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Ankle sprain, pain gets worse at night when I lie down and I always wake up in the night after I've moved my foot in an awkward position, help please?

Ankle sprain, pain gets worse at night when I lie down and I always wake up in the night after I've moved my foot in an awkward position,  help please?

Keep free & elevate: Staying in a position for a prolonged period can cause a sprained ankle to feel stiff and aggravate pain. You can try keeping the ankle out from under the covers so it's not "restricted" or could try elevating it up on a couple pillows while sleeping - elevation also helps with relieving swelling and overall pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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I have a third degree ankle sprain and I can't move my toes. Normal?

I have a third degree ankle sprain and I can't move my toes. Normal?

No: No this is not normal. You need to see a podiatrist or orthopedist and get your ankle treated. ...Read more

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4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight,Does this seem normal? already received MRI and did extensive damage

4 weeks post Grade 2/3 High ankle sprain, still on crutches unable to bear weight,Does this seem normal? already received MRI and did extensive damage

Normal: Sprain are actually harder and longer to heal than fractures. Sprains are ruptured muscle fibers that bleed into the belly of the sprained muscle and cause swelling and pain. The problem is that in order to heal, the muscle can't be totally immobilized as can a bone (i.e. via cast or fixation). It will take time. ...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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What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

Nerve impingement: Unlikely, that the fibular bone moved to pinch a nerve. The peroneal nerve (superficial peroneal nerve) is located in the skin and can be impinged through swelling resulting from an ankle sprain. The bone, ligaments, muscle, tendons are deeper than the skin, but the swelling associated with injury can cause shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Hope this helps. ...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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My foot is turned to the right and and I have a high ankle sprain is it going to turn back?

Brace : As long as there is no ligament tear( checked by a doctor) and if it is sprain, the discomfort and angular ion should get better. Key is that there should be no apparent or hidden injury, as that might need more treatment than just a brace n rest with ice pak application. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain caused severe swelling to foot, what to do?

Ankle sprain caused severe swelling to foot, what to do?

P.R.I.C.E.: After an acute ankle sprain the rule is price. Protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation. This will help to reduce the swelling, but you have to be proactive and consistent. Stay off the ankle, and reduce activity which causes the ligaments to 'stretch' out. You want to protect the structures, and keep the ice on through the first week. Physical therapy can help a great deal as well. ...Read more

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Whole foot and ankle are purple after bad ankle sprain, is that safe/normal?

Whole foot and ankle are purple after bad ankle sprain, is that safe/normal?

Can be: A sprained ankle means that you have torn some or a lll of the ligaments holding ankle together. This can cause bleeding shows up as a bruise. Depending on how much bleeding there is after the injury can cause the foot to turn purple initially. It may look bad but if you can still feel it when you touch your foot and the foot is warm to touch it is normal. If not see a doc immediately to check. ...Read more

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I have a grade 3 ankle sprain hurt it a month ago and now my hole foot is freezing cold...what should I do?

Get it Checked: Get it checked asap,Sprain does not cause your foot to freeze.It may be due to compromised Blood Supply.See your doctor asap or go to ER ...Read more

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How come i get foot tingles from an ankle sprain?

How come i get foot tingles from an ankle sprain?

Nerve damage: It's possible that when you sprained your ankle, one or multiple nerves were stretched and damaged resulting in a tingling sensation. I would suspect this would resolve on its own. If it doesn't, evaluation by your physician may be warranted. ...Read more

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I had ankle sprain since last October. I stepped on other's foot during a basketball game. Nothing serious from x-ray report. How could I recover?

I had ankle sprain since last October. I stepped on other's foot during a basketball game. Nothing serious from x-ray report. How could I recover?

MRI: although the x-rays are normal an MRI might reveal that something else is happening. Ask your physician about an MRI or a consultation with somebody who has expertise in the feet. There are soft tissue injuries that do not show up on x-ray ...Read more

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11weeks after an ankle sprain been going to pt and for the past 2 weeks i've been having numbness in my foot i feel it the most when laying down. What is the possible cause?

11weeks after an ankle sprain been going to pt and for the past 2 weeks i've been having numbness in my foot  i feel it the most when laying down. What is the possible cause?

Scarring on nerve: The fact that there is numbness described leads me to believe that there is nerve compressed. After 11 weeks from an ankle sprain, pain should have subsided unless as part of the healing ligament, scar tissue formed and adhesions may have developed and are now compressing the adjacent nerve. Get your ankle examined properly. An mri/ct would probably be best to examine the soft tissue. ...Read more

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The top of my foot still swollen 2 weeks after ankle sprain.Shooting needle pain when guetting up after elevating it.What could this be?

The top of my foot still swollen 2 weeks after ankle sprain.Shooting needle pain when guetting up after elevating it.What could this be?

Enough time.: It sounds as though something else may be involved in addition to an ankle sprain. Two weeks is long enough to wait, especially if there is pain and swelling. You would be best served with a directed evaluation and possibly imaging studies. ...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


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

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