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How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

Depends: Sometimes an ankle sprain is actually a break so should be seen by doctor, broken finger should definitely be seen by doctor to make sure heals correctly. ...Read more

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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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I sprained my ankle and now my foot is swollen and purple. What should I do?

I sprained my ankle and now my foot is swollen and purple. What should I do?

Rest: Ice, compression, elevation, an antiinflammatory if not contraindicated. If very swollen consider crutches, a walking boot if you can't crutch walk. Consider xrays to make sure no fracture. ...Read more

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How should I relieve a broken pinky on my hand?

How should I relieve a broken pinky on my hand?

Seek immediate care: See an er or better a hand surgeon immediately. A fractured hand requires urgent treatment and may require surgery. ...Read more

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I jammed my finger playing basketball and i don't know if it's broken, sprained or fractured?

I jammed my finger playing basketball and i don't know if it's broken, sprained or fractured?

Only an x-ray: Can tell, if its a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation.You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprain that can last 4-6 weeks. In other words, it can be a tough call. ...Read more

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I sprained my foot and can't rotate it. What should I do?

I sprained my foot and can't rotate it. What should I do?

Get an x-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. If fractured, you will need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. If fractured, it may need to be reduced in the office or possibly in the operating room. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I dropped a hammer on my foot and its swollen and bruised. How to tell it's broken?

I dropped a hammer on my foot and its swollen and bruised. How to tell it's broken?

X-ray: The best way to tell if a bone is broken is to get an x-ray. All of those other things you learned, eg if you can move it then it is not broken, are not reliable. ...Read more

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I have removed my broken ankle plaster and I have started to walk with crutches and my ankle is paining. Is it still broken?

I have removed my broken ankle plaster and I have started to walk with crutches and my ankle is paining. Is it still broken?

YOU removed cast?: Call your doctor. Your foot was casted for a reason in order to immobilize and protect it. If the plaster cast broke, it may have been from too much pressure. Don't walk on it and use your crutches to stay non-weightbearing until you can get it assessed. ...Read more

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I fracture my foot dislocated my little toe and damaged my ligament on Sunday. How long will it be bruised for?

I fracture my foot dislocated my little toe and damaged my ligament on Sunday. How long will it be bruised for?

10-14 days: The fracture itself will usually heal by 6-8 weeks, but most bruising resolves in the 10-14 day range. ...Read more

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I recently sprained my ankle, and I get waves of pain down my foot and ankle. Should I use crutches?

I recently sprained my ankle, and I get waves of pain down my foot and ankle. Should I use crutches?

Probably: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation for initial treatment is warranted. Use crutches if the pain increases or the ankle feels unstable. Have the ankle evaluated for a ligament tear. ...Read more

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How do I tell if my left pinky finger is sprained, dislocated, or broken?

How do I tell if my left pinky finger is sprained, dislocated, or broken?

See ortho: Many times as soon as u injure it and look at it, if there is deformity at the joint, = dislocation with/with out fx and ligament damage. If deformity is between the joint, = fracture. If it is just grossly swollen, u need to c an orth surg and b eval + xrays 2 b sure, and 2 get proper treatment no matter what u think it is! ...Read more

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I broke me fibula by my ankle. The top of my foot hurts, bruised, and swollen. Could I have fractured my foot also? I was playing football

I broke me fibula by my ankle. The top of my foot hurts, bruised, and swollen. Could I have fractured my foot also? I was playing football

Possibly: Have your doctor evaluate the X rays to see if that was included in the X ray films. Sprains of the soft tissue and accumulation of swelling can also cause pain. Good luck ...Read more

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I dislocated my pinkie while playing basketball. Pinkie was and how do I take care of it, what to do?

I dislocated my pinkie while playing basketball. Pinkie was and how do I take care of it, what to do?

Hand specialist.: See an orthopedic hand surgeon. He/she will start with xrays and an exam. You may just need simple immobilization. But there are other, more serious things that can occur, when you dislocate a finger joint. ...Read more

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I broke my tibia and Fibia in 1996 my foot still swells what can I do?

I broke my tibia and Fibia  in 1996 my foot still swells what can I do?

Various causes...: Some causes of swelling of the ankles can include systemic problems such as hypertension, and problems with the kidneys and localized issues such as arthritis, infection, lymphatic obstruction, blood clots, varicose veins, trauma (fracture, sprain, tendonitis) and side effects to medication. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle and now there's a protruding bone on my foot. What should I do?

See Podiatrist: Hard to tell from your description. Need more information and detail. Have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What to do if i dislocated my pinkie while playing basketball. Pinkie was and how do I take care of it?

What to do if i dislocated my pinkie while playing basketball. Pinkie was and how do I take care of it?

Be seen: Even if you feel like you have " popped" it back in position, I would encourage you to be seen for a follow up exam and X-ray. The X-ray would be helpful to ensure it is well reduced and that there is no associated fracture. You don't want to have any long term problems with it. ...Read more

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I broke my fibula and dislocated my ankle. How soon can I play football again?

I broke my fibula and dislocated my ankle. How soon can I play football again?

It will take a : Number of months, depending on how fast you recover, perhaps a year. At 39, however, you may wish to consider other forms of exercise than football. ...Read more

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What happens to my ligaments and bones in my ankle if I keep spraining my ankle? I sprained it 10-20 times already. It's painful.

What happens to my ligaments and bones in my ankle if I keep spraining my ankle? I sprained it 10-20 times already. It's painful.

