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I sprained my ankle 3 months ago. I had fusiotherapy setions.Why is my ankle still swollen?

I sprained my ankle 3 months ago. I had fusiotherapy setions.Why is my ankle still swollen?

Need MRI: Sounds like you have a more severe ankle sprain than they thought. U need advanced imaging and eval ligaments, syndesmosis and peroneal tendons. ...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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It has been almost three months since I sprained my ankle, and it's still swollen. What should I do?

It has been almost three months since I sprained my ankle, and it's still swollen. What should I do?

Orthopaedic 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. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle three months ago, but it's still painful and very noticeably swollen. Should i be worried?

I sprained my ankle three months ago, but it's still painful and very noticeably swollen. Should i be worried?

Unstable.: Pain and swelling, after three months, demonstrates that your ankle has been left unstable by the sprain. You are experiencing, your bodies way of treating, the instability. You need to have a thorough evaluation, with imaging studies, to appreciate the extent of the damage. In the meantime, RICE and supportive measures need to be taken. ...Read more

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Please explain why is my ankle still swollen 6 months after i sprained it?

Please explain why is my ankle still swollen 6 months after i sprained it?

Depends: It depends on the severity and cause of the injury. Need to see a podiatrist for exam and possible MRI to discover the problem. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 3 months ago. No pain now, walking fine, but that ankle is still a bit swollen. Should I worry about it?

Sprained my ankle 3 months ago.  No pain now, walking fine, but that ankle is still a bit swollen.  Should I worry about it?

See ur doctor : As we get older swelling may lady longer than usual but you must make sure your swelling isn't causes by something else such as your heart...u should see ur doc ...Read more

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Hi! About a month ago, we got an X-ray and found out I sprained my ankle. Right now, there's no pain but it is still swollen. Why is that? Thanks!

Hi! About a month ago, we got an X-ray and found out I sprained my ankle. Right now, there's no pain  but it is still swollen. Why is that? Thanks!

Depends on: severity of injury. If it is still swollen after one month, it sounds like a severe sprain. If there is no instability, the swelling should subside. If it persists, or if you develop worsening pain or any instability, return to your doctor for more tests. ...Read more

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I sprained my left ankle playing basketball a month ago and it does not hurt anymore but is still swollen. Can I start playing basketball again?

I sprained my left ankle playing basketball a month ago and it does not hurt anymore but is still swollen. Can I start playing basketball again?

Yes: typically 4 to 6 weeks recovery however should return with appropriate ankle taping to help support the ankle. Anticipate up to 4 months of reactive swelling. If this was a high ankle sprain need to wait more in the neighborhood of 8 to 12 weeks to return. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle due to soccer about 2 months ago. It got better than it was at first but it is still swollen and it hurts when i kick a soccer ball.

Sprained ankle: If you are still having swelling and pain two months after your injury, then it may be more than a sprain. Were you seen by a doctor for your injury? If you were then you should get a follow up exam. If you have not seen a doctor then it would be advisable to see an orthopedic doctor that works with athletes. ...Read more

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Fell hard on my ankle, was bruised and swollen badly for weeks. Three months later, ankle still swollen and a little sore, why? Wasn't sprained.

Consult your doctor: It is common for one to experience swelling and pain for several months following an ankle injury. Consult your physician to see what treatment options are best for you. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my ankle i sprained it 2 months ago it is still swollen bruised and i started physio 2 weeks ago and it ident helping what is wrong?

Therapy: 2 weeks of therapy isn't enough time to see if it will work. Mri is helpful if you didn't already have one to determine amount of ligament damage. I assume you have seen a doctor so you can always discuss your concerns with them. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle over a month ago and it is still swollen and bruises on and off. The other night i sat out due to pain from tumbling.

Persistent swelling: After an ankle sprain symptoms generally resolve in 1-2 weeks but it is not out of the ordinary to take up to 6-8 weeks. If you have been resting, the swelling should be done by now. If it is not improved, there may be more than just a sprain. Special x-rays or an MRI scan to look at the talus would be the next step in evaluation. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle like 2 to 3 months ago still a little swollen I could still play basketball but it's weak any little tweak & and it hurts is there a?

Sprained my ankle like 2 to 3 months ago still a little swollen I could still play basketball but it's weak any little tweak & and it hurts is there a?

Although: You say you could still play basketball, the point is you shouldn't, not when you are still feeling residual effects. It is also advisable when you are able to to return to ball playing you do so in a brace. Playing when you shouldn't could cause further ligament damage and permenant ankle instability and weakness. A proper rehab course to strengthen peroneal muscles should be undertaken. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a month ago my ankle is still a little swollen and I still get pretty bad pain but I was able to walk same day should I get a xray?

I sprained my ankle a month ago my ankle is still a little swollen and I still get pretty bad pain but I was able to walk same day should I get a xray?

Get it looked at: If you are 4 weeks out from your injury it should be feeling better. Sprains can take 6-8 weeks to heal, make sure you are doing range of motion exercises daily. But if you are still getting swelling and bad pain you could have injured the ligaments around the ankle which would need to be evaluated by a doctor. ...Read more

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About a month ago I sprained my ankle.(It was self diagnosed) It got swollen but there were no bruises. Now,it's still swollen. Is there a reason why?

ANKLE SPRAIN: IT MAY BE MORE THAN AN ANKLE SPRAIN! IT COULD BE A FRACTURE OR A LIGAMENT OR A TENDON TEAR (TENDONITIS). SEE YOUR PCP WHO MIGHT REFER YOU TO PHYSICAL THERAPIST FOR EXERCISES THAT WILL PROVE BENEFICIAL. BEST LUCK! ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle over 3 months ago in rugby i'm playing again it is still swollen bruised i can run but it i turn it wrong it hurt is it ok to play?

Ankle injury: I would suggest you see a doc. It's not right for it to hurt that long. Also, you need to wear protective wear while playing to avoid re-injury. ...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