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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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I fell while moving a box and my foot / ankle went side ways but the outer side of my ankle has swelling and bruising what should I do?

I fell while moving a box and my foot / ankle went side ways but the outer side of my ankle has swelling and bruising what should I do?

Hope You Like Rice.: The swelling and bruising are both very good indicators that your ankle has been injured. The immediate treatment is using the RICE principles as your guide. Rest your foot. Ice application with some mild Compression. Finally, Elevate your foot. This should minimize the bruising and swelling as well as offering some pain relief. X-ray evaluation may or may not reveal an underlying fracture. ...Read more

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There is pain in my ankle but no swelling or bruising. What could it be?

There is pain in my ankle but no swelling or bruising. What could it be?

Ankle pain: Different types of arthritis, sprains/strains, bone tumors could all cause ankle pain minus the swelling or bruising. I would recommend evaluation by a podiatrist or foot/ankle orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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Severe ankle pain, massive swelling and bruising. Can't move ankle. Inconclusive mri. What does this mean?

Severe ankle pain, massive swelling and bruising. Can't move ankle. Inconclusive mri. What does this mean?

Severe sprain: This sounds like a third degree (possibly second degree) sprain involving teating of the supporting ligament of the ankle and pooling of blood either into the musvle or the ankle joint itself. Obtain immediate orthopedic evaluation. Advise immediate rest, ice, compression and elevation, aircast splint and er if symtoms worsen. Ok to use advol or aleve (naproxen) for pain and swelling. ...Read more

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I was kicked in soccer on the talus my ankle has slight swelling and bruising. I am able to walol with out pain. How should I treat it?

I was kicked in soccer on the talus my ankle has slight swelling and bruising. I am able to walol with out pain. How should I treat it?

A little TLC: Greetings CPennington,

Your description of slight swelling and bruising with no pain would suggest no fracture, which is good. I would recommend taking it easy, however, providing elevation, a cold pack for 24 hours, followed by heat to aid in healing. If any pain develops in the next 24 hours, I would recommend seeing a physician to be sure there is no small break or crack. ...Read more

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Ankle pain, swelling and randomly bruising. Being told I'm too young to have any "problems". I've had multiple fractures and sprains in the past?

Ankle pain, swelling and randomly bruising. Being told I'm too young to have any "problems". I've had multiple fractures and sprains in the past?

Chronicle ankle pain: You should be seen by a "real doctor." You may need an MRI to assess soft tissue damage in the ankle. "Problems" are usually not age determinate. Whoever told you that. ..stay away, assuming it was a doc. Go see a podiatrist or orthopedist for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have severe pain anytime I walk in my left foot. It is two inches from ankle bone. Slight swelling and bruising. No injury occurred.

I have severe pain anytime I walk in my left foot. It is two inches from ankle bone. Slight swelling and bruising. No injury occurred.

Multiple causes: There are too many things that could cause the symptoms you are having. The pain could be from a tendon, joint, or a biomechanical issue. See your local dr. ...Read more

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My son is a swimmer and when pushing off during the backstroke he has injured the top of his foot around ankle there is no swelling or bruising what c?

My son is a swimmer and when pushing off during the backstroke he has injured the top of his foot around ankle there is no swelling or bruising what c?

Maybe tendonitis: Depending on how hard he hit the side of the pool when he was practicing he could have just bruised the top of his foot, he could have injured either a tendon or a nerve in that area or he could have a small stress fracture. If he is in a competive situation I would have it evaluated by a sports medicine podiatrist in your area. ...Read more

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I had a metal hitch drop on top of my ankle/foot. Severe pain, swelling, bruising and numbness in toes. What could it be?

I had a metal hitch drop on top of my ankle/foot. Severe pain, swelling, bruising and numbness in toes. What could it be?

Depends: Numbness can be caused fro swelling Crush injuries are always tough. If it doesn't improve or gets worse over the next 2-3 days, have it checked for any fractures. Use ice, rest and NSAIDS. ...Read more

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My cousin kicked me while we were going for the ball playing soccer my foot/ankle hurts severely some swelling no bruising happened 5 days ago?

My cousin kicked me while we were going for the ball playing soccer my foot/ankle hurts severely some swelling no bruising happened 5 days ago?

Show your parents so: That they can decide if you need medical care RCE. REST- the foot. Avoid activities requiring use of ankle. Can apply warmth since you are 5 days out. COMPRESSION- Wrap foot, ankle & lower leg w ace wrap. Make sure it is not so tight that it decreases your circulation. ELEVATE- elevate ankle above your heart. Can prop on pillow. ...Read more

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Foot sore on top at "bend" between leg. Deep, dull pain close to ankle bone. No bruising/swelling. X-ray show no fractures. Able to walk, hop, etc?

Foot sore on top at "bend" between leg. Deep, dull pain close to ankle bone. No bruising/swelling. X-ray show no fractures. Able to walk, hop, etc?

