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How bad is a sprained ankle if you have an ankle splint?

How bad is a sprained ankle if you have an ankle splint?

Not enough info: An ankle splint can be used technically for grade 1, 2, or even 3. So hard to answer. The splint doesn't determine the extent of the injury. The amount of ligaments and extend fof stretch or tear in the ligament more readily grades the sprain. ...Read more

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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How long does it take for swelling to go down on sprain ankle if I sprained the same ankle 9 yrs ago. I've been in a splint for 5 weeks now ?

How long does it take for swelling to go down on sprain ankle if I sprained the same ankle 9 yrs ago. I've been in a splint for 5 weeks now
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A leg up....: This depends on the severity of the sprain and the amount of soft tissue damage incurred from the injury. The sprain of nine years ago may have some effect, but it is hard to be sure. Post sprain physical therapy should speed the process of swelling reduction up. Ask your doctor how he is going to deal with the edema. ...Read more

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When can I take off the splint for sprained ankle?

When can I take off the splint for sprained ankle?

Talk to Dr: I would recommend that you discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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I work at Sonic & I sprained the inside of my ankle. Should I continue working with roller blades if I have a splint or should I stay off skates?

I work at Sonic & I sprained the inside of my ankle. Should I continue working with roller blades if I have a splint or should I stay off skates?

Probably best not to: There are many degrees of ankle sprains. But if you are unable to walk on your toes(heels off the ground) without pain, a sensation of weakness you are not ready to put on the skates and or walk around without a brace on. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 5 days ago and have been wearing a splint. Within the past few hours, my toes/ankle have been numb. Should I be worried?

I sprained my ankle 5 days ago and have been wearing a splint. Within the past few hours, my toes/ankle have been numb. Should I be worried?

Worried!: Yes, you should be worried and you must contact your primary doctor. More than likely you will be referred to a foot specialist.

Hope all goes well — please keep me informed. ...Read more

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I hurt my ankle 3 days ago & im in a splint and on crutches, they said its badly sprained. Now my ankle is bruised, purple&green and swelled up. Normal?

I hurt my ankle 3 days ago & im in a splint and on crutches, they said its badly sprained. Now my ankle is bruised, purple&green and swelled up. Normal?

Sprained ankle: Yes it is completely normal. Just continue to ice it and u can actually start moist heat (wet towel wrap) to help increase blood flow and healing to that area. ...Read more

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I've had my leg in a splint for a week following a sprained ankle, it was removed today, now my lower leg/foot is cold to the touch, what would cau?

I've had my leg in a splint for a week following a sprained ankle, it was removed today, now my lower leg/foot is cold to the touch, what would cau?

Concerned doctor: Are there any other symptoms such as redness, sweating, altered sensations? There's always a concern about regional pain syndrome in setting of trauma. Could just be due to the resolving edema and swelling from the sprain. Keep it elevated and try to move the ankle to prevent stiffness. Stay off it as much as possible. ...Read more

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Ankle air splint too tight 3-4 days — foot has pitting edema w/some bruising. 1 wk s/p 2nd deg ATFL sprain. 36 y.o. M w/HTN. Any permanent damage?

Ankle air splint too tight 3-4 days — foot has pitting edema w/some bruising.  1 wk s/p 2nd deg ATFL sprain. 36 y.o. M w/HTN. Any permanent damage?

Unlikely: The edema and bruising is common after a sprain. Depends on how much you are icing and elevating you leg. You will know more in the upcoming weeks. ...Read more

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Should I sleep with my ankle splint on?

Should I sleep with my ankle splint on?

Talk to your Dr.: Often times it depends on what is being treated and what the doctor is trying to achieve with the splint. If sleeping with it, make sure it is not tight and cutting off blood circulation. ...Read more

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Any need for wearing an ankle splint at night?

Any need for wearing an ankle splint at night?

Not necessary: Unless told to do so by your doctor. They are designed for weight bearing so unless your a sleep walker not necessary. ...Read more

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Why do the lateral parts of my ankles get sprained easily?

Why do the lateral parts of my ankles get sprained easily?

