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Weird purple marks above my right ankle, what are they? Not itchy, and no ankle sprain.

Weird purple marks above my right ankle, what are they? Not itchy, and no ankle sprain.

Stasis Dermatitis: Without seeing a picture, the more common reason for seeing purple near an ankle is likely related to some venous insufficency and hemosiderin (iron) deposition in the skin staining the skin. However, any pigmentation of skin should always be examined by a dermatologist to ensure there is no malignant lesions. ...Read more

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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

Ligaments attach the foot to the leg. Ankle sprain is an injury where the foot turns over on the leg and these ligament(s) get stretched out. Important in diagnosing is to determine if it is just a sprain where the ligaments are stretched versus a tear where ...Read more


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Is it normal for my sprained ankle to be itching?

Many possibilities: There are many things that could cause the skin to itch. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep injury elevated
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Signs of infections in a sprained ankle?

Many possibilities: Pains, redness, inflammation, swelling, scaling, blistering, and having an itchy sensation are signs of a possible infection. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How long should it take for a sprained ankle to heal, typically?

How long should it take for a sprained ankle to heal, typically?

Depends on the grade: Depending on the grade of severity of the sprain, it could take from 1 week to never unless properly treated. ...Read more

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Treating Jock Itch (Checklist)

Treat affected areas with a topical antifungal cream
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See a dermatologist for resistant or widespread cases
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How long is it supposed to it take for a sprained ankle to heal?

10 weeks: It depends on the severity of the injury. Sprains can be grade 1 (strained), 2 (partial tear), or 3 (complete disruption of the ligament). Grade 1 tears typically progresse at a rate of 8 to 10% per week for 10 to 12 weeks. A grade 3 tear can take up to a year. After a sprain, you should do ankle stengthening exercises to prevent re-injury from occurring when you return to full activity. ...Read more

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What are some things I can do to heal a sprained ankle?

What are some things I can do to heal a sprained ankle?

Treatment: There are a number of things to do, including: rest, ice, elevation, cross training when the pain gets better, and most importantly physical therapy. A foot and ankle surgeon can guide you on this. ...Read more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Move your body. Avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

Rest: If you can stand on the foot and raise up on your toes, you probable have a grade 1 or2 ankle sprain. You can treat this with rest , elevation, compression and ice. ...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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