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What to do at home if a knee injury and how to heal?

What to do at home if a knee injury and how to heal?

Injury: Knee injuries can be complex and very debilitating. Treatment depends on what has been injured (collateral ligaments, patellar tendon, acl/mcl) and what is necessary for repair and recovery. A visit to an orthopedic surgeon is best way to determine the extent of the injury and if further treatment is required. Usually, therapy is required after orthopedic repair. ...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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How can you heal a fractured ankle at home?

How can you heal a fractured ankle at home?

Casting: Most fractures will require some sort of casting. This may be in the form of a rigid cast or boot. If you know you have a fracture you should be seen by an orthopedist for treatment. If not treated appropriately you could end up with more problems down the road. ...Read more

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What can I do at home to treat my Achilles tendon injury?

What can I do at home to treat my Achilles tendon injury?

Important : To determine the extent of the injury. If the tendon is itself injured bad, it is possible you should not walk on it. Is their any open skin? Is it simply a tendonitis? If allowed to walk, often a heel lift is recommended. You may or not need immobilization while weight bearing though. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

RICE: Rest, ice . Elevation , compression bamdage. Good for simple sprains. For more severe sprains or if symptoms do not resolve, get medical attention. ...Read more

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What might I do to handle a sprained ankle at school?

What might I do to handle a sprained ankle at school?

Ankle Sprain: Ankle sprains are very common injuries. There's a good chance that while playing as a child or stepping on an uneven surface as an adult you sprained your ankle--some 25,000 people do it every day.? http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/pages/how%20to%20care%20for%20a%20sprained%20ankle.aspx ...Read more

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When's the best time to go back to school with sprained knee and without cruches?

When's the best time to go back to school with sprained knee and without cruches?

When your knee pain: You'll usually require crutches from your symptoms of pain. As it lessens, the crutches can go! ...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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How do you sprain your ankle if you're in a wheelchair?

How do you sprain your ankle if you're in a wheelchair?

Rolling in foot : While rolling your wheelchair, your foot can get caught or placed in a bad position that will sprain the ankle as you roll forward. This is also more common if you have no feeling in your foot. That is why they typically put foot plates on the wheelchair. ...Read more

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What do they do at the hospital for a the treatment for a sprained foot besides RICE AND CRUTCHES what do they out on your foot to help it heal?

What do they do at the hospital for a the treatment for a sprained foot besides RICE AND CRUTCHES what do they out on your foot to help it heal?

Physical Therapy: If your sprain is severe enough that you are unable to bear weight, then physical therapy can significantly accelerate the healing process, utilizing ultrasound, TENS, Ice baths, massage, balance exercises, and range of motion. Ask your dr about a Physical Therapy referral. ...Read more

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What do they do at the hospital for a sprained foot. Besides rice and crutches what do they put on your foot to help it heal?

What do they do at the hospital for a sprained foot. Besides rice and crutches what do they put on your foot to help it heal?

Walking boot: A walking boot can help to immobilize the foot better than RICE alone. Plus seeing a doctor can help you determine the diagnosis is actually a foot sprain. I recommend you see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?

How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?

Many ways: You could have twisted it or stepped in a hole. Excessive stretching of the ligament could create a tear. ...Read more

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How to treat an ACL injury at home before seeing the doctor?

How to treat an ACL injury at home before seeing the doctor?

Usual stuff: Most acute knee injuries are treated best by ice, elevation and wrapping the knee. You might want to use crutches to support the knee while you are walking. I am ok beginning simple exercise that promote motion but do not do anything painful. Over the counter anti-inflammatory medications may help reduce swelling and discomfort. My goals are selling reduction, maintaining motion. ...Read more

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How long can a jammed joint in your foot take to heel?

How long can a jammed joint in your foot take to heel?

Several weeks: Typically a jammed or sprained joint can take a week or two to heal. However, for severe pain or lack of improvement, see you dr to make sure nothing more seriouis is going on. ...Read more

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How can you make your ankle need surgery after a sprain?

How can you make your ankle need surgery after a sprain?

Why do you want that: Your question made it sound like you're think about damaging your ankle to have surgery. You don't want that, unless it's absolutely necessary. You have surgery only if your ankle is unstable, if you've completely disrupted tendons or ligaments. In other words, you get surgery if your ankle isn't stable to support your weight. Better to let it heal and do the rehab. Cycling is good for that. ...Read more

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I want to know the best exercises for a fractured pinky toe?

I want to know the best exercises for a fractured pinky toe?

None?: I would not excercise a fractured pinky toe....resort to upper strength training....swimming might be okay if your foot is not slapping the water to hard... ...Read more

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If walk on a healing bronken ankle a week to early before your supposed to could you damage you ankle?

It is possible: Some time if the healing progressing good most likely nothing will happen, if the not progressing well damage could happen. ...Read more

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Will i need to go to the hospital for a sprained ankle?

Will i need to go to the hospital for a sprained ankle?

Or clinic: You could see a sports medicine physician in his office to get evaluated and get xrays. This way you could avoid the er, the wait, and often, the increased cost of going to the hospital. ...Read more

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What could I do to break/sprain your ankle at home?

What could I do to break/sprain your ankle at home?

Try: Jumping out the window. That always works for me. To be serious, dr. Sung's advice to be careful on stairs is very important, but sometimes a simple mis-step is enough to twist/sprain/break your ankle. Only an x-ray can determine if you have a break though. Ice, rest, elevation, and if you're not much better in 24 hours, go see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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What are some home remedies for a sprained ankle?

