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sprained ankle

Posted by Kristie on 6/17/04 at 12:56 (153304)

What do you do for a sprained ankle?

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john h on 6/17/04 at 16:58 (153328)

ice for first 48 hours or 72 hours? then heat or whirlpool. you can also tape after swellling goes down and you want to walk.

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Dr. Z on 6/17/04 at 17:11 (153331)


Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

See a doctor and have him or her evalutate you for any fracture and or partial ligament tear

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Kristie on 6/18/04 at 08:52 (153370)

Thanks John,

What's the advange of walking? I'm doing it because things need to get done. But I thought rest was better?

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Kristie on 6/18/04 at 08:58 (153372)

Thak you Dr. Z.,

A sprained ankle is techically what? I ruptured two tendoned in my ankle a couple of years ago. Is there any why to strenghten the ankle?

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Kathy G on 6/18/04 at 09:53 (153379)


Here's a good link that should give you the info you need. http://my.webmd.com/hw/health_guide_atoz/uz1381.asp?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}

Sorry I tried to link it but it wouldn't work out for me.

Hope your ankle feels better soon!

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Kathy G on 6/18/04 at 09:56 (153380)

Oh, it looks like it worked! I'm so brilliant!:D

I just wanted to add that I sprained my ankle a couple of years ago and I wore an air cast for quite some time due to the severity of the injury. It was great; it really kept the swelling down and helped me to get around. You can get one at most pharmacies.

Good luck!

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Kathy G on 6/18/04 at 10:16 (153384)


I need to sign off right now but I will see if I can remember where I found some good exercises to strengthen the ankle. I did them with bungee cords. I ended up at an orthopedic surgeon with my ankle sprain and he recommended PT but I found these exercises online and they helped me a great deal.

I'll try to get back to you over the weekend. I'll post on the Social Board because I'm not a doctor!!

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john h on 6/18/04 at 10:54 (153394)

Sprains are placed in 3 catagories. Catagory three can involve ligiment tears,etc and needs medical attention One should generally make sure you do not have something worse such as a fracture. Remember the initial treatment of sprains with the acronnym RICE (Rest,Ice,Compresson,Elevation) for sprains. Two months ago my cat ran in front of my feet on the deck causing me to slam my toe (Birks) into a brick wall. I thought my toe was just a bad sprain but x-ray indicated a fracture. Treated about the same but needed to recognize it was going to take 6 weeks for that fracture to heal.

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Kriste on 6/19/04 at 12:02 (153496)

Hi Kathy,

Thanks for the wed sight info. Great sight, very helpful.