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Doctor insights on: Ankle Sprain Peroneal Nerve Damage

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Had a grade 3 ankle sprain, 10 weeks of pt still pain, weak, in stable and swelling. Doctor said i may have nerve damage? How is this treated?

Had a grade 3 ankle sprain, 10 weeks of pt still pain, weak, in stable and swelling. Doctor said i may have nerve damage? How is this treated?

Two thoughts...: If the ankle instability remains a chronic problem it can be treated with taping, bracing or surgery. Although you do not give any specifics on the location of the nerve injury there are a minority of ankle sprains that result in traction (neuropraxic) injuries to the superficial peroneal nerve. This is a sensory nerve on the top of the foot. See an orthopaedic surgeon: www.Aaos.Org. ...Read more

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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago (xray no fractures) doing RICE religiously ..tingling sensation in my foot ...normal healing process or nerve damage?

Sprained my  ankle 2 weeks ago (xray no fractures) doing RICE religiously ..tingling sensation in my foot ...normal healing process or nerve damage?

Both: It is likely a temporary nerve injury known as neuropraxia. It can take several weeks to several months for this to resolve completely. But usually if you have at least some sensation in the area this will eventually resolve. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

Nerve impingement: Unlikely, that the fibular bone moved to pinch a nerve. The peroneal nerve (superficial peroneal nerve) is located in the skin and can be impinged through swelling resulting from an ankle sprain. The bone, ligaments, muscle, tendons are deeper than the skin, but the swelling associated with injury can cause shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When should I try to walk on my 3rd degree ankle sprain without crutches? Is it normal to have a pain in all the ankle and toes (like nerve pain?)

When should I try to walk on my 3rd degree ankle sprain without crutches? Is it normal to have a pain in all the ankle and toes (like nerve pain?)

Sprain: That is very dependant on the patient , but a general rule would be 3-4 weeks minimum. If surgery was done even longer. Ligaments can take as long as bones to heal and pushing walking too soon can result in re-injury with even worse consequences than a sprain. Be patient - it takes time. Good luck ! ...Read more

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If I have a compressed nerve in my foot due to scar tissue from and ankle sprain how is it treated and what is the recovery time?

If I have a compressed nerve in my foot due to scar tissue from and ankle sprain how is it treated and what is the recovery time?

Neuroma: After trauma to the ankle and foot there can develop a scar in the small nerves that becomes very painful. When this scar is on the sole of the foot or in the small spaces between the toes, or in the location of the tendons and joints, there can be considerable discomfort and disability. A good foot specialist (podiatrist) can help with management. Surgery may just cause more problems. ...Read more

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My physio says I have a lateral ankle sprain, sprained ligament and injured nerve in right foot yet he didn't strap me. I feel I need support , do I?

My physio says I have a lateral ankle sprain, sprained ligament and injured nerve in right foot yet he didn't strap me. I feel I need support , do I?

Ankle bracing: One of the keys to recovery from an ankle sprain is weight bearing, however it should be done with little or no limp. If you are limping significantly or have giving out of ankle then a brace or taping would be appropriate. ...Read more

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What is a second-grade ankle sprain?

What is a second-grade ankle sprain?

3 grades: 1=mild, , no ligament disruption. 2=some disruption but not complete ; needs orthopedic care, cast or boot. 3= bad, , complete disruption, may need surgical attention. ...Read more

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How much time will my ankle sprain last?

It depends: Depending on the severity, recovery from an ankle sprain can range from 2-8 weeks. Minor sprains heal quickly. Major sprains, such as high ankle sprains, can persist and need immobilization in either a boot or a cast. I recommend you see an ankle specialist for further evaluation. ...Read more

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What is a good way to deal with an ankle sprain?

What is a good way to deal with an ankle sprain?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. ...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


Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more