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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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How long will a class 3 everted ankle sprain take to heal? How should I treat it? And why does it feel like it burns after i walk?

How long will a class 3 everted ankle sprain take to heal? How should I treat it? And why does it feel like it burns after i walk?

3-6 months: This is a severe injury. Early immobilization in a cast or "boot" is important. Non weight bearing is helpful until you can ambulate pain free. A comprehensive rehabiliation program is important to prevent repeated injury. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle, 2 ortho, says bilateral and hi ankle sprain, can't af PT- 3 months, still sprained and painful, can't walk long- want surgery- y-n?

If MR torn ligaments: & x-rays show some spread of the tib/fib & widening of the ankle mortise, i would say surgery. Doing it now has a much better outcome than if down the road U need a reconstruction. B sure U C a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon,who practices foot & ankle. ...Read more

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Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, i take it off to sleep. How long before i can let the crutches go and walk on it?

Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, i take it off to sleep. How long before i can let the crutches go and walk on it?

Healing times vary: Healing times may vary depending on the individual and on the severity of the injury. Pain and swelling may last a long time. The pain and swelling will usually improve over the course of the first few weeks. When you are able to put pressure on it without any significant pain and instability you may be able to wean yourself off of the crutches. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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I had a severe ankle sprain 9 months ago. 2 months later began training for full marathon b4 completely healed. Finished, but now i can't even walk without pain and bruising. Is this normal? How long?

I had a severe ankle sprain 9 months ago. 2 months later began training for full marathon b4 completely healed. Finished, but now i can't even walk without pain and bruising. Is this normal? How long?

Have it re-evaluated: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves . Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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I had a high ankle sprain 01-14 had orif with a screw had cast 8 weeks. How long before i walk pain free? Going to pt 3x week.Cast off one week ago...

I had a high ankle sprain 01-14 had orif with a screw had cast 8 weeks. How long before i walk pain free? Going to pt 3x week.Cast off one week ago...

Have it evaluated.: Pain may last a long time following foot surgery. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. Recovery time may vary depending on the procedure and on the individual. ...Read more

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Severe ankle sprain 8 days ago. Still can't walk, top of foot numb, bruising severe. How long should take to heal? Can i damage further trying to walk

Severe ankle sprain 8 days ago. Still can't walk, top of foot numb, bruising severe. How long should take to heal? Can i damage further trying to walk

Ankle sprain: Normal healing of a sprained ankle takes several weeks (on average). If its a chronically sprained ankle with constant pain and instability, it will take longer than a "normal" sprain. Yes, a sprain can get worse. Usually 3-4 weeks of rest, icing, antiinflammatory meds (like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should be normal. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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I can't walk on my ankle sprain is that bad?

I can't walk on my ankle sprain is that bad?

See a doctor: Inabiility to walk on an injured foot or ankle is alwasy a concern. You need to see a doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I've had a high ankle sprain for a couple of weeks and I am still in pain. Should i continue to walk (limp), or use crutches?

I've had a high ankle sprain for a couple of weeks and I am still in pain.  Should i continue to walk (limp), or use crutches?

Ask your doctor: You should be under an orthopedist's management for this difficult condition. Resolution may take 2-3 months, especially if not properly managed. ...Read more

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An ankle sprain happen to me 9 months ago, and still I have some pain when I walk or stand for more than 15 minutes. Does exercise help me?

An ankle sprain happen to me 9 months ago, and still I have some pain when I walk or stand for more than 15 minutes. Does exercise help me?

Ankle injury & pain: Ankle injuries can have long term effects if it wasn't properly cared for or that you didn't have physiotherapy post injury which would help to strengthen your ankle. ROM exercises would help you if they are done properly. You should see a Physiotherapist and do some PT to strengthen your ankle. ...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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I had i grade 2 ankle sprain 24 days ago.Ist a bit swollen.I can walk without pain, but little limping.Everybody says different things, should I walk?

I had i grade 2 ankle sprain 24 days ago.Ist a bit swollen.I can walk without pain, but little limping.Everybody says different things, should I walk?

Walking with sprain: Absolutely walking is a great step to rehabilitation. You should not limp so use of one crutch or cane should be considered to smooth out your gait. ...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 have a third degree ankle sprain, been 8 weeks and I can't walk. I also can't move my last three toes what do I do?

I have a third degree ankle sprain, been 8 weeks and I can't walk. I also can't move my last three toes what do I do?

See your doctor: The toe dysfunction may be related to your immobilization. However, this is a challenging question to answer without knowing more about your injury and examining you. Rehab/physical therapy is imperative after just about every ankle sprain. There's a good chance that rehab. Will also get those toes moving again. ...Read more

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Should my ankle sprain swelling have gone by day 5? Was only mild sprain could walk afterward, its just still really swollen and a little sore now.

Should my ankle sprain swelling have gone by day 5? Was only mild sprain could walk afterward, its just still really swollen and a little sore now.

Time, time, time: Ankle sprain swelling can take as long as a year to resolve. Almost never is it resolved by 5 days. The worst of the swelling typically resolves over 6 weeks. Do not let the presence of swelling cause you to restrict your activities. Instead, let pain be your guide. ...Read more

Dr. Julie Abbott
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...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