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Why is my ankle red and hot to the touch after an ankle sprain?

Why is my ankle red and hot to the touch after an ankle sprain?

Because there: Is an increase in blood that travels there, more swelling of tissues...L. ...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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Feet get red after walking. Veins buldging. Left foot and ankle discoloured since ankle sprain over three years ago. How do I prevent feet from redness?

Feet get red after walking. Veins buldging. Left foot and ankle discoloured since ankle sprain over three years ago. How do I prevent feet from redness?

Blood vessels.: There is a host of reasons why your feet get red and the veins bulge after walking. More than likely it is tied to the way the blood flows to the feet, supplies the tissues and then returns back up the leg. Medications, blood vessel health, capillary return are just a few possibilities. You would be best served to have a thorough evaluation before any action is taken. ...Read more

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2 weeks after an ankle sprain. I can stand on toes of that foot and swelling is down to 20%, but stinging pain when I touch the skin in front of talus?

2 weeks after an ankle sprain. I can stand on toes of that foot and swelling is down to 20%, but stinging pain when I touch the skin in front of talus?

Low ankle sprain: It sounds like you are recovering from a low ankle sprain. The pain you experience in the front of the ankle is most likely your anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) which is still healing. It can take weeks-months to fully recover from ankle sprains depending on the severity of the injury. Rest, ice, compression and elevation is the best nonoperative treatment for this. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle gone, dry and red 3 weeks later, what's wrong?

Sprained ankle gone, dry and red 3 weeks later, what's wrong?

If you: We're immobilized in a cast or otherwise it could be reaction to that. Ask doc who helped you. ...Read more

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two days at since I sprained my ankle the swelling around the outside off ankle is like a baseball and red. Other side isreditchyswallen, seedoc?

two days at since I sprained my ankle the swelling around the outside off ankle is like a baseball and red. Other side isreditchyswallen, seedoc?

See medical provider: It sounds like you may have a lateral ankle sprain, but when in doubt you should see a medical provider to determine if x-rays should be taken. You will also likely benefit from some support (brace or boot) to help stabilize the ankle. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle 3months ago. Pain got worse last night and hasn't changed now foot is turning red and warm. It isn't straight either.

Sprained ankle 3months ago. Pain got worse last night and hasn't changed now foot is turning red and warm. It isn't straight either.

Get off the chair.: I would suggest that you seek professional help immediately. There are several things that could be going on and all of them are bad. ...Read more

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3 months high ankle sprain now keep twisting and it burns and sharp pain in heal, hoot, deep pain in bone. Hurts to touch spots badly. Hurts when flat?

3 months high ankle sprain now keep twisting and it burns and sharp pain in heal, hoot, deep pain in bone. Hurts to touch spots badly. Hurts when flat?

Orthopedic surgeon: It's time to check your ankle and foot because of ongoing symptoms. Torn ligaments, tendonitis, fasciitis, stress fracture are possibilities. An orthopedic surgeon is best qualified to evaluate and treat you. ...Read more

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Bad ankle sprain 8 days ago, still pretty tender to touch but can bw on heel ok is it ok to go back to work @ job where on feet all day w?

Not ok: If area is still tender, you should continue to rest ankle. If you have not yet seen either a podiatrist, orthopedist or sports medicine specialist and/or had x-ray evaluation you should do so. Ankle sprains involve damaged ligaments and sometimes tendons around the joint. It takes a very long time for these to heal and professional care is highly recommended. ...Read more

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56 yo male sprained ankle it's been 5 days. Still less than 20% weight bearing today very red Started vomiting and running fever of 101.4?

56 yo male sprained ankle it's been 5 days. Still less than 20% weight bearing today very red Started vomiting and running fever of 101.4?

Go to the ER: This could be 'more' than a sprain, and now with a fever and vomiting, it has taken on a new level. Please go to an ER immediately, or call 911 for help. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle a month ago. Still limping it's not weight bearing still swollen red patches on my leg dead blood in foot entire leg goes numb

I sprained my ankle a month ago. Still limping it's not weight bearing still swollen red patches on my leg dead blood in foot entire leg goes numb

Consider CRPS: Dear Amanda,
Your symptoms are not typical of normal sprain healing. Pain out of proportion with color and sensation changes in the limb could represent complex regional pain syndrome or reflex sympathetic dystrophy. These conditions respond well to early treatment. Best Wishes. ...Read more

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Sprained ankle last month ER ruled out fracture going on 6 weeks swelling not going down red patches on leg foot and leg numb up to butt cheek worried

Sprained ankle last month ER ruled out fracture going on 6 weeks swelling not going down red patches on leg foot and leg numb up to butt cheek worried

Ankle injury: With ankle injuries, bones are only one level of concern. We also have to worry about the ligaments which are most commonly injured during an ankle sprain and will not show up on plain film x-rays. I would recommend that you immobilize the limb as much as possible and consult with your closest podiatrist. An MRI of the best in order to rule out soft tissue injuries. Good luck! ...Read more

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My sprained ankle isn't swollen, or red. But it pains me greatly to put any ki d of pressure on it. Any further suggestions?

