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I have a grade 3 ankle sprain hurt it a month ago and now my hole foot is freezing cold...what should I do?

I have a grade 3 ankle sprain hurt it a month ago and now my hole foot is freezing cold...what should I do?

Get it Checked: Get it checked asap, Sprain does not cause your foot to freeze. It may be due to compromised Blood Supply. See your doctor asap or go to ER ...Read more

Freezing (Definition)

Freezing is to mean turning liquid into solid form by lowering the temperature. Water begins to freeze at 32 degree f or 0 degree celsius. Freezing reduces the movement of the substance/object--solid. Also commonly used in daily communication--police says to a perpetraitor "freeze" and hopefully the bad boy/girl stays solid/still (just for fun :-)). Have ...Read more


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I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

I have an ankle sprain, why shouldn't heat be used? My foot is freezing and want to warm it up but wasn't sure why heat packs can't be used?

Ice reduces swelling: Initially after an injury the tissues begin to swell, This can cause pain and stiffness. In the first stages after the injury ice is the best way to reduce that swelling ...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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Sprained ankle on 11-13 swelling not going down foot cold and pale pain in calf and thigh. On crutches and off foot entirely. Pain unbearable at times?

Sprained ankle on 11-13 swelling not going down foot cold and pale pain in calf and thigh. On crutches and off foot entirely. Pain unbearable at times?

See a specialist: You don't mention having it properly examined. In addition to a full examination, proper diagnostic testing including X-rays and perhaps an MRI will be useful. The condition (if occurred on Nov 13) is more than 6 weeks. The fact that you remain on crutches is of concern. See an orthopedist or podiatrist to have a proper assessment made. ...Read more

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What should I do for a sprained ankle and foot?

What should I do for a sprained ankle and foot?

Start with PRICE: It depends on the severity of the injury. For minor sprains, treat with PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). For a severe sprain or for a minor sprain that does not improve, have the injury properly evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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What causes foot pain after a sprained ankle has healed?

What causes foot pain after a sprained ankle has healed?

Strain.: The sprained ankle may have altered your gait causing foot strain. ...Read more

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How come I get foot tingles from an ankle sprain?

How come I get foot tingles from an ankle sprain?

Nerve damage: It's possible that when you sprained your ankle, one or multiple nerves were stretched and damaged resulting in a tingling sensation. I would suspect this would resolve on its own. If it doesn't, evaluation by your physician may be warranted. ...Read more

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What would cause my foot to swell like a sprained ankle?

What would cause my foot to swell like a sprained ankle?

Assuming you: Did not sprain it, an infection, an insect bites, a sunburn, gout, an allergic reaction to name a few... ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 6 months ago, last few days ankle and foot have got swollen and causing lots of discomfort should I get checked out?

Sprained ankle 6 months ago, last few days ankle and foot have got swollen and causing lots of discomfort should I get checked out?

Must be evaluated.: A bad ankle sprain can cause serious ligament damage. This can lead to chronic problems such as instability or frequent re-spraining of the ankle. You need to be seen by a physician for proper evaluation. X-rays, and MRI are most likely indicated. You might only need some rest and physical therapy, but you also may need surgery for optimal recovery. Make an appointment. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a moderate ankle sprain to recover? I have had a history of foot and ankle problems over the past 20 years.

How long does it take for a moderate ankle sprain to recover? I have had a history of foot and ankle problems over the past 20 years.

4-6 weeks: Recovery times vary from person to person but 4-6 weeks is average. It is very important to rest and immobilize your ankle at first for proper recovery and ligament healing. I recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment. ...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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Ankle sprain caused severe swelling to foot, what to do?

P.R.I.C.E.: After an acute ankle sprain the rule is price. Protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. This will help to reduce the swelling, but you have to be proactive and consistent.
Stay off the ankle, and reduce activity which causes the ligaments to 'stretch' out. You want to protect the structures, and keep the ice on through the first week. Physical therapy can help a great deal as well. ...Read more

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My foot is turned to the right and and I have a high ankle sprain is it going to turn back?

