A 53-year-old female asked:
How long can swelling last with a sprained ankle? it's 6 weeks and still swollen. had x-rays and no breaks or fractures.
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Thomas Deberardinoanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
See Ortho Surgeon: You may have something else going on in your ankle such as instability (looseness), loose bodies, a cartilage lesion, or scar tissue that is causing swelling and flui accumulation within your ankle joint. Further or initial orthopaedic evaluation is warranted.
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Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williamsanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Months: Especially if you are not resting your ankle! also on occasion fractures do not show p on early xrays but can be seen later, if you are still having pain consider re-evaluation.
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Dr. Payam Rafatanswered
Podiatry 24 years experience
Have it evaluated.: Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. The x-rays may be falsely negative initially in cases of small stress fractures. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment.
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Last updated Oct 12, 2020
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