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I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?

6 weeks +/-: A grade ll is serious enough that a good 6 wks is about right. Doing 2 much 2 soon can jeopardize ur best chance of a good outcome. ...Read more

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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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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Is it good to use crutches for ankle sprain?

Is it good to use crutches for ankle sprain?

Sure: As long as the foot that is sprained is the one in the air..... :-). ...Read more

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How long does each grade of ankle sprain take to heal?

How long does each grade of ankle sprain take to heal?

Rehab all, they vary: Grade 1 sprain:
slight stretching of the ligament. 2-6 wks
grade 2 sprain:
partial tearing of the ligament. Abnormal looseness (laxity) of the ankle joint occurs.
6-12 wks
grade 3 sprain:
complete tear of the ligament. Gross instability occurs. Usually 6 months or longer. ...Read more

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Is it possible to fake an ankle sprain and get crutches?

Is it possible to fake an ankle sprain and get crutches?

Committing Fraud: It is possible, but if you are not paying for them then that would be an illegal and unethical act. If you want crutches you can rent them easily from most pharmacies. And, you may be able to borrow them from your local fire station. Many fire stations offer them as a community service. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the average ankle sprain to heal?

How long does it take for the average ankle sprain to heal?

It depends: There are three grads for ankle sprain, start from simple one (grade1) which it healed in about4 weeks, grade 2 it take 6weeks grade 3 it take about 8weekes and some time it require surgery. ...Read more

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Do you think I should use crutches for a grade I ankle sprain?

Do you think I should use crutches for a grade I ankle sprain?

Limitted time: Only if absolutely necessary. Using crutches for any amount of time can actually cause improper healing of a mild sprain as your achilles is shortened while hanging and not in use, keeping ankle in poor position. I would recommend if known grade 1, start light therapy, avoid overdoing it, but keep using it to keep alignment and strength of stabilizers. ...Read more

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How long does it take the welling on an ankle sprain to go away?

How long does it take the welling on an ankle sprain to go away?

Depends on sprain: Severity. Rice. Rest- 24-48hrs. Avoid activities w use of ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 mins every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- wrap foot, ankle ; lower leg w ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. See dr if pain ; swelling not improving. ...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 before I can resume physical activities after an ankle sprain?

See below: Usually when the pain goes away and you can stand and walk with the ankle feeling stable. ...Read more

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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a major ankle sprain?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from a major ankle sprain?

Major ankle 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. If pain doesn't subside, you may need imaging or operative treatment. Hope that helped! ...Read more

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From professional experience how long has ankle sprain taken to get better?

From professional experience how long has ankle sprain taken to get better?

It depend: On the severity of the ankle sprain. Grade 1, take about three or four weeks, 2grade two take about 4-6 weeks grade 3 it take about 8 weeks. Thank you. ...Read more

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I have a high ankle sprain how long do I have to wait to start rehabbing? It's been 3 weeks.

I have a high ankle sprain how long do I have to wait to start rehabbing? It's been 3 weeks.

Ankle sprain: Like all things therebis a spectrum of injury and everything a a progression based on severity. For mild high ankle sprain 4 weeks is go starting point working onbperoneal strenghing and propioception. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a ankle sprain to complete heal and is it ok to wrap it when standing on it?

How long does it take for a ankle sprain to complete heal and is it ok to wrap it when standing on it?

Ankle sprain: Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain, it can take from 4 to 8 weeks to heal. There are 3° of injury. One is a stretch of the ligaments, 2nd° is a partial tear of the ligaments. 3 degree is a total tear of the ligaments. 3rd degree tears take a good 8 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Didn't take care after an ankle sprain or use crutches n limp around from day 1. Now, 6th week after sprain n still in pain. What can I do now?

Didn't take care after an ankle sprain or use crutches n limp around from day 1. Now, 6th week after sprain n still in pain. What can I do now?

Physical therapy: The best thing you can do 6 weeks after an ankle sprain and you are still having pain is physical therapy. You need to do rom exercises, balancing exercises, heat modalities, cold modalities, electrical stimulation. If these don't help, you may want to see your physician for nsaids or steroid injection to help with the inflammation and pain. ...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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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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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

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How long does it take for swelling to go after an rolling inwards ankle sprain?

How long does it take for swelling to go after an rolling inwards ankle sprain?

Varies: It depends on how much damage was done and the degree of swelling. The more you elevate the quicker it will resolve. Could take days to weeks. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

How long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

Depends: For ankle sprains, I always tell my patients that the swelling is the last thing to go. In fact, there are patients who develop chronic swelling which never goes away after a sprain - and these may be patients who are completely functional, playing sports, working full time, etc. Having said that, it's always wise to get it checked out by your doctor if the swelling persists. ...Read more

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On average, how long will a 3rd degree inversion ankle sprain take to heal completely?

3rd degree inversion: A severe 3rd degree inversion ankle sprain takes longer than 3-4 weeks and may need surgery to stabilize the multiple ligament tears. Due to the severity, you may have internal ankle joint damage as well and may need surgical stabilization procedures which can take up to 3-6 months to heal. Best of luck. ...Read more

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From personal experience how long does it take an ankle sprain taken to get better and heal?

From personal experience how long does it take an ankle sprain taken to get better and heal?

6 to 12 weeks: There are 3 grades of ankle sprains. I typically tell my patients that a sprain bad enough to take you to the doctor or ed will take 6 to 12 weeks to fully resolve. ...Read more

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Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?

When in doubt: Staying off-weight bearing using crutches are always a safe bet. I assume you know how to use crutches. The last thing you want to do is break your hip or dislocate your shoulder! ...Read more

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I've had a high ankle sprain for a couple of weeks and I am still in pain. Should I continue to walk (limp), or use crutches?

I've had a high ankle sprain for a couple of weeks and I am still in pain. Should I continue to walk (limp), or use crutches?

Ask your doctor: You should be under an orthopedist's management for this difficult condition.
Resolution may take 2-3 months, especially if not properly managed. ...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


Crutches (Definition)

Crutches are devices held beneath the armpits to support the body in walking after an injury to ...Read more