Seek medical care: Most sprains are just that, sprains. If symptoms persists or weight bearing causes pain theses are considered "red flags" for more significant injury such as unrecognized fracture. See a sports medicine physician, orthopedist, podiatrist, family practice physiatrist or other qualified medical provider. ...Read more

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How long before I can resume physical activities after an ankle sprain?

How long before I can resume physical activities after an ankle sprain?

See below: Usually when the pain goes away and you can stand and walk with the ankle feeling stable. ...Read more

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Didn't take care after an ankle sprain or use crutches n limp around from day 1. Now, 6th week after sprain n still in pain. What can I do now?

Physical therapy: The best thing you can do 6 weeks after an ankle sprain and you are still having pain is physical therapy. You need to do rom exercises, balancing exercises, heat modalities, cold modalities, electrical stimulation. If these don't help, you may want to see your physician for nsaids or steroid injection to help with the inflammation and pain. ...Read more

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How long will pain in my leg last after an ankle sprain?

Depends: How bad the sprain was could be anywhere from day or two to couple of months. Rest, ice, compression, elevation immediately after the injury is helpful. Bracing the ankle is a good idea following a bad sprain, physical therapy can be helpful if there is residual pain. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

How long is it supposed to it take for swelling to subside after an ankle sprain?

Depends: For ankle sprains, I always tell my patients that the swelling is the last thing to go. In fact, there are patients who develop chronic swelling which never goes away after a sprain - and these may be patients who are completely functional, playing sports, working full time, etc. Having said that, it's always wise to get it checked out by your doctor if the swelling persists. ...Read more

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When to return to play after an ankle sprain.?

When to return to play after an ankle sprain.?

Progressive return: Once your pain & swelling is under control, you regain full range of motion & strength... You can use a home exercise program in many cases (band exercises, stretching, and balance) to help with the early stages of recovery, but as you return to sport (w/ brace) you should make sure you are able to perform the basics, before you try to fully practice/ play. If pain persists see md & have an x-ray. ...Read more

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Doctors can you tell me when should I go back to playing basketball after an ankle sprain?

See details: When the swelling and pain resolve, then you can return to full activities. ...Read more

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When after an ankle sprain can you play baseball?

When after an ankle sprain can you play baseball?

4 weeks typically: To heal a sprained ankle to play baseball quickly depends on severity of 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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11weeks after an ankle sprain been going to pt and for the past 2 weeks I've been having numbness in my foot I feel it the most when laying down. What is the possible cause?

11weeks after an ankle sprain been going to pt and for the past 2 weeks I've been having numbness in my foot I feel it the most when laying down. What is the possible cause?

Scarring on nerve: The fact that there is numbness described leads me to believe that there is nerve compressed. After 11 weeks from an ankle sprain, pain should have subsided unless as part of the healing ligament, scar tissue formed and adhesions may have developed and are now compressing the adjacent nerve. Get your ankle examined properly. An mri/ct would probably be best to examine the soft tissue. ...Read more

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How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

How should I go about returning to athletic play after an ankle sprain? Is a brace or athletic taping better?

Brace: A brace is a more secure way to protect your ankle from re-injury. Eventually taping will be ok but at the beginning it is best to have good support. Taping can be very strong, depending on who does it, but it is not as strong as a good brace. However, it depends on what athletic activity you are doing because the brace will limit your mobility more. ...Read more

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How long till I can play soccer or rugby after an ankle sprain. Sprained my ankle 7 weeks ago physio told me today I'm not allowed to play how long?

How long till I can play soccer or rugby after an ankle sprain. Sprained my ankle 7 weeks ago physio told me today I'm not allowed to play how long?

Function and pain: It's hard question to answer given no much information provided. If the sprain was mild and you've achieved pain free status with restored function, then you should be gradually starting to return to your pre-injury activities. Normally, 7 weeks would be enough time to recover in an uncomplicated ankle sprain, but you gotta be pain free and able to function enough to return back to playing. ...Read more

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What will happen to your injured foot if you rarely walk for months after an ankle sprain Could plantar f. and metatarsalgia occur once walking again?

What will happen to your injured foot if you rarely walk for months after an ankle sprain Could plantar f. and metatarsalgia occur once walking again?

Rehabilitation: When you injure a body part, the loss of strength, flexibility, balance, and cardio can be the cause of significant injuries as you begin to work out again. Typically a physical therapist can help reduce the loss of function as you recover safely. Dr Rich Blake ...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


Tactile (Definition)

Pleural fremitus is a palpable vibration of the wall of the thorax caused by friction between the parietal and visceral pleura of the lungs. See pleural friction rub for the auditory ...Read more