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Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

Ankle sprain - should ATF ligament tear always require a surgery?

BRACING/REHAB: Bracing and a formal rehab program should be tried first. If unsuccessful, then consider surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

6 weeks +/-: A grade ll is serious enough that a good 6 wks is about right. Doing 2 much 2 soon can jeopardize ur best chance of a good outcome. ...Read more

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What is worse: an ankle sprain, tendon tear or ligament tear? I cant walk after 2 weeks on "sprained ankle" and am scared of diagnosis

What is worse: an ankle sprain, tendon tear or ligament tear?  I cant walk after 2 weeks on "sprained ankle" and am scared of diagnosis

See your doctor: An ankle sprain is graded on severity and symptoms. The inability to walk two weeks after an ankle sprain is concerning. Even in mild sprains, you do tear part of the ligament. In more severe sprains, more of the ligament is torn. It's possible you could have injured more than one ligament, the cartilage, or the bone which is not allowing you to walk. I recommend you see your doctor right away ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 4 days ago diagnosed with right lateral ligament tear. Under bandage over ankle and top of foot a little numb. Severe swelling. Is ok?

Sprained ankle 4 days ago diagnosed with right lateral ligament tear. Under bandage over ankle and top of foot a little numb. Severe swelling. Is ok?

Rest: Ice, compression, elevation. If swelling is severe i would recommend crutches with no weight bearing. If numbness is being felt, the bandage may be on to tight and you need to let the doctor know, . ...Read more

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I had an ankle sprain 6 months back. It still pains if i standand walk for 5 minutes. The MRI reported torn talocalcanealligament with partial tear of post.Talofibular ligament. Whatshould i do?

I had an ankle sprain 6 months back. It still pains if i standand walk for 5 minutes. The MRI reported torn talocalcanealligament with partial tear of post.Talofibular ligament. Whatshould i do?

See specialist.: It is not common to have tear of those ligaments. Typically if the posterior talofib is torn, the anterior talofib and calcaneaofib also torn. The talocalcaneal lig also hard to tear. This may mean very high level ankle sprain and a foot/ankle specialist is needed. ...Read more

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How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

How can I distinguish between a torn ligament and a bad ankle sprain?

Can be the same...: HI! An ankle sprain can be a varying degree of tendon or ligament damage. Usually, if a ligament is badly injured / damaged there will / can be excessive ' loosenes' of the affected joint or exceesive motion between the two bones the ligament joins. This should be easily determined in most cases by a competent exam including various stress and range of motion testing ie: ankle anterior draw test. ...Read more

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Can a chronic ankle sprain just be stretched ligaments? Also if you did pt at home, and it didn't help, will you need surgery? What surgery is needed?

Occasionally : By definition, a sprained ankle is stretched out ligaments. There is a chance that the ligaments are so stretched out that surgery can become necessary. The majority of severe sprains (85%) don't require surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Jay
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Ligament Tear (Definition)

Ligaments are defined as collagenn tissue structures that connect bones in and around joints. A classic example is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee that provides stability o the bones of the knee joint and specifically connects the femur to the tibia. A torn ligament is simply any disruption ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more