a traumatic injury 2 months ago, breaking the distal fibula and a high ankle sprain. Im still having pain and my ankle is facing inward...why?

After a traumatic injury 2 months ago, breaking the distal fibula and a high ankle sprain. Im still having pain and my ankle is facing inward...why?

Time to recheck: Your description is of an unstable injury pattern which means it may not be healing in an anatomical position . While it may be sply motor weakness it should be rechecked with new xrays ...Read more

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What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

Sprain: Sometimes a high sprain is referred to the syndesmotic ligament of the tibia and fibula. More often than not it refers to the degree of the sprain ...Read more

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I had an grade 3 ankle sprain. How long does one wait for an MRI should it be done right after the injury or 2 or 3 weeks later?

I had an grade 3 ankle sprain. How long does one wait for an MRI  should it be done right after the injury or 2 or 3 weeks  later?

2weeks: Grade 3 is complete rupture. If you are involved in athletic activity that requires ankle stability like tennis, basketball and volleyball you should consider an ankle stabilizing procedure. ...Read more

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Would a doctor typically advise someone with a grade 3 ankle sprain not to drive even if the injury is not on the driving foot?

I don't: If the injury is on your left foot it is usually safe to drive a car as long as your're not on narcotic pain medications. If you are on narcotics, it is the same as driving drunk. ...Read more

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What symtoms should I have with high ankle sprain grade 2 with crutches full weight bearing for 3 weeks, on week 8 and a half since injury?

What symtoms should I have with high ankle sprain grade 2 with crutches full weight bearing for 3 weeks, on week 8 and a half since injury?

Hopefully little: What exactly is crutches full weight bearing? Crutches usually implies non weight bearing....Sprains can take time to heal, i would recommend you wearing an ankle brace when you are weight bearing. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a high ankle sprain to still be swollen 3 months after the injury? I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after a taekwondo accident. I was put in a walking boot for 3 weeks and then in a lace up brace for several weeks. It was feeling

Is it normal for a high ankle sprain to still be swollen 3 months after the injury? I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after a taekwondo accident. I was put in a walking boot for 3 weeks and then in a lace up brace for several weeks. It was feeling

You : You could also get a stress-xray to see if there is any widening between the tibia and fibula which could represent a ligament injury. I think if your ankle is still swelling it is worth a trip back to your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Why is the side of my calf bruising up after ankle sprain? I have taken a 90min flight the day after injury. Is this DVT? Ankle not broken.

Why is the side of my calf  bruising up after ankle sprain? I have taken a 90min flight the day after injury. Is this DVT? Ankle not broken.

DVT can vary.: Depending on the degree and nature of the sprain, you can expect varying degrees of bruising, not only on your ankle but also up your calf. Be on the alert for DVT, but don't expect it. Take immediate action if your calf begins to swell, warms and becomes painful. Because of the serious consequences of not treating DVT, if there is any doubt, promptly see medical attention. ...Read more

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I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?

I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?

Depends: If the fracture is displaced it may need surgical fixation. If its not displaced then bracing for 6-8 weeks minimum and then return to rehab until fully healed. It can take several month to get full healing. Other options include possible platelet or stem cell based therapies that may help healing faster/more fully. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

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When should I try to walk on my 3rd degree ankle sprain without crutches? Is it normal to have a pain in all the ankle and toes (like nerve pain?)

Sprain: That is very dependant on the patient , but a general rule would be 3-4 weeks minimum. If surgery was done even longer. Ligaments can take as long as bones to heal and pushing walking too soon can result in re-injury with even worse consequences than a sprain. Be patient - it takes time. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more