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Suggest Treatment For A Sprained Ankle

sprained ankle sprained my ankle pretty bad about 48 hours ago.swelled up pretty good along with bruising but still able to walk some what without alot of pain.Don t really have good health insurance how long does the swelling take to go down before I should go to the doctor? What treatments are best? Thanks
Fri, 29 Jul 2022
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Hello,

You have sprained your ankle and it is hurting you since 48 hours. It is now swollen but you are able to walk. You are suggested not to strain your sprained ankle. Instead give it rest. You can apply ice from time to time for relief. To reduce inflammation and pain take Combiflam or Naproxen, one SOS when pain. Wrap an elastic bandage around the sprained ankle but do not wrap it too tightly.

Keep it at rest for 15 days, avoid putting pressure on it while walking., take the help of a walking stick or walker. Keep your sprained ankle elevated on a pillow to reduce swelling especially at night. Gravity helps reduce swelling by draining excess fluid. During day keep it elevated on a stool. However, you should get clinically examined by an orthopedist.

Get X-ray done to rule out any fracture. In the case of severe sprain, a cast or walking boot may be required to immobilize the ankle while it heals. CT and MRI are required only in case of severe injury and pain. Sometimes, surgery or physical therapy is also recommended.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician
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Cardiologist Dr. Ilir Sharka's  Response
Hello,

It is necessary using local ice packs for two days to help reduce the swelling. It is important not to walk. If your situation does not improve in a couple of days, going to the doctor for a physical exam and an ankle X ray study will be needed.

Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Ilir Sharka, Cardiologist
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Suggest Treatment For A Sprained Ankle

Hello, You have sprained your ankle and it is hurting you since 48 hours. It is now swollen but you are able to walk. You are suggested not to strain your sprained ankle. Instead give it rest. You can apply ice from time to time for relief. To reduce inflammation and pain take Combiflam or Naproxen, one SOS when pain. Wrap an elastic bandage around the sprained ankle but do not wrap it too tightly. Keep it at rest for 15 days, avoid putting pressure on it while walking., take the help of a walking stick or walker. Keep your sprained ankle elevated on a pillow to reduce swelling especially at night. Gravity helps reduce swelling by draining excess fluid. During day keep it elevated on a stool. However, you should get clinically examined by an orthopedist. Get X-ray done to rule out any fracture. In the case of severe sprain, a cast or walking boot may be required to immobilize the ankle while it heals. CT and MRI are required only in case of severe injury and pain. Sometimes, surgery or physical therapy is also recommended. Take care. Hope I have answered your question. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Nupur K., General & Family Physician