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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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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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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?

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?

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

Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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