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What to do if I had a grade III ankle sprain with several torn ligaments.?

What to do if I had a grade III ankle sprain with several torn ligaments.?

Grade 3: How do you know it is a grade 3? If someone diagnosed that, then you should be receiving their help. See you podiatrist for help ...Read more

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


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Sprained ankle 10mnths ago, still pain on weightbearing, but no instability. Mri (5mnths back)said 2 torn ligaments. Did extensive pt exs, bracing. Stil pain?

Sprained ankle 10mnths ago, still pain on weightbearing, but no instability. Mri (5mnths back)said 2 torn ligaments. Did extensive pt exs, bracing. Stil pain?

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. If the pain has not improved with conservative measures surgery may be a good option. ...Read more

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6 days post ankle sprain, my foot ankle and bottom of leg go numb. Especially if I stand on it for a whilst. No fracture or torn ligaments only sprain?

6 days post ankle sprain, my foot ankle and bottom of leg go numb. Especially if I stand on it for a whilst. No fracture or torn ligaments only sprain?

Ankle Sprain: An ankle sprain is really a misnomer in that there are typically ligaments torn (partially or fully) around the ankle. The tearing from those ligaments may cause swelling (mild to severe) and the swelling may impinge on the surrounding skin nerves. This may be causing the numbness, especially when standing because fluid naturally builds up lower with gravity. Hope this helps, good luck! ...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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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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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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Torn ligament plus sprained ankle, how long will it take to recover?

Torn ligament plus sprained ankle, how long will it take to recover?

Depends on severety: It is very dependent on your rehabilitation/ physical therapy, diet, age, physical shape, etc.
On average, it may take 2-3 month for most of recovery to complete. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a torn ankle ligament and a sprained ankle?

What's the difference between a torn ankle ligament and a sprained ankle?

Nothing: I think of them as the same ligament strain is stretch not torn ligament torn ligaments can heal in a way that leaves th joint unstable strained ligaments can heal at the correct length strain sprain tear all hurt a tear take 6weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Need advice on what is the the difference between a torn ligament and a sprained ankle?

Terminology: Great question. Sprains come in various degrees, some, by definition, include a torn ligament. Most sprains are inversion or lateral ankle sprains and the three ligaments here become injured in a particular sequence as the severity of the force on the ankles continues. A simple sprain, or 1st degree sprain, for instance, does not result in a torn ligament. ...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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I have weake ankles. I have had loads of sprains, broken 1 and torn ligaments in another. What can ido to make them stronger?

I have weake ankles. I have had loads of sprains, broken 1 and torn ligaments in another. What can ido to make them stronger?

BAPS: I would recommend physical therapy and baps exercises. This stands for balance and proprioception. Go and buy a wobble board and start working with that. Otherwise there are some theraband exercises that pt can teach you (maybe you can find them on google). ...Read more

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I have a 3rd degree ankle sprain and torn in half ligament in my ankle. Now today my whole leg knee to foot swollen huge and hurts? Should I worry?

I have a 3rd degree ankle sprain and torn in half ligament in my ankle. Now today my whole leg knee to foot swollen huge and hurts? Should I worry?

Yes: Yes you should worry. If you haven't gotten and MRI you should consider this right away. You don't want to live the rest of you live with a weak ankle that could have been fixed. Let's see exactly what is wrong. ...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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I have a high ankle sprain but my orthopedic doctor didn't take an mri. Should I get a second opinion? If my ligament is torn will it heal on its own?

Depends on severity: High ankle sprain (has) is a different injury than a routine lateral ankle sprain, in both mechananism of injury and time to healing. Has usually occurs when the foot and ankle were rotatated outward with respect to the shin bone. Routine sprains are inversion injuries, the foot rolls under the ankle. Has takes about twice as long to recover compared to routine sprains. Displacement requires surgery. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle. X-ray shows no broken bones. Heard it pop, bruises and pain. Are there ways to make sure that there are no torn ligaments?

I sprained my ankle. X-ray shows no broken bones. Heard it pop, bruises and pain. Are there ways to make sure that there are no torn ligaments?

Magnetism........: The MRI can be used to confirm the suspicion of any torn ligaments after suffering from an ankle injury. However, the fact that a ligament is shown to be torn may not necessarily change the manner in which the ankle sprain it treated. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain/ligament damage that involves cracking. What does this indicate?

Ankle sprain/ligament damage that involves cracking. What does this indicate?

Unknown, but...: This may represent a benign side effect of the ankle injury or may indicate something more serious. Whether or not you have pain is central to a diagnosis.

I recommend you be seen by a foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon. One in your area can be found at: www. Aofas. Org. ...Read more

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I sprained ankle 4 days ago. Tear to lateral ligament. Still severely swollen, black and blue and painful. Shouldn't there be slight improvement by?

I sprained ankle 4 days ago. Tear to lateral ligament. Still severely swollen, black and blue and painful. Shouldn't there be slight improvement by?

No: If you had a grade 3 sprain of your ankle (severe) then you shouldn't expect much improvement @ 4 days. Swelling, discoloration are the norm. @ 2 wks you should be better but it may take 4-6 wks. For it to resolve. Consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation, x-rays to rule out a fracture and treatment guidelines. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Do you need crutches for a ligament sprained ankle?

Do you need crutches for a ligament sprained ankle?

Painful ankle: Possibly, but it would be best if you took it easy over the next couple of days. You can use price therapy. If the pain is still the same after 10-14 days you should see a doctor and get some xrays. Since you have had repeated sprains you would be best served by asking for a podiatry referral. ...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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I have a ankle sprain and I am on boots for 4/6wks. Please can you suggest ligament supplement foods to help ligament recovery.

Well balanced diet: Eat a well balanced diet. Drink plenty of fluids. There is nothing particular for ligament recovery. ...Read more

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Had outer ankle sprain 20 days back. X rayed ankle, its a ligament sprain. Now able to walk mostly no pain but swelling persists on inner & outer ankle?

Had outer ankle sprain 20 days back. X rayed ankle, its a ligament sprain. Now able to walk mostly no pain but swelling persists on inner & outer ankle?

Ankle sprain.: It sounds like your ankle is healing up nicely. The swelling might just be residual and may very well continue to recede with more time. If at six weeks total you still have difficulties with the ankle, you might need another evaluation and perhaps an MRI scan. See how it goes. ...Read more

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Can a sprained ankle ligament cause lower back pain? And how can treat it?

Can a sprained ankle ligament cause lower back pain? And how can treat it?

Of course.: Compensating for any injury in the lower extremity can lead to back pain. ...Read more

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How would you grade an ankle sprain with a ruptured atfl, high-grade partial tear of the deltoid ligament without disruption?

How would you grade an ankle sprain with a ruptured atfl, high-grade partial tear of the deltoid ligament without disruption?

Sprain: In layman's terms this would be called bad. Definitely see your podiatrist or orthopedist for help with this. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 3 months ago, still swollen and it is tender around my talar dome/fibula. Is it a possible ligament tear?

I sprained my ankle 3 months ago, still swollen and it is tender around my talar dome/fibula. Is it a possible ligament tear?

Good Guess: Anything is possible. Your ankle needs to evaluated both physically and with imagery. See a professional. ...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


Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more