A member asked:
is it normal for a high ankle sprain to still be swollen 3 months after the injury? i was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after a taekwondo accident. i was put in a walking boot for 3 weeks and then in a lace up brace for several weeks. it was feeling
3 doctor answers
Dr. Howard Fox answered
41 years experience Podiatry
The : The short answer: yes! the long explanation: based on an examination and history, and taking x-rays and not seeing a fracture, your orthopedic surgeon did exactly the right thing in treating a "sprain." but ligaments don't show up on an x-ray, and if you tore a ligament, you'll need an MRI to see that. But no one rushes to order expensive tests as the first order of business. The protocol is to treat the obvious, and if, in time, healing isn't what's expected, then you get the MRI and see why. So go back to your surgeon and find out what's going on with the soft tissue of your ankle. Feel better!
Answered on Aug 17, 2017
Dr. Michael Lee answered
17 years experience Sports Medicine
You : You could also get a stress-xray to see if there is any widening between the tibia and fibula which could represent a ligament injury. I think if your ankle is still swelling it is worth a trip back to your orthopedic surgeon.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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