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What is the treatment for ankle sprain?

What is the treatment for ankle sprain?

Ankle Sprain: RICE
R - rest by limiting walking for the first few days
I - ice, apply crushed ice wrapped in cloth (e.g. a tea towel) for 20mins at a time every 2 hours for the first 2-3 days. This will help to reduce swelling.
C - compression bandaging, helps to support your ankle while walking but probably doesn't hasten recovery
E - elevate your leg on a chair/couch for as much of the day as possible ...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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How can I get treatment for my ankle sprain?

How can I get treatment for my ankle sprain?

See a podiatrist: Or try r.I.C.E yourself which would be rest, ice, compression (with an ace bandage or ankle brace) and elevation. (typically elevation implies above your hear level.). ...Read more

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What kind of treatment do you need for a high ankle sprain?

What kind of treatment do you need for a high ankle sprain?

High ankle sprains: Need an xray and an MRI to really determine treatment

high ankle sprains are serious injuries that can lead to ankle instability

anything from a camwalker to surgery may be indicated

consult a specialist. ...Read more

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Is the best treatment for an ankle sprain bed rest?

RICE: Best is rice method which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. Nsaids would be helpful. I would also get it checked to make sure no fracture or ligament damage. ...Read more

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I've got severe ankle sprain from about 2 months, I had 2 torn lig. But I just wrapped it with some NSAID, is there any effective treatment now?

I've got severe ankle sprain from about 2 months, I had 2 torn lig. But I just wrapped it with some NSAID, is there any effective treatment now?

AnkleSpecialist ASAP: Please see an ankle specialist, who will most likely order an MRI to confirm his or her examination. Depending on the severity of the damage and your time tolerance to try conservative treatment, a surgical repair may be necessary. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down, walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?

Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down, walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?

Have it evaluated.: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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How should I feel after 6 weeks of treatment for an ankle sprain and osteoarthritis in the joint?

How should I feel after 6 weeks of treatment for an ankle sprain and osteoarthritis in the joint?

DEPENDS: It all depends on the severity of both the ankle sprain, and the degeneration of the joint. Inflammation will go down (especially with anti-inflammatory treatment), but the arthritis will still be present. Long-term protection of the joint is also needed. I would recommend a minimum of a good compression ankle brace. ...Read more

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I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?

I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?

Depends: If the fracture is displaced it may need surgical fixation. If its not displaced then bracing for 6-8 weeks minimum and then return to rehab until fully healed. It can take several month to get full healing. Other options include possible platelet or stem cell based therapies that may help healing faster/more fully. Check out Regenexx. Com. ...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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Hi, I have hurt my ankle. It is very swollen and I can not walk very good. Would I have to go to a docter for a sprained ankle? I have tried the RICE.

Hi, I have hurt my ankle. It is very swollen and I can not walk very good. Would I have to go to a docter for a sprained ankle? I have tried the RICE.

Wise to see a doc: It's important to have an x-ray and confirm or rule out a fracture. Also, most doctor's offices can give you various forms of immobilization such as an ankle brace or boot as well advice regarding treatment, rehab and recovery time. If I can be of help, then join my care team & virtual practice at www. Healthtap. Com/dr-clarkeholmes ...Read more

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I had a high ankle sprain (2) and I did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. Then, I did 6 weeks' exercise. I found out that I had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. Why didn't it heal?

I had a high ankle sprain (2) and I did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. Then, I did 6 weeks' exercise. I found out that I had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. Why didn't it heal?

MRI: If a high ankle sprain that does not get better, need to see if there is a tear of the ligament (s) that hold the 2 leg bones together. This is often referred to as a syndesmotic injury. An MRI can visualize this. This is often a problem that needs to be fixed with a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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10 weeks into recovery of high ankle sprain I found out I had stress fractures. For 4 weeks I have to rice. How do I go about exercise after this time?

10 weeks into recovery of high ankle sprain I found out I had stress fractures. For 4 weeks I have to rice. How do I go about exercise after this time?

Ask you treating Dr: There are a lot of variables in your description. This should have been explained in detail by your doctor with an opportunity given to you to ask all questions. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle playing volleyball 2 weeks ago. No pain but swollen using RICE every day. Should I see a doctor to get an X-Ray?

Sprained ankle playing volleyball 2 weeks ago. No pain but swollen using RICE every day. Should I see a doctor to get an X-Ray?

