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i sprained my ankle abt a month now but i can still walk on the sprained leg but i feel slight pain when i touch the ankle and its swollen a little can this be a fracture and can it heal on its own

A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Ortho eval indicated: Swelling 6 months after a bad ankle sprain may be do to several issues. You may have sustained damage to the articular cartilage within the ankle join ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Talk 2 Ur parents--: --C if U can B Cn by a fellowship trained fott & ankle orthopedic surgeon, sounds like U need a new eval .
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: This is a severe sprain with the possibility of a fracture. Have the ankle evaluated and x rayed. Severe sprains are best tested with immobilization.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anthony Watson
29 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Time, time, time: Ankle sprain swelling can take as long as a year to resolve. Almost never is it resolved by 5 days. The worst of the swelling typically resolves over ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kevin Olson
33 years experience Family Medicine
Could be normal: If the pain continues even after taking anti-inflammatory medications and ice applied to the ankle, i would recommend seeing a doctor again in 1 week. ... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Zwerling
51 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It all depends: Jody - it is certainly possible there is a small fracture. Only a clinical exam and xray will tell for sure. But 4 days is a very short time for it ... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brandon Hawkins
19 years experience Podiatry
OCD?: This sounds like it could be more insidious than just a sprain. One option is to obtain an MRI of the ankle. Often times osteochrondral defects or tea ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Ultrasound: Musculoskeletal ultrasound is being used more often for detecting soft tissue abnormalities such as tendon tears, joint effusions, and cellulitis. Ult ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Chang
20 years experience Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
RICE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/rice_%28medicine%29.
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Daniel Kirk
16 years experience Podiatry
Get it looked at: If you are 4 weeks out from your injury it should be feeling better. Sprains can take 6-8 weeks to heal, make sure you are doing range of motion exerc ... Read More

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