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Should I go to the doctor for a sprained ankle?

Should I go to the doctor for a sprained ankle?

YES: When people treat themselves, the pain can linger for a long time; sometimes the pain never goes away. People don't take sprains seriously. So, the final answer is yes, see a doctor. At least they can tell you there is nothing to worry about.

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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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Do you think I should go to the doctor for my sprained ankle?

Do you think I should go to the doctor for my sprained ankle?

Ankle Sprain: It may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression and elevation and a gradual return to your normal activities. However, a period of time in a boot or use of crutches may be necessary depending on the severity. A physical exam by an orthopedic physician will better be able to determine your appropriate course of treatment. Hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more

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How to know when do you need to go to the doctor for a sprained ankle?

How to know when do you need to go to the doctor for a sprained ankle?

Ankle Sprain: Ankle sprains are very common injuries. There's a good chance that while playing as a child or stepping on an uneven surface as an adult you sprained your ankle--some 25, 000 people do it every day.‚Äč

http://www. Aofas. Org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/pages/how%20to%20care%20for%20a%20sprained%20ankle. Aspx ...Read more

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Could you tell me what happens when you go to the doctor with a sprained ankle?

Could you tell me what happens when you go to the doctor with a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprain: Mild sprains can take 1-3 weeks, moderate sprains 2-6 weeks, severe sprains can take several months to recover. It would be better to see a doctor just to be sure as well as to recommend appropriate treatment. Xrays can exclude other injuries including fractures and bone avulsions. Your doctor can outline a treatment program including rest, ice, compression, immobilization, exercise. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I go back to playing basketball after an ankle sprain?

Doctors can you tell me when should I go back to playing basketball after an ankle sprain?

See details: When the swelling and pain resolve, then you can return to full activities. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle, not sure when to go back to the doctors as it doesn't seem to be getting better as I'm having to work and have no support in work.?

Sprained ankle, not sure when to go back to the doctors as it doesn't seem to be getting better as I'm having to work and have no support in work.?

Ankle Sprains Linger: A lingering ankle sprain may be a sign of a bigger problem. This can range from a torn tendon, ruptured and now insufficient ankle ligament, or cartilage damage form the ankle joint surface. A clinical exam, xray, and possible an MRI might be needed. ...Read more

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When should I see a doctor about a sprained ankle?

When should I see a doctor about a sprained ankle?

Depends on symptoms: Depends on the rate of symptom improvement. If it isn't getting better quickly with rest, ice and ace wrap you should be seen. Even if it isn't a fracture you might benefit from a splint ...Read more

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What can I do about a sprained ankle until I can get in to see my doctor?

RICE....: Rest, ice, compression and elevation. You can try an ankle splint available at most pharmacies and use an otc anti-inflammatory like aleve (naproxen). Then, get to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment of the full extent of the injury! ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle last night running. What's the healing time like for a sprained ankle? Should I go see a doctor?

Ankle sprain: It depends on how severe your sprain was. In the meantime you should rest and elevate your ankle, apply ice and use an elastic bandage for compression. ...Read more

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How do integrative doctors treat ankle sprain?

How do integrative doctors treat ankle sprain?

Ankle Sprain: Typical interventions include rest, ice, compression, and elevation of the injured area. Stay off the foot completely for at least a week. Vitamin c & beta-carotene may help the body make more connective tissue; bromelain may decrease inflammation. Depending on specific symptoms, homeopathic remedies such as arnica, ruta, and bryonia can help. Also, turmeric may help reduce swelling. ...Read more

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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a third degree ankle sprain?

Hi doctors, was just wondering what is a third degree ankle sprain?

Grade I, II, and III: Grade I sprain is the most common and requires the least amount of treatment and recovery. The ligament damage has occurred without any significant instability developing. Grade ii injury is more severe and indicates that the ligament has been more significantly damaged, but there is no significant instability. Grade iii sprain is results in torn ligaments resulting in instability. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I use ice and when should I use heat on a sprained ankle?

Doctors can you tell me when should I use ice and when should I use heat on a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs. Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. ...Read more

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For ankle sprain do doctors suggest bedrest?

For ankle sprain do doctors suggest bedrest?

No: For ankle sprains, usually people can walk in a boot or some sort of brace. You do not need to stay in bed. ...Read more

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What doctor recommend exercises should I do on an ankle sprain?

What doctor recommend exercises should I do on an ankle sprain?

Discuss: You have a couple of options of professionals to consult. A dietician/nutritionist or personal trainers are able to provide this information. Hope this helps best of luck! ...Read more

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Do you think I should see a doctor for what is probably a mild ankle sprain?

Do you think I should see a doctor for what is probably a mild ankle sprain?

