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
Dr. Thomas Deberardino answered
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
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.
Answered on Oct 12, 2020
Dr. Tracey Leaver-Williams answered
18 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
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.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. Payam Rafat answered
22 years experience Podiatry
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.
Answered on Nov 19, 2017
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I sprained my ankle abt a month now but i can still walk on the sprained leg but i feel slight pain when i touch the ankle and its swollen a little can this be a fracture and can it heal on its own
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