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Can I sprain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs?

Can I sprain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs?

Yes: The bigger question is did you fall down the stairs or ar you asking to find out if you can? You can sprain or break the ankle or do much worse. If you did fall, then get treatment by seeing an orthopaedic doctor or podiatrist. ...Read more

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 sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain?

I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain?

RICE: Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. Also, oral anti inflammatory like Aleve (naproxen) with food. If symptoms persist or worsen after 48 hrs seek medical evaluation and X-ray to rule out a stress fracture ...Read more

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Should i be concerned about spotting 3 days after falling down stairs? I fell down my stairs on 3-23-1012 and was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and severely bruised buttocks. I started spotting on monday night. I am on a birth control pill and have be

Should i be concerned about spotting 3 days after falling down stairs? I fell down my stairs on 3-23-1012 and was diagnosed with a sprained ankle and severely bruised buttocks.  I started spotting on monday night.  I am on a birth control pill and have be

If : If there is any concern that you are pregnant, then please take a pregnancy test. It sounds like you had a severe fall. If you have continued spotting, or any vaginal pain or discharge, then please notify your physician. ...Read more

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My foot was forced to point hard while falling down stairs. It felt crunchy in the Achilles area and the pain is constant. Could it be sprained?

My foot was forced to point hard while falling down stairs. It felt crunchy in the Achilles area and the pain is constant. Could it be sprained?

Yes: More likely you ruptured the Plantaris tendon which is a "violin string" like vestigial tendon running UNDER the Achilles In any case Ice Elevation first 48 hours than Heat and elevation. If there is bruising this will confirm this online Diagnosis

Hope this helps

Dr Z ...Read more

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I fell down the stairs and sprained my ankle. What can I do for this?

I fell down the stairs and sprained my ankle. What can I do for this?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation are the place to start. Once things settle down after a week or so, start working on ankle strengthening exercises. A lace up brace or similar may also be helpful to make you more comfortable. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, sprain ankle and soar back and tailbone. Can friend travel?

Fell down stairs, sprain ankle and soar back and tailbone. Can friend travel?

Fell down stairs: Did your friend get a medical evaluation? Falling down stairs can cause significant injury. If there are no fractures or other injuries requiring treatment, traveling and other activities can probably be resumed as tolerated. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down, walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?

Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down, walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?

Have it evaluated.: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Weird 1-ever seen an ankle sprain make skin turn tan and peel 4 weeks later? (no not sunburn) fell down stairs, ankles were wrapped during sun exposur

Weird 1-ever seen an ankle sprain make skin turn tan and peel 4 weeks later? (no not sunburn) fell down stairs, ankles were wrapped during sun exposur

No unusual: The wrapping along with swelling of tye ankle can cause discoloration of the skin. When swelling goes down the skin tends to peel/slough. ...Read more

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I recently tripped down two stairs causing me to have a sprained ankle. But now I get cramps in both legs at night that wake me up and keep me awake?

I recently tripped down two stairs causing me to have a sprained ankle. But now I get cramps in both legs at night that wake me up and keep me awake?

Your accident may: Or may not be related. I would try taking magnesium supplements before bedtime and see if that makes a difference.
(magox 400mg, is a good brand.). ...Read more

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Reinjured ankle 3 days ago, should I already be walking up and down stairs? Previous injury was a fracture. This time, just a sprain.

Reinjured ankle 3 days ago, should I already be walking up and down stairs? Previous injury was a fracture. This time, just a sprain.

PT evaluation: I suggest BOTH a PT and orthopedic evaluation as well as the use of an open toe- open heel-pull-on, neoprene ankle support, worn over a white athletic sock. Yes, limit your walking and get these consultations. ...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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Sprained foot & ankle a mo ago in fall down stairs. Xray neg for fracture so far. Top of foot still so sore I can barely touch. Is this normal?

Sprained foot & ankle a mo ago in fall down stairs. Xray neg for fracture so far.  Top of foot still so sore I can barely touch. Is this normal?

Not normal: This is a common complaint seen in the urgent care center. If your foot or ankle is still hurting after 1 month, it is likely fractured and missed on the initial XRAY read or re-injured due to improper immobilization of the original sprain. Your foot needs re-evaluation, a repeat XRAY, and a proper orthopedic shoe with Ortho follow-up +/- Physical Therapy. See your doctor today. ...Read more

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I have sprain foot. I fell down in the stairs.?

I have sprain foot. I fell down in the stairs.?

Maybe: It is possible that after falling down the stairs you could have sprained something in your foot. A physician would have to see your foot to be sure you didn't break one of the bones in your foot. If there is something else you would like to know, please ask! ...Read more

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Slid down 2-3 stairs stayed on feet. Outside rt foot hurts when I move my foot but no swelling haven't been on feet yet. Break possible or sprain?

Slid down 2-3 stairs stayed on feet. Outside rt foot hurts when I move my foot but no swelling haven't been on feet yet. Break possible or sprain?

