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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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Ankle Swelling (Definition)

Ankle swelling or edema around the ankle is fluid in the soft tissue and can have many causes such as injury, vein problems, heart ...Read more


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I sprained my knee two weeks ago. Is it normal for my ankle to swell?

I sprained my knee two weeks ago. Is it normal for my ankle to swell?

Yes: The inflammation and bleeding can travel down via gravity and settle in the ankle and foot. Many people that have a knee replacement will develop bruising in the bottom of the foot. If there is any calf pain/swelling or pain/swelling in the opper leg, you need to get it checked. ...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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Bruised swollen shin has made my ankle swell why?

Bruised swollen shin has made my ankle swell why?

Deep hematoma?: Sometimes a bruise is a hematoma, and if left untreated it can get infected - have a physician check it out. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with ankle tendonitis, now foot , ankle lower leg all swollen. ?

Diagnosed with ankle tendonitis, now foot , ankle lower leg all swollen. ?

Ankle smankle: You need to describe the location of the ankle tendonitis. Is it front, back, inside, outside painful to stand or move? What was done to confirm the diagnosis of tendonitis. If you are continuing to use the ankle is that motion now causing compensatory swelling? Or is something else really going on? A lot to think about but it will make your problem easier to solve. ...Read more

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I got high ankle sprain, 4 weeks ago.Booted. My heel looks crooked big bump, swollen and brusing on opposite of ankle. More painfull. Stepping hurts.

I got high ankle sprain, 4 weeks ago.Booted. My heel looks crooked big bump, swollen and brusing on opposite of ankle. More painfull. Stepping hurts.

More than a sprain: Who diagnosed the high ankle sprain? A bump on the heel not usually associated with high ankle sprain. Pain and deformity in the back of the ankle suggests an achilles injury or even heel bone fracture. A true high ankle sprain should always be evaluated by an orthopedic surgeon because sometimes they need surgery if the ligaments between the tibia and fibula are completely torn. ...Read more

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One month after fibula ankle fracture. I am partial weight bearing, on my feet more than normal today. Entire lower leg swollen, is it normal?

One month after  fibula ankle fracture. I am partial weight bearing, on  my feet more than normal today. Entire lower leg swollen, is it normal?

It could: Some persistent swelling is not unusual even a month after fracturing your ankle. You can also get swelling from not using your leg muscles like normal. If the swelling is a lot more than usual, and it is painful consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3mths ago xrayed no fracture, still in pain when I walk on the side of my ankle,and a bit swollen, help!

Sprained ankle 3mths ago xrayed no fracture, still in pain when I walk on the side of my ankle,and a bit swollen, help!

Sprained ankle 3 mo.: It's not clear that you have had any treatment for the sprain. The ankle ligament or ligaments were injured. You probably need to strengthen the muscles around the ankle to help stabilize it while walking. If you have not had any physical therapy, then you should try to get some therapy along with home exercises. ...Read more

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Swollen hard red lumps on lower legs & ankles swollen w/ very sore hip, knee & ankle joints. Mainly hurts after resting. One heel aches a lot flatfeet?

Swollen hard red lumps on lower legs & ankles swollen w/ very sore hip, knee & ankle joints. Mainly hurts after resting. One heel aches a lot flatfeet?

Needs to be checked : We do not have enough information to tell you what is causing your symptoms of swollen lumps and pain in the joints. We don't know how old you are and what other co existing condition you might have and if you are taking any medicine. Etc. We need a detailed history and physical exam and you may need blood test and if indicated some imaging like xrayes or others like MRI etc,Consult your doctor ...Read more

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Fractured fibula, high ankle sprain 5 wk. No surgery, immobilized, no weight. Still having signif. Foot swelling, numb toes and darker color top foot.

Fractured fibula, high ankle sprain 5 wk. No surgery, immobilized, no weight. Still having signif. Foot swelling, numb toes and darker color top foot.

