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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. Regards, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

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


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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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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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