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Sprained ankle still hurts after 2 months. What can I do?

Sprained ankle still hurts after 2 months. What can I do?

Get re-evaluated: If there was a severe sprain weeks back, it is a soft tissue injury. But you may have had an undetected bone/joint injury as well. The instability created by that kind of injury will cause a change in gait which can also affect the leg. You need to get rechecked. Options for treatment may include conservative means such as bracing or if the injury is severe, surgery may be warranted. ...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 harmful for your health is a sprained ankle suppose to hurt?

How harmful for your health is a sprained ankle suppose to hurt?

Severity of sprain: Depends on the severity and your body's response with swelling. Mild sprains may hurt, but the pain can usually be controlled quickly with icing, compression wraps, rest, antiinflammatory meds and bracing. More severe sprains can have lots of swelling and may need longer for pain to decrease. Generally a severe sprain will have a feeling of instability or unsteadyness with ambulation. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle two and a half weeks ago. Still hurts and limping? 

Sprained ankle two and a half weeks ago. Still hurts and limping? 

Ankle Sprain: You may have a moderate to severe ankle sprain, which can require some form of immobilization (with or without nonweightweight bearing protocol) for 6 to 8 weeks or sometimes even surgery (if it does not heal on its own). Please see a reputable ankle specialist ASAP. ...Read more

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For 2 months i sprained my ankle. Today it still hurts. What can I do?

For 2 months i sprained my ankle. Today it still hurts. What can I do?

Doc eval: The number one reason an ankle sprain continues to hurt is lack of rehabilitation. The ligaments have been partially torn and the surrounding muscles remain weak and unbalanced, leading to continued ankle instability. Other reasons for continued pain include an undetected fracture, bone bruising or tendon tearing. Time to see a doc for a thorough exam and probable imaging (x-ray, mri). ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle over a year ago and it still hurts sometimes. Why?

Ankle sprain: Residual symptoms can be due to persistent instability due to loose ligaments, or could be a residual inflammatory issue. Other possibilities include cartilage injury or an osteochondral injury. Go see your doctor for further evaluation and recommendations. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a while ago and it still hurts. What can I do for the pain?

I sprained my ankle a while ago and it still hurts. What can I do for the pain?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. Have it evaluated if you do not notice significant improvement. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 2 years ago and it still hurts sometimes. What can I do for the pain?

I sprained my ankle 2 years ago and it still hurts sometimes. What can I do for the pain?

Get re-evaluated: Pain could be as a result of many different things. One would need to do a thorough history and physical exam and possibly some laboratory and radiology exams to determine the exact cause. You may have instability of the ankle if you have a tendency to repeatedly re-injury your ankle. Have it re-evaluated and voice your concerns. ...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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I sprained my ankle multiple times, but the last one was about 4 years ago, yet, 4 years later, it still hurts. What can I do?

I sprained my ankle multiple times,  but the last one was about 4 years ago,  yet,  4 years later,  it still hurts.  What can I do?

Ankle Pain: If you have sprained the ankle multiple times you likely have ruptured one or more of the ligaments and you need an mri. 4 years is a long time to have pain! ...Read more

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Sprained my right ankle, but now my left one is beginning to hurt because I'm putting most of my weight on it, not sure what to do. ?

Sprained my right ankle, but now my left one is beginning to hurt because I'm putting most of my weight on it, not sure what to do. ?

Ankle sprain: Ice is usually a good idea for acute injuries (save heat for infections or older injuries). If your L ankle hurts, it's possible you also injured it at same time when you injured R ankle. But as you noted, it can also hurt from being over-stressed. So go see your family doc to be sure nothing else is wrong. Then consider using crutches to relieve stress. Ask for physical therapy if no fracture. ...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