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How can I avoid having a stiff ankle or leg while wearing a cast?

How can I avoid having a stiff ankle or leg while wearing a cast?

Not much: While you are in the cast, your ankle will get stiff due to the lack of movement. The best way to prevent the stiffness from continuing after the cast is removed is to get physical therapy treatment or use dynamic splinting to increase the range of motion and flexibility. ...Read more

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Cast (Definition)

Children's bones will usually heal and remodel themselves, if they are kept in the correct position. Immobilization casts are one effective way to do this, while also protecting ...Read more


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What exercise can I do while wearing a brace for a fractured wrist?

What exercise can I do while wearing a brace for a fractured wrist?

Isometrics for FX: Avoid motions. Keep the fractured area well splinted. Can do isometric muscle contractions as long as it does not produced prolonged pain afterwords (over 20 minutes) and does not cause any swelling. Some bone stress might even help healing, but not motions. ...Read more

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Can i still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

Can i still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

You : You can engage in any upper body activity you like, and can also swim. I would not engage in any activity that involves you standing or putting any pressure on your foot / ankle or leg. That would include cycling. ...Read more

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Do you have to wear a boot while sleeping with a broken fibula?

Do you have to wear a boot while sleeping with a broken fibula?

Broken Fibula: It depends on where the break is and how bad it is. Sometimes your doctor will want you to wear the boot while sleeping in order to keep things in a good position. ...Read more

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How can you make a sprained ankle heal faster? Even though I can still walk with little limp should I use a cane or crutches to walk places

How can you make a sprained ankle heal  faster? Even though I can still walk with little limp should I use a cane or crutches to walk places

Ligaments: Make sure you have no ligament damage to the outside of the ankle. An MRI can help in diagnosing this. Stay off of it if it is painful to walk on it. See you local podiatrist if pain persists. ...Read more

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For a severe ankle sprain, do I wear a brace when resting or just for walking?

For a severe ankle sprain, do I wear a brace when  resting  or just for walking?

Ask your doctor: With sprains, the degree of how much weightbearing and with what assistance depends on the injury. Do this under a supervision of your doctor. ...Read more

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For how long after a severe ankle sprain should I wear a supportive brace? It has been 5 weeks and I am still walking with a limp.

For how long after a severe ankle sprain should I wear a supportive brace? It has been 5 weeks and I am still walking with a limp.

Varies: It varies a somewhat based upon the severity of the sprain. The fact that you are still limping when you walk suggests you are not fully healed. You may want to schedule a follow up appointment to make sure it was nothing more than a sprain. One way to see if you are ready to come out if the support is to try it without and see. You will know then if you are ready. Follow up appointment. ...Read more

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I have a partial tear in my Achilles tendon and was told to get a walking boot. Should i get a short or tall walking boot?

I have a partial tear in my Achilles tendon and was told to get a walking boot. Should i get a short or tall walking boot?

Tall: You need to nutralize the Calf muscle and prevent the ankle from flexing. A tall boot would be more secure and reduce play in the ankle. Also add heel lifts to lesson tension on achilles tendon. ...Read more

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Can I walk in a normal shoe or is there another boot to wear after I have three pins removed from my toes?

Can I walk in a normal shoe or is there another boot to wear after I have three pins removed from my toes?

Yes if healed: If your doctor has told you that the toes are healed you should be able to wear comfortable shoes. If you are not sure of your healing status speak with the surgeon who performed the procedures. ...Read more

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If you don't wear a cast or a boot for a broken fibula and tibia what will happen because i take my boot off a lot.?

If you don't wear a cast or a boot for a broken fibula and tibia what will happen because i take my boot off a lot.?

Cast removal: early: The bones may not heal properly, perhaps heal crookedly ( out of alignment) or not heal at all ( malunion, i think) or may luckily heal ok. How long have you been casted? When you remove the cast , do you walk on the foot? Or use crutches? Older you are , greater the risk of (the above) occurring. Why do you remove the support? Itching. Poor fit? Hurts? Best to discuss with your doctor! ...Read more

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I sprained my knee and was given a knee brace how long do I or should I wear the knee brace before my muscles may not shift any more?

I sprained my knee and was given a knee brace how long do I or should I wear the knee brace before my muscles may not shift any more?

Don't Depend On It: Depends on how bad the sprain was. Ideally,you try to move the knee right away,slowly and gently at first then progress more as you improve, cutting back with any problems.It's been shown that early rehab is best in the long run.So for the first 2-3 days,take it easy, after that, start flexing and extending the knee a few times a day, then start walking without it a few times a day, increase daily ...Read more

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What kind of excercise can I do with a sprained (possibly fractured) foot? How long should I wait before running or using the elliptical?

What kind of excercise can I do with a sprained (possibly fractured) foot?  How long should I wait before running or using the elliptical?

Upper body: If you have a feeling that your foot is fractured or sprained you should see a doctor and get it diagnosed and treated. It is reasonable to use pain as your guide as to what you can do or not do.In general, upper extremity exercises can be done seated, and non impact activities like swimming are doable. Sprains usually heal in 2-6 weeks , fractures in 6-8 weeks. Once again pain is your guide. ...Read more

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How long until i can walk again after surgery from a broken fibula? I am already toe touch walking with the crutches.

How long until i can walk again after surgery from a broken fibula? I am already toe touch walking with the crutches.

Broken fibula: It's best to discuss this with your surgeon. Weight bearing will be determined by what was done at surgery and the type if injury. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a week ago. I've been using a boot and crutches since. When can I stop using them? Also when can I get back to sports?

I sprained my ankle a week ago. I've been using a boot and crutches since. When can I stop using them? Also when can I get back to sports?

Depends on : How bad a sprain it was. You stop using them and van return under the guidance of your treating physician. You may need physical therapy if the sprain was moderate to severe. ...Read more

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I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

I work in a place with a lot of stairs, I have patellar tendonitis, should I wear a knee brace? And if so what kind should I get?

Strengthen knee: Strengthening of quadriceps muscle would more likely solve the problem. Brace may work, but would be required from then on, as allows muscles to become even weaker and worsen instability. ...Read more

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