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Doctor insights on: Bruising Up The Achilles Tendon After Sprain

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Swelling in left ankle near achilles tendon. No pain or discoloration. Started after I did jumping jacks. Could it be sprained/strained?

Swelling in left ankle near achilles tendon. No pain or discoloration. Started after I did jumping jacks. Could it be sprained/strained?

Probably not: Sprains and strains are invariably accompanied by pain. Painless swelling can have many causes . If it is exercise induced it could be a nearby joint capsule, tendon sheath enlarging. Some people also have some small defects in the fascia (tissue that forms compartments in the leg) and muscle can push through these areas during exercise. Bottom line, if it is not painful I would not worry. Dr. R ...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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My ankle is in severe pain, especially my Achilles' tendon, rolled ankle a week a ago, healed quick, lots of bruising, woke up tonight with pain.

My ankle is in severe pain, especially my Achilles' tendon, rolled ankle a week a ago, healed quick, lots of bruising, woke up tonight with pain.

Those darn ankles: Sounds to me like you have done some degree of damage to the soft tissue that envelops the ankle. There could also be some bone damage. I strongly suggest that you seek professional advice and treatment to minimize the possible effects of your injury. ...Read more

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I had a sprained Achilles' tendon 6 years ago in high school and it sometimes flares up and swells making it uncomfortable to walk what can I do?

I had a sprained Achilles' tendon 6 years ago in high school and it sometimes flares up and swells making it uncomfortable  to walk what can I do?

Achilles tendonitis: RICE, rest ice compression elevation, but with it being 6 years ago likely a chronic injury, will be difficult to get better. Try some Physical therapy for 6 to 8 weeks with the RICE and if not better get MRI may have a partial tear. Go to ER if pain or acute weakness gets suddenly worse. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 2 mos. ago and there is still slight pain a little swelling in the Achilles Tendon. Any guesses how much longer it'll take to heal?

Not healed...: As ankle sprains can come in varying degrees of severity, from very mild to very extreme, it is hard to tell just how long it will take you ankle to totally heel. More concerning, is that you are having some issues with your Achilles tendon. Your tendon may be showing signs of an early tendinitis, due to the change in tendon function. This change could be secondary to the unresolved ankle injury. ...Read more

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A nurse said I have badly pulled/sprained my Achilles tendon. It is really painful to walk on, she hasn't given me any crutches? Help?

A nurse said I have badly pulled/sprained my Achilles tendon. It is really painful to walk on, she hasn't given me any crutches? Help?

See a podiatrist: There could be a partial tear in the tendon or associated structures. I love our nurses, but you should see a doctor on this one. ...Read more

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Can having mulitple ankle sprains cause microtears in Achilles tendons?

Can having mulitple ankle sprains cause microtears in Achilles tendons?

Yes: Multiple ankle sprains can lead to micro tears in the achilles and other ligaments around the area. An MRI would indicate if you have torn the achilles and to what extent. ...Read more

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If I strained/sprained my Achilles tendons 10 years ago and they still get achey sometimes, is there anything I can do about that? Cause for concern?

Eccentric strength: You likely have some degeneration of your achilles which led to the "sprain" in the first place and now causes achy pain. Your sports med provider can prescribe a series of specific eccentric resistance exercises that have been shown in many studies to be the best non-surgical treatment for achilles tendinopathy. You are at slight higher risk for a complete tear, but i wouldn't be too concerned. ...Read more

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Tendon (Definition)

Tendons are made up of collagen and are the functional tissue that interfaces between muscles and bone. Muscles generate force that is transmitted through its tendon that inserts on a specific bone that is moved in the plane of the connecting joint made ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Ecchymoses (Definition)

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