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How long to wear a boot for a sprained ankle?

How long to wear a boot for a sprained ankle?

At least 3 weeks..: Hello,
Tendon and ligament healing take about 4 weeks based on many studies, passive range of motion is allowed during week 3 and active range of motion is allow come week 4. With an ankle sprain depending on what ligaments and how bad they were involved I would say at least 3 weeks of offloading/protected weight-bearing would be appropriate. Feel Better! ...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


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How long to wear an aircast boot for a 2nd to 3rd degree ankle sprain (ortho said it was "at least a moderate sprain")? It has been 3.5 weeks and I c

How long to wear an aircast boot for a 2nd to 3rd degree ankle sprain (ortho said it was "at least a moderate sprain")? It has been 3.5 weeks and I c

The dr will usualy: Base his decision o palpating the region of injury to see if you have pain, place ankle thru range of motion and watch you walk and ask for your feedback. This coupled with the amount of time that passed will help make his decision. 3.4-4 weeks is certainly sufficient time if your not feeling pain. It is important to do strength training excercises afterwards. I still say get clearance from Dr. ...Read more

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Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Depends on severity.: Depending on the severity of the injury you may need an ace bandage, strapping of the ankle, an ankle support brace, a rigid walking boot, or a short leg cast. Have it evaluated by your podiatrist and see what is best for you. ...Read more

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Can I still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

Can I still work out while wearing a walking boot? #nqlu I have a fractured bone in my foot due to an ankle sprain and must wear a walking boot for 6 weeks for the bone to heal. What type of exercises can I still engage in?

You: You can engage in any upper body activity you like, and can also swim. I would not engage in any activity that involves you standing or putting any pressure on your foot / ankle or leg. That would include cycling. ...Read more

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MRI and Xrays taken July showed bone bruise and a grade 2 ankle sprain. Fracture boot worn for 6 weeks. How long will rehab take?

MRI and Xrays taken July showed bone bruise and a grade 2 ankle sprain. Fracture boot worn for 6 weeks. How long will rehab take?

How long?: Hard to be sure! Your doctor (s) must discuss this with you regularly! Do not be shy about asking!

Hope all goes well! ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a boot cast for sprained ankle?

Is it ok to use a boot cast for sprained ankle?

Cast to boot...: Depending on the severity of a sprain, many people can avoid a cast all together with the use of a walking boot and/ or crutches. If your physician has decided you need a cast then he/ she can provide you with an estimated time frame based on how much damage they noted with the physical exam, and any imaging that may have been ordered. ...Read more

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Can I use a walking boot for my sprained ankle?

Can I use a walking boot for my sprained ankle?

Ankle sprain: You can use a walking cane to help decrease the pressure on your ankle. I would also ice the area and take anti-inflammatory medications as needed. I would also consider an ankle brace to help stabilize the ankle at this time. ...Read more

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How bad dose your ankle sprain have to be to get a walking boot?

How bad dose your ankle sprain have to be to get a walking boot?

Any ankle sprain: It does not have to be bad at all. Ankle sprains generally require some kind of immobilization while you are going through the healing process. As for what device is used to immobilize that is up to the discretion of your healthcare provider. However, walking boots can be used for any grade of ankle sprain. ...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 have a ankle sprain and I am on boots for 4/6wks. Please can you suggest ligament supplement foods to help ligament recovery.

I have a ankle sprain and I am on boots for 4/6wks. Please can you suggest ligament supplement foods to help ligament recovery.

Well balanced diet: Eat a well balanced diet. Drink plenty of fluids. There is nothing particular for ligament recovery. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle on may 2 felt something snap today. Been in a boot for cold to touch, no balance, bone keeps popping out of place pain unbearable?

Sprained ankle on may 2 felt something snap today. Been in a boot for cold to touch, no balance, bone keeps popping out of place pain unbearable?

Upping the odds....: It sounds as though, regardless as to how bad the ankle sprain was on May 2nd, your ankle's condition has just gotten worse. Start treating it as though is was a completely new injury. Say off of it and contact your doctor immediately. If the pain is unbearable, you will need to go to either the emergency room or a nearby urgent care. ...Read more

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I have a high ankle sprain and I've been in a walking boot for 4 weeks. I tried walking today with no boot with pain. Should I remain in the boot?

I have a high ankle sprain and I've been in a walking boot for 4 weeks. I tried walking today with no boot with pain. Should I remain in the boot?

Need more time: Yes need to stay in the walking boot for perhaps 4-6 weeks, depending on the severity of your sprain. Do not remove the boot and the bandage at this time as with any sprain the ligaments need time to heal. Also only under your doctor's advise you should remove the boot. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle in dec. Had an MRI last week. They said it looked normal. But it's still swollen and pops everytime I tilt it. Wore a boot for few week?

Sprained ankle in dec. Had an MRI last week. They said it looked normal. But it's still swollen and pops everytime I tilt it. Wore a boot for few week?

MRIs not perfect: You may wish a re-evaluation. Although most occult fractures, ligament injuries and osteochondral injuries usually show up on mri, tendon injuries can escape detection.
After 5 months we would expect a simple sprain to feel fairly normal. I would suggest another physical examination by a specialist and a repeat MRI if they feel it is warranted. ...Read more

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Went to doc and have had problem with ankle for 5 months! He said it's a chronic ankle sprain and said to do PT. Why wouldn't he give a boot or brace?

Went to doc and have had problem with ankle for 5 months! He said it's a chronic ankle sprain and said to do PT. Why wouldn't he give a boot or brace?

