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What could free fluid in an ankle after a severe inversion injury mean?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani answered

Specializes in Pain Management

Ankle inversion: Resting while elevating the injured ankle above heart level, compression such as with an ace wrap or preferably a more secure ankle splint, and ice usually help. Time is the limiting factor in most cases. Aspiration may be tried in severe cases but most of the fluid will return unless due to traumatic bleeding into the joint.

Answered 5/7/2013

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Dr. Donald Alves answered

Specializes in Emergency Medicine

Swelling: The only thing the body can do to protect itself is swell. It is an indicator of the presence of injury, but unfortunately does not hint at severity or specific problem, that is up to exam and imaging (usually mri) with interpretation by good orthopedist of foot/ankle specialist, like podiatrist.

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