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Medicine For Foot And Ankle Injuries
I have a swollen right foot and ankle no injury its been this way about a week. I was an iv drug user for awhile what could be the cause?
Does gabapentin treat a nerve injury (i have an suspected soft tissue injury in foot) or only reduce the pain till the time one is taking medicine?
Extremity trauma: Physical trauma to the soft tissues (skin, blood vessels, nerves, muscles, ligaments) joints, and or bones of the part of the body below the leg comprise foot and ankle injuries. ...Read more
Yes: See a podiatrist.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, and, no!: Certainly this is a weight and sporting activity question. I asume you are primarily considering running. Most of the sub-saharan african runners, who run barefoot, have done so for long periods of time, and are literally, lungs on sticks. Proper footwear is otherwise essential. Cannot even imagine my mountain bikling without footwear! ...Read more
Have an assessment: It's important that if there is a concern about a foot/ankle injury, you want an expert to evaluate and determine if there is any disruption in structure or if there is any normal function that is compromised. Proper triage, assessment, treatment and rehabilitation is important to keep you going. Left untreated, it can affect you long term. If in doubt, have it checked out. ...Read more
Need more info: Can't answer that without a lot more information. What happened...what hurts....how long.....swelling....limping....past treatments.... ...Read more
Exercise and bracing: Ankle sprains are the most common ligament injuries in sports and the most common injury in basketball. Studies show that completion of a program of physical therapy to restore motion, strength, and balance and continuing a maintenance program upon return to sports is the most effective way to reduce the risk of recurrent ankle sprains. Ankle bracing is an effective adjunct to therapy. ...Read more
What do I do about brown splotches on my feet and ankles from medicine allergy? I quit taking 5 days ago
If indeed the: Splotches are a result of the allergy, oftentimes as the allergy clears up so does the splotches. This is not always the case. If in doubt consult dermatologist. ...Read more
After sitting for a half hour or longer, when I get up to walk both my feet and ankles are painful. What could cause that? No injury or swelling.
Plantar fasciitis: Is the most likely culprit. It's hallmark is pain in the heel after rest. ...Read more
I have had an ankle injury for over 5years now. I did a series of treat, which only quieted the pain for a few months, now my feet feels stiff at times.
Need physical..: ..therapy or ankle exercises. You likely did not know to do ankle flexibility and strengthening exercises soon after your injury to maintain normal range of motion and muscle fiber conditioning. If you have pain, you may take some anti-inflammatory medicines such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. But ankle conditioning exercises will certainly improve your stiffness. ...Read more
Can be several: Tendonitis, capsulitis, and stress fractures are a few. ...Read more
Several: Bruising, swelling and pain on repeat inversion should be suspicious for ligament injury. Have it checked by a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...Read more
How long would you have to be taking a medicine to know if it is the cause for swollen feet/ankles? One side is worse than the other.
Depends: Some medications will cause an immediate same day reaction or allergic response. Others may not cause swelling at all. It depends on the specific medication and your personal medical history. Check in for a follow up with your prescribing doctor or a virtual consult if you are concerned. Best wishes! ...Read more
Is it possible to step wrong into a small hole in the pavement and get a soft tissue injury on the top of the foot? Ankle is fine. Thanks.
Injury possible: Lis franc ligament or bifricate ligament injury or sustain avulsion fracture ...Read more
I have very dark purple areas on both my ankles and the tops of my feet and half way up my calves.... I've had no injuries and not been bitten.?
If your ankles & feet are swollen for long periods of time is this something serious I should be worried about? It's not from an injury or anything.
I should be worried: If it was swollen in a short period of time because it could be related to heart, liver or kidney disease. Swollen for longer period of time could be due to orthostatic edema. Swelling of the ankles and feet is often an early symptom of venous insufficiency, a condition in which blood inadequately moves up the veins from the legs and feet up to the heart. See your doctor for confirmation. Best! ...Read more
Yes: It is not unusual to retain fluid as your activity is diminished. It generally resolves with normal activity. ...Read more
My knees and ankles are hurting due to flat feet, overpronation and old injuries. Is there a way to treat all of these conditions?