Possibly impingement: The anterior ankle joint may become painful when the foot is excessively dorsiflexed during activity. The soft tissue or joint capsule becomes "pinched" between the tibia (leg) and the talus (foot) causing pain. X-rays will show no fracture due to only soft tissue involvement. Typically minimal swelling or bruising. ...Read more

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What causes random ankle swelling?

What causes random ankle swelling?

Blood pressure: High blood pressure or leg hanging down for long periods are common causes of ankle swelling. ...Read more

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What could cause ankle swelling at 66?

Many causes: There are many different causes for ankle swelling including poor circulation, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, high blood pressure etc. There are also other non-serious causes such as inactivity, sitting in a position with your feet hanging down.

The bottom line is to have him/her seek medical attention and have a complete physical to determine what is causing the swelling. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is ankle swelling?

Swelling: The term swelling means increased fluid in the area. This can be fluid retention from high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney, thyroid, or other gland disorders, if the swelling is painful and only at the ankle, with ankle tenderness, it could be arthritis. ...Read more

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What are potential causes of ankle swelling?

What are potential causes of ankle swelling?

See below: Injury, bad valves in the veins, varicose veins, kidney disease, heart disease. ...Read more

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Difference of pedal edema or ankle swelling?

Difference of pedal edema or ankle swelling?

Local or general: Pedal edema is how doctors refer to swollen feet. Pregnant women often get pedal edema as their pregnancy progresses heart disease circulation problems etc.
Ankle get swelling because you have sprain ankle. ...Read more

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What does foot numbness and ankle swelling indicate?

What does foot numbness and ankle swelling indicate?

Can indicate many: Things and may or may not be related. In short - you should see a doctor. The differential diagnosis is long....But, these are signs you should be under a doctors care. ...Read more

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Left leg middle of shin and ankle swelling and pain?

Left leg middle of shin and ankle swelling and pain?

Leg pain: If not activity related could be related to blood clot (dvt), could be infectious such as cellulitis, or could be inflamed such as gout. Not enough information here to really be more definitive. ...Read more

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Could I be having a blood clot or just ankle swelling?

Could I be having a blood clot or just ankle swelling?

Calf pain: Blood clots, known as "deep venous thrombosis " or "dvt" can occur in the calf of the leg (one of the most common sites). Dvt's are characterized by pain, swelling and localized tenderness. Most commonly they occur after surgery, trauma, or prolonged periods of immobility (like a long airplane flight. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for a sprain with ankle swelling?

What is the best treatment for a sprain with ankle swelling?

Do these: Rest, icing, elastic ankle bracing keeping off of it and over-the-counter pain relievers may provide some relief. If it is not showing further improvement, get it checked out by a podiatrist or orthopedist. You may have injured or irritated more than your ankle. ...Read more

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Why is my foot still swollen but ankle swelling is almost gone?

Why is my foot still swollen but ankle swelling is almost gone?

More Information: Without more information it is difficult to determine if there might be something more going on. It is important to know whether you had a injury and what type, what treatment you have had, and what diagnostic studies have been performed in order to gather a more clear picture. ...Read more

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I have ankle swelling and ankle pain. I did this playing soccer

I have ankle swelling and ankle pain. I did this playing soccer

Ankle swelling: And pain is a very common injury in those who play soccer. Frequently the supporting ankle ligaments are stretched, even injured, with rapid turns and pivots while running....let alone kicking. Elevate your ankle and apply ice (a bag of frozen peas works well) for 15 minutes 3 times a day. Brace for support. Avoid playing if painful. See Doc/Sports Med if persists 5-7 days. Stay well:) ...Read more

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What is the best way to get rid of feet and ankle swelling from edema?

What is the best way to get rid of feet and ankle swelling from edema?

Elevation: While at rest, compression while ambulating, restricting salt from your diet and consideration of a diuretic by your internist. ...Read more

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Is the ankle swelling I am experiencing a blood clot or sonething else?

Is the ankle swelling I am experiencing a blood clot or sonething else?

Not likely: Isolated ankle swelling may be, among other things, a result of gout, infection, arthritis, an osteochondral defect, or an injury. Swelling from a blood clot is more classically noted in the calf. It too may result in swelling of the ankle but is not isolated to the ankle. ...Read more

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I already have leg & ankle swelling should I take cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

No: You should only start an antibiotic as potent as Cipro (ciprofloxacin) under the direction of a physician. Have your doc evaluate the swelling first. ...Read more

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Unexplained ankle swelling in left foot. I'm not diabetic so what could it be?

Unexplained ankle swelling in left foot. I'm not diabetic so what could it be?

Ankle swelling: This could be from a previous injury or arthritic change in the ankle joint. You could also have a biomechanical imbalance that causes you to ambulate and put stress upon the ankle. A gait analysis, x-ray and or an if necessary an MRI can help to determine the source of the ankle swelling. ...Read more

Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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