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Selden, NY
A male asked:

Sprained ankle has bruising and swelling all around the foot. able to put weight on it and walk. still ice and elevate?

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Dr. Amandeep Kaur
Family Medicine 11 years experience
Ankle sprain: Rest your ankle. Continue icing and elevation. Try a compression bandage around the ankle. It should be gentle pressure and not too tight. It will support ankle and reduce swelling. See your doctor if it does not get better.
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Dr. Scott Keith
Dr. Scott Keith commented
Podiatry 45 years experience
Ice is good for the first 24-48 hours. After that the ice may actually slow the healing process. Once the swelling goes down, the ankle loses the protection from mobility the edema offers. To replace it, some type of brace or wrap may be necessary to prevent reinjury and accelerate healing. Depending on the age of the patient and the age of the injury, imaging may be warranted.
Jul 16, 2018
Last updated Dec 15, 2020


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