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Why does elevating an injury (like a broken ankle) help? Does it only reduce swelling or something more?

Why does elevating an injury (like a broken ankle) help? Does it only reduce swelling or something more?

Reduce swelling: Elevating an injury is a way to reduce swelling. Elevation should be used in conjuction with ice, and compression whenever possible. Ideally the injured limb should be raised above heart level. Decreasing swelling will in turn decrease pain, stiffness. Decreasing pain and stiffness will allow for an easier transition to physical therapy when the time comes. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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How to reduce swelling/ tightness of a previously broken ankle?

How to reduce swelling/ tightness of a previously broken ankle?

Difficult to achieve: Previous sprains and fractures of the ankle cause prolong swelling. Compression stockings may be beneficial. ...Read more

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Will swelling make my broken ankle worse?

Will swelling make my broken ankle worse?

No, but: It may slow the healing process. Swelling may cause congestion of blood flow. If blood flow is hindered healing will not be optimized.

For help with this: www. Orthodoc. Aaos. Org/footankle. ...Read more

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How long would swelling last for a broken ankle?

How long would swelling last for a broken ankle?

Many variables: To minimize, ice it as much as you can and elevate.... ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the swelling last with a broken ankle?

Swelling: I tell my patients that after surgery to repair their ankle, swelling can persist for a year. Doing things like elevating the extremity, using cold packs and compression wraps can help get rid of the swelling faster. ...Read more

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How do I know when will the swelling of a broken ankle go down?

Possibly a year: Depending on the severity of the break, type of treatment, medical history (diabetes, vascular disease, smoker), and any complications from the broken ankle, it can usually take up to a year for swelling to completely go away. Generally the swelling starts to dissipate after the first week or so if treated properly. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Is it normal to still have swelling in a broken ankle after 5 weeks?

Is it normal to still have swelling in a broken ankle after 5 weeks?

Yes: It may take one year for swelling to completely resolve. It could be sooner, but rarely as early as 5 weeks. ...Read more

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What are best shoes to wear after a broken ankle, for both safety and to minimize swelling? Any tips appreciated!

What are best shoes to wear after a broken ankle, for both safety and to minimize swelling? Any tips appreciated!

Comfort, Stability: Great question. ..Often pt will wear flip flops or other shoes that fit with end of day swelling. You want to get a shoe that protects and stabilizes your foot, like a running shoe. Consider with toy doc compression hose or bracine as well if needed at your stage of rehab. ...Read more

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Broke ankle years ago. Started having pain, numbness and swelling. Is this related to the broken ankle or something new. Do not remember twisting it?

Broke ankle years ago. Started having pain, numbness and swelling. Is this related to the broken ankle or something new. Do not remember twisting it?

Possible new fractur: If you are an avid runner or exercise with a lot of impact activities, you may have a new stress fracture. This may or may not be related to your prior fracture, training errors, biomechanics of your legs, etc. See your physician to start with x-rays. ...Read more

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How can you treat a broken ankle?

How can you treat a broken ankle?

Depends on type: Some ankle fractures require surgery and some can be treated by immobilization. Factors that guide the treatment opinion of your doctor include: location, type of fracture (some are more stable and others very unstable), injury force, whether the fracture is open or closed, personal medical history and health, and many more. Talk to your doctor to understand the plan. ...Read more

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How to lessen a limp after a broken ankle?

How to lessen a limp after a broken ankle?

Physical therapy: Therapy to help strengthen the muscles and range of motion exercises will help to decrease the limp. ...Read more

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Does a broken ankle need to be elevated 24/7?

No: But the more you elevate it the less swelling you will have and therefor promote better healing. ...Read more

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Can you walk on a broken ankle?

Broken Ankle: No you shouldn't walk on it if you want it to heal the correct way and not prolong the healing. ...Read more

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Can I safely walk on my broken ankle?

Depends: This depends on the type of broken ankle you have and whether you can bear weight. You will need to ask specifically to your doctor treating your injury what your limitations will be. ...Read more

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What to do for relieving broken ankle pain?

What to do for relieving broken ankle pain?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a cast, splint or brace may be needed 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. ...Read more

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Should it be okay to walk on my broken ankle?

Have you seen the Dr: If you have a broken ankle, I hope that that was already evaluated by a foot/ankle specialist. Depending on the type of break (fracture) and how long the condition has been treated, will dictate if it is safe to walk. Fractures typically take 6-8 weeks to heal. Without knowing what kind of break you have, you need to have the doctor that diagnosed your condition re-evaluate it and advise. ...Read more

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Will alcohol mask the pain from a broken ankle?

Will alcohol mask the pain from a broken ankle?

No.: Its not the answer. Assuming you are immobilized in a cast, there are prescription and non prescription pain medications. Alcohol should not be mixed with these. Its a depressant, not a pain reliever. ...Read more

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Physio exercise for broken ankle- what is best?

Physio exercise for broken ankle- what is best?

Listen to your doc: If you broke your ankle you are likely under the care of a doctor, hence you must follow their directions. ...Read more

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Would it be possible to walk on a broken ankle?

Would it be possible to walk on a broken ankle?

Yes: If the fracture is still in alignment and not complete it would be possible to walk. It would also depend on which bone is broken ...Read more

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How long should a healed broken ankle be swollen?

How long should a healed broken ankle be swollen?

Depends: If you still have pain with the swelling, may not be healed. If you are becoming much more active since it healed could be that. Be sure it not an infection (red lines, open sore, hot). Rarely, swelling can be a blood clot. Elevate your toe above your nose to decrease the swelling. If in doubt, get another xray. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Bernstein
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Broken Ankle (Definition)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight ...Read more