What are some home remedies for a sprained ankle?

R.I.C.E.: For a mild ankle sprain that you are able to place weight on without significant pain you can self treat yourself with r.I.C.E. - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. If you are unable to put weight on your ankle or your pain has not improved after a week or so of rice, then you should seek medical attention with an orthopedist or a sports medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Are there any "home remedies" for a twisted, or sprained ankle?

Are there any "home remedies" for a twisted, or sprained ankle?

R.I.C.E.: The first step to treating a sprained ankle is to decrease the inflammation (rest, ice- 15 mins on/off), compression, elevation). Avoid painful movements/activities. Brief course of anti- inflammatories ok. Arnica may be useful, not fda approved, so take at your own risk. After ankle sprain, risk of re-sprain is very high without proprioceptive retraining- ask your doctor for physical therapy ! ...Read more

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How can I rehab two sprained ankles at home? I can't afford physio and have two injured ankles making it difficult.

Ankles: I will assume you were evaluated to ensure there are no fractures. Use rice to start - rest , ice compression and elevation. When it doesn't hurt to move, start with making the alphabet with ankle motion. Once walking isn't painful you can progress to gentle toe raises, then work on a wobble board for proprioception and strength. Use a compression wrap during this time to prevent edema. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

RICE: Rest, ice . Elevation , compression bamdage. Good for simple sprains. For more severe sprains or if symptoms do not resolve, get medical attention. ...Read more

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How can I sprain my ankle on purpose at home? I want a boot

How can I sprain my ankle on purpose at home? I want a boot

Not good idea: No, I would not think that would be wise. If you want a boot you can just go and purchase one, you don't have to injure yourself to get one. ...Read more

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After a sprain, which ankle rehab exercises (done at home) will help prevent another sprain?

After a sprain, which ankle rehab exercises (done at home) will help prevent another sprain?

Proprioception: Id google for proprioception exercises. They are balance type exercises and will help more than anything for this type of injury. Strengthening and stretching will help as well. However, once the ligaments are sprained, they tend to heal in a stretched out position, and you are at risk for recurrent sprains. ...Read more

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My ankle still hurts after falling on it 3 weeks ago went to doc said it was sprained gave ACE bandage and sent me home but it still hurts what is it?

My ankle still hurts after falling on it 3 weeks ago went to doc said it was sprained gave ACE bandage and sent me home but it still hurts what is it?

Ankle: There ar ankle injuries that are best diagnosed with standard x-rays or by advanced studies. If you continue to experience upper levels of pain, see your podiatrist for more advanced care. ...Read more

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I have a sprained ankle. Should I go to the ER right away to get it checked or stay home and apply RICE? There was no fall or impact causing this.

I have a sprained ankle.  Should I go to the ER right away to get it checked or stay home and apply RICE? There was no fall or impact causing this.

Monitor: You can use ice , rest, and OTC motrin if you have no allergies or contraindications to it ( like ulcer/gastritis or chronic renal problems), or if you take blood thinning medications. If you have other medical problems or you take other medications , double check with the pharmacist for interactions. If is not getting better in a couple of days, see your PCP. ...Read more

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Can a chronic ankle sprain just be stretched ligaments? Also if you did pt at home, and it didn't help, will you need surgery? What surgery is needed?

Can a chronic ankle sprain just be stretched ligaments? Also if you did pt  at home, and it didn't help, will you need surgery? What surgery is needed?

Occasionally : By definition, a sprained ankle is stretched out ligaments. There is a chance that the ligaments are so stretched out that surgery can become necessary. The majority of severe sprains (85%) don't require surgery. ...Read more

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My son sprained his ankle and the doc said do this with you ankle when he was doing it at home i herd his ankle pop and he is bad pain now what to do ?

My son sprained his ankle and the doc said do this with you ankle when he was doing it at home i herd his ankle pop and he is bad pain now what to do ?

Ankle pain: Which you probably heard was the movement of one of ligaments in the ankle. Assuming that you do not see any new bruising specifically below the malleous then i would continue the rice principle - rest ice compression elevation. If the pain does not return to baseline in 24 hrs, seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Hi there, i have a sprained ankle which has now spread up into my calf muscle im in a lot of pain, im due to fly 10 hrs tomorrow home, ok to fly?

Trauma and flying: If you have torn or ruptured and muscle or tendon in the leg or ankle, and you have increased swelling, you could be at a higher risk for DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis/Clot) in your leg. It would be wise to wear compression stockings/TED hose prior to flying so that you can attempt to control the swelling in the leg, particularly under increased Cabin pressure. But it should be safe for you to fly ...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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Reconstruction ankle ligament after grade III sprain in Feb 2014, physio, rehab + home exercises but still pain + tenderness in outer aspect of heel.

Reconstruction ankle ligament after grade III sprain in Feb 2014, physio, rehab + home exercises but still pain + tenderness in outer aspect of heel.

Varies: There are many possible causes including scar tissue, persistent inflammation in the area, entrapment of a nerve. A detailed exam and appropriate studies can usually determine the cause. I would certainly let your surgeon kne you are still having problems. ...Read more

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What exactly does it take to sprain your ankle?

Twisting: Most ankle sprains occur as a result of an inversion (twisting) injury. ...Read more

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Is it possible to sprain your ankle without twisting it?

Yes: Although "sprained" ankles are usually caused by twisting or inverting the foot, it is possible to force the foot directly upward or downward and result in a sprain. This mechanism can lead to painful and sometimes difficult to diagnose injuries. Hope that answers your question. ...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

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