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Is it unusual a severe sprained ankles bruising to get worse after 8 days?

Is it unusual a severe sprained ankles bruising to get worse after 8 days?

No, not normal: When your foot turns over on the leg, the ankle ligament (s) can stretch (sprain) or tear. The treatments for these two things are different and it is important to differentiate between the two. A foot and ankle specialist can often do this just by exam or with a special type of xray (stress inversion) or an arthrogram (joint study). Mri can differentiate between ligament sprain and tear best. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


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If my ankle didn't swell up or bruise, does that mean it wasn't sprained?

If my ankle didn't swell up or bruise, does that mean it wasn't sprained?

Not necessarily: You still could of sprained it....example: sometimes when I perform surgery patients get absolutely no swelling or pain, yet, I know I cut into their tissue..... ...Read more

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Ankle sprained is badly bruised, what to do?

Ankle sprained is badly bruised, what to do?

Ankle sprain: After an ankle sprain, ther is usually sweliing and brusing 'bleeding'. Reduce the swelling and bruising first with ice, compression and an ankle brace. Supportive shoes, massage, and then moist heat after a week. If still swollen have it evlauated by foot and ankle specialist. ...Read more

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Please explain why is the bruise on my sprained ankle not going away?

Please explain why is the bruise on my sprained ankle not going away?

Have it looked at: A sprain injury can result in redness, bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability of the involved area. An x-ray will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle over 4 years ago and it is still bruised like it was, is it normal?

I sprained my ankle over 4 years ago and it is still bruised like it was, is it normal?

No: Bruising is for 4 years is not normal, however it is possible what you are seeing is not bruising. There is a muscle on the top of the foot that can appear dark if you have fair skin and can look like a bruise. If you have pain associated with the bruising I recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation and xrays. They may also want to get an MRI. ...Read more

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Can it be normal for severe, sprained ankle bruising to get worse after 8 days?

Can it be normal for severe, sprained ankle bruising to get worse after 8 days?

Old bleeding.: Many times the initial bleeding is underneath the skin and in the deeper tissue. As this blood migrates through the tissue it may show up on the skin days after the initial injury. This does not necessarily represent continued bleeding. This should fade with another week or so. ...Read more

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I turned my ankle tumbling and its swelled, minorly bruised and I can't bear weight. What grade ankle sprain is this?

I turned my ankle tumbling and its swelled, minorly bruised and I can't bear weight. What grade ankle sprain is this?

Seek Examination: Unfortunately, your condition requires further examination. A clinical examination correlated with x-rays are needed to determine your ankle sprain grade if you have, in fact, actually sprained your ankle. For now, rest, ice, elevate and protect the extremity until you are able to see your doctor. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 2 years ago, and the bruising did not go away. I sprained the same one again a couple months ago, and bruising is worse.?

Chronic instability: Have you ever had any steroid injections? They can leave skin discoloration. Otherwise you may have suffered some underlying skin damage during the initial injury. Obviously there may also be ankle instability problems which have led to the second injury as well. It would be important for you to have a thorough examination and likely imaging studies with x-ray and MRI. ...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?

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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With an ankle sprain, can bruising come and go?

With an ankle sprain, can bruising come and go?

Yes: Yes, bruising can occur after a sprained ankle because the sprain is actually a tearing of ligaments around the ankle and the swelling around the ankle naturally builds up, and this could cause bruising, not necessarily only around the ankle but the entire foot too. ...Read more

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My question is what causes bone bruises & ankle sprains not to heal?

My question is what causes bone bruises & ankle sprains not to heal?

See below: It could be a number of factors including vitamin deficiency, poor blood flow, not enough rest. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I'm unsure if I have mildly sprained my ankle or just bruised the bone?

Depends: If you can walk on it without limping or pain I would not be concerned.
If swollen and painful then use ice and compression.
Consider seeing a podiatrist. ...Read more

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My husband sprained his ankle and bruised the talus bone 15 mos ago. It's still bothering him. What can he do?

My husband sprained his ankle and bruised the talus bone 15 mos ago. It's still bothering him. What can he do?

Let see if I can hel: When of the things could be the problem that he have ligament injury which did not healed. Other things could be have a small fracture of the cartilage in the talus did not healed. Check it out, both could be diagnose with MRI of the area. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 9 days ago. Bruising/swelling has almost gone all the way down. Now it's starting to itch, why? Is that normal?

Sprained my ankle 9 days ago. Bruising/swelling has almost gone all the way down. Now it's starting to itch, why? Is that normal?

Yez, , as long as U--: -have had it evaluated by an ortho, & there's no structural damage, don't worry. As the blood is adsorbed, it's common 2 have it itch. Also don't B surprised if there is some dark staining in the area it is due 2 an iron tattoo from the breakdown of hemoglobin. ...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.

