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Old 4th April 2003, 02:53 PM
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Hi,
My husband twisted his right ankle very badly this morning on some wet leaves in a wooded area. We went to the emergency room because he thought it was broken but after they x-rayed it they said that the ligaments are probably badly bruised/torn. They placed a plastic splint around the ankle and gave him crutches to keep the weight off. If if doesn't feel better in a week they recommended an orthopedic physician follow-up. Is there a recommended remedy that would help the pain, swelling and promote healing? His right arm is somewhat sore, probably used to break the fall. I've read where arnica or ruta is usually prescribed. If so what dose and how often? He is 53 years old, 5'10" and weighs about 225.

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You probably can't go wrong with a 30C. Take it as needed. Depending on when it happened and how bad it is, 'as needed' could be as often as every 15 minutes or only once.

Start with the Arnic until the swelling and bruising are gone and then switch to Ruta.

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Old 5th April 2003, 01:18 PM
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Hi,
The ankle and foot area looks much better today. The calf area is swelled and if he turns the leg a certain way he gets worse pain. He took the arnica every couple of hours yesterday, about 5 times, and I gave him one this morning. When should we start the Ruta, because there looks like a lot of improvement so far?

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Look closely to see if the swelling and bruising are gone. If so, then you could consider switching. But don't be in a rush to switch. As long as there is significant improvement with the Arnica, stay with it.
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arnica 6x ground up and mixed with talc and used with gentle lymphatic drainage will help the condition.
synchronicity here....
I fell over a metre last week and did the same thing. My daughter brought out what she thought was Arn. 1M. but was in fact Anac 1M which I discovered when I was in triage at the local hospital. I panicked somewhat until I got home and found Anac to be a specific antidote for ill effects of ivy ( which I had been clearing- check to see if there was any in the woodland) and also useful for lower limb joints (ankles?)
No ill effects from the Anac for me..maybe has curbed my usual hyperactivity and allowed me to sit an heal......so maybe a consideration for an acute remedy for ankle injuries in ivy covered areas!
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Hi,
He is going to make an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor this week. His ankle, heal and part of his calf are almost black in areas. He said he heard a crack when he went down and maybe the Emergency Room didn't x-ray all the necessary areas. He's still taking the arnica every few hours. He may have more injury than originally thought.

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Sue,
The cracking noise he heard may well have been the ligaments stretching or tearing. If it is really bad a small fracture may have occured where the ligament attaches to the bone.
There is nearly always spectacular bruising in this area,(this is due to gravity & the many small veins in this area)and one of the most efficient modalities to aid in a quicker recovery from a severe sprain is Lymphatic Drainage massage.Check the net for a registered Dr Vodder School practitioner in your area.They have a very high standard of ethics and the training is internationally recognised.
Alternate ice and heat packs, applied regularly EVERY 2 hours also aids a quick recovery.
When you get your husband re Xrayed, be sure that the Xray is with medial, lateral and oblique shots as navicular breaks are often not seen with the standard medial and lateral views.
If you are really concerned & can afford it, a CT scan will show up any damage, but often a fracture doesn't show on a too recent injury as the "scab" hasn't started to form internally on the bone.
Even a severe sprain will often need a plaster cast or possibly a cam walker (very expensive, but easier to manage showers etc).
I did my ankle just 9 days ago and it was very severe, and I passed out from the pain several times. Also had the cracking on impact and again when removing my boots (Blundstones...)
Arnica 200c for 5 days morning and night with alternate days using lymph drainage on myself (very hard for a massage therapist to work on themselves with this injury) and an accredited lymph drainage massage therapist working for nearly 2 hours just 3 days after the injury, has substantially reduced the swelling and bruising.
I have also had magnetic field therapy directly on the ankle and chiropractic adjustments to knee, hip and spine. These have all helped to reduce the time I have to spend away from my clinic and I took my first client since the accident today. ( the doctor said I was likely to be off for about 6 weeks!)
I hope you will consider these other therapies as an adjunct to the spectacular healing powers of homeopathy.
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Hi,
My husband went to the orthopedic doctor today and he has a ruptured deltoid ligament, ruptured deltoid tibia fibular syndesmosis, and a fractured fibular shaft. He will be going in on Monday for surgery. What remedies would be best for before, after, & how long?

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Arnica , 1 dose prior to op & have Phos on hand for post anaesthesia problems (vomiting) and Hypericum for any surgical and nerve ending damage.
Stay with the Arnica while it is still in an acute stage and working.
MLD is excellent pre & post operatively, reducing the oedema and scarring.
good luck with it all
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Hi,
What potentcy for the various remedies should be used throughtout this?

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