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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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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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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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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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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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My parents won't take me to the doctor and I have a high ankle sprain and I can't walk on it and I think it's serious what should I do ?

You do not mention : Your age. If you are in school you may consider going to the school nurse or social worker and discussing this with them. If you are over 18 then you are free to go to the doctor yourself.... ...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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more