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Dr. Olav Jaren
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Nerve Damage (Definition)

A complete nerve transection will leave an area totally numb. The distribution of the numbers depends upon where the nerve was cut. A partial nerve injury may leave the area tingly or incompletely numb. Finally even if the nerve is not cut the swelling and bruising to the tea can affect the nerve as well. Usually we consider sharp penetrating injuries as likely having nerve lacerations when sensation is lost. A hand surgeon can examine the hand and pinpoint the site or extent of nerve injury and recommend ...Read more


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Had a grade 3 ankle sprain, 10 weeks of pt still pain, weak, in stable and swelling. Doctor said I may have nerve damage? How is this treated?

Had a grade 3 ankle sprain, 10 weeks of pt still pain, weak, in stable and swelling. Doctor said I may have nerve damage? How is this treated?

Two thoughts...: If the ankle instability remains a chronic problem it can be treated with taping, bracing or surgery.

Although you do not give any specifics on the location of the nerve injury there are a minority of ankle sprains that result in traction (neuropraxic) injuries to the superficial peroneal nerve. This is a sensory nerve on the top of the foot.

See an orthopaedic surgeon:
www. Aaos. Org. ...Read more

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Was drug behind dirt bike 1/4 mi abt 10yrs ago. Now finding back, neck, nerve probs. Could that have caused the damage? Only burns, sprained ankle at time

Was drug behind dirt bike 1/4 mi abt 10yrs ago. Now finding back, neck, nerve probs. Could that have caused the damage? Only burns, sprained ankle at time

More evaluation: If the only injuries 10 yrs ago were burns & sprain, then highly unlikely that injury is the cause. Would recommend that you get more evaluation to determine cause of your symptoms ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

Nerve impingement: Unlikely, that the fibular bone moved to pinch a nerve. The peroneal nerve (superficial peroneal nerve) is located in the skin and can be impinged through swelling resulting from an ankle sprain. The bone, ligaments, muscle, tendons are deeper than the skin, but the swelling associated with injury can cause shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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When should I try to walk on my 3rd degree ankle sprain without crutches? Is it normal to have a pain in all the ankle and toes (like nerve pain?)

When should I try to walk on my 3rd degree ankle sprain without crutches? Is it normal to have a pain in all the ankle and toes (like nerve pain?)

Sprain: That is very dependant on the patient, but a general rule would be 3-4 weeks minimum. If surgery was done even longer. Ligaments can take as long as bones to heal and pushing walking too soon can result in re-injury with even worse consequences than a sprain. Be patient - it takes time. Good luck! ...Read more

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For a year now I've been getting low grade fevers when I have back nerve pain, or sprained ankle in sports, etc. Why? I've ruled out coincidence.

For a year now I've been getting low grade fevers when I have back nerve pain, or sprained ankle in sports, etc. Why? I've ruled out coincidence.

Low grade fever: I presume your CBC (blood count) is normal. Same the chest xray. It is normal in kids. Very rare in adults and it is the diagnosis when other possibilities are excluded. Maybe tests for malignant hyperthermia, especially if you never have had general anesthesia. ...Read more

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If I have a compressed nerve in my foot due to scar tissue from and ankle sprain how is it treated and what is the recovery time?

If I have a compressed nerve in my foot due to scar tissue from and ankle sprain how is it treated and what is the recovery time?

Neuroma: After trauma to the ankle and foot there can develop a scar in the small nerves that becomes very painful. When this scar is on the sole of the foot or in the small spaces between the toes, or in the location of the tendons and joints, there can be considerable discomfort and disability. A good foot specialist (podiatrist) can help with management. Surgery may just cause more problems. ...Read more

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My physio says I have a lateral ankle sprain, sprained ligament and injured nerve in right foot yet he didn't strap me. I feel I need support, do I?

My physio says I have a lateral ankle sprain, sprained ligament and injured nerve in right foot yet he didn't strap me. I feel I need support, do I?

Ankle bracing: One of the keys to recovery from an ankle sprain is weight bearing, however it should be done with little or no limp. If you are limping significantly or have giving out of ankle then a brace or taping would be appropriate. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 2 years ago pain on bottom of both feet since. Mri xray nerve conduction negative tried pf treatments & insoles what else can it be.?

Sprained ankle 2 years ago pain on bottom of both feet since. Mri xray nerve conduction negative tried pf treatments & insoles what else can it be.?

Foot posture change: Your foot posture or positioning of your joints may have changed since your injury 2 yrs ago. You need to have a full biomechanical evaluation by a podiatrist. Your insoles may not be supportive enough. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago (xray no fractures) doing RICE religiously. Tingling sensation in my foot. ..normal healing process or nerve damage?

Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago (xray no fractures) doing RICE religiously. Tingling sensation in my foot. ..normal healing process or nerve damage?

Both: It is likely a temporary nerve injury known as neuropraxia. It can take several weeks to several months for this to resolve completely. But usually if you have at least some sensation in the area this will eventually resolve. ...Read more

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How does ice help a sprained ankle?

How does ice help a sprained ankle?

To ice or not.: After tissue damage, the body engages defensive mechanism known as the inflammatory response. To control blood loss, initially, there is severe constrictions of the blood vessels injured in the area. This is where ice helps with the injury. It aids the body in minimizing fluid loss to keep swelling to a minimum. The problem is, if too much cold is applied too long, the healing can be slowed. ...Read more

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Will a sprained ankle ever heal 100%?

Will a sprained ankle ever heal 100%?

Usually heals: For residual pain after a sprained ankle an evaluation for a osteochondral talar dome fracture is needed. Mri or ankle arthroscopy may help. ...Read more

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How can you quickly heal a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation. See a foot specialist to see how severe or what grade of sprain it is. More attention may be needed. ...Read more

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How does compression help a sprained ankle?

How does compression help a sprained ankle?

COMPRESSION: Compression of a sprained ankle wig an ace wrap or ankle brace will decrease swelling and stabilize the joint. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle I can't put any weight on it?

Sprained ankle I can't put any weight on it?

See a Dr.: A badly sprained ankle that you cannot bear weight on should definitely be evaluated by a Dr. Go for an X-ray to make sure you did not fracture any bones in your foot/ankle. The base of the 5th metatarsal on the outside of your foot is commonly fractured in a severe ankle sprain. ...Read more

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Why didn't my sprained ankle ever fully healed?

May be more: If you are having pain in your ankle for more than 4-6 weeks, it suggests you may have something more than a simple sprain. I would not hesitate to be thoroughly evaluated. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my sprained ankle is serious?

How can I tell if my sprained ankle is serious?

Ankle Sprain: 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.‚Äč

http://www. Aofas. Org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/pages/how%20to%20care%20for%20a%20sprained%20ankle. Aspx ...Read more

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Can there be a quick way to heal a sprained ankle?

RICE: Unfortunately, only time will heal a sprain. Simple things like rest, ice packs, compression wraps and elevation are helpful in the immediate setting. If this does not help, it may be helpful to see a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedist who can get xrays to ensure there are no breaks and properly immobilize you in an ankle brace or boot. ...Read more

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Is it advisable to still dance on a sprained ankle?

Depends on severity: It will depend on the severity and the support you are wearing during your recuperation. Have your ankle examined to determine what grade of sprain you have and what your treatment options are. Ask the doctor who is treating you if you if this affects your ability to dance. ...Read more

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What organ system is used to heal a sprained ankle?

Sprain: There is no organ system per se. Healing a sprain is the same inherent system used to heal anything in the body. The best way to make sure you heal properly is to see your podiatrist who can grade the sprain and provide the needed care. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a broken or sprained ankle?

See your podiatrist: You can have a sprain that hurts too bad to walk on and you can have a mild fracture that you can walk on. Protect your future and see your podiatrist who will examine and x ray it and get you back to activity. ...Read more

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What should I do to treat a possible sprained ankle?

What should I do to treat a possible sprained ankle?

R.I.I.C.E.: Hello,
The above mnemonic is the gold standard for ankle sprain treatment. Rest, Ice, Immobilization, Compression, and elevation. The key is to protect the ligaments from further attenuation and allow them to heal as anatomically sound as possible. I recommend offloading as a staple. If pain or instability persists seek the care of a specialist for further imaging and treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

Rest: If you can stand on the foot and raise up on your toes, you probable have a grade 1 or2 ankle sprain. You can treat this with rest, elevation, compression and ice. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of a broken or sprained ankle?

Ankle fracturesprain: Both have pain and a history of injury. A fracture is most commonly confirmed on x-rays. ...Read more

Dr. Sam Markzar
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Neuropraxia (Definition)

Neuropraxia is defined as a temporary loss of function of the nerve. Some nerves are purely sensory while others carry both sensory and motor fibers. Traumatic contusion injuries to nerves or nerve compressions can cause Neuropraxia. Sensory nerves like sural nerve in the leg or mixed sensory and motor nerves like the median and ulnar nerves in the forearm & hand ...Read more


Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more