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How To Sprain Your Ankle Without It Hurting
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
-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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
What do you advise if i sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago and it still hurts . I never applied ice to it so is it too late to start icing it?
Never to late: But if your still in pain, I'd have evaluated by a foot/ankle doc. ...Read more
I have pain in my right ankle . it hurts from the front to the side of my ankle . It's been hurting the last 2 days . Feels like it's sprained ?
My sister jumped on her ankle over and over onpurpose to make ithurt after a sprain for attention.Andother waysto makeit hurt.Willdoctor be abto tell?
No: You need to tell the doctor that this is self inflicted. ...Read more
My ankle feels like it's on fire and it hurts after I twisted it. Could that mean it is sprained?
pain after an injury could mean sprain (ligament injury), strain (muscle injury), or fracture (bone injury). Try RICE: rest, compress (with an ace wrap), ice (with bagged frozen peas), and elevate. If the pain is not better in 4-5 days, see your doctor, as you may need an X-Ray. Hope this helps! ...Read more
I sprained both ankles over a year ago but they still hurt and are tender to the touch, what can I do to help get better?
My ankle has been hurting for 7 weeks we knew it was sprained but then a few days ago my little sister fell on it and it hurt just to stand ?
Ankle sprain: Recommended you go back to your doctor to get reevaluated and possible further studies. ...Read more
HOW TREATED?: Did you see a doctor, or did you hope it would get better on its own. If the latter, it can linger for a long, long time. ...Read more
Ankle sprain: Seek a consult with an ankle specialist. ...Read more
Yes: If there is no pain or swelling it should be fine to walk on. ...Read more
I sprained my ankle falling down the stairs 5 months ago and now it hurts every now and then. Is this normal?
Not sure of the : Question but if you feel pain you should have it checked out. ...Read more
Sprained both ankles a few months back and didn't do much to cure. Why do they hurt on top is it strain as I'm go go all day?
Be seen: If you are still having trouble with your feet months after "spraining" them, you may want to be seen and examined to make sure it was not more serious of an injury. ...Read more
I sprained my ankle about 2 weeks ago and it is still swollen and hurts when bent a certain way while sitting or standing. what to do?
Sprained ankle 3 months ago. Started running again now it is achy and hurts worse than it was. If i just push through will it get better or worse?
Ankle sprain : Pushing thru it is not good idea. Recommend evaluation by md and possible pt program. ...Read more
How long should I wear the compression bandage for?
Sprained ankle 2 weeks ago. Still hurts a little not nearly as bad. Only A tiny bit swollen now
A good Start.: Still a little pain and swelling means that the ankle is still unstable. Two weeks is not enough time for a sprain of any substance. You may have to go 4 to 6 weeks for optimum recovery. Of course this is only guess work since you have not disclosed the severity of the sprain. You might try a little heat to speed the healing up. ...Read more
I twisted my ankle, and I wanna know if it's sprained or broke it hurts constantly and it just happened 10 hours ago it is swollen and has a knot.
Xray: Without doing an X-ray it would be difficult to know if you have a fracture. Small chip fractures can be associated with pain but may allow you to walk. Larger fractures Amy prevent weight bearing and walking. Please get an evaluation immediately. ...Read more
A couple months about I tripped and sprained my ankle. It doesn't hurt anymore but my ankle is always swollen/ larger than my left one. What do I do?
Damaged goods.: A "couple" of months may not be enough time for your ankle to heal sufficiently enough for swelling to no longer be present. Sprains can cause soft tissue damage that in turn makes the ankle somewhat unstable. The swelling is a mechanism to deal with this. An ankle brace, heat and elevation may speed things along. To remove all doubt, have your ankle examined by a specialist. ...Read more
It's been 15 days since i sprained my ankle and it's still a bit swollen and stiff and it hurts when i roll it to its side. What should I do? How long
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
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