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Sprained ankle 2 weeks-stage 2. Lately they've been a little cold, is this normal? Causes? Are there chances of permanent damage? Will it fix itself?

Sprained ankle 2 weeks-stage 2. Lately they've been a little cold, is this normal? Causes? Are there chances of permanent damage? Will it fix itself?

Swelling: Typically people will have considerable swelling after an ankle sprain. This engorgement is often perceived as "warmth." after the swelling diminishes the perception is now the area is cold. The "environment" just has to normalize and so will the temperature. ...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


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One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

Likely normal: It can take a few weeks before the swelling and bruising subside. The burning sensation is likely from local nerves being under pressure from the excess blood and swelling in and around the ankle joint. This should also subside as the other symptoms do. If the burning sensation, swelling, bruising are worsening, would suggest seeing your doctor. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 weeks cold and pale non weight bearing do I need a ct? Hospital here won't do one.

Sprained ankle 3 weeks cold and pale non weight bearing do I need a ct? Hospital here won't do one.

I'm not sure you: Have to rush for a CT scan, wh at has been done so far for it? Are pulses palpable I n the foot. Is there discoloration? Swelling? Is there pain? Has it been immobilized? ...Read more

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Is it normal to have occasional pain on top of foot where leg meets foot after a sprained ankle? 8 days after. Ankle x-Ray didn't show fracture.

Is it normal to have occasional pain on top of foot where leg meets foot after a sprained ankle? 8 days after. Ankle x-Ray didn't show fracture.

Potentially: Yes, potentially, particularly if the zone of injury or even the associated inflammation or swelling has spread to that area. Don't hesitate to be followed for it. ...Read more

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I've had my leg in a splint for a week following a sprained ankle, it was removed today, now my lower leg/foot is cold to the touch, what would cau?

I've had my leg in a splint for a week following a sprained ankle, it was removed today, now my lower leg/foot is cold to the touch, what would cau?

Concerned doctor: Are there any other symptoms such as redness, sweating, altered sensations? There's always a concern about regional pain syndrome in setting of trauma. Could just be due to the resolving edema and swelling from the sprain. Keep it elevated and try to move the ankle to prevent stiffness. Stay off it as much as possible. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 5/2 felt something snap the other day pain unbearable non weight bearing xray normal pain moving up the leg to just under the knee

More eval/testing: With that type of pain, you will benefit from a very detailed exam to uncover the cause of your symptoms. It's difficult to advise you of the potential problem with this very brief description. If x-rays are normal and the diagnosis is in doubt, then an MRI is often the next best test. For now, it sounds like crutches while upright, rest, ice and elevation would be wise before seeing a physician. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a sprained ankle take to heal?

How long is it normal for a sprained ankle take to heal?

Early treatment: Depending on the extent of the injury and the early treatment provided, typically an ankle sprain may take 4-6 weeks to heal. If the ankle ligaments are not damaged, and there is no internal injury to the ankle, and with active physical therapy, the time can even be shortened. Of course prevention of re-injury is imperative. An ankel brace may be very valuable. ...Read more

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Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Do you use heat or cold for a sprained ankle?

Ice is best: Ice is best in the first 24-72 hours following an ankle sprain. This helps decrease the swelling and inflammation which in turn decreases the pain. Do not leave the ice on for more than 15-20minutes. Use a towel to protect your skin against the ice. This can be repeated several x day. Price (protection, rest, ice, compression, and elevation).
*if pain continues or worsens please see your 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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Is it normal for my sprained ankle to be itching?

Is it normal for my sprained ankle to be itching?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How long is it normal for a sprained ankle to stay swollen?

How long is it normal for a sprained ankle to stay swollen?

Depends on: Severity of the sprain. If no ligament damage, swelling should reduce in a month. But ligament tears may swell for 3 months. If swells present for a long time you need to seek help. Other injurys include cartilage damage or deep bone bruise and tear of syndesmosis, the tissue between the tibia and fibula. Mri may be necessary to evaluate ligament tears and cartilage damage. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an sprained ankle to look bigger after 3 weeks even though I can walk on it fine with no pain at all?

