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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

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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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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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Whole foot and ankle are purple after bad ankle sprain, is that safe/normal?

Whole foot and ankle are purple after bad ankle sprain, is that safe/normal?

Can be: A sprained ankle means that you have torn some or a lll of the ligaments holding ankle together. This can cause bleeding shows up as a bruise. Depending on how much bleeding there is after the injury can cause the foot to turn purple initially. It may look bad but if you can still feel it when you touch your foot and the foot is warm to touch it is normal. If not see a doc immediately to check. ...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.Whats 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.Whats 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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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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What makes a sprained ankle better?

What makes a sprained ankle better?

Ankle sprain: To heal a sprained ankle, it depends on the severity of the sprain. If its a chronically sprained ankle with constant pain and instability, it will take longer than a mild outside sprain. Usually 3-4 weeks of rest, icing, antiinflammatory meds (like advil (ibuprofen) or motrin), bracing or compressing wraps, with or without physical therapy should the starting treatment. Hope that helped! ...Read more

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How should I treat my sprained ankle?

How should I treat my sprained ankle?

R.I.C.E: Rest Ice Compression Elevation If there is ongoing pain on weight bearing after 3 days of above treatment, it is prudent to see a Doctor to organise X Rays. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/tc/ankle-sprain-treatment-overview ...Read more

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What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

What are some signs of a sprained ankle?

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

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more