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A 24-year-old female asked:

on 5/4, i was sparring at a karate tournament and my ankle hit my partner's knee. my ankle became bruised and swollen and it hurts to walk and touch it. what should i do?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Duration suggests...: ...Possible problem. Just cannot say if bone bruise or fracture over internet. Likely best to go to urgent care for exam and x-ray to be sure do not need more specific orthopedic treatment.
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
Contusion vs fractur: Most likely just a contusion . Elevate , ice and rest for a few days. Will slowly resolve. If however, you hit with great force, heard/felt a "snap" and aurere unable to walkon it an xray is in order to rule out a more severe injury like a fracture.
Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 35 years experience
Sparring: This was quite a while ago. You should seek medical care and x rays.

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