Conservative care: If you suffered a grade 1 ankle sprain, and you iced it, rested from active activity, and wore supportive shoes, and possibly an ankle brace, the sprain should resolve quickly, and no need to see the doctor. However, if you have pain over the inside or outside ankle bones, or the ligament areas, then you should get an examination, and x-rays to rule out fracture, or possble tear of a ligament. ...Read more

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I had an ankle sprain and my doctor said it was almost broken this was 8 months ago what should I do?

I had an ankle sprain and my doctor said it was almost broken this was 8 months ago what should I do?

Depends: If no complaints nothing necessary to be done. If you have persistent pain and/or sensation of instability see doc again may need a new xray at least followed by physical therapy. Special tests such as an MRI or a stress xray of the ankle may be in order to rule out an occult fracture, injury to the ankle bone circulation (ocd) or ligament/tendon problem. Arthroscopic or open surgery possible. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 12 weeks ago. Still hurts to tilt and pops. I think my stretching like the doc. Said is making it worse. Any suggestions?

Sprained ankle 12 weeks ago. Still hurts to tilt and pops. I think my stretching like the doc. Said is making it worse. Any suggestions?

See a foot and ankle: Specialist....Depending on the severity of the injury, at 12 weeks you should be at a comfortable enough point, unless there is damage that could of been missed. Popping may conotates a torn retinaculum that may need to be repaired. ...Read more

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I had a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain 4 weeks ago, played on it 8 days later and now it is still swollen and painful. Should I go to a doctor?

Sliding Scale: After 4 weeks or is it 3 weeks, it depends on the initial trauma date or the secondary trauma date, and it is still swollen and painful. Go figure. The swelling in your ankle is telling you this needs to be immobilized and right soon. Crutches would be nice until you can see an expert and have him (her) offer up a considered opinion and treatment plan. ...Read more

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What kind of doctor to see for an ankle sprain that keeps re-spraining?

What kind of doctor to see for an ankle sprain that keeps re-spraining?

Orthopaedic sugeon: An orthopaedic surgeon can perform a physical examination to determine if there is any laxity (looseness) of the ankle ligaments. X-rays, including possibly "stress x-rays"can be helpful. ...Read more

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Are there any suggestions on an orthopedic doctor to see for a long lasting sprained ankle. Preferably a doctor in pennsylvania?

Are there any suggestions on an orthopedic doctor to see for a long lasting sprained ankle. Preferably a doctor in pennsylvania?

Foot/Ankle Specialst: A true ankle sprain should not last long. Its possible that it is a tear (rupture) of an ankle ligament rather than just a sprain. This is often a missed injury and under-treated as just a sprain and then it doesn't get better. Mri can differentiate between a sprain and a rupture. ...Read more

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I have a mild sprained ankle. Will the doctor give me crutches to speed up the healing process?

If it is mild: A mild sprains usually does not need crutches to heal quicker. Though the more rest it gets the better it will feel. Rice is best which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. ...Read more

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Should I see and orthopedic doctor for an ankle sprain I got 3 months ago that is bothering me?

Chronic ankle sprain: 3 months after an ankle sprain, most of your symptoms should be improved. If you are experiencing giving out or locking and catching these may represent ligament instability or cartilage damage. Chronic synovitis or swelling can also be a source of your pain. I would see an orthopedic surgeon with continued symptoms such as these. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle this evening went to doctors they said its sprained wrapped it in ace bandage n aircast is she to sleep in the air cast?

Sprained ankle this evening went to doctors they said its sprained wrapped it in ace bandage n aircast is she to sleep in the air cast?

OK, if necessary.: I would think that the ace bandage should be sufficient as long as the foot (lower leg) is elevated on several pillows. Some times too much compression can be uncomfortable. The decision would be a bit easier if the severity of the sprain was given. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 yrs ago. Ballet dancer & had pain since. There is an os trigonum but doctor says pain is not due to it. But what else could it be?

Brace and Phys Thera: An ankle sprain is an injury to your ligaments, not bones. It needs to be taken seriously to allow the ligaments to heal at a normal length. If you keep injuring it, your ankle may become unstable and require surgery to fix. An ankle brace or taping will allow some activity. Getting a home program of exercises will also speed the recovery. Ankle sprains can vary widely in severity and recover. ...Read more

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I got a sprained ankle today, what should I do? So I got a sprained ankle at softball practice, and my mother thinks that if I go to a doctor it will be a waste of time, but it really hurts to walk and she brought me to this guy who basically massaged m

Ankle sprain: Try resting it (for 1-2 weeks), icing, compressing wraps or bracing, and elevating your rolled ankle. Take otc antiinflammatory drugs like advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin as directed by the manufacturer to help. If clicking or feeling of ripping or instability, get it checked out by a doctor (podiatrist). Hope this was helpful, if so please vote for me. Thanks! ...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