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How can I tell if a sprained ankle is healing properly.

How can I tell if a sprained ankle is healing properly.

LESS PAIN/STABILITY: If a sprained ankle is healing properly, the pain and swelling should be decreasing daily. Also, people frequently say "it feels like my ankle is giving out." This is the feeling, a sense if you will, of instability. If you don't have these, it's probably coming along fine.
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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


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What would be an indication that my sprained ankle isn't healing correctly?

What would be an indication that my sprained ankle isn't healing correctly?

Sprained ankle: Signs of poor healing would include persistant pain, swelling, and a feeling of instability when you walk. ...Read more

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Can you ice a sprained ankle late in the healing process?

Can you ice a sprained ankle late in the healing process?

Yes: Anytime it flares up during a return to activity, it becomes 'acute' again which usually signifies inflammation. Ice is best for that. At that stage you can ice for 10 minutes then do a warm wet towel massage to the area to help move the fluid along as well. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle getting worse and not healing. Swelling not staying down and I'm getting fatigued. Pain also getting worse and keeps cramping. Plz help?

Sprained ankle getting worse and not healing. Swelling not staying down and I'm getting fatigued. Pain also getting worse and keeps cramping. Plz help?

See an orthopedist: Then see an orthopedist and have the ankle evaluated. Has it been x rayed? If not, that is essential to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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What is good cardio to do while im healing a sprained ankle?

What is good cardio to do while im healing a sprained ankle?

Low impact : Start with low impact exercise such as swimming, biking, elliptical use. Walking is ok. ...Read more

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Please describe the minimum healing time needed for a sprained ankle?

1-3: There are different grades; 1-3. Higher the number, worse the sprain. Healing time is dictated by the degree of injury, and patient compliance. ...Read more

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2 months ago I sprained my ankle and everything was healing up nicely, but then a week ago it started hurting again and now I can't bear weight on it?

2 months ago I sprained my ankle and everything was healing up nicely, but then a week ago it started hurting again and now I can't bear weight on it?

Needs more time: you must let things heal fully. Stick to flat shoes, avoid sports and take it easy. If things do get better soon, speak to your doc about this. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for ankle sprain?

What is the treatment for ankle sprain?

Ankle Sprain: RICE
R - rest by limiting walking for the first few days
I - ice, apply crushed ice wrapped in cloth (e.g. a tea towel) for 20mins at a time every 2 hours for the first 2-3 days. This will help to reduce swelling.
C - compression bandaging, helps to support your ankle while walking but probably doesn't hasten recovery
E - elevate your leg on a chair/couch for as much of the day as possible ...Read more

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How can I get treatment for my ankle sprain?

How can I get treatment for my ankle sprain?

See a podiatrist: Or try r.I.C.E yourself which would be rest, ice, compression (with an ace bandage or ankle brace) and elevation. (typically elevation implies above your hear level.). ...Read more

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How does moist heat promote healing of a sprained ankle?

 How does moist heat promote healing of a sprained ankle?

Explanation: It really helps with resolution of swelling and inflammation that always going with any sprain. ...Read more

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What kind of treatment do you need for a high ankle sprain?

What kind of treatment do you need for a high ankle sprain?

High ankle sprains: Need an xray and an MRI to really determine treatment

high ankle sprains are serious injuries that can lead to ankle instability

anything from a camwalker to surgery may be indicated

consult a specialist. ...Read more

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How can I speed up the healing process for my sprained ankle?

How can I speed up the healing process for my sprained ankle?

Ankle Sprain: It may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression and elevation and a gradual return to your normal activities. However, a period of time in a boot or use of crutches may be necessary depending on the severity. A physical exam by an orthopedic physician will better be able to determine your appropriate course of treatment. Hope this helps and good luck! ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my ankle sprain is 3 years old and not healing what should I do ?

Should i be concerned if my ankle sprain is 3 years old and not healing what should I do ?

Yes concern: It may be time to get another opinion to see what the problem really is. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle last night running. What's the healing time like for a sprained ankle? Should i go see a doctor?

