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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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20 years ago bad ankle sprain. Today swelling on outside tissue only. Can hardly walk on it. Any advice? Ace wrap to bed? Ice? Buy a brace maybe?

20 years ago bad ankle sprain. Today swelling on outside tissue only. Can hardly walk on it. Any advice? Ace wrap to bed? Ice? Buy a brace maybe?

Sounds like it's: Time to reevaluate this ankle. I would suggest an Ortho consult. In the mean time, ice, ace bandage, flex ion/extension movement is preferred (toe pointing and retracting) and antiinflamatories like Advil (ibuprofen). ...Read more

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Subsequent to a month, should an ankle sprain still hurt?

Subsequent to a month, should an ankle sprain still hurt?

HOW TREATED?: Did you see a doctor, or did you hope it would get better on its own. If the latter, it can linger for a long, long time. ...Read more

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If I had a high ankle sprain and a torn tendon 4 months ago and it still hurts, what should I do to alleviate the pain?

If I had a high ankle sprain and a torn tendon 4 months ago and it still hurts, what should I do to alleviate the pain?

Have it evaluated.: It is common for one to experience pain for several months following an ankle injury. An MRI may be of benefit in diagnosing your pathology. ...Read more

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Hi I had a bad ankle sprain at the end of august now its february and its still a little swollen what do you think is wrong?

Hi I had a bad ankle sprain at the end of august now its february and its still a little swollen what do you think is wrong?

Have it reevaluated: Was the ankle x rayed? Usually severe sprains are treated with immobilization. Was yours? In any event, have the ankle reevaluated by an orthopedist. ...Read more

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Suffered an ankle sprain in april and my ankle still aches badly for a few days after any activity. Sometimes has sharp pains too. Is this normal?

Suffered an ankle sprain in april and my ankle still aches badly for a few days after any activity. Sometimes has sharp pains too. Is this normal?

Ankle sprain: Ankle sprains may cause lateral ankle instability which may produce continued pain and the risk of further injury. Please consult an podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist for a thorough exam and treatment. ...Read more

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8 mos ago bad ankle sprain; Fx r/o. All ok but still swells significantly, esp after lots of walking. Will my ankle always do this? Is there a fix?

8 mos ago bad ankle sprain; Fx r/o. All ok but still swells significantly, esp after lots of walking. Will my ankle always do this? Is there a fix?

I think so.: Swelling that persists for more than three months may be a sign of trouble. A bone chip or bruised bone may be irritating synovium and make it secrete fluid. Elevate the ankle at night and use elastic ankle support in the morning and see if the swelling will go away after a while. If persist see a specialist. ...Read more

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I m overweight and aftr 9 mnths of ankle sprain I still hav bad pain on weightbearing (aftr 10 minutes of standing).Is overweight delaying healing time?

I m overweight and aftr 9 mnths of ankle sprain I still hav bad pain on weightbearing (aftr 10 minutes of standing).Is overweight delaying healing time?

Possibly: Being far deviated from a normal body weight can create difficulty in healing. Be sure to keep strengthening the musculature around the ankle and possibly resume physical therapy. If pain still persists, return to your physician. ...Read more

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Mild ankle sprain 10 days ago, I have fully mobility and no swelling but my ankle still hurts when toes pointed down and standing on tippy toes? Why?

Mild ankle sprain 10 days ago, I have fully mobility and no swelling but my ankle still hurts when toes pointed down and standing on tippy toes? Why?

Have it evaluated.: Pain may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Is it possible to need surgery for a 4 month old ankle sprain? It still hurts and pops a lot. Had X-ray 3 weeks after it only showed lateral swelling.

It is possible: Clinical exam and possible MRI should give information to make a decision for the doc on the need for surgical intervention. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a 4 month old ankle sprain to need surgery. At the 3 week point had an X-ray but only showed lateral swelling. Still hurts and pops?

Is it possible for a 4 month old ankle sprain to need surgery. At the 3 week point had an X-ray but only showed lateral swelling. Still hurts and pops?

Have it evaluated: Possible cause of your pain may include sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, neuritis, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. Popping may be due to instability of the joint or bordering soft tissues. ...Read more

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3 months high ankle sprain now keep twisting and it burns and sharp pain in heal, hoot, deep pain in bone. Hurts to touch spots badly. Hurts when flat?

3 months high ankle sprain now keep twisting and it burns and sharp pain in heal, hoot, deep pain in bone. Hurts to touch spots badly. Hurts when flat?

Orthopedic surgeon: It's time to check your ankle and foot because of ongoing symptoms. Torn ligaments, tendonitis, fasciitis, stress fracture are possibilities. An orthopedic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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Bad ankle sprain 8 days ago, still pretty tender to touch but can bw on heel ok is it ok to go back to work @ job where on feet all day w?

Not ok: If area is still tender, you should continue to rest ankle. If you have not yet seen either a podiatrist, orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and/or had x-ray evaluation you should do so. Ankle sprains involve damaged ligaments and sometimes tendons around the joint. It takes a very long time for these to heal and professional care is highly recommended. ...Read more

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How long will I be out of sports with either a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain and two nondisplaced fibula fractures (I hurt my ankle 4wks ago; I'm 17 yrs)?