Yes: 5th metatarsal fractures esp. @ the base of the bone are common.Even if you are able to put some weight on your foot you should get an x-ray. A sprain of the peroneal tendons is possible but an examination and x-rays by your ors (orthopedic surgeon) is best. Good luck! ...Read more

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Tripped down stairs and foot rolled in about 2 months ago. Saw a doc said sprain-torn ligament, no x-rays. In pain when I wear heels, is this normal?

Tripped down stairs and foot rolled in about 2 months ago. Saw a doc said sprain-torn ligament, no x-rays. In pain when I wear heels, is this normal?

Have it evaluated: Twisting onesÂ’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain from a fracture. ...Read more

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So I fell down the stairs at my mother's house, and I heard my bones crack and pop in my right foot. Is it sprained or broken? It hurts when I walk.

So I fell down the stairs at my mother's house, and I heard my bones crack and pop in my right foot. Is it sprained or broken? It hurts when I walk.

Get a X-ray: If you heard a crack and you can not put a lot of weight on your foot. If your foot iis bruised and swollen, it would be prudent to get your foot X-rayed to see if you fractured your foot. ...Read more

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Fell down stairs, was seen. Said I have a sprain. Bottom and top of foot hurt. Shin where I have carpet burn feels warm to touch and numb. No xray.

Fell down stairs, was seen. Said I have a sprain. Bottom and top of foot hurt. Shin where I have carpet burn feels warm to touch and numb. No xray.

Be patient: It sounds like you have a bad sprain and some associated numbness where you got the rug burn, and most likely had some superficial nerves damaged in the scrape. If the rug burn starts to get redder and spread, the warmth gets worse, it starts to drain pus, than it may be getting infected, so seek help again in that case. Otherwise, time will heal your wounds. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Have I broke or sprained my ankle? I sprained one of my ankles bout 2 years ago and I fell 3-4-12 on the stairs a now both of them hurt my right one I can deal with it hurts a little but I can still walk on it my right one I cry when I have to move i

Have I broke or sprained my ankle? I sprained one of my ankles bout 2 years ago and I fell 3-4-12 on the stairs a now both of them hurt my right one I can deal with it hurts a little but I can still walk on it my right one I cry when I have to move i

Have it evaluated: Twisting onesÂ’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain from a fracture. ...Read more

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Fell done stairs hurt ankle it's sore to touch its bruised and swollen I'm limping on it I was wondering if it is a sprain or something else?

Fell done stairs hurt ankle it's sore to touch its bruised and swollen I'm limping on it I was wondering if it is a sprain or something else?

No short answer: Difficult to tell from limited information... And without direct exam... The Best advice is to see your family doc and consider x-ray... In the meantime, stay off of it and "ice, ace, and elevate it".... ...Read more

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Fell done stairs hurt ankle it's sore to touch its bruised and swollen I'm limping on it I was wondering if it is a sprain or something else its sore?

Fell done stairs hurt ankle it's sore to touch its bruised and swollen I'm limping on it I was wondering if it is a sprain or something else its sore?

Xray to know...: It is possible to walk on a fractured ankle, and it is sometimes impossible to walk on "just" a sprained ankle. The only way to determine if there is some sort of fracture is to get a xray. ...Read more

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Fell done stairs hurt ankle it's sore to touch its bruised and swollen I'm limping on it I was wondering if it is a sprain or something elselike fract?

Either fracture or s: If you are limping and the ankle is swollen and bruised, you need an x-ray to determine if there is a fracture or it is a soft tissue injury, like a sprain. Treatrment for these entities is different so diagnosis is very important ...Read more

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Should I see an ortho foot specialist or physical therapist? Three weeks ago I sprained my foot. I tripped running up stairs outside the school and basically kicked the concrete step full force. I knew immediately I hurt my foot. My dr x-rayed a few days

A : A small, hairline fracture might very well not show up on an x-ray, especially an x-ray that was taken only a few days after the injury. If your foot still hurts past the 2-week mark, the protocol is to take a second set of x-rays and look for bone callus, this white, fuzzy looking stuff that is seen around a healing fracture. It takes 14 days for bone callus to be visible on x-ray (and you still may not see the fracture line). So I would go back to your doctor and have it re-x-rayed and look for bone callus.

If your second set of x-rays fail to show any bone callus and you're still having pain, swelling, etc., an MRI would show any soft tissue damage that might be present (and also wouldn't show up on an x-ray).

I would caution against taking Ibuprofen continually. One of the stages of bone (and wound) healing is the inflammatory stage. You need a certain amount of inflammation in order to heal. If you constantly take an anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen, you will suppress or delay healing. Stick with tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) and if tylenol (acetaminophen) isn't sufficient to reduce your pain, ask for a narcotic combination with the tylenol (acetaminophen), (acetaminophen) like tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine.

Hope this helps. Feel better! ...Read more

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Can I srain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs and hitting it with my clarinet case ?

Can I srain my ankle by falling down a flight of stairs and hitting it with my clarinet case
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Oh yes!: You could have sustained a number of injuries by falling down a flight of stairs, ranging from an ankle sprain to a broken bone or head injury. This probably happened so fast, you may not have realized immediately what you injured. I hope your clarinet didn't get hurt. Unlike it does for an ankle sprain--Ice, an ace wrap and a few days off of its feet--wouldn't have made it better. ...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