Sure: Seek out a sports podiatrist who can explain to you a treatment plan to strengthen your entire kinetic chain. ...Read more
Had an injury to my ankle years back and was taken to theater and screws were inserted till now but my feet is now paining and oozing what can I do?
See you surgeon: How long ago? The biggest concern would be infection any you should get it looked at. ...Read more
Feet inflammed and red whenever I am on them. Started with injury to left ankle. Get so red and hurt. Pvd testing neg, so many tests but no answers : (?
Not Related...: I don't think that your condition has not so much to do with your ankle injury, but more related to one of the many vasospastic conditions that can affect the blood flow to the extremities. Your best route is to be evaluated by a neurologist, physiatrist or possibly an endocrinologist. ...Read more
Questionable case.: I think this is a case for a Dr. Who can actually evaluate the areas involved. You need to have the nerves and the movements involved. Many cases it could be due to a positioning effect but to be sure you need it to be evaluated. ...Read more
What causes moderate achy pain in whole foot, ankle and shin? No swelling. No known injury. 29-f healthy.
If you spent more time than usual on your feet you may have created an overuse syndrome. ...Read more
What are the likely causes of my symtpom of no injury/no pain bruising on the inside of both feet just below the ankle?
Minor trauma: It could be where your shoes are rubbing. ...Read more
Hi have a throbbing pain in my foot and ankle, have had no injury or fall but very painful any advice would be appreciated?
Throbbing: Unfortunately there needs to be more history here. However, anything that is very painful merits an exam. Possibilities include stress fracture, tendonitis, gout, arrthritis, tarsal tunnel, vascular episode, to name just a few. See your podiatrist for an evaluation - sooner rather than later. ...Read more
I have no right ankle I am having problems with bearing weight or putting pressure or keep my foot warm no new injury?
Foot or Ankle?: The structure of you question is very confusing. I'm not sure of the relationship between your right ankle and your previously surgerized left ankle. Mainly, how it influences your foot's problem, whichever one it is. My comment is, it might mean that you have an issue with the main nerve that passes on the inside of the ankle and supplies much of the foot. Try to resubmit the question. ...Read more
I have flat foot and an ankle that hurts all the time due to an injury a long time ago but never heals properly. Should I use a brace? And what type?
I have an ankle injury and can't seem to bare much weight on my foot, but know my foot is not broken and don't want abcast. How can I ask for a boot?
Be seen: Be seen and examined and have an X-ray for a more specific diagnosis than an "ankle injury". Some injuries require no immobilization, others boots or casts, the restrictions on whether or not to bear weight are important as well. An accurate diagnosis will tl how it should be treated. ...Read more
I had a sudden onset of one leg, ankle and foot swelling. It is causing pain and a loss of flexibility in the ankle. No injury, long trips or infec.
Not debatable...: Whether or not you presently have these symptoms are had them in the past, an obvious concern is a possible blood clot. This dangerous condition can happen without a clear history of trauma, prolonged inactivity or for that matter, without any apparent reason at all. Regardless of the actual cause, the goal now is to have it evaluated immediately. Untreated, a DVT can have catastrophic effects. ...Read more
My ankle is deformed from past injury. My foot always goes red after being on it and is cold other times. Feet are cold and injured ankle hurts so bad?
May be vascular: This could be a circulatory issue. You would benefit from getting a vascular evaluation to see if that's the problem. ...Read more
Crocs are: For the most part very comfortable. There are medical versions which are a bit more supportive. I'd suggest that they are less likely to cause injury than the omnipresent flip-flop. ...Read more
Running shoe: Asics, brooks, saucony and mizuno are some of the best. ...Read more
Depends on foot:
Depending on your foot alignment, a running shoe that is either arch supporting (for people with flatfeet/pronated feet) or neutral arches (for people with high arches) is ideal.
The shoe should support the ankle well and you should feel safe wearing it on all types of terrain. It should be wide enough to accomodate all of your toes.
Minimalist and converse like cloth shoes are less than ideal. ...Read more