Ankle sprain: It depends on how severe your sprain was. In the meantime you should rest and elevate your ankle , apply ice and use an elastic bandage for compression. ...Read more

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Is the best treatment for an ankle sprain bed rest?

RICE: Best is rice method which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. Nsaids would be helpful. I would also get it checked to make sure no fracture or ligament damage. ...Read more

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I have a mild sprained ankle. Will the doctor give me crutches to speed up the healing process?

If it is mild: A mild sprains usually does not need crutches to heal quicker. Though the more rest it gets the better it will feel. Rice is best which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. ...Read more

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I've got severe ankle sprain from about 2 months, I had 2 torn lig. but I just wrapped it with some NSAID, is there any effective treatment now?

 I've got severe ankle sprain from about 2 months, I had 2 torn lig. but I just wrapped it with some NSAID, is there any effective treatment now?

AnkleSpecialist ASAP: Please see an ankle specialist, who will most likely order an MRI to confirm his or her examination. Depending on the severity of the damage and your time tolerance to try conservative treatment, a surgical repair may be necessary. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down, walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?

Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago. Now still pain when walk down stairs, squat down,  walk slopes. Will recover on its own with time? What treatment needed?

Have it evaluated.: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves . Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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I hit in the ankle sprain.resulted rupture of a second degree & medical Gypsum has worked for 1month but after the conquest has not been wound healing?

I hit in the ankle sprain.resulted rupture of a second degree & medical Gypsum has worked for 1month but after the conquest has not been wound healing?

Time is on your Side: A month is not nearly enough time for the rupture to heal. If you are out of the cast, you need to go into a cam type walking boot to stabilize the injury for further healing. You can expect this to be an issue for some time. ...Read more

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I m overweight and aftr 9 mnths of ankle sprain i still hav bad pain on weightbearing (aftr 10 minutes of standing).Is overweight delaying healing time?

Possibly: Being far deviated from a normal body weight can create difficulty in healing. Be sure to keep strengthening the musculature around the ankle and possibly resume physical therapy. If pain still persists, return to your physician. ...Read more

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How should I feel after 6 weeks of treatment for an ankle sprain and osteoarthritis in the joint?

How should I feel after 6 weeks of treatment for an ankle sprain and osteoarthritis in the joint?

DEPENDS: It all depends on the severity of both the ankle sprain, and the degeneration of the joint. Inflammation will go down (especially with anti-inflammatory treatment), but the arthritis will still be present. Long-term protection of the joint is also needed. I would recommend a minimum of a good compression ankle brace. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 10 mnths back, still in pain on weightbearing and m deficient in vit d3.Can deficiency of vit D3 delay in healing ankle sprain?

Sprained my ankle 10 mnths back, still in pain on weightbearing and m deficient in vit d3.Can deficiency of vit D3 delay in healing ankle sprain?

Not likely: You need to get examined. May have torn ligament or osteochondral defect or something else going on. 10 months is way to long. ...Read more

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Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

I would recommend th: I would recommend that you continue with movement, however, with caution not to exacerbate your symptoms, or aggravate the injury. A supervised rehabilitation program would benefit with progression to a home exercise program. ...Read more

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I am at 8 months post a severe ankle sprain. I still have poor stand & walk tolerance at less than 15 min. Pain on standing. The MRI showed a tear in the talocalcaneal lig & partial tear in post talofibular ligament. Should i be further in my healing than

May need repair : Of the talocalcaneal lig. After 8 months you should have had some healing in the ligament. May need surgical intervention to correct this as this will lead to chronic ankle instability and pain. ...Read more

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I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?

I have an avulsion of the distal fibula fracture due to a high ankle sprain. What is the the common treatment for this type of injury?

Depends: If the fracture is displaced it may need surgical fixation. If its not displaced then bracing for 6-8 weeks minimum and then return to rehab until fully healed. It can take several month to get full healing. Other options include possible platelet or stem cell based therapies that may help healing faster/more fully. Check out Regenexx.Com. ...Read more

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more