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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?

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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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