Brace: As long as there is no ligament tear (checked by a doctor) and if it is sprain, the discomfort and angular ion should get better. Key is that there should be no apparent or hidden injury, as that might need more treatment than just a brace n rest with ice pak application. ...Read more

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I was just diagnosed with a sprained ankle (right foot) now I have large purple blotches on my right foot on both sides under the ankle. What's wrong?

I was just diagnosed with a sprained ankle (right foot) now I have large purple blotches on my right foot on both sides under the ankle. What's wrong?

It is bruising: The purple blotching you describe sounds like bruising. You may have [just] sprained your ankle, but where pain, swelling and bruising is present, you want to make sure you do not have a more serious injury such as a dislocation or fracture. The way to do this is with x-rays. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain, pain gets worse at night when I lie down and I always wake up in the night after I've moved my foot in an awkward position, help please?

Ankle sprain, pain gets worse at night when I lie down and I always wake up in the night after I've moved my foot in an awkward position, help please?

Keep free & elevate: Staying in a position for a prolonged period can cause a sprained ankle to feel stiff and aggravate pain. You can try keeping the ankle out from under the covers so it's not "restricted" or could try elevating it up on a couple pillows while sleeping - elevation also helps with relieving swelling and overall pain. ...Read more

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I sprained ankle a week ago. New bleeding under skin on top of my foot, what do you suggest?

I sprained ankle a week ago. New bleeding under skin on top of my foot, what do you suggest?

May be a fracture: Have a dr look at it and possibly xray it to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3months ago. Pain got worse last night and hasn't changed now foot is turning red and warm. It isn't straight either.

Sprained ankle 3months ago. Pain got worse last night and hasn't changed now foot is turning red and warm. It isn't straight either.

Get off the chair.: I would suggest that you seek professional help immediately. There are several things that could be going on and all of them are bad. ...Read more

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I had ankle sprain since last October. I stepped on other's foot during a basketball game. Nothing serious from x-ray report. How could I recover?

I had ankle sprain since last October. I stepped on other's foot during a basketball game. Nothing serious from x-ray report. How could I recover?

MRI: Although the x-rays are normal an MRI might reveal that something else is happening. Ask your physician about an MRI or a consultation with somebody who has expertise in the feet. There are soft tissue injuries that do not show up on x-ray ...Read more

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11weeks after an ankle sprain been going to pt and for the past 2 weeks I've been having numbness in my foot I feel it the most when laying down. What is the possible cause?

11weeks after an ankle sprain been going to pt and for the past 2 weeks I've been having numbness in my foot I feel it the most when laying down. What is the possible cause?

Scarring on nerve: The fact that there is numbness described leads me to believe that there is nerve compressed. After 11 weeks from an ankle sprain, pain should have subsided unless as part of the healing ligament, scar tissue formed and adhesions may have developed and are now compressing the adjacent nerve. Get your ankle examined properly. An mri/ct would probably be best to examine the soft tissue. ...Read more

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The top of my foot still swollen 2 weeks after ankle sprain. Shooting needle pain when guetting up after elevating it. What could this be?

The top of my foot still swollen 2 weeks after ankle sprain. Shooting needle pain when guetting up after elevating it. What could this be?

Enough time.: It sounds as though something else may be involved in addition to an ankle sprain. Two weeks is long enough to wait, especially if there is pain and swelling. You would be best served with a directed evaluation and possibly imaging studies. ...Read more

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6th week after ankle sprain. Do foot n ankle stretching n strengthening exercises, but feel pain doing heel cord stretch n calf raise. What to do?

6th week after ankle sprain. Do foot n ankle stretching n strengthening exercises, but feel pain doing heel cord stretch n calf raise. What to do?

Ankle sprain: Check with orthopedic surgeon. May have talar dome injury, avulsion fracture, syndesmotic injury, or bone contusion. ...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. Ira Friedlander
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Cold Feet (Definition)

Cold feet = lowered temperature in feet which is often ...Read more