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Sprained Ankle Still Swollen After 3 Months
I have had a sprained ankle for three weeks and its still mildly swollen and causes me some pain some pain what should I do?
It may take months: Ankle/foot sprains are known to last longer than other parts of body because of their weight-bearing nature on every step you take. Mild sprain may last couple of wks, but severe ones may take months, good shoes/cushions, ankle support/aircast/braces may help. Elevate when u can. Motrin/aleve may easy pain/inflammation. If persistent/more severe, consult doc. My ankle sprain x5 months-still sore. ...Read more
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
4 weeks into a sprained ankle, still swollen, can walk with a limp, some pain. I can bare some weight but no great improvement. Is this normal?
Ankle sprain : I would say ankle sprains are drastically under treated. You are 4 weeks post injury still with pain and swelling. This cn lead to functional instability see your local podiatrist asap. ...Read more
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
Ortho evaluation now: If you have not already been evaluated by a sports medicine or fort and ankle orthopaedic specialist, you need to seek such an evaluation now. Most high ankle sprains, though slow to heal, should be resolved by 4 months. Stress x-rays and MRI may be indicated. You could have a concomitant injury to the cartilage within your ankle joint (mri best), and/or residual instability (stress x-rays). ...Read more
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
Hi i had a bad ankle sprain at the end of august now its february and its still a little swollen what do you think is wrong?
Have it reevaluated: Was the ankle x rayed? Usually severe sprains are treated with immobilization. Was yours? In any event, have the ankle reevaluated by an orthopedist. ...Read more
Sprained ankle 3 weeks ago still swollen and in pain is this normal in recovery? Have been using the price method and keeping it wrapped in banadge
Ankle Sprain: Not unusual to have it last 3 weeks, may last as long as 6-8 weeks if bad enough sprain. Some times sprains are significant enough to cause instability of the ankle. Physical therapy can help with the functional recovery from your ankle sprain and help prevent future sprains. Continue your current conservative care. Add range of motion exercises. If difficult in couple weeks get evaluated. ...Read more
I sprained ankle 4 days ago . Tear to lateral ligament . Still severely swollen, black and blue and painful. Shouldn't there be slight improvement by?
No: If you had a grade 3 sprain of your ankle ( severe) then you shouldn't expect much improvement @ 4 days.Swelling, discoloration are the norm. @ 2 wks you should be better but it may take 4-6 wks. For it to resolve.Consider seeing an orthopedic surgeon for evaluation, x-rays to rule out a fracture and treatment guidelines.Best of luck! ...Read more
Yes: You need to see a podiatrist to find out what's going on. ...Read more
How long does the swelling of a sprained ankle persist? I sprained my left ankle for the second time and after almost 5 weeks it is still swollen.
Fell & sprained ankle from 4ft drop. (No fx.) 6 wks later, still swollen & achy. Yesterday pain was severe to touch & movement. Today achy again. N?
I have sprained ankle almost 6 weeks but still swollen & can't walk without crutches. How long does it take to heal? Do i need to have MRI test?
Sprained ankle in dec.Had MRI a few days ago they said it looked normal. But my ankle is still swollen and pops everytime i tilt it. What could thisbe?
Swollen ankle: There can be a number of reasons your ankle swells, and pops. You may have subluxing tendons, instable subtalar joint, chronic ankle sprain, ankle arthritis, as well as some tendon pathology. You need to ask yourself if it hurts, if you feel unstable, and does it impede in your daily life? If so please continue to seek professional help. ...Read more
Had a very severe ankle sprain 6 wks ago with massive swelling. Still very swollen, have start up pain, and crepitus when moving it. What is this ?
Expected swelling: It is common to have residual ankle swelling after a severe sprain. Ligament injury can take many weeks to fully heal and may result in residual ankle instability. Formal physical therapy, supportive shoe wear, compression hose and elevation of the ankle at the end of the day are helpful. Rarely ligament reconstruction is necessary if persistent sprains occur and nonoperative measures fail. ...Read more
Ankle sprain for 6 weeks now and it's still swollen and I'm still in pain. And when I sprained it I heard a crack got a X-ray no break there any sugg?
