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Is swelling in front of ankle & stiffness when dorsiflex normal? Sprain occurred 10 weeks ago. There's no pain but is def weaker then good side.

Is swelling in front of ankle & stiffness when dorsiflex normal? Sprain occurred 10 weeks ago. There's no pain but is def weaker then good side.

See a physician: Simple ankle sprains can sometimes result in long term problems. Depending on the severity of the sprain, you may have damaged the soft tissue around the ankle along with the bone. Once the joint cartilage is damaged, painful arthritis can develop down the line. I would recommend evaluation by either an orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist. ...Read more

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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain,but with ice, time , rest,& activity modification they heal over a few weeks,3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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How can I deal with ankle stiffness?

How can I  deal with ankle stiffness?

Gently get going: Stiffness of the ankle can be due to an underlying arthritis, or do to soft tissue/muscle stiffness. Symptomatic relief with warm soaks or heating pads, gentle movement of the ankle joint to loosen it up can help. An oral antiinfiammatory can provide temporary relief. If the ankle stiffness is consistent or worsens, seek care from your podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more

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Why do I have ankle stiffness in the morning?

Why do I have ankle stiffness in the morning?

Several reasons: If you have injured the ankle it could be a response to injury. It could be from arthritis. If it continues, you shoud see a doctor. ...Read more

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Please help! I have ankle stiffness in the morning?

Stiffness: This can be classic morning gel associated with arthritis. To be sure , see your podiatrist for an exam and x rays. ...Read more

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How to deal with ankle stiffness on airplane?

How to deal with ankle stiffness on airplane?

Motion: While sitting in your seat just move the ankle up and down to keep it in motion. ...Read more

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Why is it that my ankle stiffness diminishes when i run?

Ankle: The range of motion is simply good for it . But, as stated an exam to be sure it isn't something else is on order. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the ankle stiffness diminishes when i run?

A few thoughts...: Could be arthritis as some people have start-up stiffness that diminishes after they get going. Also if there is swelling that is a component this may decrease with activity and allow greater range of motion. Could also be tendinopathy/paratenonitis. I would need more information to get you a definitive diagnosis and treatment. Go to www.Orthodoc.Aaos.Org/footankle to make an appointment. ...Read more

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I'm wondering how to deal with ankle stiffness?

Heat and exercises: Heat may provide temporary relief as well as range of motion exercises or physical therapy. See specilaist if this persists for proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What can be done for ankle stiffness in the morning?

What can be done for ankle stiffness in the morning?

Stiffness: The right thing to do is see your podiatrist for an evaluation and x rays. I won't list a website - there are phone books for that ..... ...Read more

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Ankle stiffness diminishes with ankle circles, right?

Ankle stiffness diminishes with ankle circles, right?

Not always: Depending on the cause of the ankle stiffness, motion might help to remove some of the stiffness. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Stiffness Or Decreased Movement (Definition)

Stiffness is a symptom of inflammation surrounding a joint or muscle and making it more resistant to movement. Neurological disorders can sometimes cause stiffness. ...Read more