Minimally 12 weeks: Without a complete history of your injury and sports activity, the non-displaced fractures will take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to heal (assuming there are no complications in healing) and in general soft tissue injuries such as the an ankle sprain will be longer about 12 weeks (= 3 months). Again, that is assuming that you are compliant with treatment regimen prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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My heal is hurting what should I do? About 3 months ago I rolled my ankle on the tile falling from the stairs. I have been attending physical therapy. They said it was just an ankle sprain and my toes would get numb. Now my heal hurts so bad I can hardly

My heal is hurting what should I do? About 3 months ago I rolled my ankle on the tile falling from the stairs. I have been attending physical therapy. They said it was just an ankle sprain and my toes would get numb. Now my heal hurts so bad I can hardly

You: You absolutely should get it x-rayed to make sure you don't have a stress fracture.

That being said, your choice of the words "on fire" and "numb" make me suspect a nerve injury. Tarsal tunnel syndrome is a possibility, but this usually comes on gradually, not right after trauma. You may have a nerve impingement, or something called neuropraxia, which is when a nerve gets stretched suddenly, which you might have done when you fell.

Your first order of business is to get whatever is causing your pain diagnosed. You can either go to a podiatrist or an orthopedic surgeon, have an x-ray, and see about the condition of the nerves in your foot & ankle.

Good luck! ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my ankle sprain is 3 years old and not healing what should I do?

Should I be concerned if my ankle sprain is 3 years old and not healing what should I do?

Yes concern: It may be time to get another opinion to see what the problem really is. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a moderate ankle sprain to recover? I have had a history of foot and ankle problems over the past 20 years.

How long does it take for a moderate ankle sprain to recover? I have had a history of foot and ankle problems over the past 20 years.

4-6 weeks: Recovery times vary from person to person but 4-6 weeks is average. It is very important to rest and immobilize your ankle at first for proper recovery and ligament healing. I recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Knee and ankle pain caused by misalignment after ankle sprain 2 years ago. Is there a way to treat misalignment? Need surgery?

Knee and ankle pain caused by misalignment after ankle sprain 2 years ago. Is there a way to treat misalignment? Need surgery?

Orthotics: Changes in your walk after the injury might be the cause. Get an evaluation from your local podiatrist. Foot orthotics aimed at re-aligning your gait may help before resorting to surgery ...Read more

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Feet get red after walking. Veins buldging. Left foot and ankle discoloured since ankle sprain over three years ago. How do I prevent feet from redness?

Feet get red after walking. Veins buldging. Left foot and ankle discoloured since ankle sprain over three years ago. How do I prevent feet from redness?

Blood vessels.: There is a host of reasons why your feet get red and the veins bulge after walking. More than likely it is tied to the way the blood flows to the feet, supplies the tissues and then returns back up the leg. Medications, blood vessel health, capillary return are just a few possibilities. You would be best served to have a thorough evaluation before any action is taken. ...Read more

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Son 17 years ankle sprain today at school no bruising no swelling just pain when walking he is jumping on the other foot to avoid pain what to do?

Rest/bracing: RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) for two to three days. Bracing of ankle. If he is able to hop on just the affected foot he can return to athletic activity, if not it will require further evaluation. ...Read more

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I'm 3 weeks post ankle sprain and still have pain especially sharp pain in heel (im pretty much walking on my toes constantly). What should I be doing?

I'm 3 weeks post ankle sprain and still have pain especially sharp pain in heel (im pretty much walking on my toes constantly). What should I be doing?

Heel pain: You might have achilles tendon involvement. I would see your doctor about immobilization and possible further studies of your ankle like an mri. ...Read more

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Son had severe ankle sprain, and still has pain. Mri shows a pre stress fracture of talus bone with lesion on talus. What is pre stress fracture?

Son had severe ankle sprain, and still has pain. Mri shows a pre stress fracture of talus bone with lesion on talus. What is pre stress fracture?

MRI finding...: A pre-stress fracture is where a bone is starting to hurt but does not ever fully manifest on x-ray. Pre stress fracture syndrome requires a shorter duration of treatment. ...Read more

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Didn't take care after an ankle sprain or use crutches n limp around from day 1. Now, 6th week after sprain n still in pain. What can I do now?

Physical therapy: The best thing you can do 6 weeks after an ankle sprain and you are still having pain is physical therapy. You need to do rom exercises, balancing exercises, heat modalities, cold modalities, electrical stimulation. If these don't help, you may want to see your physician for nsaids or steroid injection to help with the inflammation and pain. ...Read more

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How bad dose your ankle sprain have to be to get a walking boot?

How bad dose your ankle sprain have to be to get a walking boot?

Any ankle sprain: It does not have to be bad at all. Ankle sprains generally require some kind of immobilization while you are going through the healing process. As for what device is used to immobilize that is up to the discretion of your healthcare provider. However, walking boots can be used for any grade of ankle sprain. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 10 mnths back, still in pain on weightbearing and m deficient in vit d3.Can deficiency of vit D3 delay in healing ankle sprain?

Sprained my ankle 10 mnths back, still in pain on weightbearing and m deficient in vit d3.Can deficiency of vit D3 delay in healing ankle sprain?

Not likely: You need to get examined. May have torn ligament or osteochondral defect or something else going on. 10 months is way to long. ...Read more

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I can't walk on my ankle sprain is that bad?

I can't walk on my ankle sprain is that bad?

See a doctor: Inabiility to walk on an injured foot or ankle is alwasy a concern.

You need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more