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My sprained ankle has gotten a purple color and it hurts. Did I sprain it or break it?

My sprained ankle has gotten a purple color and it hurts. Did I sprain it or break it?

It could be both?: Color skin changes are natural sequance after sparing or braking your ankle, get an xray to find out if is broken. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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What can cause a sprained ankle to turn green and purple?

What can cause a sprained ankle to turn green and purple?

Brusing: The normal process by which a bruise heals is through the reabsorption of the hemoglobin from the injury. The varying colors is the breakdown of heme, which is the part of the red blood cells that carry iron. The colorations are the varying degrees of iron in the tissues from the injury. Time will only allow it to heal. Warm compresses increase circulation, which may help. ...Read more

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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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I was just diagnosed with a sprained ankle (right foot) now I have large purple blotches on my right foot on both sides under the ankle. What's wrong?

I was just diagnosed with a sprained ankle (right foot) now I have large purple blotches on my right foot on both sides under the ankle. What's wrong?

It is bruising: The purple blotching you describe sounds like bruising. You may have [just] sprained your ankle, but where pain, swelling and bruising is present, you want to make sure you do not have a more serious injury such as a dislocation or fracture. The way to do this is with x-rays. ...Read more

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I went to the ER yesterday afternoon with a sprained ankle. Is it normal for the swelling to have increase and my foot to have gone blue and purple?

I went to the ER yesterday afternoon with a sprained ankle. Is it normal for the swelling to have increase and my foot to have gone blue and purple?

Yes there is bleedin: The purple means that there’s been bleeding and tearing in the tissue. This is characteristic. You would told you will need ice, you will need to splint or even cast depending on the evaluation. I assume they said to ice it for the first 36 to 48 hours, elevate it and after that you can use heat ...Read more

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I went to the ER on Sunday after what I thought was an ankle sprain on Saturday. It's become a lot more purple due to bruises. Is that normal?

I went to the ER on Sunday after what I thought was an ankle sprain on Saturday. It's become a lot more purple due to bruises. Is that normal?

Totally normal: You may notice some increased bruising or swelling after the initial incident. This should resolve within a week ...Read more

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Ankle sprain/avulsion fractured talus - 1 wk later still slight swelling, pain if bearing weight - foot turns purple & throbs when standing. Normal?

Ankle sprain/avulsion fractured talus - 1 wk later still slight swelling, pain if bearing weight - foot turns purple & throbs when standing. Normal?

Ankle Injury: If you have an avulsion fracture of the talus it depends on the size of the avulsion. Not seeing your xray it is tough to recommend treatment. However, you need to get on crutches and be non weight bearing. When you stand the swelling has nowhere to go and stays in your foot. That's why elevation above the heart is essential. Also ice the ankle when you get the swelling down and keep it elevated. ...Read more

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Does pt for the break up of scar tissue on badly sprained ankle and fibula hurt?

Does pt for the break up of scar tissue on badly sprained ankle and fibula hurt?

Scar tissue therapy: There are a variety of techniques therapists use for breaking apart scarring. Typically, a therapist will work a little beyond your comfort zone every session to achieve maximum benefits. Ask them to give you exercises to do on your own to assist in removing scar tissue and improve your recovery! ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have an ankle sprain or break?

How can I tell if I have an ankle sprain or break?

X-rays are standard: To determine if there is a fracture. While some fracture lines can be hard to detect, most times if the x-ray taken after an injury is clear, it will be considered a sprain of the ligaments--especially if the ligaments are painful to the touch. ...Read more

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How long should a sprained ankle hurt when rotated?

Depends how bad: The sprain is. Sprained ankles could hurt for a couple of months. Need to make sure you are wearing a brace when walking, don't walk on injured ankles. ...Read more

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Subsequent to a month, should an ankle sprain still hurt?

Subsequent to a month, should an ankle sprain still hurt?

HOW TREATED?: Did you see a doctor, or did you hope it would get better on its own. If the latter, it can linger for a long, long time. ...Read more

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How much swelling occurs with an ankle sprain compared to a break?

How much swelling occurs with an ankle sprain compared to a break?

Can't tell: The amount of swelling may not be different. It often depends on the amount and type of injury ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 4 weeks ago still swollen and pain that shoots up my leg at times. Hurts to put a little weight on it?

Sprained ankle 4 weeks ago still swollen and pain that shoots up my leg at times. Hurts to put a little weight on it?

Perhaps: Yu should be suing crutches and not stepping on the ankle which sounds like its not a simple strain but rather a grade two or three. Ice as often as possible. Keep it elevated when possible. Is it wrapped up? If not, sounds like it should until the immediate swelling goes down. Walking on a badly sprained and can lead to chronic lateral ankle instability. ...Read more

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When do I know if fibula break and sprained ankle is completely healed. What should I be able to do? Still can't stand on both ankles

When do I know if fibula break and sprained ankle is completely healed. What should I be able to do? Still can't stand on both ankles

Maybe: Best test is to get a x-ray of your leg. You could potentially be able to walk and be able to do all sorts of task even with fractured fibula. ...Read more

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I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

I've had hard cast for 4 week for severely sprained ankle still hurts, when it comes off fri. Will I be able to put weight on. How long for pain stop?

You should be ok: You'll probably get a walking splint & be scheduled for intensive physical therapy. Let your doc know about your pain, & do keep your therapy appointments. Your sprain should be healing well. I hope that helps. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle still hurts after 2 months. What can I do?

Sprained ankle still hurts after 2 months. What can I do?

Get re-evaluated: If there was a severe sprain weeks back, it is a soft tissue injury. But you may have had an undetected bone/joint injury as well. The instability created by that kind of injury will cause a change in gait which can also affect the leg. You need to get rechecked. Options for treatment may include conservative means such as bracing or if the injury is severe, surgery may be warranted. ...Read more

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How harmful for your health is a sprained ankle suppose to hurt?

Severity of sprain: Depends on the severity and your body's response with swelling. Mild sprains may hurt, but the pain can usually be controlled quickly with icing, compression wraps, rest, antiinflammatory meds and bracing. More severe sprains can have lots of swelling and may need longer for pain to decrease. Generally a severe sprain will have a feeling of instability or unsteadyness with ambulation. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle two and a half weeks ago. Still hurts and limping?  

Sprained ankle two and a half weeks ago. Still hurts and limping?  

Ankle Sprain: You may have a moderate to severe ankle sprain, which can require some form of immobilization (with or without nonweightweight bearing protocol) for 6 to 8 weeks or sometimes even surgery (if it does not heal on its own). Please see a reputable ankle specialist ASAP. ...Read more

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Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

It depends...: Some sprains are severe, involve multiple ligaments and create joint instability, possibly requiring surgery. Some are very mild and only involve rest. The same variability occurs with fractures. Some fractures are unstable and require hardware fixation. Some fractures only require brief immobilization. The key is an accurate diagnosis, very specific treatment advice and often rehabilitation. ...Read more

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Why does past sprained ankle hurt randomly for me?

Sprained: If you sprain it easily or frequently you have chronic lateral ankle instability if this was one time did you get it checked? If not I suggest you do. In mean time try rest, ice, compression and elevation. ...Read more

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How long should I wear the compression bandage for? Sprained ankle 2 weeks ago. Still hurts a little not nearly as bad. Only A tiny bit swollen now

A good Start.: Still a little pain and swelling means that the ankle is still unstable. Two weeks is not enough time for a sprain of any substance. You may have to go 4 to 6 weeks for optimum recovery. Of course this is only guess work since you have not disclosed the severity of the sprain. You might try a little heat to speed the healing up. ...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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