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Orthopaedic told me to wear an aircast for bad sprain ankle&Soft tissue injury.Said to take of when shower or rest.Do I take it off when sleep?thanks!

Orthopaedic told me to wear an aircast for bad sprain ankle&Soft tissue injury.Said to take of when shower or rest.Do I take it off when sleep?thanks!

Usually not. But!!: You best advice is ask the orthopedist who is treating you and listen to what he has to say. The severity of the sprain, as well as the sleep activity of patients, must be considered. In most cases there is no need to have the aircast on when sleeping. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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Relative's leg GT sprained 5 yrs bck curently swollen n turned black, report state-soft tissue oedema. Advice 2 keep leg alight bt of no use, please help ?

Relative's leg GT sprained 5 yrs bck curently swollen n turned black, report state-soft tissue oedema. Advice 2 keep leg alight bt of no use, please help ?

Chronic swelling: Your relative might have done more damage with the sprain than originally thought. I would recommend evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I sprained both ankles about two months ago and they still hurt is that normal?

I sprained both ankles about two months ago and they still hurt is that normal?

Yes: Can take many months for things to feel "normal" again, but depends how serious the sprain was. I'd advise strengthening the calf muscles and doing band exercises for the ankles. You can look these up on runners world.Com. Good luck. ...Read more

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How to see if an ankle sprained tissue is not healed properly?

How to see if an ankle sprained tissue is not healed properly?

Exam and stress xray: An ankle sprain means that the ligaments are torn partially to complete. Ligaments heal in a aprox. 6 weeks in a perfect world. Swelling from the injury can last longer and one may require physical therapy to get the muscles and motion up to speed. Persistent pain and instability is best evaluated by an exam, sometimes a stress xray to see if ligament is stretched out and ultimately an mri. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle two and a half weeks ago. Still hurts and limping? 

Sprained ankle two and a half weeks ago. Still hurts and limping? 

Ankle Sprain: You may have a moderate to severe ankle sprain, which can require some form of immobilization (with or without nonweightweight bearing protocol) for 6 to 8 weeks or sometimes even surgery (if it does not heal on its own). Please see a reputable ankle specialist ASAP. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle for two weeks. I haven't tried anything ytet. What can I do?

Sprained ankle for two weeks. I haven't tried anything ytet. What can I do?

RICE treatment: Rest, ice, compression and elevation when possible are recommended for sprains. Rest means just taking it easy to avoid reinjury. Ice packs for 15 minutes several times a day can help with pain and swelling. Elevation when possible also helps with swelling. Elastic wrap for compression can provide stability and help with swelling. ...Read more

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How can I rehab two sprained ankles at home? I can't afford physio and have two injured ankles making it difficult.

How can I rehab two sprained ankles at home? I can't afford physio and have two injured ankles making it difficult.

Ankles: I will assume you were evaluated to ensure there are no fractures. Use rice to start - rest , ice compression and elevation. When it doesn't hurt to move, start with making the alphabet with ankle motion. Once walking isn't painful you can progress to gentle toe raises, then work on a wobble board for proprioception and strength. Use a compression wrap during this time to prevent edema. ...Read more

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Would an ankle sprain take two days to start hurting and start swelling?

Would an ankle sprain take two days to start hurting and start swelling?

RICE: Yes. You should start with rice as a home treatment. After 48-72 hours you may switch to heat (instead of ice). As your pain starts to subside you may add stretching as tolerated, and massage. Once pain is gone, then gently return to activity as your strength and proprioception may need time to recovery after the injury, and you don't want to further injure yourself by going "all out" too fast. ...Read more

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I sprained my knee two weeks ago. Is it normal for my ankle to swell?

I sprained my knee two weeks ago. Is it normal for my ankle to swell?

Yes: The inflammation and bleeding can travel down via gravity and settle in the ankle and foot. Many people that have a knee replacement will develop bruising in the bottom of the foot. If there is any calf pain/swelling or pain/swelling in the opper leg, you need to get it checked. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle over two and a half weeks ago. I'm still having pain and too painful to wear a brace. So what else should I try?

I sprained my ankle over two and a half weeks ago. I'm still having pain and too painful to wear a brace. So what else should I try?

