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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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Can I take indomthacin and NyQuil at the same time? Sprained ankle and a cold all at once

Can I take indomthacin and NyQuil at the same time? Sprained ankle and a cold all at once

Yes: Yes, that should not be a problem. They are different types of medications that work in different mechanisms and should not be a problem taking them together. ...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?

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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Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

Ankle sprains are very common injuries. There's a good chance that while playing as a child or stepping on an uneven surface as an adult you sprained your ankle--some 25,000 people do ...Read more