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Why do the lateral parts of my ankles get sprained easily?

Why do the lateral parts of my ankles get sprained easily?

Very, Very popular..: 16 year old females are in the middle of the group of people that have the highest occurrence of ankle sprains. So, you are not alone. As stable as the ankle can seem, a slight deviation in foot and/or ankle mechanics can cause the foot to collapse inward thus causing the later ankle damage that is so commonly seen. A consultation with a Healthtap specialist could help prevent future sprains. ...Read more

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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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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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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I sprained my ankle over 5 weeks ago, and was told to take it easy for 2 weeks, but it still hurts, what should I do?

I sprained my ankle over 5 weeks ago, and was told to take it easy for 2 weeks, but it still hurts, what should I do?

See a doctor: Ankle sprains should heal up in a few weeks to months. If it is not getting better or if it is getting worse then you need to get it checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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After one ankle sprain, is it easy to get more?

After one ankle sprain, is it easy to get more?

Yes.: Every time you sprain your ankle, you stretch out the soft tissues that help hold the ankle together, so it becomes prone to repeated sprains. The way to prevent that from happening, is to strengthen the ankle up, after a sprain. ...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 are some easy workouts I can do if I have a high ankle sprain?

What are some easy workouts I can do if I have a high ankle sprain?

Strengthening: Using a resistance band around your forefoot, hold the ends of the band with your hand and gently push your ankle down as far as you can and then back to the starting position. Repeat 10 times. For proprioeptive exercises, balance, coordination and agility stand with your affected leg on a pillow. Hold this position for a count of 10. Repeat 10 times. ...Read more

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I sprain my ankle too easily. I move in slightly wrong and it sprains. It pops everytime I walk. Could there be something wrong with it.

I sprain my ankle too easily. I move in slightly wrong and it sprains. It pops everytime I walk. Could there be something wrong with it.

Chronic ankle: Sprains occuring frequently could be due to loose or ligament laxity of your ankle ligaments. Besides seeing a specialist, use high top shoes and/or ankle support/brace while walking or being active. ...Read more

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I've been given crutches for a simple sprained ankle do u know how long I will be on them for? This was from a hockey ball hitng it and also running

I've been given crutches for a simple sprained ankle do u know how long I will be on them for? This was from a hockey ball hitng it and also running

About week or so: It akk depends on severity of your sprain in grade 5 sprain need plaster and may need on cruthes 4 to 6 weeks or can be put on waling cast. ...Read more

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I had my ankle sprained last october 2016 and the swell didn't go down and it is now september 2017. I easily get sprain I got the 3rd time yesterday.

I had my ankle sprained last october 2016 and the swell didn't go down and it is now september 2017. I easily get sprain I got the 3rd time yesterday.

Well: First of all what are you doing to have so many repeat injuries to this ankle. See a doctor for exam and perhaps re X-ray. You will need to strengthen this limb and or stop what you are doing ...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: I'd 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.

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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Simple fib fx and ankle sprain 7 weeks ago. Still have a lot of swelling and injury site is completely numb. Normal?

Simple fib fx and ankle sprain 7 weeks ago. Still have a lot of swelling and injury site is completely numb. Normal?

Fracture pain: At 7 wks s/p ankle fracture and sprain, continued swelling and numbness is typical. There can be swelling on and off for months and in some cases, up to a year. Neuropraxia is common after traumatic injuries or surgery. Sensations start to return within a couple of months. If you are still concerned check with your doctor about ways to reduce swelling. ...Read more

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3 weeks since simple broken fibula and sprain. When I walk with airboot I still get a sharp pain in outer and inner ankle. Still throbs. Normal?

Yes: It is common to have pain for several weeks after an ankle sprain and can even persist for a few months in some cases. However, it depends on the level of pain, the frequency and severity to determine what to do next. If it is infrequent and short duration, that is to be expected. If it is frequent, severe and lasts a long time I recommend you return to your doctor for evaluation. ...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

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