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Doctor insights on: Should I Put A Bandage On A Badly Sprained Ankle

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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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Can walking when its really painful on a badly sprained ankle make it worse?

Can walking when its really painful on a badly sprained ankle make it worse?

YES!: If it's really painful and getting worse, see a podiatrist or foot/ankle trained orthopedist. Something may be broken or torn. Undertreated ankle problems can linger forever.
Sincerely,
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Could it be a good idea to play competitive soccer with a badly sprained ankle?

Could it be a good idea to play competitive soccer with a badly sprained ankle?

No: Not a good idea, in fact you are asking for trouble and can do more damage. A sprained ankle is usually caused by the same motion needed for an ankle fracture. It's better to let the ankle sprain heal rather than risk more complications (fracture, joint damage, etc). If you need a doctor referral, see dr. Dane wukich or patrick burns at upmc. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Sprained ankle I can't put any weight on it?

Sprained ankle I can't put any weight on it?

See a Dr.: A badly sprained ankle that you cannot bear weight on should definitely be evaluated by a Dr. Go for an X-ray to make sure you did not fracture any bones in your foot/ankle. The base of the 5th metatarsal on the outside of your foot is commonly fractured in a severe ankle sprain. ...Read more

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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

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

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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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Sprained ankle 4 weeks ago still swollen and pain that shoots up my leg at times. Hurts to put a little weight on it?

Perhaps: Yu should be suing crutches and not stepping on the ankle which sounds like its not a simple strain but rather a grade two or three. Ice as often as possible. Keep it elevated when possible. Is it wrapped up? If not, sounds like it should until the immediate swelling goes down. Walking on a badly sprained and can lead to chronic lateral ankle instability. ...Read more

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I've had an ankle sprain for 10 days. I've put on an extra 3kg of weight since. Is it good for me to fast to loose weight since I can't exercise?

I've had an ankle sprain for 10 days. I've put on an extra 3kg of weight since. Is it good for me to fast to loose weight since I can't exercise?

See doctor.: To me there are 2 issues:
1) you may need to eat slightly less due to less activity but too much fasting may deprive your body of the nutrients it needs to heal your ankle.
2) you may need to get your ankle examined to make sure nothing else going on apart from a sprain if you are still troubled.
For both issues seeing a doctor licensed in your area will be able to give you specific advice. ...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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I had a minor sprained ankle a week ago and swelling has gone done significantly and I can put my whole weight on it. Can I start walking fully now?

I had a minor sprained ankle a week ago and swelling has gone done significantly and I can put my whole weight on it. Can I start walking fully now?

Yes: Gradually increase activity as tolerated. Mild ankle sprains heal best with weight bearing as tolerated. Try and avoid uneven walking surfaces until your ankle is pain free when walking ...Read more

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I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

You should be ok: You'll probably get a walking splint & be scheduled for intensive physical therapy. Let your doc know about your pain, & do keep your therapy appointments. Your sprain should be healing well. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I could get a cast for my badly sprained ankle?

Can you tell me if I could get a cast for my badly sprained ankle?

Yes: Depending on the severity of the ankle sprain casting can be a treatment option. There are several ligaments that hold your ankle together and when enough of them are torn, the ankle can become unstable requiring a cast. In some cases they need to be surgically repaired. In most cases, however, an ankle sprain an be treated with a removable boot although sometimes you still need to use crutches. ...Read more

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Would it be a bad idea to sleep with an ACE bandage on my right sprained ankle?

Would it be a bad idea to sleep with an ACE bandage on my right sprained ankle?

OK but not too tight: An ace bandage can help with management of soft tissue swelling and provide a sense of support which is fine while sleeping. ...Read more

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In PT for bad ankle sprain, but just badly reinjured getting back to cheer (with a good brace). If PT isn't helping, what's next?

In PT for bad ankle sprain, but just badly reinjured getting back to cheer (with a good brace). If PT isn't helping, what's next?

Don't quit PT: Physical therapy will help improve your proprioception so as to improve your ability to prevent future ankle sprains. Even the best brace can't prevent all injuries. I understand you are eager to return to cheer, but patience will be your best friend. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle almost two weeks ago. When can I put my full weight on that foot again? Should I wait until all swelling & pain is gone before doing so

Sprained ankle almost two weeks ago. When can I put my full weight on that foot again? Should I wait until all swelling & pain is gone before doing so

Progress as tolerate: Unless it was a massive tear of your tendon/ligament, you should do weight bearing as tolerated. Don't wait till it's all gone. If you can put weight without excessive pain, then start walking on it carefully. If it hurts alot with normal weighbearing, you might want to use a crutch/cane so you can do partial weightbearing. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle yesterday. No swelling. Pain to walk. Am on walking vacation now and really want to participate. Can I bandage it and go walk with others?

