A female asked:
i sprained my ankle, the doctor said i dudn't need crutch or a brace but it hurts so bad. what should i do?
2 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctor answered
Rest/Strap/Elevate: Rest / Ice/ Compress/ Elevate 24 hrs
If you can continue to weight bear without much pain, the chances are it is a simple sprain. if you find that you are not able to put weight on it after 48-72 hrs, you may need an X Ray to rule out an avulsion fracture, which is when a tiny flake of bone can get pulled off with the ligament during a sprain as well. Try and obtain a walking stick or crutches
919 viewsReviewed >2 years ago
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
Reevaluation: Presumably you had an X-ray to make sure you did not have a fracture? Even if not fractured, some sprains can be severe enough to require crutches and/or immobilization. Don't hesitate to followup or seek a second opinion if you are having a lot of trouble with it.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
I sprained my ankle yesterday and wondering if I need to see a dr? Sprained or broken, the treatment would be a brace and crutches. Is a visit needed?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Absolutely: Understanding first what the damage is will help better design the management plan. Proper management will ensure good healing and functional recovery. Would suggest an Urgent Care or local ER.
140 viewsReviewed Aug 20, 2019
Last updated Dec 7, 2016
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