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Badly sprained right ankle; help?

Badly sprained right ankle; help?

R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation for one week. Also if you have no contraindications, advil (ibuprofen) is good too. If you still hurt after one week, or can't walk, go see. Dr for x-rays. ...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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Sprained both ankles badly. L is much worse. R already had stabilization surgery for past sprains 2 yrs ago. Is it ok to walk on r even if painful?

Sprained both ankles badly. L is much worse. R already had stabilization surgery for past sprains 2 yrs ago. Is it ok to walk on r even if painful?

X-rays: If your x-ray is normal, then it sits usually ok to begin weight bearing, especially if you have a brace to stabilize the ankle. Therapy will get you back to normal strength the fastest. ...Read more

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Can walking when its really painful on a badly sprained ankle make it worse?

Can walking when its really painful on a badly sprained ankle make it worse?

YES!: If it's really painful and getting worse, see a podiatrist or foot/ankle trained orthopedist. Something may be broken or torn. Undertreated ankle problems can linger forever. Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain ?

I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain ?

RICE: Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. Also oral anti inflammatory like Aleve (naproxen) with food. If symptoms persist or worsen after 48 hrs seek medical evaluation and X-ray to rule out a stress fracture ...Read more

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I've badly sprained my ankle 3x since april. Why does this keep happening and what can I do to prevent future sprains?

See: See your doctor, you may need some out patient therapy to strengthen the muscles around your ankle to help prevent this type of injury. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle pretty badly 8 weeks ago. While pain is improving and I'm almost walking normally, my ankle still swells up during the day, is that OK?

Sprained ankle pretty badly 8 weeks ago. While pain is improving and I'm almost walking normally, my ankle still swells up during the day, is that OK?

Yes: It's very common to have increasing swelling throughout the day for weeks or months after an injury to the soft tissues. Gravity is your enemy; put it up high whenever you can. A wrap during the day is ok too. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle very badly 6 weeks ago. Not the first sprain on this ankle, everytime I rotate it to stretch and excersize it makes snapping noise?

I sprained my ankle very badly 6 weeks ago. Not the first sprain on this ankle, everytime I rotate it to stretch and excersize it makes snapping noise?

You have to identify: The location of the snapping. It could be subluxed peroneals, gas escaping from the joint capsule etc etc...at the end if the day you need to see an and specialist, ...Read more

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Ankle sprained is badly bruised, what to do?

Ankle sprained is badly bruised, what to do?

Ankle sprain: After an ankle sprain, ther is usually sweliing and brusing 'bleeding'. Reduce the swelling and bruising first with ice, compression and an ankle brace. Supportive shoes, massage, and then moist heat after a week. If still swollen have it evlauated by foot and ankle specialist. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle pretty badly 2 yrs ago; stayed off for 3-4 wks; but can be unstable even when walking to this day + can hurt. Suggestions?

Sprained my ankle pretty badly 2 yrs ago; stayed off for 3-4 wks; but can be unstable even when walking to this day + can hurt. Suggestions?

Physical therapy: Recommend that you do some rehabilitation exercises to strengthen your ankle. It sounds like the muscles, tendons and ligaments that stabilize the ankle are loose as a result of the sprain which was never rehabbed. For all of my patients with first time or multiple ankle sprains I recommend physical therapy to strengthen and retrain the ankle for balancing and gait retraining. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 3 weeks ago and am better but now it pops a lot when i walk or bend my ankle. It can hurt really badly, why? What can I do?

I sprained my ankle 3 weeks ago and am better but now it pops a lot when i walk or bend my ankle. It can hurt really badly, why? What can I do?

Let me explain: The popping nose could come from several reasons, inflame tissues around the ankle, tendons may be sprain and change there tract (subluxation) or possible injury to the ankle joint it self and loose body in the joint. Give it 2 weeks and use anti-inflammatory medications if did go away consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Suffered an ankle sprain in april and my ankle still aches badly for a few days after any activity. Sometimes has sharp pains too. Is this normal?

Suffered an ankle sprain in april and my ankle still aches badly for a few days after any activity. Sometimes has sharp pains too. Is this normal?

Ankle sprain: Ankle sprains may cause lateral ankle instability which may produce continued pain and the risk of further injury. Please consult an podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist for a thorough exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle badly a fewyears ago,recently again,it's been very painful.I've heard of people using walking boots for sprains.would that be good?

Sprained my ankle badly a fewyears ago,recently again,it's been very painful.I've heard of people using walking boots for sprains.would that be good?

Be seen: It would probably be a good idea to be seen first, in part to make sure you have not sustained a more severe injury than an ankle sprain such as, for example, a fracture. Mild ankle fractures may not need any immobilization although sometimes an ace wrap can reduce swelling. Severe grade III ankle sprains can be treated for the short term with rigid immobilization such as cast or boot. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get a cast for my badly sprained ankle?

Can you tell me if i could get a cast for my badly sprained ankle?

Yes: Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain casting can be a treatment option. There are several ligaments that hold your ankle together and when enough of them are torn, the ankle can become unstable requiring a cast. In some cases they need to be surgically repaired. In most cases, however, an ankle sprain an be treated with a removable boot although sometimes you still need to use crutches. ...Read more

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In PT for bad ankle sprain, but just badly reinjured getting back to cheer (with a good brace). If PT isn't helping, what's next?

Don't quit PT: Physical therapy will help improve your proprioception so as to improve your ability to prevent future ankle sprains. Even the best brace can't prevent all injuries. I understand you are eager to return to cheer, but patience will be your best friend. ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to play competitive soccer with a badly sprained ankle?

Could it be a good idea to play competitive soccer with a badly sprained ankle?

No: Not a good idea, in fact you are asking for trouble and can do more damage. A sprained ankle is usually caused by the same motion needed for an ankle fracture. It's better to let the ankle sprain heal rather than risk more complications (fracture, joint damage, etc). If you need a doctor referral, see dr. Dane wukich or patrick burns at upmc. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Does pt for the break up of scar tissue on badly sprained ankle and fibula hurt?

Does pt for the break up of scar tissue  on badly sprained ankle and fibula hurt?

Scar tissue therapy: There are a variety of techniques therapists use for breaking apart scarring. Typically, a therapist will work a little beyond your comfort zone every session to achieve maximum benefits. Ask them to give you exercises to do on your own to assist in removing scar tissue and improve your recovery! ...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