Yes: Yes that could be quite normal
injured joints tend to be swollen for quite some time and sometimes more or less permanently
sometimes using a support hose will help with this. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle nearly 3 months ago after 6 weeks seemed to heal and return to normal over the past week swelling and pain has returned?

Sprained ankle nearly 3 months ago after 6 weeks seemed to heal and return to normal over the past week swelling and pain has returned?

Get rechecked: Just because the ankle feels better after 6 weeks, it still needs to be conditioned to get back up to it's pre-injury strength. You may have re-injured the area or may have something new going on. Have it rechecked. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle pretty badly 8 weeks ago. While pain is improving and I'm almost walking normally, my ankle still swells up during the day, is that OK?

Sprained ankle pretty badly 8 weeks ago. While pain is improving and I'm almost walking normally, my ankle still swells up during the day, is that OK?

Yes: It's very common to have increasing swelling throughout the day for weeks or months after an injury to the soft tissues. Gravity is your enemy; put it up high whenever you can. A wrap during the day is ok too. ...Read more

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Should my sprained ankle still be unable to bear weight one week later?

Should my sprained ankle still be unable to bear weight one week later?

Possibly: For a more severe sprain, weightbearing may take several weeks. I would recommend evaluation by a specialist to make sure you only have a sprain. ...Read more

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Is it normal that my sprained ankle is still be unable to bear any weight a week later?

Is it normal that my sprained ankle is still be unable to bear any weight a week later?

Sprained ankle: Treating sprained ankles has changed over the years mostly due to professional athletes. You need to see a doctor. The days of "just walk it off" are over. With treatment, you will be healed in 3 weeks, just like a pro. ...Read more

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4 weeks into a sprained ankle, still swollen, can walk with a limp, some pain. I can bare some weight but no great improvement. Is this normal?

Ankle sprain: I would say ankle sprains are drastically under treated. You are 4 weeks post injury still with pain and swelling. This cn lead to functional instability see your local podiatrist asap. ...Read more

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Suffered an ankle sprain in april and my ankle still aches badly for a few days after any activity. Sometimes has sharp pains too. Is this normal?

Suffered an ankle sprain in april and my ankle still aches badly for a few days after any activity. Sometimes has sharp pains too. Is this normal?

Ankle sprain: Ankle sprains may cause lateral ankle instability which may produce continued pain and the risk of further injury. Please consult an podiatrist or foot and ankle specialist for a thorough exam and treatment. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge

Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge

Ankle Sprain: Not unusual to have it last 3 weeks, may last as long as 6-8 weeks if bad enough sprain. Some times sprains are significant enough to cause instability of the ankle. Physical therapy can help with the functional recovery from your ankle sprain and help prevent future sprains. Continue your current conservative care. Add range of motion exercises. If difficult in couple weeks get evaluated. ...Read more

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Is a sprained ankle supposed to be swollen after 3 weeks? It seemed normal last week but than started swelling again. And it started hurting again.

See an MD: Ankle injuries can cause leakage of inflammatory fluids for quite some time. This is aggravated by it being a weight bearing structure, and gravity allows pooling of fluids in the lowest extremities. Good luck! ...Read more

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Sprained ankle, toes feel tingly and numb how long should this last and is it normal?

Sprained ankle, toes feel tingly and numb how long should this last and is it normal?

Go to Urgent care: See urgent care to make sure your circulation is OK and take an x ray to make sure there is no avulsion fracture. The ankle should be wrapped or splinted and you shoul be on crutches. ...Read more

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I have a third degree ankle sprain and I can't move my toes. Normal?

I have a third degree ankle sprain and I can't move my toes. Normal?

No: No this is not normal. You need to see a podiatrist or orthopedist and get your ankle treated. ...Read more

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Why did my 3 week old sprained ankle still swell when I used a cold compress on it?

Why did my 3 week old sprained ankle still swell when I used a cold compress on it?

Sprain: Swelling after an injury is very common and can last for several weeks. You should still use ice if you are having swelling. I you are having pain a follow up visit to your doctor is needed. ...Read more

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more