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What is the best way to heal a sprained ankle?

What is the best way to heal a sprained ankle?

RICE therapy: Rest, ice, compression and elevate initially, and then go see the doctor. A good clinical examination and possibly xrays can rule out any other injury. ...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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What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

Rest: If you can stand on the foot and raise up on your toes, you probable have a grade 1 or2 ankle sprain. You can treat this with rest , elevation, compression and ice. ...Read more

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What is the best way to tape a sprained ankle for support during recovery?

What is the best way to tape a sprained ankle for support during recovery?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. These will protect the ligaments of the ankle - that's what they are designed for. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat a high ankle sprain?

What is the best way to treat a high ankle sprain?

RICE: Rest, ice, compressiion, immobilization. See a podiatrist. You may need more extensive treatment. ...Read more

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What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

What is the best way to heal an ankle sprain at home?

RICE: Rest, ice . Elevation , compression bamdage. Good for simple sprains. For more severe sprains or if symptoms do not resolve, get medical attention. ...Read more

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What is the best way to quickly heal a severe ankle sprain?

What is the best way to quickly heal a severe ankle sprain?

Common sense: If the ankle was evaluated by your dr and no fracture or torn ligaments etc ..Rest, elevatin, nonsteroidals, etc. ...Read more

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What is the best way to i increase ankle strength. I have sprained and strained and torn muscles and ligaments and tendons so often they won't rebuild?

What is the best way to i increase ankle strength. I have sprained and strained and torn muscles and ligaments and tendons so often they won't rebuild?

Rebuild : I would see a physical therapist that specializes in sports injuries and they will come up with a regimen plan for you to strengthen your ankles , keep in mind when you have an injury to a ligament and there are many around the ankle they do not heal with the same strength do to scar tissue formation that is not as strong as the original ligament. ...Read more

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What's the best way to know if my ankle is sprained?

See below: There is usually some type of trauma or injury followed by bruising, swelling and pain. ...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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What is the best thing i can do to treat a sprained ligament on the inside of my ankle?

What is the best thing i can do to treat a sprained ligament on the inside of my ankle?

More serious: The ligaments on the inside of the ankle are much stronger than those on the outside. It would be prudent to have an X-ray to make sure there was no bony damage. In the meantime, rest, ice, compression, and elevation are standard treatments. You may need to wear a boot or a brace depending on severity. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a sprain with ankle swelling?

What is the best treatment for a sprain with ankle swelling?

Do these: Rest, icing, elastic ankle bracing keeping off of it and over-the-counter pain relievers may provide some relief. If it is not showing further improvement, get it checked out by a podiatrist or orthopedist. You may have injured or irritated more than your ankle. ...Read more

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Is the best treatment for an ankle sprain bed rest?

RICE: Best is rice method which is rest, ice, compression and elevation. Nsaids would be helpful. I would also get it checked to make sure no fracture or ligament damage. ...Read more

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What is the best course of treatment for a sprained ankle?

What is the best course of treatment for a sprained ankle?

RICE: Rest it, ice it (bag of frozen veggies works in a pinch), compress it in an ace wrap or brace, elevate it as much as possible and take Ibuprofen or alleve to decrease the pain and swelling. If you cannot put any weight on it at all you should see your doctor. You may need crutches or further evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the best first aid treatment for a sprained ankle?

What's the best first aid treatment for a sprained ankle?

RICE: The old stand-by rice, rest-ice-compression-elevation, still works pretty well. If there is significant pain with weight bearing or any tenderness when pressing on your bones, you should see a doc and get an xray to make sure it is not fractured. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle playing basketball 5 hours ago. What is the best treatment for it?

I sprained my ankle playing basketball 5 hours ago.  What is the best treatment for it?

Ankle Sprain: If you can't walk on it, you might need an X-ray. At the very basics it's: Rest, Ice, Elevation, & Compression. Aleve (naproxen) 2 tabs twice daily or 4 ibuprofen every 8 hours for at least 3-5 days, perhaps longer if needed. If you can't walk on it, get an X-ray, and try to keep weight off it. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a sprained ankle i've tried using a bag of ice i've also taken ibuprofen and have also tried heat with little effect ?

RICE: Initially, recommendations are to decrease the swelling with rest, ice, compression (like and ace bandage or foam) and elevation of the feet. Heat increases the swelling and will probably increase the pain until the swelling has gone down. Strengthening exercises once the swelling is down include writing the abc's with your ankle. You should also consider wearing a brace for risky activities. ...Read more

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What approaches work best to heal a sprained ankle in 2 weeks?

What approaches work best to heal a sprained ankle in 2 weeks?

Rest: You can't heal an injury. You can only remove the factors that prevent it from healing and allow it to heal on its own. Depending on the severity of ligament injury, it may take weeks/months to heal and you can't change that. Have it evaluated to be sure it doesn't need a splint or brace. Meanwhile rest/ice/compression/elevation. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain ?

I sprained my ankle badly last night after falling down the stairs. How can I best manage the pain ?

RICE: Rest. Ice. Compression. Elevation. Also oral anti inflammatory like Aleve (naproxen) with food. If symptoms persist or worsen after 48 hrs seek medical evaluation and X-ray to rule out a stress fracture ...Read more

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How can I best take care of a sprained ankle swelling?

Compression: If pain is gone then compression, if pain is mild, then ankle brace. ...Read more

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

See below: A high top work boot or shoe to help keep pressure on the ankle and support the ankle. ...Read more

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Had inversion ankle sprain 3 1/2 weeks ago. The swelling is now gone and i can put weight on it. Is kt tape or regular tape best for return to soccer?

Had inversion ankle sprain 3 1/2 weeks ago. The swelling is now gone and i can put weight on it. Is kt tape or regular tape best for return to soccer?

OTC Ankle brace: You're better off using an otc brace or splint that trying to tape yourself up at home. It's not as easy as the professional trainers make it look. You could also just see a podiatrist - many of us stock simple braces for simple sprains. These will protect the ligaments of the ankle - that's what they are designed for. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my ankle is sprained?

Get examined: Have your ankle evaluated properly with a clinical examination as well as xrays. Don't try to treat this by yourself. ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to heal a sprained ankle?

Ankle sprain: Try resting it (for 1-2 weeks), icing, compressing wraps or bracing, and elevating your rolled ankle. Take otc antiinflammatory drugs like advil (ibuprofen) or Motrin as directed by the manufacturer to help. If clicking or feeling of ripping or instability, get it checked out by a doctor (podiatrist). Hope this was helpful! ...Read more

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What is the quickest way to cure a sprained ankle?

JUST A SPRAIN?: Are you positive it's a sprain, and not broken? An ankle sprain is best treated with compression, immobilization, and off weight bearing w/ crutches. 40% of TREATED ankle sprains have lingering problems. Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Can there be a quick way to heal a sprained ankle?

RICE: Unfortunately, only time will heal a sprain. Simple things like rest, ice packs, compression wraps and elevation are helpful in the immediate setting. If this does not help, it may be helpful to see a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedist who can get xrays to ensure there are no breaks and properly immobilize you in an ankle brace or boot. ...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