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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

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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