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Can you fly with a sprained ankle

A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Phil Chen
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: It depend on the severity of the injury, but you could ask your doctor.
Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
Sprain ankle: Yes you can. The problem with flying is that your leg can be dependent or hanging down for a long time. This can increase swelling and stiffness.
A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Relatively: I certainly would not say it is dangerous to fly with a sprained ankle. However, if it is a bad sprain, being up for several hours on it in the airpo... Read More
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
39 years experience
Fly with sprain: Flying with sprain is safe but. Be aware you are likely to get more swelling and possible dvt. Make sure to have compression bandage on it!
Dr. Vasudha Kaushik
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Possibly..: Long walks in the airport can worsen the inflammation by straining the joint
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Blood clots : Are generally caused by inactivity or lack of movement. Swelling could contribute or increase risk. So can obesity, taking oral contraception, smoking... Read More
Dr. Michelle Achor
Podiatry 17 years experience
Yes.: Yes, particularly if you are immobilized in a cast or other device. It is good to get up and walk during flights and do heel pumps while seated to he... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Robert Bandyk
Podiatry 36 years experience
Not really: the symptoms you are having are similar to a blood clot you may want to go to an immediate care facility to check it out since flying with increase in... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
Podiatry 45 years experience
Take precautions..: There is always a risk, even for people without an ankle sprain. Try to keep mobile, even on the plane. Walk, or at least stand, multiple times per fl... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jan Szatkowski
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Possibly: A sprained ankle may initially have negative x-rays. With continued pain and swelling without improvement, an MRI might show a non displaced fracture.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Depends: How long ago was it, how did it occur, how bad was it. Usually it will respond to rest, ice, compression, elevation.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
Depends: If you can not walk on it and there is a huge amount of swelling then yes it should be seen ASAP
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Consult with Dr.: Depending on severity and stage of healing, physician will be able to advise best.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
RICE: Rest, ice, compression, elevation.
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