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When should you have a sprained ankle rechecked?

When should you have a sprained ankle rechecked?

Depends: It can depend on how severe the sprain. I may see a serious ankle sprain back in the office in one week to monitor swelling, whereas a less severe ankle sprain I may not see back for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation. ...Read more

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Is there an effective way to determine if you have a sprained ankle?

Is there an effective way to determine if you have a sprained ankle?

Pain with ROM: If you have difficulty bearing weight and walking through your range of motion without any discoloration it is highly suspicious that you sprained your ankle. You can usually get local swelling and tolerable pain with rom. If however, you have dark bruises, severe sharp radiating pain and extremely severe swelling then you should seek medical attention asap. ...Read more

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Should I continue running if I have a sprained ankle?

Should I continue running if I have a sprained ankle?

Would not advise: If you wear a brace and have no pain then his is a better scenerio. ...Read more

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How long to I have to wait to play basketball if I have a sprained ankle?

How long to I have to wait to play basketball if I have a sprained ankle?

Variable for : Everyone. We don't know how bad your sprain was. I would advise wearing an ankle brace of some sort. See aircast ankle brace as an example. If you have any degree of pain, playing is not recommended. ...Read more