Very, Very popular..: 16 year old females are in the middle of the group of people that have the highest occurrence of ankle sprains. So, you are not alone. As stable as the ankle can seem, a slight deviation in foot and/or ankle mechanics can cause the foot to collapse inward thus causing the later ankle damage that is so commonly seen. A consultation with a Healthtap specialist could help prevent future sprains. ...Read more

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What are other ankle injuries besides sprains?

What are other ankle injuries besides sprains?

Arthritis tendon etc: Joint problems like:
arthritis, inflamation, infection, dislocation
tendon problems: tendonitis, tears
bone problems: fractures, avascular necrosis. Deformity. ...Read more

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How can you tell if ankle is sprained or broken?

How can you tell if ankle is sprained or broken?

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, and a fracture is damage to the bone; strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure! ...Read more

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How do you know when you have sprained your ankle?

How do you know when you have sprained your ankle?

Ankle Sprain: In most cases people tend to use the terms "sprained" and "twisted" synonomously when describing ankle injuries. However, it is important to point out in most cases a sprain (ligament damage) usually comes from a twisting mechanism (also known as inversion or eversion) of the ankle. Pain, swelling and possible bruising are all signs of a sprain. Rest, ice, elevate, compression to help recover. ...Read more

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How can you know if an ankle is sprained or broken?

Xray: Xray will be able to show the difference in a sprain or fracture. ...Read more

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What is there fun to do when your ankle is sprained?

Books: There are lots of books to read or movies to watch if you're looking for something to do. Also, taking a bus tour or boat cruise somewhere is fun as well. ...Read more

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What can you do to tell if you've sprained your ankle?

Pain and swelling: Pain and swelling will be your first symptoms and this can sometimes result in an inability to walk. See if you can get in with a foot and ankle specialist to have it thoroughly checked for any other issues besides just a sprain. ...Read more

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How do I know if my ankle is broken, torn, or sprained?

How do I know if my ankle is broken, torn, or sprained?

Go to a podiatrist: A podiatrist can take x-rays if indicated and treat you with a variety of modalities based on the findings of the history of the injury and physical exam. Sometimes there can be damage to areas away from the ankle that a podiatrist will know to look. ...Read more

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How do you tell if you sprained or you broke your ankle?

How do you tell if you sprained or you broke your ankle?

X-rays: Getting an x-ray will let you know if bones are broken. As a general rule if you have ankle swelling, bruising, and pain/difficulty putting weight on your foot, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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How do you tell if someone sprained or broke their ankle?

How do you tell if someone sprained or broke their ankle?

Need X-rays: Severe ankle sprains may cuase broken ankle bones. Need to see a podiatrist for set of x-rays to evaluate if you have a broken ankle or not. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my ankle is broken or sprained?

What's a good way to check if my ankle is broken or sprained?

Ankle pain: For a sprain, swelling and pain are the first signs. It is more common to sprain the outside part of the ankle rather than inside, back, or front. Swelling generally occurs around the area of sprain and bruising may be present too. If a tendon is torn or broken, less likely to be able to walk without severe pain. See a physician for full evaluation to get the best diagnosis. Hope this helped. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if a jogger has stepped in a pothole and sprained his ankle. What systems have suffered damage?

Can you tell me if a jogger has stepped in a pothole and sprained his ankle. What systems have suffered damage?

Sprained ankle: A sprained ankle is an injury to the ankle ligaments and tendons surrounding the ankle joint.

If a sprained ankle lasts more than a week than it is no longer a sprained ankle....
Need to rule out tears of the ligaments and tendons at that point. ...Read more

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Badly sprained right ankle; help?

Badly sprained right ankle; help?

R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice, compression, and elevation for one week. Also, if you have no contraindications, advil (ibuprofen) is good too. If you still hurt after one week, or can't walk, go see. Dr for x-rays. ...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


Dr. Mark Galland
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Splint (Definition)

A splint can be any type of external protection device designed to shield a bone or joint from injury. It may be used prophylactically to prevent injury or protect an injured bone or ...Read more