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For a 2nd grade ankle sprain with no fractures, should I use crutches or is it enough to wear an inflatable stirrup ankle brace? Or should I use both

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In brief: See below

If you can walk without pain with just the brace then you do not need crutches.

In brief: See below

If you can walk without pain with just the brace then you do not need crutches.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Your body will tell

If it is too painful to walk on, use the crutches.

In brief: Your body will tell

If it is too painful to walk on, use the crutches.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Neil Horsley
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: 2nd Grade Sprain

When there is a second degree or second grade sprain there is a partial tear of the ligament.
Sometimes that will include two of the primary ligaments on the outside of the ankle also known as the lateral side. With a sprain there is small nerve damage that it causes the ankle to become unstable. It is the instability that is the problem because you are now prone to more injury. Follow doctor's advice.

In brief: 2nd Grade Sprain

When there is a second degree or second grade sprain there is a partial tear of the ligament.
Sometimes that will include two of the primary ligaments on the outside of the ankle also known as the lateral side. With a sprain there is small nerve damage that it causes the ankle to become unstable. It is the instability that is the problem because you are now prone to more injury. Follow doctor's advice.
Dr. Neil Horsley
Dr. Neil Horsley
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Dr. Robert Conenello
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Camwalker antherapy

Many times ankle sprains are under treated.
A second degree would benefit from a camwalker for at least one week followed by physical therapy.

In brief: Camwalker antherapy

Many times ankle sprains are under treated.
A second degree would benefit from a camwalker for at least one week followed by physical therapy.
Dr. Robert Conenello
Dr. Robert Conenello
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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Whatever you need

If you are comfortable putting all your weight in the leg then that is fine.
If not then use the crutches until you are. Start working on gentle range of motion exercises now and then strengthening in 7-10 days. Once the swelling is down, you may want to switch to a lace up type brace which is less bulky and more functional.

In brief: Whatever you need

If you are comfortable putting all your weight in the leg then that is fine.
If not then use the crutches until you are. Start working on gentle range of motion exercises now and then strengthening in 7-10 days. Once the swelling is down, you may want to switch to a lace up type brace which is less bulky and more functional.
Dr. Daniel Farber
Dr. Daniel Farber
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