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A 18-year-old female asked:

Hello, i sprained my ankle 4 days ago very badly. i saw a doctor the same day and was given an air cast. now there is a tingling in my toes. why?

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
Compression of nerve: An ankle sprain can directly injury nerves by stretching them (neuropraxia). The swelling associated with the sprain can also compress the nerves. Swelling plus a aircast that is on too tight can also cause nerves to "tingle" keep your foot elevated more and loosen the air cast. See your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Tingling: There may be nerve injury present. Seek the care of a podiatrist right away.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Get evaluated: Symptoms of nerve damage can range from a numbness and tingling sensation, possibly a burning sensation, to an uncomfortable painful sensation of the extremities. For some, these symptoms are mild, while for others, they can be severe and disabling. Neuropathy can develop as a result of a pinched nerve, trauma, drug side effect, and some diseases such as diabetes. See your physician.

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Last updated Mar 26, 2014

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