Rest: If your x ray is normal. soft tissue injuries particularly in the ankle take several weeks to resolve. as long as you are continuing to improve I would continue your course of management work on your range of motion and strengthening you should continue to improve and expect resolution by 6 to 8 weeks ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle two weeks ago in soccer. It had healed but I reinjured my ankle last Tuesday and I can't sprint. What should I do?

I sprained my ankle two weeks ago in soccer. It had healed but I reinjured my ankle last Tuesday and I can't sprint. What should I do?

Ankle injury: I would recommend an MRI to evaluate the overall integrity of the ankle and its ligaments. Continued activity may result in more damage. I would also see a orthopedic sports specialist. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle two weeks ago in soccer. It had healed but I reinjured my ankle last Tuesday and I can't sprint. What should I do?

I sprained my ankle two weeks ago in soccer. It had healed but I reinjured my ankle last Tuesday and I can't sprint. What should I do?

Imobilize,rest: you need to get a lace up type ankle brace. Another two weeks of rest would be more helpful. Most ankle sprains will take 2 to 4 weeks to heal if it was truly sprained. You're a little young to use advil, but 200 mg three times a day might be helpful.. ...Read more

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My ankle was sprained two weeks ago and since then the swelling has gone down substantially but not completely. I have complete movement of my ankle and no pain, the swelling is just concerning me. Is there any reason why this could be?

My ankle was sprained two weeks ago and since then the swelling has gone down substantially but not completely. I have complete movement of my ankle and no pain, the swelling is just concerning me.  Is there any reason why this could be?

Torn ligaments: Ankle sprains involve tearing of ligaments, usually with hematoma (bruising) formation. Sprains are graded by degree and can include complete rupture. The bruising and subsequent swelling occurs from the torn ligaments that are not healed fully in just a couple of weeks. Continue compression and RICE therapy until swelling fully resolves to avoid recurrent chronic ankle sprains. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a few days ago and now whenever I walk on it I feel very nauseous are these two things related?

I sprained my ankle a few days ago and now whenever I walk on it I feel very nauseous are these two things related?

Potentially: In some patients, severe pain can tend to bring on nausea. If the only time you are having nausea is when you are walking on your painful ankle, them it could potentially be related. On the other hand, there are multiple potential causes of nausea, so I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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It's been two weeks since I've sprained my ankle the swelling hasn't gone yet how long will it take and what if it's still there I can walk on it?

It's been two weeks since I've sprained my ankle the swelling hasn't gone yet how long will it take and what if it's still there I can walk on it?

Water cast.: The swelling has not gone down because the ankle is still unstable. The swelling is the body's way of maintaining stability of the ankle. It is essentially a water cast. Two weeks is apparently not enough time to have any appreciable healing. You will need to use some sort of ankle support for a while. The time is based on the extent of the injury. ...Read more

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Two days ago i sprained/ strained my ankle while exercising. I didn't realize i looked up my symptoms: swelling, mild pain. Is it too late to treat?

Two days ago i sprained/ strained my ankle while exercising. I didn't realize i looked up my symptoms: swelling, mild pain. Is it too late to treat?

Not at all: But your first "step" (sorry) is to get it properly diagnosed. Was it a sprain, a ligament tear or perhaps even a little fracture? You'll need an x-ray to start, and perhaps a sonogram or even an MRI if things are complicated. The last thing you want to do is walk around with a fracture or tear. You're young and apparently healthy, so don't risk a lifetime of residual pain by ignoring this. ...Read more

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Two days after I sprained my ankle, I injured the same ankle again. Will my ankle no longer be able to heal completely and will I experience pain for the rest of my life?

Two days after I sprained my ankle, I injured the same ankle again. Will my ankle no longer be able to heal completely and will I experience pain for the rest of my life?

Ankle sprain: Cannot predict how long it will take for your ankle to heal, even after a second sprain. While it is possible you may have a type of post-injury arthritis eventually, you could possibly heal completely with proper care. Rest, ice, compression, elevation: stay off your ankle. See a doctor: primary care, orthopedist, or PM&R doctor. ...Read more

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Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...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