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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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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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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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After I get my cast of for grade 3 ankle sprain will I just be able to walk normally without any other bracing? Cast on for 2-3 weeks

After I get my cast of for grade 3 ankle sprain  will I just be able to walk normally without any other bracing? Cast on for 2-3 weeks

Perhaps not: After 3 weeks in a cast your ankle will be stiff and may take a few days to move well. It takes 6 weeks to get 90% strength to your healing ligaments, longer if you have nicotine or anti-inflammatory medications in your blood. Relatively flat shoes, and may need a brace. www.blatmanhealthandwellness.com ...Read more

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Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

I would recommend th: I would recommend that you continue with movement, however, with caution not to exacerbate your symptoms, or aggravate the injury. A supervised rehabilitation program would benefit with progression to a home exercise program. ...Read more

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Hi- I have a grade 3 ankle sprain s/p 56 hours. X-rays negative for fracture. I am wearing a cast boot and walking FWB. Should I do NWB?

Hi- I have a grade 3 ankle sprain s/p 56 hours. X-rays negative for fracture.  I am wearing a cast boot and walking FWB. Should I do NWB?

Not necessarily: In general, you would want to stay off it to try to limit the swelling. Once you get beyond that, there is usually no contraindications to weight bearing as tolerated in a cast. The ligaments involved are not so much involved in weight bearing as they are in stabilizing the ankle and so would be protected in a cast. Discuss your specific case with 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 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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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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How long do you leave an ankle sprain in a soft cast?

How long do you leave an ankle sprain in a soft cast?

Time may vary.: May be changed weekly for a few weeks depending on the severity of the injury. ...Read more

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Just got plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain today. How long will I have to wear. Will this fix it?

Just got plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain today. How long will I have to wear. Will this fix it?

More info needed: If the x ray showed a tiny avulsion fracture answer is 6-8 weeks hopefully with some Physical Therapy to increase range of motion and strength. If the tendon tear ("Grade 3 suggests a tear with some bruising occured) is small 3-4 weeks should do the trick 4-5 with more significant tears. If you are not improving MRI study to evaluate the tendons is indicated. ...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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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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Just had cast removed Friday for severe ankle sprain. Now another for 2 weeks then boot for 4 weeks. Is this normal?

Just had cast removed Friday for severe ankle sprain. Now another for 2 weeks then boot for 4 weeks. Is this normal?

Its okay: Severe ankle sprains take a while to heal. By placing in a Cam walker (walking boot) the doctor is retaining and restrengthen your muscle which have not been used for 6 weeks. You should be getting back to "normal" activities soon. You may need some physical therapy and at times you may have pain while your body fully recovers. ...Read more

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I was put in an air cast today due to a severe ankle sprain. Am I supposed to take it off when I go to bed or leave it on until I follow up with ortho?

Only your doctor: can tell you the management , who knows extent of damage , disruption of ligament ( s) etc Some injuries needs immobilization of joint all the time , some need during weight bearing period Call your doctor ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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