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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

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

Ligaments attach the foot to the leg. Ankle sprain is an injury where the foot turns over on the leg and these ligament(s) get stretched out. Important in diagnosing is to determine if it is just a sprain where the ligaments are stretched versus a tear where ...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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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?

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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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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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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Sprained ankle 4 days ago diagnosed with right lateral ligament tear. Under bandage over ankle and top of foot a little numb. Severe swelling. Is ok?

Sprained ankle 4 days ago diagnosed with right lateral ligament tear. Under bandage over ankle and top of foot a little numb. Severe swelling. Is ok?

Rest: Ice, compression, elevation. If swelling is severe i would recommend crutches with no weight bearing. If numbness is being felt, the bandage may be on to tight and you need to let the doctor know, . ...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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more