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Doctor insights on: Discoloration Around Ankles

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What can I use to get rid of the skin discoloration around my ankle cause by blood pigmentation?

What can I use to get rid of the skin discoloration around my ankle cause by blood pigmentation?

Compression stocking: This is a very difficult problem to correct, and resolves slowly over a long period of time. First get a doppler ultrasound venous exam to ascertain the underlying problem. Then compression stockings and elevation are helpful. Venous ablation may be appropriate depending on doppler finding. See a doctor specializing in vein care.

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I have a discoloration to my ankles, color is reddish and resembles small pin points. What could it be?

I have a discoloration to my ankles, color is reddish and resembles small pin points. What could it be?

Hemosideran deposit: With a condition we call chronic venous insufficiency, there can be a small amount of blood that can leak out of smaller veins. The blood is absorbed by your body, but the pigment gets left behind. It is like having a very small tattoo, which is permanent. Over time, you can get more and more of these spots and the ankles can take on a "rusty" color. See a doctor for some preventative measures.

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African american with discoloration on ankles, is this an allergic reaction?

African american with discoloration on ankles, is this an allergic reaction?

Probably not: Its possible but would need more info to determine that. If it is a dark discoloration on the inside of both ankles it is most likely due to venous insufficiency (often goes along with swelling in ankles and lower legs). Would need more info.

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I have a discoloration near my ankle. It has a different texture than the rest of the skin. I've had it for a few years now. What could it be?

I have a discoloration near my ankle. It has a different texture than the rest of the skin. I've had it for a few years now. What could it be?

Stasis: Stasis dermatitis typically affects middle-aged and elderly patients, rarely occurring before the fifth decade of life. An exception would be patients with acquired venous insufficiency due to surgery, trauma, or thrombosis. See your local dermatologist for treatment.

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Why would there still be pain, swelling, tightness and discoloration 2 years after ankle break?

Why would there still be pain, swelling, tightness and discoloration 2 years after ankle break?

Not unusual: Not unusual to have swelling and associated discoloration after ankle fracture. Pain is another issue and should be evaluated. See your podiatrist or orthopedist. Ps did you have surgery with hardware plates and screws?

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While walking downstairs my left ankle had pain. No swelling or discoloration?

While walking downstairs my left ankle had pain. No swelling or discoloration?

Mgt: It is probably sprained rather than broken, but if the pain continues, please see your PCP.

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Why is there still pain, swelling, tightness and discoloration 2 years after I broke my ankle?

Why is there still pain, swelling, tightness and discoloration 2 years after I broke my ankle?

You should follow up: With an ankle doctor. Discoloration and swelling can occur as blood vessles can break or tear and not heal 100 percent. But, you should find out if everything healed properly or if there is something that can be treated....

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I have some splotchy brownish discoloration on my calves between my knees and ankles. There's no swelling, itching or other problems.

Blood product stain.: The discolorations can range in shades of brown and yellow are due to of a protein that is normally found in the blood. It can leak into the skin for a multitude of reasons, mostly benign, and leave a phenomena known as hemosiderin staining. Trauma, hypertension and cardiovascular conditions are known to be involved, but not always. To remove all doubt, consult with a Healthtap dermatologist.

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After rolling my ankle a few days ago there is a dull pain and a little discoloration and I don't really want to go to the doctor what should I do?

After rolling my ankle a few days ago there is a dull pain and a little discoloration and I don't really want to go to the doctor what should I do?

RICE: Rice stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. Fairly good ankle braces are available over-the-counter. Discoloration comes from bleeding, either from a torn ligament or a fracture, so don't underestimate this injury. If improving quickly, then home rehab. Focused on range of motion, strengthening and balance are important. Rehab. Programs may be found online on quality medical sites.

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I sprained my ankle playing football 5 days back. I have been using ice packs but today I found bluish discoloration below the injury. Is it a concern?

I sprained my ankle playing football 5 days back. I have been using ice packs but today I found bluish discoloration below the injury. Is it a concern?

Gravity and fluid.: When blood gushes out of torn blood vessels, it will move between the layers of skin and tissues. Gravity will make sure that the trapped blood moves downward. It can take several days to see the full effect. I think you can stop with the ice now. The key is promote healing now and too much cold will delay the process of protein repair.

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What would cause discoloration to left ankle toes and calve almost looks like bruising and seems to be getting larger?

What would cause discoloration to left ankle toes and calve almost looks like bruising and seems to be getting larger?

Bruising: This maybe secondary to a medication you are taking or from trauma to your skin. You should see your dermatologist.

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What causes a swollen & painful ankle/foot WITHOUT any injury? Also discoloration/bruising on the inside ankle. Very hard to put any weight on it

Pain without injury: There can be many different reasons for pain and swelling to an area without trauma. Some common reasons are infection, tendonitis, gout, joint inflammation and reaction to an insect bite. I recommend being seen in person or virtually for a proper work-up, diagnosis and treatment plan. If you have a fever, pain out of proportion or see red streaking you will need immediate treatment.