See your doctor: Hi Peter, Sorry your ankle is hurting. The one thing I'd like to share is that an initial xray is not foolproof. You can have a break that isn't visible at first. Ongoing pain could be that your ankle needs more rest, but most physicians would recommend repeat imaging to be on the safe side. It may be a tendon rather than a bone that is injured. Good luck, hope it's better soon. ...Read more
The top of my foot still swollen 2 weeks after ankle sprain.Shooting needle pain when guetting up after elevating it.What could this be?
I had a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain 4 weeks ago, played on it 8 days later and now it is still swollen and painful. should I go to a doctor?
Sliding Scale: After 4 weeks or is it 3 weeks, it depends on the initial trauma date or the secondary trauma date, and it is still swollen and painful. Go figure. The swelling in your ankle is telling you this needs to be immobilized and right soon. Crutches would be nice until you can see an expert and have him (her) offer up a considered opinion and treatment plan. ...Read more
Is it normal for a possible ankle sprain to still be swollen, tender to the touch, burn an feel puffy or like theres fluid where it's swollen?
Yes. But may also be broken. You need an exam and an xray.
Seek an consult with an ankle specialist. ...Read more
Sprained ankle in dec. Had an MRI last week. They said it looked normal. But it's still swollen and pops everytime i tilt it. Wore a boot for few week?
MRIs not perfect:
You may wish a re-evaluation. Although most occult fractures, ligament injuries and osteochondral injuries usually show up on mri, tendon injuries can escape detection.
After 5 months we would expect a simple sprain to feel fairly normal. I would suggest another physical examination by a specialist and a repeat MRI if they feel it is warranted. ...Read more
Should my ankle sprain swelling have gone by day 5? Was only mild sprain could walk afterward, its just still really swollen and a little sore now.
How long can swelling last with a sprained ankle? It's 6 weeks and still swollen. Had x-rays and no breaks or fractures.
Is it normal for a high ankle sprain to still be swollen 3 months after the injury? I was diagnosed with a high ankle sprain after a taekwondo accident. I was put in a walking boot for 3 weeks and then in a lace up brace for several weeks. It was feeling
You : You could also get a stress-xray to see if there is any widening between the tibia and fibula which could represent a ligament injury. I think if your ankle is still swelling it is worth a trip back to your orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more
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
1wk after a severe ankle sprain, still swollen and bruised. Skin is tender and feels like burning. Cracks appeared bellow the swelled area. Normal?
Yes: Especially for severe ankle sprains. The cracks are from the swelling. I would have your ankle examined and possibly x/rayed to endure there are no broken bones. ...Read more
Severe ankle sprain 3 wks ago. Orthopedic put in cam walker. looked like a balloon when first injured it and still pretty swollen. Is this normal?
Not unusual.: Ankle sprains are categorized by amount and degree of injury. Your sprain was "severe" which means multiple soft tissue structures were injured and ankle stability compromised--thus the cam walker. Very common for this type of injury to swell and stay swollen for extended periods. Some patients have residual swelling long term after severe sprains. Physical therapy can be very beneficial. ...Read more
Sprained ankle 9weeks ago.Got X-ray and been wearing a brace.But it's still swollen and hurts to turn it.Been stretchingit.What could i need?Surgery?
Have it evaluated.: Ankle pain following and injury may last a long time. The pain may be due to a fracture, sprains, arthritis, or a soft tissue injury involving the tendon, ligaments or nerves . Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. Surgery may be an option in some cases. ...Read more
Sprained ankle may 2 still swollen, pain, tenderness the joint is very swollen limited range of motion talus keeps popping out snapping sound Sunday?
Ankle Sprain 1 Month: Amanda, you need to get xrays, and if negative, an MRI so see what is going on internally. You also should be in a below knee removable boot to rest the ankle. The popping and snapping can just be a sign of swelling moving around, but an exam can tell you if the tendons or ligaments are okay. Good luck. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more
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