A 19-year-old male asked:
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my ankle is sprained and swelling/ bruesing are gone but sometiemes my whole foot turns dark red but it has circulation what does it mean?

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Dr. Mary Esther Carlin
50 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Depends: It may be due to back up and lack of drainage from the foot due to standing , fluid pressure etc. Try elevating the affected ankle as often as possible. Should also see your primary care provider and/or orthopedic surgeon to be sure nothing more serious is occurring.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Many possibilities: Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Adam Ringler
17 years experience Podiatry
Bruising to ankle: After a sprain, there can be bruising to the top of the foot from breakage of small capillaries which can lead to bruising. After any injury, the body sends more blood to the area to repair the sprain so you may get some redness when the foot is down or in the dependant position. This should improve when the foot is raised up.
Answered on Feb 10, 2017
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Dr. Matthew Wilkin
23 years experience Podiatry
See a podiatrist: That can be normal for a sprain. Soft tissue injury causes swelling, bruising, and some skin discoloration. However, you should see a podiatrist to have it checked. There can be ligament or bone injuries.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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