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Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Ice is best: Ice is best in the first 24-72 hours following an ankle sprain. This helps decrease the swelling and inflammation which in turn decreases the pain. Do not leave the ice on for more than 15-20minutes. Use a towel to protect your skin against the ice. This can be repeated several x day. Price (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation). *if pain continues or worsens please see your doctor. ...Read more

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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


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Do you think I should apply ice or heat to a sprained ankle?

Do you think I should apply ice or heat to a sprained ankle?

RICE when acute: If you just sprained your ankle, follow the rice protocol - rest, ice, compression and elevate. Also follow-up with a foot/ankle specialist to have the injury examined. Even if you can walk on it, it won't hurt to have it checked properly. ...Read more

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Does heat or ice help a 4 month old sprained ankle?

Does heat or ice help a 4 month old sprained ankle?

Yes: Ice is an analgesic (lessens pain) and can decrease swelling after an injury or use of an injured like at the end of a pt session. Heat is soothing and can increase circulation into an area bringing more oxygen, nutrients and potential healing cells. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I use ice and when should I use heat on a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs. Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. ...Read more

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I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

Ice reduces swelling: Initially after an injury the tissues begin to swell, This can cause pain and stiffness. In the first stages after the injury ice is the best way to reduce that swelling ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 2 weeks-stage 2. Lately they've been a little cold, is this normal? Causes? Are there chances of permanent damage? Will it fix itself?

Sprained ankle 2 weeks-stage 2. Lately they've been a little cold, is this normal? Causes? Are there chances of permanent damage? Will it fix itself?

Swelling: Typically people will have considerable swelling after an ankle sprain. This engorgement is often perceived as "warmth." after the swelling diminishes the perception is now the area is cold. The "environment" just has to normalize and so will the temperature. ...Read more

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Why did my 3 week old sprained ankle still swell when I used a cold compress on it?

Why did my 3 week old sprained ankle still swell when I used a cold compress on it?

Sprain: Swelling after an injury is very common and can last for several weeks. You should still use ice if you are having swelling. I you are having pain a follow up visit to your doctor is needed. ...Read more

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I have a grade 3 ankle sprain hurt it a month ago and now my hole foot is freezing cold...what should I do?

Get it Checked: Get it checked asap,Sprain does not cause your foot to freeze.It may be due to compromised Blood Supply.See your doctor asap or go to ER ...Read more

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Sprained ankle on may 2 felt something snap today. Been in a boot for cold to touch, no balance, bone keeps popping out of place pain unbearable?

Sprained ankle on may 2 felt something snap today. Been in a boot for cold to touch, no balance, bone keeps popping out of place pain unbearable?

Upping the odds....: It sounds as though, regardless as to how bad the ankle sprain was on May 2nd, your ankle's condition has just gotten worse. Start treating it as though is was a completely new injury. Say off of it and contact your doctor immediately. If the pain is unbearable, you will need to go to either the emergency room or a nearby urgent care. ...Read more

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I've had my leg in a splint for a week following a sprained ankle, it was removed today, now my lower leg/foot is cold to the touch, what would cau?

I've had my leg in a splint for a week following a sprained ankle,  it was removed today,  now my lower leg/foot is cold to the touch,  what would cau?

Concerned doctor: Are there any other symptoms such as redness, sweating, altered sensations? There's always a concern about regional pain syndrome in setting of trauma. Could just be due to the resolving edema and swelling from the sprain. Keep it elevated and try to move the ankle to prevent stiffness. Stay off it as much as possible. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle on 11-13 swelling not going down foot cold and pale pain in calf and thigh. On crutches and off foot entirely. Pain unbearable at times?

Sprained ankle on 11-13 swelling not going down foot cold and pale pain in calf and thigh. On crutches and off foot entirely. Pain unbearable at times?

See a specialist: You don't mention having it properly examined. In addition to a full examination, proper diagnostic testing including X-rays and perhaps an MRI will be useful. The condition (if occurred on Nov 13) is more than 6 weeks. The fact that you remain on crutches is of concern. See an orthopedist or podiatrist to have a proper assessment made. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 weeks cold and pale non weight bearing do I need a ct? Hospital here won't do one.

Sprained ankle 3 weeks cold and pale non weight bearing do I need a ct? Hospital here won't do one.

I'm not sure you : Have to rush for a CT scan, wh at has been done so far for it? Are pulses palpable I n the foot. Is there discoloration? Swelling? Is there pain? Has it been immobilized? ...Read more

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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more