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A 37-year-old male asked:

12d s/p 2nd deg atfl ankle sprain. still 2+ pitting edema entire foot dorsum, not just ankle. elevating helps a bit. why circulation issue? what 2do?

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Dr. Daniel Lebowitz
Anti-Aging Medicine 26 years experience
Swelling: Your injury is still in the early stages of healing. Persistent swelling lasting for weeks is expected. You should elevate the ankle when possible to help decrease the swelling. You should also try to move the ankle around periodically as long as you can stand the pain. This will help you regain range of motion sooner and with less problems. Icing the ankle should also help to fight swelling.
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Dr. Robert Hadfield
Podiatry 15 years experience
May be due to HTN: It is common to have swelling for 3-6 months after a severe ankle sprain. But pitting edema is usually a result of venous disease. The veins do get damaged when you sprain your ankle, leading to swelling, but since you have high blood pressure as well, the veins have been insufficient before the injury and are now damaged more. I recommend you see a vascular specialist.
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Last updated Feb 4, 2015


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