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Did I Sprain Or Break My Ankle
Jumping out the window. That always works for me.
To be serious, dr. Sung's advice to be careful on stairs is very important, but sometimes a simple mis-step is enough to twist/sprain/break your ankle. Only an x-ray can determine if you have a break though. Ice, rest, elevation, and if you're not much better in 24 hours, go see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more
-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
What to do if I sprained my ankle, and I'm trying to tough it out. Can it turn into a break if not treated?
You may have one...: Ankle sprains can sometimes result in fractures in the foot, particularly along the 5th metatarsal (and just because you can walk on it, doesn't mean it didn't break). Have it checked out properly by a foot/ankle specialist. If not, you risk having an undetected injury and it could compromise not only your healing but can affect other components of your gait and overall activity level. ...Read more
It depends...: Some sprains are severe, involve multiple ligaments and create joint instability, possibly requiring surgery. Some are very mild and only involve rest. The same variability occurs with fractures. Some fractures are unstable and require hardware fixation. Some fractures only require brief immobilization. The key is an accurate diagnosis, very specific treatment advice and often rehabilitation. ...Read more
Relationship: There is no long term between ankle sprains and an increased rate of ankle fractures in the future. ...Read more
Severely sprained my ankle in July. (6 months ago). Worse than a break they said, and my ankle is still swollen and shifted down than the other ankle?
Can't tell: The amount of swelling may not be different. It often depends on the amount and type of injury ...Read more
No: Need an x-ray to confirm a fracture. ...Read more
I've sprained my ankle severely 6 times in last 10 years. This time with fibula break. Why does this keep happening?
When do I know if fibula break and sprained ankle is completely healed. What should I be able to do? Still can't stand on both ankles
Maybe: Best test is to get a x-ray of your leg. You could potentially be able to walk and be able to do all sorts of task even with fractured fibula. ...Read more
6-8 weeks: You need to heal both bone and tendon. ...Read more
I recently sprained my ankle it's been 6weeks and It's still swollen and I'm in pain and it cracks got a x Ray no break any suggestions?
Severe strain: Stretched or torn ankle ligaments can take longer to heal than bones. The cracking sounds may never go away but the rest should heal in 2-3 months depending on how badly you injured them. Walking helps it heal better but you may need physical therapy to help with instability and strength. ...Read more
8wks ago I sprained my ankle no break I'm still in pain doc said just rest and today I think I re-injured it by twisting it any sugg?
Ankle sprain: You should stabilize the ankle with a brace or an elastic bandage at the least. Applying ice initially to reduce the swelling and heat after about 2 days to improve blood flow should help. Make sure it is not broken when you injured it second time. Ligaments take weeks to months to heal. Good luck. ...Read more
In PT for sprained ankle. Reinjured first day back at cheer. If PT doesn't help, what's next? No MRI yet, X-ray showed no break. Injured 5+ months
MRI: If physical therapy does not help with this injury, then an MRI would be the next step. An x-ray can only provide information on the integrity of bones. An MRI will provide additional detail on whether there are any torn ligaments or other supporting soft tissues. Most important thing is to follow up with your doctor if physical therapy is not helping. ...Read more
Hurt ankle 6 months ago. Immediate x-ray= no break. 4 months later mri= mild sprain. How much would a break or sprain heal in 4-6 months? Still hurts!
Scar tissue therapy: There are a variety of techniques therapists use for breaking apart scarring. Typically, a therapist will work a little beyond your comfort zone every session to achieve maximum benefits. Ask them to give you exercises to do on your own to assist in removing scar tissue and improve your recovery! ...Read more
Would a plaster cast be needed for my ankle sprain? It's been 6 weeks it's swollen in pain but my initial X-ray show no breaks
Unlikely: A plaster or fiberglass cast is commonly used for broken ankles. Although you may not have a broken ankle, you may have tearing of the ligaments or tendons in your ankle. If you are still having pain and and an unstable feeling in the ankle 6 weeks after your injury, you should be evaluated by a physician. It is possible you would benefit from exercise therapy or visiting a physical therapist. ...Read more
Yesterday afternoon I missed a step and fell. I twisted my ankle and heard a pop. I did the rice treatment all evening. Sprain vs break?
X-ray: Rice treatment was excellent. Hearing 'pops' and having signifigant ankle pain, swelling, bruising are all consistent with ankle sprains and ankle fractures. Some people are even able to bear weight on a broken ankle. Good quality x-says will differentiate between the two.! see your pcp or orthopedic surgeon. Best of luck! ...Read more
I have injured my ankle before (sprain/torn ligament) and a couple months ago. An X-ray was done and no break seen. Now I'm having sharp pains again.?
Ankle sprain for 6 weeks now and it's still swollen and I'm still in pain. And when I sprained it I heard a crack got a X-ray no break there any sugg?
See your doctor: Hi Peter, Sorry your ankle is hurting. The one thing I'd like to share is that an initial xray is not foolproof. You can have a break that isn't visible at first. Ongoing pain could be that your ankle needs more rest, but most physicians would recommend repeat imaging to be on the safe side. It may be a tendon rather than a bone that is injured. Good luck, hope it's better soon. ...Read more
Sprained my ankle 11 days ago. X-ray showed no breaks or fractures. I still can't walk on it & significant pain. Is this normal? Need for concern?
I stepped off a curb and rolled my ankle 5 days ago. Small amount of swelling and pain when walking in the 5th metatarsal area. Sprain or break????
Ankle swelling: I would obtain an x ray in case there is a fracture in the ankle or fifth metatarsal area. Please follow up with your physician for further evaluation. ...Read more
My ankle sprained 3 weeks b4. fr frst 48 hrs I did iceing 3-4 tmes, GT an X-ray no break was found. I'm able to walk, jogg, play again it get swollen?
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
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