Sprained ankle yesterday. No swelling. Pain to walk. Am on walking vacation now and really want to participate. Can I bandage it and go walk with others?

Sprained ankle: If you are in pain, see a doctor. Don't continue to walk on an injury. In Europe, the Pharmacist is a doctor and they can direct you to a specialist if needed. You should be using crutches to off load the ankle. Use ice, elevate and wrap up your ankle with athletic tape. But use the crutches to off weight bear the ankle. On cruise ships, they can take X-rays and they have crutches too. ...Read more

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How to treat an ankle sprain with a brace or an ACE bandange?

How to treat an ankle sprain with a brace or an ACE bandange?

Aggressive PT: Physical therapy and ankle rehab has shown to be superior, but relative support can be provided to the ankle for pain. ...Read more

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Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain. Still have tremendous pain. Especially when I put weight on it. Is this normal. When will pain stop?

Plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain. Still have tremendous pain. Especially when I put weight on it. Is this normal. When will pain stop?

Get checked: This one is for the doctor who casted you. You could have a compartment syndrome which is an emergency. You could have delayed healing of your sprain, granted your ankle/foot was not broken. Please see your doctor as soon as possible or to the emergency room ...Read more

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I have a 'functional' sprained ankle. I can walk on it without pain but without the bandage and brace it keep swelling. Should I unwrap it at bedtime?

Ankle sprain: The decision to keep it wrapped or unwrapped at night is based on what is most comfortable while you sleep. Some people prefer support if they move around in bed during the night and some people find it more comfortable to have nothing on the ankle. Neither choice will affect overall recovery time just personal preference. Hope this help. Take care, Joe Wilson ...Read more

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Does pt for the break up of scar tissue on badly sprained ankle and fibula hurt?

Does pt for the break up of scar tissue on badly sprained ankle and fibula hurt?

Scar tissue therapy: There are a variety of techniques therapists use for breaking apart scarring. Typically, a therapist will work a little beyond your comfort zone every session to achieve maximum benefits. Ask them to give you exercises to do on your own to assist in removing scar tissue and improve your recovery! ...Read more

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Had inversion ankle sprain 3 1/2 weeks ago. The swelling is now gone and I can put weight on it. Is kt tape or regular tape best for return to soccer?

Had inversion ankle sprain 3 1/2 weeks ago. The swelling is now gone and I can put weight on it. Is kt tape or regular tape best for return to soccer?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. These will protect the ligaments of the ankle - that's what they are designed for. ...Read more

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I was put in an air cast today due to a severe ankle sprain. Am I supposed to take it off when I go to bed or leave it on until I follow up with ortho?

I was put in an air cast today due to a severe ankle sprain. Am I supposed to take it off when I go to bed or leave it on until I follow up with ortho?

Only your doctor: Can tell you the management, who knows extent of damage, disruption of ligament (s) etc Some injuries needs immobilization of joint all the time, some need during weight bearing period Call your doctor ...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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Inversion ankle sprain: after 1 week: new bruise shows upon lower fibula hours after starting to put weight on it: http://oi40.Tinypic. Com/5b1cv4.Jpg

Inversion ankle sprain: after 1 week: new bruise shows upon lower fibula hours after starting to put weight on it: http://oi40.Tinypic. Com/5b1cv4.Jpg

Ottawa ankle rules: Could very well be an avulsion fracture of the lower fibula. Please get an x-ray. Brace/walking boot for support. Ice. See and orthopedist. ...Read more

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Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, I take it off to sleep. How long before I can let the crutches go and walk on it?

Severe ankle sprain in soft cast during the day or bandage for home, I take it off to sleep. How long before I can let the crutches go and walk on it?

Healing times vary: Healing times may vary depending on the individual and on the severity of the injury. Pain and swelling may last a long time. The pain and swelling will usually improve over the course of the first few weeks. When you are able to put pressure on it without any significant pain and instability you may be able to wean yourself off of the crutches. Consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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