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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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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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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.

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?

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?

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