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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 can I do about a sprained ankle until i can get in to see my doctor?

RICE....: Rest, ice, compression and elevation. You can try an ankle splint available at most pharmacies and use an otc anti-inflammatory like aleve (naproxen). Then, get to a doctor for diagnosis and treatment of the full extent of the injury! ...Read more

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What can I do to help mend a sprained ankle?

What can I do to help mend a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rice. Rest- 24 to 28 hrs. Avoid activities that require use of your ankle. Ice- for first 2 days after injury, apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every few hours. A bag of frozen peas is good. Compression- you can wrap your foot, ankle & lower leg with an ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. Elevate- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on a pillow. ...Read more

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What can I do to distinguish between an ankle sprain and gout?

What can I do to distinguish between an ankle sprain and gout?

Gout: Gout looks like a infection with redness, swelling, bright red, sometimes a hole develops that leaks out gouty crystals through the skin. Ankle sprain usually has trauma associated with it and is instant after the trauma. ...Read more

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What do I do for a sprained ankle if a runner?

What do I do for a sprained ankle if a runner?

R.i.c.e.: Rest, ice, compression with ace bandage or ankle brace, and elevation. Antiinflammatories can be helpful as well. ...Read more

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What works most effectively to do for a sprained ankle?

Ice: After an ankle sprain you should protect, rest, ice, and elevate the ankle. Refrain from active activity, possible ankle brace, and slow range of motion after 48 hours. In some cases crutches and non-weight bearing may be necessary. ...Read more

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What should I do for a sprained ankle and foot?

What should I do for a sprained ankle and foot?

Start with PRICE: It depends on the severity of the injury. For minor sprains, treat with PRICE (Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). For a severe sprain or for a minor sprain that does not improve, have the injury properly evaluated and treated. ...Read more

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

Ankle sprains are very common injuries. There's a good chance that while playing as a child or stepping on an uneven surface as an adult you sprained your ankle--some 25,000 people do ...Read more