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Dr. Daniel Farber
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Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

Dr. Daniel Farber
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Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

Blood: Blood travels and spreads around the area of injury. It can go down all the way to the toes and if you've been elevating the leg, it can track upwards as well. Nothing to worry about. It will turn several pretty colors before it's done. ...Read more

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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

Sprains and strains are conditions in which a person has problems with his muscles (strains) and joints (sprains), such as pain, swelling, fractures, restricted movement, or joint instability, due to trauma or excessive exercise. The treatment ...Read more


Dr. Addagada Rao
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I have a malformation in my leg in the front. I have severe pain, bruising, pain while exercising, extreme pain if you squeeze my calf, and my leg is very hard and swollen. Ii had no trama except for a minor ankle sprain. Is it likely I have compartment s

Dr. Addagada Rao
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I have a malformation in my leg in the front. I have severe pain, bruising, pain while exercising, extreme pain if you squeeze my calf, and my leg is very hard and swollen. Ii had no trama except for a minor ankle sprain. Is it likely I have compartment s

Unlikely : Your malformation is not deep to cause it , compartment syndrome, is a acute emergency need immediate attention to prevent muscle and nerve damage, seen after vascular and joint replacement etc, result of obst to venous return due to muscle swelling , builds pressure inside , cause severe pain, swelling, loss of function if the compartment is not released, immediately. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
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It started off with an ankle sprain to this day I have chronic swelling and my leg is extremely hard. Also when you squeeze my leg it hurts terribly.. I had a grade 2 ankle sprain and it healed well. After going to pt a couple times i started bruising. Li

Dr. Ronald Oberman
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It started off with an ankle sprain to this day I have chronic swelling and my leg is extremely hard. Also when you squeeze my leg it hurts terribly.. I had a grade 2 ankle sprain and it healed well. After going to pt a couple times i started bruising. Li

Thrombophebitis: May be deep vein thrombophlebitis which is a clot in vein. This needs to be evaluated and tested for this now. Go to physician or er if after hours. A clot is considered a medical emergency. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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My father recently had a grade 3 ankle sprain. It hasn't gotten better. Now he has little yellow bruises up and down both legs. Sign of blood clot?

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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My father recently had a grade 3 ankle sprain. It hasn't gotten better. Now he has little yellow bruises up and down both legs. Sign of blood clot?

Likely not.: You intimate the "yellow bruises" are on both legs. Although possible, the likelihood of bilateral blood clots is not high, plus he only sprained one ankle. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Lisch
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Missed a large step and sprained my ankle its swollen but not severe. Its also bruising and a lot of pai. The pains going up the side of my leg help?

Dr. Randy Lisch
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Missed a large step and sprained my ankle its swollen but not severe. Its also bruising and a lot of pai. The pains going up the side of my leg help?

Read below: Make sure to ice, elevate ad compress this with an ace bandage for the first 48 hours. Stay off of this as much as possible. If this is still painful or the swelling increases, make sure to see your podiatrist or orthopedist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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Sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago. I have a tight pulling feeling near the bottom of the leg. No bruising or swelling left. ?

Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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Sounds like: the tendons are inflamed. typically the tendons at the back inside and outside of your ankle will get irritated after an ankle sprain. take nsaids, ice and stretch. also an ankle support goes a long way. your ankle will loosen up but can take 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kahan
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I recently sprained my ankle and its bruised along my foot and up the side of my leg, any tips on how to reduce the bruising as quickly as possible?

Dr. David Kahan
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I recently sprained my ankle and its bruised along my foot and up the side of my leg, any tips on how to reduce the bruising as quickly as possible?

Home therapy needed: I have to assume there are no broken bones. If this is not 100% true then a medical evaluation is needed before you do anything. Otherwise, by utilizing hot and cold contrast bath's this will help the bruising. You can either use a tub or just hot towel or heating pad and cold pack. Start with the hot for 3-4 minutes and then immediately cold for 3-4 minutes. Repeat 4 times, twice daily. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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I have a huge purple bruise on my leg with no pain, but a very small ball I can feel at touch.I sprained my ankle on the same leg yesterday. What is it?

Dr. Thomas Namey
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I have a huge purple bruise on my leg with no pain, but a very small ball I can feel at touch.I sprained my ankle on the same leg yesterday. What is it?

Bleeding from sprain: A sprain involves tearing, to some extent, the ligaments and possibly tendons around the ankle. Bleeding always occurs internally, but may be visible or not. The bruise with ball could represent a separate hematoma occuring with your injury, or seroma. If it doesn't go away, or your ankle cannot bear weight, see a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sanjay Patel
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I sprained my ankle a week tomorrow ankle still swollen but now I have bruises on the back of leg?

Dr. Sanjay Patel
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I sprained my ankle a week tomorrow  ankle still swollen but now I have bruises on the back of leg?

Bruised ankle: sounds like a significant injury. If you continue to have pain with swelling and difficulty bearing weight bearing, please see foot specialist for evaluation and xrays and proper treatment. for now at least elevate your foot and ice the area to reduce swelling and discomfort. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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I had a severe ankle sprain 9 months ago. 2 months later began training for full marathon b4 completely healed. Finished, but now i can't even walk without pain and bruising. Is this normal? How long?

Dr. Payam Rafat
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I had a severe ankle sprain 9 months ago. 2 months later began training for full marathon b4 completely healed. Finished, but now i can't even walk without pain and bruising. Is this normal? How long?

Have it re-evaluated: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves . Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more


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Ecchymoses (Definition)

Ecchymoses is also known as Bruise. Ecchymoses are bruises. Bruises are purple or red collections of blood under the skin that appear after blood vessels in the skin break, causing the blood to spread through the tissues ...Read more


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