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Should I Use Crutches For A Sprained Ankle
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.
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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
It depends upon the severity of the injury, and each doctor's individual philosophy of treatment.
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Painful ankle: Possibly, but it would be best if you took it easy over the next couple of days. You can use price therapy. If the pain is still the same after 10-14 days you should see a doctor and get some xrays. Since you have had repeated sprains you would be best served by asking for a podiatry referral. ...Read more
Committing Fraud: It is possible, but if you are not paying for them then that would be an illegal and unethical act. If you want crutches you can rent them easily from most pharmacies. And, you may be able to borrow them from your local fire station. Many fire stations offer them as a community service. ...Read more
Limitted time: Only if absolutely necessary. Using crutches for any amount of time can actually cause improper healing of a mild sprain as your achilles is shortened while hanging and not in use, keeping ankle in poor position. I would recommend if known grade 1, start light therapy, avoid overdoing it, but keep using it to keep alignment and strength of stabilizers. ...Read more
How can you make a sprained ankle heal faster? Even though I can still walk with little limp should I use a cane or crutches to walk places
Didn't take care after an ankle sprain or use crutches n limp around from day 1. Now, 6th week after sprain n still in pain. What can I do now?
Physical therapy: The best thing you can do 6 weeks after an ankle sprain and you are still having pain is physical therapy. You need to do rom exercises, balancing exercises, heat modalities, cold modalities, electrical stimulation. If these don't help, you may want to see your physician for nsaids or steroid injection to help with the inflammation and pain. ...Read more
I've been given crutches for a simple sprained ankle do u know how long I will be on them for? This was from a hockey ball hitng it and also running
No: She does not have to, but a brief period of off loading may be of benefit. ...Read more
Would useing crutches for a possible ankle sprain with out knowing if it is a sprain be a good idea?
When in doubt: Staying off-weight bearing using crutches are always a safe bet. I assume you know how to use crutches. The last thing you want to do is break your hip or dislocate your shoulder! ...Read more
I've had a high ankle sprain for a couple of weeks and I am still in pain. Should I continue to walk (limp), or use crutches?
Ask your doctor:
You should be under an orthopedist's management for this difficult condition.
Resolution may take 2-3 months, especially if not properly managed. ...Read more
I have a sprained ankle swelling went down some had crutches andboit with air. It has been three months after and I still have swelling and pain?
See below: Does not make much sense, why would you want to this? ...Read more
What symtoms should I have with high ankle sprain grade 2 with crutches full weight bearing for 3 weeks, on week 8 and a half since injury?
Hopefully little: What exactly is crutches full weight bearing? Crutches usually implies non weight bearing....Sprains can take time to heal, I would recommend you wearing an ankle brace when you are weight bearing. ...Read more
I have been given crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain, with a partial ligament tear. How long should I be on crutches? When do I need to weight bare?
6 weeks +/-: A grade ll is serious enough that a good 6 wks is about right. Doing 2 much 2 soon can jeopardize ur best chance of a good outcome. ...Read more
4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight, Does this seem normal? Already received MRI and did extensive damage
Normal: Sprain are actually harder and longer to heal than fractures. Sprains are ruptured muscle fibers that bleed into the belly of the sprained muscle and cause swelling and pain. The problem is that in order to heal, the muscle can't be totally immobilized as can a bone (i.e. via cast or fixation). It will take time. ...Read more
Ankle sprain occurred 12 days ago but still cannot walk or bear weight on it. I have been using crutches and attempting to walk on it but it gives out?
Ankle injury: I would definitely have that foot evaluated by a physician. You could have sustained a fracture. Also, you may require a cast or boot to stabilize the ankle while it heals. Otherwise you may continue to injure an already injured ankle. Not being able to bear weight is concerning. If there is significant swelling I would seek help as soon as possible. ...Read more
Do I need crutches for a grade 2 ankle sprain? And how should I tell my parents to get me crutches because they think I'm a big baby?
Non weight bearing: If it is painful to put weight on your ankle, then you should avoid doing that as much as possible. The pain is an indication that you are reinjuring the ankle and it will take much longer to heal, and can even result in permanent damage if you continue bearing weight on the ankle. You must have seen a doctor, perhaps that doctor can help convince your parents. ...Read more
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