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A 48-year-old member asked:

I sprained my ankle and now my foot is swollen and purple. what should i do?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 29 years experience
Rest: Ice, compression, elevation, an antiinflammatory if not contraindicated. If very swollen consider crutches, a walking boot if you can't crutch walk. Consider xrays to make sure no fracture.
Dr. Alex Garcia
Dr. Alex Garcia commented
Podiatric surgery 22 years experience
Get x-rays to make sure there are no fractures. Then, like mentioned above, ice, rest , elevation and compression are usually helpful, if not contraindicated. Depending on severity of the sprain you may need PT to regain stability and strength.
Nov 10, 2014

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