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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I sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago and now it is bruised I have a game today what should I do? Should I play or sit out? It is our first game

Pain and dysfunction: If you can play with minimal pain and you have good function with running, jumping, cutting, etc., then you could play today. I would recommend you wear a lace-up brace while playing, at least for the next one month. Rehab is very important in preventing a future sprain, so begin a rehab program if you have not done so. If pain is moderate and your function is limited, then sit this game out. ...Read more

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A friend's son sprained his ankle. He is able to walk on it but it is swollen and bruised. Does that mean it is broken or this is normal?

A friend's son sprained his ankle. He is able to walk on it but it is swollen and bruised. Does that mean it is broken or this is normal?

Not normal: It is not normal, but it is nonspecific. Both a sprained ankle and a fractured ankle can cause bruising and swelling. A physical exam and xrsy are usually required to tell the difference unless it is clearly a mild sprain. ...Read more

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I believe my ankle is sprained but today I noticed I developed blistering (clear) over the bruised area. Is that normal or is it not a sprain?

I believe my ankle is sprained but today I noticed I developed blistering (clear) over the bruised area. Is that normal or is it not a sprain?

Consider a fracture: Blisters over an injured area are often suggestive of a fracture. A sprain does not typically cause blistering. However, if you applied something to the ankle like a neoprene brace, an ice pack for a lengthy period of time, a pain cream, etc., then those can cause blisters as well. If I can be of further help, then join my care team & virtual practice at
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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.

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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I mildly sprained my ankle (no bruising) and didn't take it seriously for about a month. Now there's no pain, just light swelling. How do I heal it?

I mildly sprained my ankle (no bruising) and didn't take it seriously for about a month. Now there's no pain, just light swelling. How do I heal it?

Ice: If pain is gone, that's a good sign. Ice 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, over and over should help with swelling. Also a compressive type ankle brace and elevation can help with the swelling. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle a month ago. Can walk without pain now, but hurts when I press the anterior part of the ankle. Also bruises after massaging it. Normal?

Sprained ankle a month ago. Can walk without pain now, but hurts when I press the anterior part of the ankle. Also bruises after massaging it. Normal?

ANKLE PAIN: Ankle sprains are part of a spectrum that involve injury to parts of the ligaments, tendons and bone. It is not unusual to still have pain in the area of trauma. The critical indicator is whether or not the severity of pain and swelling are decreasing. If so it is on Te mend. You still need to avoid impact activities until all pain is resolved ...Read more

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Should I get crutches I sprained my ankle I can walk as long as I don't bend it at all it hurts even like that its badly bruised and swollen what todo?

Should I get crutches I sprained my ankle I can walk as long as I don't bend it at all it hurts even like that its badly bruised and swollen what todo?

First: Thing to get is an x-ray to make sure there is no fracture. Rest, ice, compression and elevation will help. If hurts when bending the joint get it checked to make sure there is no complete rupture of ligaments. ...Read more

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Sprained my ankle 9 weeks ago in rugby still hurts bad is swollen and bruised why does it still hurt so bad what can I do to make it hurt less plezhel?

More than a sprain: It may be more than a sprain if it's still painful and swollen. Ankle sprains are actually tears of the ligaments around the ankle and they take 3-4 weeks to heal typically with proper treatment. If it takes longer, you may need to seek professional help, whether physical therapy, bracing, mri, possible damage to the cartilage or joint, or rule out other pathology. Hope this was helpful. ...Read more

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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?

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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Why is my leg bruising up after severe ankle sprain?

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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I have a Grade 3 sprained ankle, how long will it take for my bruising and swelling to go away?

I have a Grade 3 sprained ankle, how long will it take for my bruising and swelling to go away?

2-3 weeks: Bruising and swelling should improve in 2-3 weeks with rest, ice, compression. Stability for a grade 3 may take 2-3 months ...Read more

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

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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Should I stay off school with a sprained ankle? I can walk on it but it's quite painful and it's bruised and swollen. I have double pe.

Don't walk on it: Use crutches and no pe. Use an ace bandage and see a podiatrist to determine what grade of sprain it is. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle 12 days ago and still have bruising and swelling. I am walking on it but its' still stiff and painful. Is this normal?

I sprained my ankle 12 days ago and still have bruising and swelling. I am walking on it but its' still stiff and painful. Is this normal?

Highly variable time: Foot and toe swelling after a significant ankle sprain lingers until the ankle swelling diminishes, since it is in part due simply to the limited outflow capabilities of normal capacity. This is from the "blockage" of outflow and compression of the exiting pathways by the swollen and pressurized tissues around the ankle. Early icing, elevation, and compression will help the ankle swelling. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle last friday not have bruising in my to middletown does are you still getting numb and or cold to the touch is that normal?

I sprained my ankle last friday not have bruising in my to middletown does are you still getting numb and or cold to the touch is that normal?

Yes: Answer hard to decipher but it sounds like you sprained your ankle and have bruising and numbness into your toes.? This is fairly typical of moderate ankle sprains as the bleeding / swelling progresses w/ gravity into your foot. Numbness is usually caused by the swelling around digital nerves. It should go away as swelling subsides. See pcp or ors. Good luck! ...Read more

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


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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more