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Abingdon, VA
A 18-year-old female asked:

Is it possible for a 4 month old ankle sprain to need surgery. at the 3 week point had an x-ray but only showed lateral swelling. still hurts and pops?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 40 years experience
Ankle sprain: Recommend you get an mri. You may have ligament tears that have not healed or joint surface damage that did not show on the x-ray.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it evaluated: Possible cause of your pain may include sprain, bursitis, fracture, contusion, neuritis, but of course there are a multitude of other possibilities. Get the feet inspected by a professional to determine the cause of the problem, as treatment varies depending on the diagnosis. Popping may be due to instability of the joint or bordering soft tissues.
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Abingdon, VA
A 18-year-old female asked:

Is it possible to need surgery for a 4 month old ankle sprain? It still hurts and pops a lot. Had X-ray 3 weeks after it only showed lateral swelling.

9 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
Podiatry 24 years experience
Yes: Yes, but first you need to get an MRI to assess which ligaments are involved. This is used in a combination of the physical exam and a determination of which lateral ankle stabilization surgical procedure will be utilized (example brodstrom).
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Last updated Dec 10, 2013

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