Will a sprained ankle require you to wear a leg boot or a cast?

Depends on severity. Depending on the severity of the injury you may need an ace bandage, strapping of the ankle, an ankle support brace, a rigid walking boot, or a short leg cast. Have it evaluated by your podiatrist and see what is best for you.
Ankle Sprain. It may heal on its own with rest, ice, compression and elevation and a gradual return to your normal activities. However, a period of time in a boot or use of crutches may be necessary depending on the severity. A physical exam by an orthopedic physician will better be able to determine your appropriate course of treatment. Hope this helps and good luck!

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Is it ok to use a boot cast for sprained ankle?

Cast to boot... Depending on the severity of a sprain, many people can avoid a cast all together with the use of a walking boot and/ or crutches. If your physician has decided you need a cast then he/ she can provide you with an estimated time frame based on how much damage they noted with the physical exam, and any imaging that may have been ordered. Read more...
May be a good option. Rigid walking cast boots may provide a good means of immobilization for various foot and ankle injuries. Consult with your doctor and get review your treatment options. Read more...

Just had cast removed Friday for severe ankle sprain. Now another for 2 weeks then boot for 4 weeks. Is this normal?

Would depend . On the extent of the injury. Read more...
Its okay. Severe ankle sprains take a while to heal. By placing in a Cam walker (walking boot) the doctor is retaining and restrengthen your muscle which have not been used for 6 weeks. You should be getting back to "normal" activities soon. You may need some physical therapy and at times you may have pain while your body fully recovers. Read more...

Grade 3 ankle sprain, happened 5 days ago. In cast boot and crutches. Can I walk dog in boot no crutches. Or would that delay healing or cause damage

Don't walk dog yet. A Grade 3 sprain is the most severe variety. It implies major ligament tearing. Unless otherwise directed by your orthopedic specialist, you should stay on the crutches to significantly limit your weight-bearing. Try to arrange for someone else to walk your dog for the next several weeks. If I can help, then join my care team at www.healthtap.com/dr-clarkeholmes. Read more...
I would recommend th. I would recommend that you continue with movement, however, with caution not to exacerbate your symptoms, or aggravate the injury. A supervised rehabilitation program would benefit with progression to a home exercise program. Read more...

Hi- I have a grade 3 ankle sprain s/p 56 hours. X-rays negative for fracture. I am wearing a cast boot and walking FWB. Should I do NWB?

Not necessarily. In general, you would want to stay off it to try to limit the swelling. Once you get beyond that, there is usually no contraindications to weight bearing as tolerated in a cast. The ligaments involved are not so much involved in weight bearing as they are in stabilizing the ankle and so would be protected in a cast. Discuss your specific case with your doctor. Read more...

I am in an air cast for an ankle sprain. All its doing is causing swelling and pain. Could I juat wear and ankle brace instead?

Possibly. If it is just an ankle sprain, and definitely not a fracture immobilization is not required definitively. The main purpose would be to provide support and aid in your function. So if the air cast is not helping, you could certainly try it without anything or go to a soft brace. Check with your doctor first as I don't know the specifics of the injury, but you don't have to immobilize a sprain. Read more...

Just got plaster cast for grade 3 ankle sprain today. How long will I have to wear. Will this fix it?

More info needed. If the x ray showed a tiny avulsion fracture answer is 6-8 weeks hopefully with some Physical Therapy to increase range of motion and strength. If the tendon tear ("Grade 3 suggests a tear with some bruising occured) is small 3-4 weeks should do the trick 4-5 with more significant tears. If you are not improving MRI study to evaluate the tendons is indicated. Read more...