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

Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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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


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Is it normal for my sprained ankle to be itching?

Dr. Payam Rafat
Board Certified, Podiatry
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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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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Signs of infections in a sprained ankle?

Dr. Payam Rafat
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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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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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How long should it take for a sprained ankle to heal, typically?

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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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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Dr. John Ayres
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How long is it supposed to it take for a sprained ankle to heal?

Dr. John Ayres
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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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Dr. Selene Parekh
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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What are some things I can do to heal a sprained ankle?

Dr. Selene Parekh
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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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Dr. Alan Ettinger
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What is the best way to take care of a sprained ankle?

Dr. Alan Ettinger
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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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Dr. Karl Mangold
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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Should I take medication for a lightly sprained ankle?

Dr. Karl Mangold
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No: Stick to rest, ice, compression, and elevation for a mild (i.e. Grade i) ankle sprain. Antiinflammatories or pain medications only treat the symptoms and don't improve the outcome so unless you need to take something for the pain, don't bother. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Twisted/sprained ankle symptoms all day. What do I do?

Dr. Alan Ettinger
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Seek medical care: If symptoms have persisted , i suggest you seek treatment. You may have a fracture or torn ligament. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
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What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Several: Pain, swelling, discoloration, difficulty in walking or standing. ...Read more

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