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I have had a sprained ankle for three weeks and its still mildly swollen and causes me some pain some pain what should I do?

I have had a sprained ankle for three weeks and its still mildly swollen and causes me some pain some pain what should I do?

It may take months: Ankle/foot sprains are known to last longer than other parts of body because of their weight-bearing nature on every step you take. Mild sprain may last couple of wks, but severe ones may take months, good shoes/cushions, ankle support/aircast/braces may help. Elevate when u can. Motrin/aleve may easy pain/inflammation. If persistent/more severe, consult doc. My ankle sprain x5 months-still sore. ...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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I have a third degree ankle sprain, been 8 weeks and I can't walk. I also can't move my last three toes what do I do?

I have a third degree ankle sprain, been 8 weeks and I can't walk. I also can't move my last three toes what do I do?

See your doctor: The toe dysfunction may be related to your immobilization. However, this is a challenging question to answer without knowing more about your injury and examining you. Rehab/physical therapy is imperative after just about every ankle sprain. There's a good chance that rehab. Will also get those toes moving again. ...Read more

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I had a grade three lateral ankle sprain 2mnths ago but the lateral side of my knee has hurt worse than my ankle. Knee buckles towards medial side.

I had a grade three lateral ankle sprain 2mnths ago but the lateral side of my knee has hurt worse than my ankle. Knee buckles towards medial side.

Knee ligament injury: There is a chance that you stretched out or tore your lateral collateral ligament of the knee especially if the pain is on the outside portion of your knee. If the pain is on the inner aspect of your knee you may have torn your meniscus

Get examined by an orthopedic surgeon. Any "sprain " that has pain and symptoms more than 6-8 weeks warrants an exam. ...Read more

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Persistant pins and needles with numbness on top of foot three weeks after severe ankle sprain. Nothing helps, ankle feels fine. Treatments? Relief?

Persistant pins and needles with numbness on top of foot three weeks after severe ankle sprain. Nothing helps, ankle feels fine. Treatments? Relief?

Tell your doctor...: After 3 weeks from an ankle sprain, symptoms should have subsided if you've been properly examined and treated. If scar tissue formed in the area, you may be getting compression on an adjacent nerve. Get your ankle examined properly. An mri/ct would probably be best to examine the soft tissue. Your doc will probably rule out structural and vascular problems too. Get checked. ...Read more

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Feet get red after walking. Veins buldging. Left foot and ankle discoloured since ankle sprain over three years ago. How do I prevent feet from redness?

Feet get red after walking. Veins buldging. Left foot and ankle discoloured since ankle sprain over three years ago. How do I prevent feet from redness?

Blood vessels.: There is a host of reasons why your feet get red and the veins bulge after walking. More than likely it is tied to the way the blood flows to the feet, supplies the tissues and then returns back up the leg. Medications, blood vessel health, capillary return are just a few possibilities. You would be best served to have a thorough evaluation before any action is taken. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle three weeks ago, can walk with brace, most bruising gone, but very painful persistent pins and needles on top of foot. Cause? Solution?

Sprained ankle three weeks ago, can walk with brace, most bruising gone, but very painful persistent pins and needles on top of foot. Cause? Solution?

Have it evaluated.: An excessive amount of swelling or nerve injury could cause a numbness pins and needles sensation. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle gone, dry and red 3 weeks later, what's wrong?

Sprained ankle gone, dry and red 3 weeks later, what's wrong?

If you: We're immobilized in a cast or otherwise it could be reaction to that. Ask doc who helped you. ...Read more

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I have a high ankle sprain how long do I have to wait to start rehabbing? It's been 3 weeks.

I have a high ankle sprain how long do I have to wait to start rehabbing? It's been 3 weeks.

Ankle sprain: Like all things therebis a spectrum of injury and everything a a progression based on severity. For mild high ankle sprain 4 weeks is go starting point working onbperoneal strenghing and propioception. ...Read more

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Is it normal for an sprained ankle to look bigger after 3 weeks even though I can walk on it fine with no pain at all?

Is it normal for an sprained ankle to look bigger after 3 weeks even though I can walk on it fine with no pain at all?

Yes: Yes that could be quite normal
injured joints tend to be swollen for quite some time and sometimes more or less permanently
sometimes using a support hose will help with this. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle nearly 3 months ago after 6 weeks seemed to heal and return to normal over the past week swelling and pain has returned?

Sprained ankle nearly 3 months ago after 6 weeks seemed to heal and return to normal over the past week swelling and pain has returned?

Get rechecked: Just because the ankle feels better after 6 weeks, it still needs to be conditioned to get back up to it's pre-injury strength. You may have re-injured the area or may have something new going on. Have it rechecked. ...Read more

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How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

How long does a grade 3 ankle sprain take to heal?

Sprain ankle: Grade three usually needs sx due complete tear which heals in 4-6 weeks without surgery around 8 weeks but will have weakness. ...Read more

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How can I get rid off a sprained ankle in less than 3 days?

How can I get rid off a sprained ankle in less than 3 days?

Sprained ankle: Short answer...If it is a sprain...Won't happen. Get a good diagnosis and start a rehab program with pt or certified athletic trainers...That the quickest way to treat the acute sprain and also decrease the chances of it happening again. ...Read more

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What footwear is best for grade 3 sprained ankle that is still swollen?

What footwear is best for grade 3 sprained ankle that is still swollen?

Rigid walking boot.: With a grade 3 sprain one would have instability. You should immobilize it with a brace or a rigid walking boot. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge

Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge

Ankle Sprain: Not unusual to have it last 3 weeks, may last as long as 6-8 weeks if bad enough sprain. Some times sprains are significant enough to cause instability of the ankle. Physical therapy can help with the functional recovery from your ankle sprain and help prevent future sprains. Continue your current conservative care. Add range of motion exercises. If difficult in couple weeks get evaluated. ...Read more

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Is a sprained ankle supposed to be swollen after 3 weeks? It seemed normal last week but than started swelling again. And it started hurting again.

See an MD: Ankle injuries can cause leakage of inflammatory fluids for quite some time. This is aggravated by it being a weight bearing structure, and gravity allows pooling of fluids in the lowest extremities. Good luck! ...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?

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?

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?

"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?

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 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?

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

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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