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Does ankle taping prevent injury or make the ankles weaker?

Does ankle taping prevent injury or make the ankles weaker?

Helps prevent injury: A study of high school basketball players in wisconsin recently published in the american journal of sports medicine shows a reduction in the incidence (about 50% for athletes with prior sprains and about 65% for those with no previous sprain) of ankle sprains among athletes wearing ankle braces compared to those without braces. Braces have been shown to be more effective and cheaper than tape. ...Read more

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An injury, of any severity, is a condition in which a person has damage to any part of his body. Examples of major injuries include gunshot wounds, knife wounds, large burns, severed ...Read more


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Does taping your ankle sprain with sports tape from the sports store help you more than an ACE wrap does? Taping seems stronger and tighter than ace.

Does taping your ankle sprain with sports tape from the sports store help you more than an ACE wrap does? Taping seems stronger and tighter than ace.

No: Taping is not for recent injuries. It is for old injuries to help prevent re-injury. Taping is too tight and dangerous in the early post-injury stages. Ace wraps are elastic and can accommodate some swelling. Right after injury you are trying to reduce swelling, not cut off blood flow. Use and ace wrap until the swelling is resolved, then start taping for return to sports. ...Read more

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Does an ankle brace protect the ligaments in the ankle?

Does an ankle brace protect the ligaments in the ankle?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. These will protect the ligaments of the ankle - that's what they are designed for. ...Read more

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Does your knee become weaker or more injury prone if you've sprained it before?

Does your knee become weaker or more injury prone if you've sprained it before?

Yes: All tissue healing is poor compared to normal tissue. But, most tissue can recover to a point that function returns. Some tissues do not repair such as hyaline cartlidge. ...Read more

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Flat feet. Plantar fascia issues. Use superfeet blue (low support) ,stretch and ice. Is more arch support needed or will it make things worse?

Flat feet. Plantar fascia issues. Use superfeet blue (low support) ,stretch and ice. Is more arch support needed or will it make things worse?

You would want to : Put your foot into a "neutral position". Maximizing the arch height is something to try. Not everyone can tolerate it. ...Read more

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Can a knee injury make your ankle hurt?

Can a knee injury make your ankle hurt?

Yes: Depending on injury and if it was inverted or exerted during truma it could effect ankle. What was diagnosis with knee? ...Read more

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Does an ankle or a foot sprain all ways swell up?

Does an ankle or a foot sprain all ways swell up?

Typically: Whenever you sprain your ankle or your foot, there is going to be an inflammatory reaction which causes swelling and pain. You may not appreciate the swelling if it is mild and the swelling will depend on how severe the sprain is. ...Read more

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My knee has stiffness. It's not straighten like the other knee, i'm not getting the hyperextention. Can crespine gel injection helps knee motion ?

My knee has stiffness. It's not straighten like the other knee, i'm not getting the hyperextention. Can crespine  gel  injection helps knee motion ?

May be : You have to know what causing your knee not to extend first and then treat it accordingly. If the problem is arthritis this gel may help you. ...Read more

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Direct impact to medial side of left ankle from slipping on wet stairs. X-ray does not show fracture, however foot doesn't plantar flex. ?

Direct impact to medial side of left ankle from slipping on wet stairs. X-ray does not show fracture, however foot doesn't plantar flex. ?

Don't wait.: I suggest you see a foot and ankle specialist ASAP. A directed ankle evaluation is needed to determine the nature of the lack of plantiflexion. The X-rays only show possible bony damage. Lack of motion can be from bone, muscle and tendon or even edema. The range of motion of the ankle joint needs to be assessed and this is best accomplished by a specialist that familiar with the anatomy. ...Read more

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Can posterior tibial tendonitis cause swelling in the shin as well as the ankle and instep? Orthotic used 3 months, now just wrapped, but swells more

Can posterior tibial tendonitis cause swelling in the shin as well as the ankle and instep?  Orthotic used 3 months, now just wrapped, but swells more

Leg swelling: Swelling to the posterior tibial tendon usually occurs at the medial and lateral ankle at most if you now experiencing swelling at the shin it could be because your leg is doing more work causing the muscles to become irritated or overworked. You may need a professional to further explore the problems in your leg and tendon and possibly immobilize the leg. ...Read more

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Will wriggling toes affect fifth metatarsal midshaft fracture recovery? Will it cause more displacement? Will flexing ankle affect as well?