Stop the ice.: It's about time to stop with the ice. An ankle support, along with judicious use of the ankle might be the way to go now. The swelling is a sign that the ankle is still a bit unstable, a type of cast, supplied by your body. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle in March, RICE /walking boot for a month. Had Xray, no breaks. MRI to check for blood clot that was negative. Outer ankle still swells.

Sprained ankle in March, RICE /walking boot for a month. Had Xray, no breaks. MRI to check for blood clot that was negative. Outer ankle still swells.

I never really: Heard of anyone getting an MRI to check for blood clots. Usually a venous duplex ultrasound or even a d dimer blood test would be ordered to rule out a clot. The MRI would be ordered to assess for structural damage and could explain the swelling, having said that some swelling one month after an ankle sprain is not uncommon. Wear some type of compressive anklet while walking. ...Read more

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Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

Should a sprained ankle heal without rest or other treatment?

Take much longer: Dr. Fowler has provided great steps for managing a sprained ankle. If you don't rest it though, the swelling, pain, and bruising will persist and healing will take longer. Depending on extent of injury, it can also be hard to tell a sprain from a fracture without xray. Pain may force you to stay off your foot for awhile. Unless you want a less stable ankle over time, resting it is essential. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference between a sprained ankle and a dislocated ankle? What are the treatment options for a dislocated ankle?

How do you know the difference between a sprained ankle and a dislocated ankle? What are the treatment options for a dislocated ankle?

See below: You would not be able to walk or stand on a dislocated ankle and you would be in terrible pain.
Dislocation would usually be a trip to the or to try to relocate the ankle under anesthesia. ...Read more

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What is the best course of treatment for a sprained ankle?

What is the best course of treatment for a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rest it, ice it (bag of frozen veggies works in a pinch), compress it in an ace wrap or brace, elevate it as much as possible and take Ibuprofen or alleve to decrease the pain and swelling. If you cannot put any weight on it at all you should see your doctor. You may need crutches or further evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the best first aid treatment for a sprained ankle?

What's the best first aid treatment for a sprained ankle?

RICE: The old stand-by rice, rest-ice-compression-elevation, still works pretty well. If there is significant pain with weight bearing or any tenderness when pressing on your bones, you should see a doc and get an xray to make sure it is not fractured. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 years ago (2nd degree). No treatment. Took up running ~3mo ago. Old injury swells. 2in bigger than other ankle. No pain. Normal?

Sprained ankle 3 years ago (2nd degree). No treatment. Took up running ~3mo ago. Old injury swells. 2in bigger than other ankle. No pain. Normal?

Not normal.....: Your situation is not normal, but thank goodness it is not painful. The best thing you should do for yourself is to undergo a podiatric specialty evaluation or orthopedic evaluation in the very near future. Imaging studies (MRI) could be very helpful at seeing how the old Class II Ankle Sprain actually healed up two years ago. ...Read more

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If a person with a mild to medium sprained ankle does no treatment but waits 2 weeks, will the result be the same as if he had iced & taken motrin?

If a person with a mild to medium sprained ankle does no treatment but waits 2 weeks, will the result be the same as if he had iced & taken motrin?

Most likely: In most cases, a sprained ankle will heal no matter what you do or don't do. Ice and Motrin can help with the discomfort, but typically they do not change the outcome. ...Read more

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What types of therapy are effective with a sprained ankle injury?

RICE: Rest (limit activity; immobilize with splint, cast or walking boot; limit weight bearing), ice, compression and elevation. If improvement isn't forth coming, then a formal medical evaluation, possibly including an xray to rule out a fracture would be indicates. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for a sprained ankle?

What are the treatments for a sprained ankle?

It depends: On the kind of the sprain. 1-removable brace for three weeks.2- the same and anti-inflammtory medicine.3-cast and possible surgery if did not healed. ...Read more

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How can ankle physical therapy help a sprained ankle?

How can ankle physical therapy help a sprained ankle?

Strengthening: A sprain means that the stabilizing ligaments have been damaged. Therapy can train and strengthen the muscles around the ankle to do more of the joint stabilization, protect the ligaments and allow them to heal even while you are increasing your activity level. It can also help you get your full motion back faster. ...Read more

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What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

What are physical therapy exercises for a sprained ankle?

Gradual exercise: Exercises including plantar flexion, dorsiflexion, and foot circles should be started early, once acute pain and swelling subside, to maintain range of motion. The intensity of rehabilitation is increased gradually. Ankle splints or braces can limit extremes of joint motion and allow early weight bearing while protecting against reinjury. ...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