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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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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 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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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

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