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A 26-year-old female asked:

Torn meniscus in knee causing swelling and not going down. also swelling in ankle and foot and lots of pain. can't see ortho til wednesday?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 47 years experience
Immobilize: Ouch! Try a knee immobilizer to stabilize your knee and use crutches. Elevate your leg and apply wrapped cold packs. Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen every 6 hours may also help. If you feel the pain or swelling is getting worse or if there is any numbness or color change of your lower leg make a trip to the ER to be seen sooner. Avoid weight bearing.
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Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Be careful: While it's possible that your soft tissue injury to your knee is causing swelling to follow gravity and end up in your ankle and foot, it's also worrisome that you could have blood clot. Consider a more urgent evaluation in the meanwhile by your PCP/urgent care. Even if it's not a blood clot them may provide you with a brace to help your knee. Otherwise elevate that leg.
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Dr. Lee Peter Bee
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Internal Medicine 19 years experience
PRICEMS: For any acute musculoskeletal injury, initial treatment is PRICEMS: Pressure, Rest, Ice, Compressive wraps, Elevation, Medications (Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications). If you have increased tenderness in the ankle and foot, with increasing pain out of proportion, compartment syndrome is a concern, which need immediate attention to prevent future complications.
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Dr. Matt Wachsman
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Internal Medicine 38 years experience
Not sure of ?: yes, torn meniscus will cause problems. Can be helped in many people by rest, ice, restricting movement and aspirin like drugs. cannot say in our particular case without an exam.
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Last updated Sep 5, 2020

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