Ankle Sprains: Molly, repeated ankle sprains can cause extensive ligament and cartilage injury. You need to figure out when it happens, and if these times can be protected with taping, bracing, high top shoes, etc. A good sports medicine podiatrist or orthopedist will help. Sometimes with this functional instability, and the fear of a bad fall, surgical repair is recommended. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more

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How should I bandage my sprained foot and my broken finger?

Depends: Sometimes an ankle sprain is actually a break so should be seen by doctor, broken finger should definitely be seen by doctor to make sure heals correctly. ...Read more

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Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Sprained or broken finger. How can I tell?

Can't really tell: You can't really tell for sure without an x-ray. Some sprains can be so painful that it mimics a fracture. However, if you have a fracture and it is not fixed properly, it can lead to permanent dysfunction of the joint or nerve injury (e.g. Pain). ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

How do I know if I have a broken finger or just a sprain?

X-rays: Pain, bruising, swelling and difficulty moving the finger are all signs of injury, but only an x-ray can prove the finger is broken. ...Read more

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How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

How could I tell the difference between a sprained and broken finger?

Xray: Unfortunately you can't know for sure without getting an xray done. See a doctor if you have pain after an injury. ...Read more

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My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

My son slammed locker door on finger. How can I tell if it's just a sprain, jammed, or broken finger? He says hurts to move it.

Xray : The most accurate way is performance of radiography or xray of finger. Sprains and soft tissue injury in general are shorter in duration of symptoms. Deformity, point tenderness, discoloration, interruption in movement are signs of fracture. Any or all of signs and symptoms may not be present and vary in degree. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

What can you do to tell the difference between a sprained or broken finger?

Finger Fracture: An x-ray and examination by an orthopedic physician is the best and most accurate way to determine this. He/she will be able to determine the appropriate course of treatment and return to activity guidelines. Hope this helps and best of luck! ...Read more

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How can you help heel a jammed or broken finger?

Get X-ray and see MD: Proper diagnosis and treatment (splint, tape, or possible surgery) may be necessary for best long-term outcome. Self-diagnosis and non-treatment often leads to permanent loss of function and later arthritis problems in the damaged digit. The person who treats themself has a fool for a patient. ...Read more

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Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Finger fracture or sprain. How can I tell?

Get an xray: Xrays are really the only way to tell for sure. See your local orthopaedics surgeon. ...Read more

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What can I do to prevent recurrent sprains to my toe, foot and finger?

What can I do to prevent recurrent sprains to my toe, foot and finger?

Physical therapy: Have it evaluated by your physician. You may benefit with a physical therapy referral to work on strengthening. ...Read more

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For 57+ F, does sprain on left or right feet (near fingers) indicate anything serious e.g. kidney/liver issues? It happened 4 times in last one month.

For 57+ F, does sprain on left or right feet (near fingers) indicate anything serious e.g. kidney/liver issues? It happened 4 times in last one month.

Here are some...: What is her weight and her gait? By presented scenario, her ankles are physically prone to sprain, usually associated with inadequate strength and stability of muscles & joints, and even poor nerve coordination. To confirm what could be potential contributing factors for her proneness for ankle sprain, she needs a evaluation. How to? Go to http://formefirst.com/eNewsletter06.html. Best wish to ... ...Read more

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Thoughts with regard to applying darwinian medicine (e.G., no nsaids) to minor injuries (sprains, contusions, and broken fings./toes)?

Thoughts with regard to applying darwinian medicine (e.G., no nsaids) to minor injuries (sprains, contusions, and broken fings./toes)?

Fever in 5 month bab: You can give tylenol (acetaminophen) drops 0.4 ml and can be repeated if needed every 4 hours.If fever persists then the baby needs to be checked by your pediatrician. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what it's like to sprain your ankle or dislocate your finger?

Can you tell me what it's like to sprain your ankle or dislocate your finger?

Pain: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligamentous injuries which may lead to ankle swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Am i imagining it or when staying of a sprain and using r.I.C.E . And feeling my ankle with my finger I am able to feel my ligaments growing back fast?

Am i imagining it or when staying of a sprain and using r.I.C.E . And feeling my ankle with my finger I am able to feel my ligaments growing back fast?

Imagining: Continue your present treatment but the idea that you can feel the regrowth of healing ligaments is a false concept. The ligament attaches bone to bone across the affected joint and is a deep structure that acts to stabilize the joint. It is effectively molded to the joint and not decernable from the joint capsule when palpated through the skin. ...Read more

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How can a broken finger heal?

Immobilize: In an uncomplicated finger fracture, healing only requires immobilizing the fingerr (with a finger splint) for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken finger?

Depends on break: Very much depends on the details. At its most basic all fractures need to have the pieces in the right place (so-called reduction, if they are out of place) and then held in place (so-called fixation) reduction can mean anything from leaving the fracture as is to closed manipulation to open surgery. As to fixation this can be anything from a splint to cast to plating, pins and screws. ...Read more

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Can I have my broken finger reset?

Yes, multiple ways: Depending on the timing to present to a doctor, most fractures can be set by manipulation within 7-10 days. If longer than that time, or if inadequately reducible (set), surgery may be required to move interfering soft tissue and secure by casting, pinning, screws and possibly plates. The less severe or the more rigidly fixed, can be "moved" earlier, which may avoid stiffness later after healing. ...Read more

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What can be done for a broken finger?

See doc: If truely broken your doc , after x-ray, wil need splinting or surgery. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Finger Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a break in the normal continuity of the cortex of the bone; it is described as a finger fracture when it involves the digits ...Read more