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Could I have a concussion? Fell last week and sprained ankle, have had balance problems since. Noticed head is sore. Been sleeping a lot.

Could I have a concussion? Fell last week and sprained ankle, have had balance problems since. Noticed head is sore. Been sleeping a lot.

Yes: If you hit your head or had a rapid "whiplash" type mechanism during your fall, then you could have a concussion. Headache, fatigue, dizziness, balance problems, light & noise sensitivity, memory or concentration problems are the most common post-concussion symptoms. Brain & body rest are the keys to recovery in the first 1-2 weeks. No activities now that could result in another blow to the head. ...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


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What sort of problem is an ankle sprain?

What sort of problem is an ankle sprain?

Sprain: See the note about ankle fracture. Most sprains are stretching of the ligaments, the tendons are elastic so they can move a little without breaking, but many of the tendon fibers may tear or stretch unrepairably, so that a permanent injury is found that can lead to degeneration of the cartilage and degenerative arthritis. ...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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Had an inversion ankle sprain 3m ago, have no problem walking or jogging lightly but still some discomfort/pain when I sprint or stretch is this ok?

Had an inversion ankle sprain 3m ago, have no problem walking or jogging lightly but still some discomfort/pain when I sprint or stretch is this ok?

No problem: Doesn't sound abnormal for a more significant sprain. Would work on strengthening and proprioception exercises. If not improving to your satisfaction physical therapy can help. ...Read more

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I can't afford dr's visits but my sprained ankle hasn't healed in 3 months (there is no fracture) what can I do? I'm worried about long term problems.

I can't afford dr's visits but my sprained ankle hasn't healed in 3 months (there is no fracture) what can I do? I'm worried about long term problems.

Unfortunately: You must keep it and immobilized until you can be seen by a physician. Testing is definitely in order and i know it's expensive however that is the only way that any diagnosis and treatment can be made. Use it as little as possible as you may have cartilage damage already which can further damage the normal cartilage remaining in your joint. Rest , crotches and nonweightbearing will be in order until you can be seen. ...Read more

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Went to doc and have had problem with ankle for 5 months! He said it's a chronic ankle sprain and said to do PT. Why wouldn't he give a boot or brace?

Went to doc and have had problem with ankle for 5 months! He said it's a chronic ankle sprain and said to do PT. Why wouldn't he give a boot or brace?

See ORS: 5 months of ankle pain after a sprain is not normal. My advice would be to have your parent(s) take you to an orthopedic surgeon for thorough examination/ X-rays, and( if indicated) MRI scan.Some 'chronic ankle sprains' can be injuries to the top of the ankle bone( talar dome), peroneal tendon injuries, and other diagnoses... Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Can calf atrophy after ankle sprain lead to plantar fasciitis and achilles problems? If so can calf atrophy be reversed?can plantar fasciitis be cured

Can calf atrophy after ankle sprain lead to plantar fasciitis and achilles problems? If so can calf atrophy be reversed?can plantar fasciitis be cured

Weakest Link theory.: You must have had one heck of a sprain in order to be wearing a cast long enough that would cause calf atrophy. The immobility could have also caused some residual stiffness of the ankle and associated joints. These post immobilization problems can alter your normal ankle and foot mechanics and lead to temporary arch and Achilles problems. Physical therapy could be the ticket to a swift recovery. ...Read more

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How to tape a sprained ankle?

How to tape a sprained ankle?

Try U-tube: Can't explain or demonstrate here. Try u-tube or see a sports trainer to demo this to you. ...Read more

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What to do when sprained ankle?

R.I.C.E.: Rest, ice, compression and elevation. The sprain should also be treated with pt to facilitate as rapid healing as possible. ...Read more

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How painful is a sprained ankle?

How painful is a sprained ankle?

Depends: There can be minimal pain or really severe pain depending how badly the ankle is sprained and how much damage has been caused to the ligament ...Read more

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Can my sprained ankle be broken?

Can my sprained ankle be broken?

Possibly: A sprained ankle may initially have negative x-rays. With continued pain and swelling without improvement, an MRI might show a non displaced fracture. ...Read more

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How can I help my sprained ankle?

How can I help my sprained ankle?

Many possibilities: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation. Immobilization with a splint or brace may be of benefit in the initial phase of recovery. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Once improved, mobilization and physical therapy can help restore strength and function. Healing times may vary. ...Read more

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Is a sprained ankle an emergency?

Depends: If you can not walk on it and there is a huge amount of swelling then yes it should be seen ASAP ...Read more

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What to do with my sprained ankle?

What to do with my sprained ankle?

"RICE": Rest, ice, compression and elevation. But not for more than 48 hours. If your pain and swelling persists after that, you need to be seen by a doctor. A word of caution with the advil: if you have a fracture, continually taking anti-inflammatory medication will delay fracture healing. It's ok to take 1 or 2 every other day or so, but until you know you don't have a fracture, don't load up on them. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle, how do I exercise?

You: Don't until you are healed. You can do seated resistant exercises with weights. ...Read more

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What to do about a sprained ankle?

What to do about a sprained ankle?

Ice ice brace it: For first line treatment, ice, rest and brace it. Antiinflammatory meds can help decrease swelling and pain. It takes 3-4 weeks for ligaments to heal. If it continues to hurt after 1-2 weeks, seeing a physician for standing x-rays and exam in case you may have damaged your ankle more severely than first thought. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What makes a sprained ankle better?

What makes a sprained ankle better?

Ankle sprain: To heal a sprained ankle, it depends on the severity of the sprain. If its a chronically sprained ankle with constant pain and instability, it will take longer than a mild outside sprain. Usually 3-4 weeks of rest, icing, antiinflammatory meds (like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped! ...Read more

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What to do about my sprained ankle?

What to do about my sprained ankle?

Ice ice brace it: For first line treatment, ice, rest and brace it. Antiinflammatory meds can help decrease swelling and pain. It takes 3-4 weeks for ligaments to heal. If it continues to hurt after 1-2 weeks, seeing a physician for standing x-rays and exam in case you may have damaged your ankle more severely than first thought. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Best way to treat a sprained ankle?

Best way to treat a sprained ankle?

It depend: We grade torn ligament to three levels.
1-grade 1.
2-grade 2.
3-grade 3.

The first two usually are treated non surgical, by cast or brace for about 4-6 weeks.
The third one usually treated surgically. ...Read more

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How can you treat a sprained ankle?

How can you treat a 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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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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How can you treat my sprained ankle?

How can you treat my sprained ankle?

PRICE but see the Dr: Protection - immobilize
rest
ice
compression
elevation

see the podiatrist for a complete examination. If you self treat and it's a severe sprain, the soft tissue injury can potentially create more problems if unchecked. ...Read more

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How should I treat my sprained ankle?

How should I treat my sprained ankle?

R.I.C.E: Rest
Ice
Compression
Elevation

If there is ongoing pain on weight bearing after 3 days of above treatment, it is prudent to see a Doctor to organise X Rays.

http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/ankle-sprain-treatment-overview ...Read more

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How to heal a possible sprained ankle?

How to heal a possible sprained ankle?

Sprain: Ice and elevation. Compression in the form of ace bandage or an elastic ankle brace. If not better in 1-2 weeks, see a foot and ankle specialist to make sure it is just sprained and not ruptured (torn)..2 different things with different treatments! ...Read more

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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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What should I wear with sprained ankle?

A Lace up brace.: For mild sprains, a lace up brace should provide sufficient support to allow for healing. The elastic wraps do not provide sufficient support. ...Read more

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What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

Several: Pain, swelling, discoloration, difficulty in walking or standing. ...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