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How Long For Ankle Ligaments To Heal
Depends...: There's an old adage that says it's better to break something than sprain something, and that's basically because soft tissue injuries always take longer to heal. Make sure that you have been evaluated properly and that you have given your injury enough time to heal. Ask your doc about proper ankle bracing too. If it's more than 3 months from the time of injury, get re-evaluated. ...Read more
5-8 months: Depending on the actual procedure that is done, most people are nonweightbearing in a cast for 4-6 weeks then weightbearing cast for 4-6 weeks, then pt. Most are not running for 5 months or longer. I have developed a new procedure that the recovery is 1 wk in a orthoboot nwb, 2nd week is weightbearing, 3rd week pt, running by 5-6 weeks. ...Read more
Day 3: MSM 1000mg for torn ankle ligament on own. Doc said surgery. Take fish oil 2000mg, vit C 500mg. Now period longer. 8d, normal 5d. MSM related?
MSM 1000mg: Is a low dose if taken daily. There are some patients that notice a change in their menstruation cycles when taking this...usually it is a skipped period or a lighter one. Fish oil, Vit C and MSM are all excellent supplements to take as long as they don't interact with any other meds you may be on. With any ankle surgery I typically have my patients taking similar dosing before and after! ...Read more
Common injury: When you twist you ankle. The ligaments easily tear. If this is first time you should be fine with rest, ice, elevate and compression. Usually 4-6 weeks of rest and compression is enough time for you body to heal itself. If you constantly twist your ankle and have chronic ankle instability as diagnosed by your podiatrist or orthpod, then surgery will be necessary. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the ligament that is torn and the severity of the tear. Every time an ankle ligament is torn it weakens the ligament and can make the ankle looser if not treated properly. For a standard ankle sprain it usually takes 2-4 weeks to recover. If more severe, it can take several more weeks of immobilization and in some cases surgery to correct the torn ligament. ...Read more
I have ankle ligaments which have been completely torn. Can they be repaired or do they have to be replaced? They were torn 6 years ago but I did noth
Yes: Your ankle ligaments can be repaired. It's called a lateral ankle stabilization procedure. There may be other procedures done in conjunction with the ligament repair. See your physician for diagnosis, examination and treatment. ...Read more
Repair ligament: The most common procedure is the modified brostrum, which sews the ends of the ligaments back together. Other procedures use a section of tendon from a muscle or cadaver graft. Recovery can be from 5-8 months including casting for 2-3 months. I actually have developed a new procedure that creates a new ligament. With a recovery time of 2 months with no casting. ...Read more
Can Be: Any surgery can be painful. A torn ligament or sprain can be very painful. Some people tell me it is worse than when they broke it. Most ligament injuries do not require surgery. Depending on the type a cast, boot or brace may be used in the early treatment with ice and elevation. Physical therapy is important to gain motion, strength and balance back to hopefully prevent injury. ...Read more
Exercise: Range of motion exercises and progressive weight exercise. ...Read more
Depends: There are several ankle ligaments that can be torn from an injury. In general, the first month you are in a cast or boot to allow healing. Your doctor will progress you to a brace and physical therapy when he feels you are ready. "recovery time" depends on your desired activity. Most people are resuming their desired activity within 4-6 months...High impact 6-12. Bike, swim, walk earlier. ...Read more
Different options: Most ankle ligament surgery involves either tightening up existing ligaments if they are in satisfactory condition (modified brostrum) or using a portion of a tendon to replace the deficient ligaments (anatomic free tendon reconstruction). "non anatomic reconstructions" have fallen out of favor. ...Read more
Surgical repair of: Ankle ligaments can be a pretty involved procedure, using tendons to replace torn ligaments, looping them through bone, or it could just involve repairing the torn ligament (s), depending on the extent of the injury and the activity of the patient. Couch potatoes don't need the same level of reconstruction as athletes. Discuss options with your surgeon. ...Read more
Depends on type: The recovery depends on the kind of ligament surgery you had. In general the first month after you are in a boot or cast to allow healing to occur. You will progress to a brace, your dr. May start out with simple home exercises first. Formal physical therapy is typically 1-3 months depending on the progress. Full recovery takes 6-12 months. Don't forget to ice and elevate! ...Read more
If concerned: Then talk to your doctor. You have not given any facts as to why you are concerned. ...Read more
After two years?: Just why, after two years, do you feel that you need to do something. Are you experiencing pain, swelling, stiffness or weakness? A percentage of ankle sprains do well without treatment. ...Read more
Normal: It is normal to be nervous about any surgery. No one even me likes to have surgery. But, if your ankle is affecting your quality of life on a regular basis then absolutely, consider it. I would be sure you have at least tried some physical therapy and bracing to see if this helps first. But yes, return to full activity could take 4-6 months, the first being in a cast or boot. Good luck! ...Read more
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