NOrmal: Pain and swelling after a combined fracture/dislocation can persist for months. Follow up with ortho doc and xrays is required and pt is almost manidtory to regain motion and function. The numbness associated with a fracture sprain usually come from stretching the nerve(s) and may take up to a year to resolve. ...Read more

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Calcaneus fracture. Day 1 was only swollen around heel and ankle. Day 2 entire foot swollen. Day 3 bruise going up leg? Been keeping it elevated.

Calcaneus fracture. Day 1 was only swollen around heel and ankle. Day 2 entire foot swollen. Day 3 bruise going up leg? Been keeping it elevated.

Calc fracture: You need to wear a cam walker(= walking cast ) abd stay off of the foot with crutches. Next go see a foot & ankle specialist or orthopedist for x-rays. If the fracture is displaced, you may need surgical reduction for optimal outcomes. You are young, you need to do the right thing for your foot for it to serve you the years ahead. ...Read more

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Foot pain, started with Achilles tendon and now foot is swollen, hurts to bear weight and heel and arch of foot hurt, ankle area no longer hurts. ?

Foot pain, started with Achilles tendon and now foot is swollen, hurts to bear weight and heel and arch of foot hurt, ankle area no longer hurts.  ?

Stretches do help: A fellow sufferer here, as well as several MDs in our practice. The stretches on the link below do help, you will see progressive improvement. We all had a great deal of success with them. In fact I used to have relapses until I got religious about doing these. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/plantar-fasciitis/multimedia/foot-stretches-to-prevent-plantar-fasciitis/img-2000823 ...Read more

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Went over on ankle, got swollen toe and ball of toe, numbness, sore ankle. Pain when walking. What could this be?

Went over on ankle, got swollen toe and ball of toe, numbness, sore ankle. Pain when walking. What could this be?

You state: If I am reading correctly that you "went over on ankle" - then you ask what could it be...sounds like you just told us you sprained your ankle. Why the toe would be swollen I am not sure, but an xray would be in order for a swollen toe. "Ball of toe" = not sure what you mean by this.) ...Read more

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Two weeks after torn knee cartlidge. Now swelling of leg from knee down to foot.ankle is really swollen. Can this injury cause generalized swelling?

Two weeks after torn knee cartlidge. Now swelling of leg from knee down to foot.ankle is really swollen. Can this injury cause generalized swelling?

Blood clot?: Swelling of one lower leg, especially after an injury, can be a sign of a blood clot (deep vein thrombosis). This is serious, because if you have a DVT, parts of the clot can break off and spread through your circulation to your lungs, causing a pulmonary embolus, which is very dangerous! Please go to an ER now. ...Read more

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Injured right knee possible meniscus tear plus lcl. 24 hrs later foot is swollen. MRI in 2 days. Should I be worried about swelling in foot?

If it is only: in the foot and if it is not severe. If the swelling or pain extends into calf or it worsens, it could be DVT, so re-consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why my leg at the ankle is swollen?

Why my leg at the ankle is swollen?

Swelling: Can occur from many causes. I suggest you see your family dr. ...Read more

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Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!

Painful bumps on both shins. Now one swollen ankle. Had a strange rash a few weeks ago. Dr. Is at a loss. Had a blood panel done. Not abnormal. Help!

Erythema nodosum????: You need to see a rheumatologist. Looka like- erythema nodosum ( painful bumps), rash, arthritis involving ankle --- several infectious and non infectious diseases can do this. ...Read more

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83 yr female. One swollen ankle, burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

83 yr female.  One swollen ankle,  burning pain in back of heel and ankle. Kidneys, heart, BP good. Nearly everyday pitting edema in only one. Cause?

ANKLE PAIN: You want to go see a foot specialist such as a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedics because you might have a possible fracture, severe ankle sprain, cellulitis or vascular condition. The only way to diagnose these condition is by a physical exam , blood work, cultures if open wound followed with diagnostic/radiographic testing. ...Read more

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My legs have started aching at night. Now one ankle feels swollen. What could be wrong?