Will wriggling toes affect fifth metatarsal midshaft fracture recovery? Will it cause more displacement? Will flexing ankle affect as well?

Not typically : No, not typically. If the fractures were that unstable, we would really have to stabilize them with some form of fixation. If your fractures are not displaced, it is highly unlikely you could dipsplce them dimply by "wiggling" your toes. ...Read more

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Does a hyperextended knee also lead to calf swelling?

Does a hyperextended knee also lead to calf swelling?

Yes, calf X's knee: The calf muscles cross the back of the knee as they originate from the back of the thigh bone next to the knee capsule. When the knee hyperextends, the back of the knee often over stretches. This can cause injury to your knee that includes the posterior capsule and juxtaposed calf muscles. The calf muscles can become strained or torn causing pain and swelling in the injured calf muscle. ...Read more

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Osteoarthritis of the knee. Can it cause fractures or make bones brittle?

Osteoarthritis of the knee. Can it cause fractures or make bones brittle?

Not usually...: Usually it is the other way around. Fractures involving a joint often lead to post traumatic osteoarthritis in that joint ...Read more

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Will wearing a foot brace help heal midfoot ligament tear faster or is that more appropriate for a ankle tear?

Will wearing a foot brace help heal midfoot ligament tear faster or is that more appropriate for a ankle tear?

Rest, time, PT, Rx: Midfoot ligament tear will heal with rest and minimal immobilization. Ultrasound therapy is helpful. Injecting platelet rich plasma may help. An NSID is ok if you are able to tolerate the drug. I like the idea of your wearing a brace - it serves as a reminder to rest the foot. ...Read more

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Can an ankle simply be extra bendy? No amount of pronation no matter how severe injures my right Achilles tendon, left ankle is another story.

Can an ankle simply be extra bendy? No amount of pronation no matter how severe injures my right Achilles tendon, left ankle is another story.

Ankle: Please explain what you mean by "bendy."it is a common to have ligament laxity of the ankle after an ankle sprain.This can give impression of instability or bending of the ankle. ...Read more

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Was told my knees are really worn out, does wearing a knee brace or support help to lessen the pain in the joint?

Was told my knees are really worn out, does wearing a knee brace or support help to lessen the pain in the joint?

Unloader brace: It depends where and how much wear you have in your knee. There are some braces we call unloader braces that can help some patients with arthritis or wear localized to one side of the knee. ...Read more

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Physio suggests knee pain is biomechanical as little swelling and have altered gait from ankle injuries trying taping and strength exercises ?

Physio suggests knee pain is biomechanical as little swelling and have altered gait from ankle injuries trying taping and strength exercises ?

Agree: If there is no history of trauma and no instability, catching , or locking then this may be mechanical. Therapist don't not diagnose but provide evaluation. A knee specialist can provide you with a formal diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can wearing compression socks for months affect the results of a MRI from knee to ankle, i.e., miss something because muscles, etc., were compressed?

Can wearing compression socks for months affect the results of a MRI from knee to ankle, i.e., miss something because muscles, etc., were compressed?

Probably not: Depending on the reason for the MRI, the use of compression garments should not significantly affect the images. One exception is generalized edema/swelling, which may be diminished by use of compression stockings. ...Read more

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I had ankle ligament reconstruction and bone spurr which has failed and can only walk on my toes will that help or make things worse with the ligament?

I had ankle ligament reconstruction and bone spurr which has failed and can only walk on my toes will that help or make things worse with the ligament?

Walking on your: toes will definitely lead to stress fractures of the toe after a while and may worsen you condition. Discuss with your podiatrist ...Read more