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A 53-year-old female asked:

I had an ankle sprain two months ago. now i am having pain in p tibial. i have been wearing inflatable stirrup ankle brace for five weeks. the doctor said i should continue wearing itbut the physio said ditch. who's right?

4 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Bicos
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Watch out: Not all ankle sprains are the same. If you have a high ankle sprain, some of the deeper structures going up above the ankle area between your fibula and tibia can get injured. This can take longer to heal. You also want to make sure the ankle is not unstable. If no to both above, then you do need a good ankle strengthening (proprioceptive) program.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 42 years experience
See below: After 5 weeks you should be able to get rid of the brace. Try several days without it and if pain returns put it back on.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 24 years experience
Depends: Does the brace relieve symptoms? The brace is not a substitute for rehab. Typically, i utilize more functional braces that are often smaller and utilize velcro or laces. The stirrup splint can be too restrictive once in the final recovery stages. It's not a very functional brace during athletic participation either. If you mean posterior tib tendonitis, there are braces made specifically for this.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 36 years experience
Sprain: Not all sprains are created equally . There is frequently pain elsewhere with splinting associated with an injury . Having said that , an evaluation by the treating physician is in order.

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