My legs have started aching at night. Now one ankle feels swollen. What could be wrong?

A lot.: You are diabetic and have neuropathy. You are on a diuretic for water retention. I would have to know more about your medical history, but leg pain at night is usually an indication of circulatory issues. Again, many factors involved, weight, blood sugar, etc. My recommendation would be to follow up with your PC or Endocrinologist who may refer you to a Vascular Doc. ...Read more

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How to heal my swollen ankle?

Ankle swelling: Getting the proper diagnosis will then give you the best treatment plan you need. I recommend an exam if you are concerned! Best wishes! ...Read more

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My uric acid is 7.71 mg i play soccer and had many ankle injuries. i woke up with a swollen ankle with pain. this has happened couple of times?

Could be Gout: Need to see a rheumatologist, have the ankle aspirated and see if there are urate crystals.If this is [positive this is interval gout. If not then aspirate again with the next attack to see if this is gout ...Read more

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Sharp shooting pain from knee to mid thigh. Difficulty walking. Dx: o/a (r) knee from fall. Now swollen ankle, top of foot, pain in toes. Related?

Sharp shooting pain from knee to mid thigh. Difficulty walking. Dx: o/a (r) knee from fall. Now swollen ankle, top of foot, pain in toes. Related?

Possible OA feet ank: Possible oa in feet and ankles. Also could be pain for compensation due to oa in the knee which could alter your walking. See your doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why does my broken ankle after surgury one month still swollen?

Taking time to : Heal or possibly healing is delayed. You really need to direct this to your doctor. Perhaps physical therapy would help. ...Read more

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One of my ankles I sprained last year is weak and never healed right and always swollen. Now the other ankle I sprained. Why is this happening ?

One of my ankles I sprained last year is weak and never healed right and always swollen. Now the other ankle I sprained. Why is this happening ?

Somee trauma occurs: Purely by accident....did you trip over something or did you feel like your feet gave way? It mit be biomechanical or structural....your foot doctor/orthopedist should be able to give an opinoin on that, ...Read more

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A couple months about I tripped and sprained my ankle. It doesn't hurt anymore but my ankle is always swollen/ larger than my left one. What do I do?

A couple months about I tripped and sprained my ankle. It doesn't hurt anymore but my ankle is always swollen/ larger than my left one. What do I do?

Damaged goods.: A "couple" of months may not be enough time for your ankle to heal sufficiently enough for swelling to no longer be present. Sprains can cause soft tissue damage that in turn makes the ankle somewhat unstable. The swelling is a mechanism to deal with this. An ankle brace, heat and elevation may speed things along. To remove all doubt, have your ankle examined by a specialist. ...Read more

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I have swollen ankles and ones bruised but it doesn't hurt. Should i just leave it alone?

Chronic issues: This could be from the venous insufficiency - check with a vascular surgeon or a podiatrist for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my left foot/ankle is swollen. Why would only one of my ankles swell?

Should i be concerned if my left foot/ankle is swollen. Why would only one of my ankles swell?

Yes: Swelling and or pain is always a concern. It could be due to trauma or poor circulation. See a doctor. ...Read more

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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.

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

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I broke my ankle 2 months ago, had metal plate and 7 pins put in, I am walking ok with one stick, but my ankle is still swollen is this normal.

I broke my ankle 2 months ago, had metal plate and 7 pins put in,  I am walking ok with one stick, but my ankle is still swollen is this normal.

Yes.: Ankle fracture repair takes usually 6 weeks before you can start walking in fracture boot which you gradually move back to shoe with ankle brace with therapy. Swelling can take up to 6-12 months to go down but you should see a steady decrease in swelling over time if the bone properly healed. You will have to do your part with compressiveqrapsEpsonsoaksnsaidetc.Ifitdoesn'tgodowntheirmaybe problem. ...Read more

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