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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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2nd grade ankle sprain. Limped around from day 1 and continued to let ankle bear weight. Now, 5th week, still have pain walking. What should I do now?

2nd grade ankle sprain. Limped around from day 1 and continued to let ankle bear weight. Now, 5th week, still have pain walking. What should I do now?

Ankle sprain: After the initial sprain, during the acute phase your physician should have recommended rice (rest, ice, compression, elevation). After a couple of weeks, after the swelling goes down, it is very important to strengthen the ligaments by intense physical therapy. If pain persists you may need to see your physician for other treatment options such as a corticosteroid injection and a supportive device. ...Read more

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I turned my ankle tumbling and its swelled, minorly bruised and I can't bear weight. What grade ankle sprain is this?

I turned my ankle tumbling and its swelled, minorly bruised and I can't bear weight. What grade ankle sprain is this?

Seek Examination: Unfortunately, your condition requires further examination. A clinical examination correlated with x-rays are needed to determine your ankle sprain grade if you have, in fact, actually sprained your ankle. For now, rest, ice, elevate and protect the extremity until you are able to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I got a grade 2 ankle sprain 16 days ago. I can bear weight painless. But when I try to step I feel much pain in my left back of heel. When can I walk?

I got a grade 2 ankle sprain 16 days ago. I can bear weight painless. But when I try to step I feel much pain in my left back of heel. When can I walk?

At least 3 weeks: After an ankle sprain, no weight should be placed on the ankle for at least 3 weeks! And after that weight - bearing should only be in a protected CAM boot or cast. Take it easy and rest your ankle in order to heal properly! ...Read more

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4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight, Does this seem normal? Already received MRI and did extensive damage

4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight, Does this seem normal? Already received MRI and did extensive damage

Normal: Sprain are actually harder and longer to heal than fractures. Sprains are ruptured muscle fibers that bleed into the belly of the sprained muscle and cause swelling and pain. The problem is that in order to heal, the muscle can't be totally immobilized as can a bone (i.e. via cast or fixation). It will take time. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?

Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?

Ankle injury: I would definitely have that foot evaluated by a physician. You could have sustained a fracture. Also, you may require a cast or boot to stabilize the ankle while it heals. Otherwise you may continue to injure an already injured ankle. Not being able to bear weight is concerning. If there is significant swelling I would seek help as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I had an ankle sprain but I am fine now interma of ability to bear weight etc. My dpm suggests a surgery saying it is needed to avoid djd. Should I?

I had an ankle sprain but I am fine now interma of ability to bear weight etc. My dpm suggests a surgery saying it is needed to avoid djd. Should I?

Ankle surgery: Surgery to stabilize a joint has not been shown to change the rate of osteoarthritis. If you have the surgery it should be to prevent instability episodes in the future. If you have fully rehabilitated the ankle it may no longer be unstable. Instability is a functional loss of control of joint stabilization. Having looseness on examination (laxity) is not the same as functional instability. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle two days ago falling off a tremill and there's no swelling or brusing but I cant bear weight?

I sprained my ankle two days ago falling off a tremill and there's no swelling or brusing but I cant bear weight?

Ankle pain: Use crutches and an ankle brace, apply ice, take ibuprofen and get an xray at urgent care to make sure there is no fracture. ...Read more

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Would an ankle sprain take two days to start hurting and start swelling?

Would an ankle sprain take two days to start hurting and start swelling?

RICE: Yes. You should start with rice as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and proprioception may need time to recovery after the injury, and you don't want to further injure yourself by going "all out" too fast. ...Read more

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I've had an ankle sprain for 10 days. I've put on an extra 3kg of weight since. Is it good for me to fast to loose weight since I can't exercise?

I've had an ankle sprain for 10 days. I've put on an extra 3kg of weight since. Is it good for me to fast to loose weight since I can't exercise?

See doctor.: To me there are 2 issues:
1) you may need to eat slightly less due to less activity but too much fasting may deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to heal your ankle.
2) you may need to get your ankle examined to make sure nothing else going on apart from a sprain if you are still troubled.
For both issues seeing a doctor licensed in your area will be able to give you specific advice. ...Read more

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What symtoms should I have with high ankle sprain grade 2 with crutches full weight bearing for 3 weeks, on week 8 and a half since injury?

What symtoms should I have with high ankle sprain grade 2 with crutches full weight bearing for 3 weeks, on week 8 and a half since injury?

Hopefully little: What exactly is crutches full weight bearing? Crutches usually implies non weight bearing....Sprains can take time to heal, I would recommend you wearing an ankle brace when you are weight bearing. ...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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Could weight lifting or running/bicycling make an ankle sprain worse?

Could weight lifting or running/bicycling make an ankle sprain worse?

Yes!: If the sprain is not healed, yes. Particularly lower extremity weight training and running. Cycling can be an effective adjunct exercise for sprained ankles! Ask your doctor! ...Read more

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Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain. Still have tremendous pain. Especially when I put weight on it. Is this normal. When will pain stop?

Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain. Still have tremendous pain. Especially when I put weight on it. Is this normal. When will pain stop?

Get checked: This one is for the doctor who casted you. You could have a compartment syndrome which is an emergency. You could have delayed healing of your sprain, granted your ankle/foot was not broken. Please see your doctor as soon as possible or to the emergency room ...Read more

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Had inversion ankle sprain 3 1/2 weeks ago. The swelling is now gone and I can put weight on it. Is kt tape or regular tape best for return to soccer?

Had inversion ankle sprain 3 1/2 weeks ago. The swelling is now gone and I can put weight on it. Is kt tape or regular tape best for return to soccer?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. These will protect the ligaments of the ankle - that's what they are designed for. ...Read more

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Inversion ankle sprain: after 1 week: new bruise shows upon lower fibula hours after starting to put weight on it: http://oi40.Tinypic. Com/5b1cv4.Jpg

Inversion ankle sprain: after 1 week: new bruise shows upon lower fibula hours after starting to put weight on it: http://oi40.Tinypic. Com/5b1cv4.Jpg

Ottawa ankle rules: Could very well be an avulsion fracture of the lower fibula. Please get an x-ray. Brace/walking boot for support. Ice. See and orthopedist. ...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

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