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Doctor insights on: How Long For Ankle Ligaments To Heal

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How long could ankle ligament damage actually take to heal?

How long could ankle ligament damage actually take 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

Ligament (Definition)

A fibrous band of tissue that connects one bone to another. They hold joints in place. Dr. Fox's trivia test: what one bone is the only one ...Read more


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How can I heal a strained ankle ligament?

How can I heal a strained ankle ligament?

R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice initially and later heat, compression (ace bandage, taping brace etc) and elevation. ...Read more

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How long is ankle ligament surgery recovery time?

How long is ankle ligament surgery recovery time?

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

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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?

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

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How do you tear an ankle ligament?

How do you tear an ankle ligament?

Ankle sprain: Severly inverting or everting your ankle or rotating around a planted foot can tear your ankle ligaments. ...Read more

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How can you recover from a torn ankle ligament?

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

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What is the recovery time for a second time torn ankle ligament?

What is the recovery time for a second time torn ankle ligament?

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

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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

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

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Is there an ankle ligament reconstruction if somebody has repeated sprains?

Is there an ankle ligament reconstruction if somebody has repeated sprains?

Yes: Yes there many it depend on what kind repeated sprain, the cause for that, also you could lose piece of cartilage or bone doing that for you. Check it out. Thank you. ...Read more

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How to treat a torn ankle ligament?

How to treat a torn ankle ligament?

One of two ways: We grade torn ligament to three levels.
1-grade 1.
2-grade 2.
3-grade 3.

The first two usually are treated non surgical, by cast or brace for about 4-6 weeks.
The third one usually treated surgically.
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How can I treat strained ankle ligament?

Strain: The usual recommendation is rest ice compression and elevation (as needed) or RICE. However, see a podiatrist to be sure it is just a strain. ... ...Read more

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Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

Ankle ligament tear, what is the recovery time?

6-12 weeks: It really depends on which ligaments are injured and how badly they are torn. Many ankle ligament injuries heal nonoperatively while others require surgery for stabilization. ...Read more

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Why do I have chronic ankle ligament pain for no reason?

Why do I have chronic ankle ligament pain for no reason?

Chronic ankle: Chronic pain to ankle was caused by an injury that has gotten worse over time, likely due to more fibers of the ligament involved tearing. Need MRI and treatment. Possible cast but if its chronic it often needs surgical repair. ...Read more

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What is the healing time for a second time torn ankle ligament?

Tough to say: There are multiple factors in healing time. What/how many ligaments are torn, the completeness of the tear, etc. Without a physical exam, stress x-rays and possibly an mri, any prediction of healing time would be a guess at best. ...Read more

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When is ankle ligament surgery neccassory?

When is ankle ligament surgery neccassory?

When: It does not heal by conservative treatment or if the damage is too sever. ...Read more

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What do you do during torn ankle ligament surgery?

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

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What is torn ankle ligament surgery like; painful?

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

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How can I strengthen my ankle ligaments after a sprain?

How can I strengthen my ankle ligaments after a sprain?

Exercise: Range of motion exercises and progressive weight exercise. ...Read more

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What is the usual recovery time for ankle ligament surgery?

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

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Ankle ligament repair needed what happens during the surgery?

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

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What is the definition or description of: ankle ligament surgery?

What is the definition or description of: ankle ligament surgery?

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

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What's the difference between a torn ankle ligament and a sprained ankle?

What's the difference between a torn ankle ligament and a sprained ankle?

Nothing: I think of them as the same ligament strain is stretch not torn ligament torn ligaments can heal in a way that leaves th joint unstable strained ligaments can heal at the correct length strain sprain tear all hurt a tear take 6weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Ankle ligament surgery recovery. How many weeks of pt is needed afterwards?

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

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I am nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' tomorrow. Advice?

I am nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' tomorrow. Advice?

I would be nervous: If I will be you, but if know your physician and trust him that should clam your nervousness. I t is will established surgery. ...Read more

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I'm worried about the recovery process from ankle ligament surgery. Should I be?

If concerned: Then talk to your doctor. You have not given any facts as to why you are concerned. ...Read more

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I have a ruptured ankle ligaments for two years. And I don't know what should I do?

I have a ruptured ankle ligaments for two years. And I don't know what should I do?

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

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Little nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' and length of recovery?

Little nervous for my 'reconstructive ankle ligament surgery' and length of recovery?

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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Have been diagnosed with crps after ankle ligament reconstruction, what exercises will help without making pain worse?

Have been diagnosed with crps after ankle ligament reconstruction, what exercises will help without making pain worse?

No specific exercise: But try to avoid ones that stress the affected limb and remain active. Just being active may help modulate your pain threshold. ...Read more