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Durham, NH
A 22-year-old male asked:

Had a very severe ankle sprain 6 wks ago with massive swelling. still very swollen, have start up pain, and crepitus when moving it. what is this ?

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Dr. Patrick Tyrance jr
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Expected swelling: It is common to have residual ankle swelling after a severe sprain. Ligament injury can take many weeks to fully heal and may result in residual ankle instability. Formal physical therapy, supportive shoe wear, compression hose and elevation of the ankle at the end of the day are helpful. Rarely ligament reconstruction is necessary if persistent sprains occur and nonoperative measures fail.
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Last updated Oct 31, 2017

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