See ORS: 5 months of ankle pain after a sprain is not normal. My advice would be to have your parent (s) take you to an orthopedic surgeon for thorough examination/ X-rays, and (if indicated) MRI scan.Some 'chronic ankle sprains' can be injuries to the top of the ankle bone (talar dome), peroneal tendon injuries, and other diagnoses... Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Grade 2/3 ankle sprain. Been a week. Slight swelling, very bruised. When walking w/o boot/crutches it hurts sometimes. When can I stop using them?

Grade 2/3 ankle sprain. Been a week. Slight swelling, very bruised. When walking w/o boot/crutches it hurts sometimes. When can I stop using them?

For one thing: When the pain stops. If you attempt to walk and have pain get back in there. Yu may want to consider physical therapy.
Ice the region as much as possible as well. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle month ago, never saw dr but xray no break. Yesterday played soccer and it swelled up and cant put weight on it today. Ortho? Boot?

See orthopedist: It sounds as though you had a significant sprain a month ago. Another possibility is there was a fracture that was very subtle and not seen on the x-ray you had. Either way you need to follow up with a specialist for evaluation. In the meantime, ice, elevate and use a compression wrap. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a high ankle sprain to still be swollen 3 months after the injury? I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after a taekwondo accident. I was put in a walking boot for 3 weeks and then in a lace up brace for several weeks. It was feeling

Is it normal for a high ankle sprain to still be swollen 3 months after the injury? I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after a taekwondo accident. I was put in a walking boot for 3 weeks and then in a lace up brace for several weeks. It was feeling

You: You could also get a stress-xray to see if there is any widening between the tibia and fibula which could represent a ligament injury. I think if your ankle is still swelling it is worth a trip back to your orthopedic surgeon. ...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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Sprained ankle in March, RICE /walking boot for a month. Had Xray, no breaks. MRI to check for blood clot that was negative. Outer ankle still swells.

Sprained ankle in March, RICE /walking boot for a month. Had Xray, no breaks. MRI to check for blood clot that was negative. Outer ankle still swells.

I never really: Heard of anyone getting an MRI to check for blood clots. Usually a venous duplex ultrasound or even a d dimer blood test would be ordered to rule out a clot. The MRI would be ordered to assess for structural damage and could explain the swelling, having said that some swelling one month after an ankle sprain is not uncommon. Wear some type of compressive anklet while walking. ...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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How long do I need to wear my aircast for a grade 1 high ankle sprain?

How long do I need to wear my aircast for a grade 1 high ankle sprain?

Depends on degree of: Sprain- figure 3-4 weeks. Consult your private physician. ...Read more

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How long should I wear the compression bandage for? Sprained ankle 2 weeks ago. Still hurts a little not nearly as bad. Only A tiny bit swollen now

How long should I wear the compression bandage for? Sprained ankle 2 weeks ago. Still hurts a little not nearly as bad. Only A tiny bit swollen now

A good Start.: Still a little pain and swelling means that the ankle is still unstable. Two weeks is not enough time for a sprain of any substance. You may have to go 4 to 6 weeks for optimum recovery. Of course this is only guess work since you have not disclosed the severity of the sprain. You might try a little heat to speed the healing up. ...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?

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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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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How long should a sprained ankle be swollen?

How long should a sprained ankle be swollen?

2 weeks to a year: A sprained ankle swells initially because of the injury to the soft tissue and the blood/lymph vessels torn at the time of injury. It takes a while for it to resolve. Anywhere from 2 weeks to up to a year. If you have a tendency to have swollen ankles for other reasons it may persit forever. ...Read more

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How long is the swelling from a sprained ankle?

How long is the swelling from a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprain: To heal a sprained ankle, it depends on the severity of the sprain. If its a chronically sprained ankle with constant pain and instability, it will take longer than a mild outside sprain. Usually 3-4 weeks of rest, icing, antiinflammatory meds (like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped! ...Read more

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For how long is a sprained ankle swollen?

Depends: It depends on the severity of the sprain and how it is treated. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last after ankle sprain?

How long does swelling last after ankle sprain?

Many possibilities: Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle with bone chips how long to heal?

Ankle chips: I would give it several months to see if the problem resolves. Just because there are chips in there doesn't mean it will be symptomatic. If it continues to be painful see a podiatrist for possible removal which probably could be done arthroscopically. ...Read more

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How long will it take to get over an ankle sprain?

How long will it take to get over an ankle sprain?

2-8 weeks.: Depending on the severity. Make sure your icing the ankle several times per day. ...Read more

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How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

Sprain ankle: Grade three usually needs sx due complete tear which heals in 4-6 weeks without surgery around 8 weeks but will have weakness. ...Read more

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How long will pain in my leg last after an ankle sprain?

Depends: How bad the sprain was could be anywhere from day or two to couple of months. Rest, ice, compression, elevation immediately after the injury is helpful. Bracing the ankle is a good idea following a bad sprain, physical therapy can be helpful if there is residual pain. ...Read more

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Torn ligament plus sprained ankle, how long will it take to recover?

Depends on severety: It is very dependent on your rehabilitation/ physical therapy, diet, age, physical shape, etc.
On average, it may take 2-3 month for most of recovery to complete. ...Read more

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How long do docs recommend I should I sit out for high ankle sprain?

How long do docs recommend I should I sit out for high ankle sprain?

Have it evaluated.: If you have significant pain, you should rest the area. Ankle braces do help support the area by applying compression and restricting the range of motion. Consult with your physician as to whether or not and how long you should use an ankle brace for your type of injury. You should limit aggressive play if you have any significant pain when weight bearing. ...Read more

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How long does it take until swelling goes down from an ankle sprain?

How long does it take until swelling goes down from an ankle sprain?

10-14 days: A typical ankle sprain takes 10-14 days for recovery. There are many other variables to consider, especially what your exam is like. If rest, ice, elevation, and compression (rice) does not work, get it checked out by an orthopedic physician. ...Read more

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more