Ankle Sprain

An ankle sprain occurs when the ankle slips or twists in an unexpected way. It can cause pain, swelling, and the person may feel uncomfortable while walking (limited range of motion) due to the tear in the ligaments that help the ankles to hold the bone. It will get better by taking rest, giving ice packs, and taking pain relievers.

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How to treat an injured ankle that is swollen and painful?

Query: Hi doctor, Before seven months, I sprained my ankle due to a track and field injury. I postponed crutches for a week due to a trip the following day, but went on crutches the next week. I never went to see a doctor. I just went through PT with my athletic trainer. I spent three weeks without rigorou...  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have mentioned injury to the ankle region, which has been managed by you and your therapist. Essentially, if one is able to ambulate after an injury, this is usually a ligament injury and not involving the bones. But, in my opinion, x-ray of the involved region sho...  Read Full »

I got an injection for a sprained ankle. There is numbness and pain at the injection site. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, A few days ago, I sprained my ankle, and got an injection. Four days later, a part of my left buttock is numb, and I still feel a bit of pain at the injection site. However, this is not the only problem I am facing; my lower right abdomen is painful on pressing, and discharge mixed wit...  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Local infection at the injection site is not uncommon, and the treatment is based on the extent of inflammation and infection. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications are required. Please send me some photos of the injection site. From what you mentioned, dischar...  Read Full »

I feel pain around the ankle region, which got sprained five months back. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I sprained my ankle around five months back. The pain never really went away completely. Then in the last few weeks, it has slowly become more painful. Is there a reason for this, and what can I do? Kindly help. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You mentioned pain around your ankle region, which was injured five months back. Although there is no reason to have pain around the same ankle, there could have been some joint injuries, etc., which can cause late symptoms. Also, sometimes it is the ankle instabilit...  Read Full »

I sprained my ankle two months ago. But my ankle is still swollen. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I sprained my ankle two months ago, and the ankle swelled up. The swelling went down a little, and it still is swollen. According to my doctor, it is just a stretch in the ligament, and resting at home would help improve it. Is it normal to have a swollen ankle for this duration? What...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. I understand your concern. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Keep your legs and ankle elevated. Use an air-stirrup ankle support brace or orthosis. You can wear shoes over it too. Apply ice thrice daily for tw...  Read Full »

I sprained my ankle very badly and got cast for one week. When will I be able to walk normally?

Query: Hi doctor, Last week I sprained my ankle very badly, and it was swollen. I thought it popped out, but luckily it was not. I got an X-ray, and nothing was broken. I got a cast, and yesterday it was removed and replaced with a bandage. I still walk using walking sticks, and it is still swollen. I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Nigam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Ankle joint injuries without any evidence of bony injury in the X-rays are mostly soft tissue or ligamentous injuries. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) of the ankle and foot would be the best investigation for knowing the exact location of tendons or soft tissues. Swel...  Read Full »

I have been suffering from swollen and discolored foot. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I fell during my netball game last week, and my ankle cracked and became swollen. So I went to the hospital and had an X-ray done. They did not examine me because they thought my ankle was not fractured. But today I cannot move my foot as it is swollen, and I also noticed discoloration...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. This is an ankle sprain. I suggest you to follow a few instructions mentioned below. Keep the leg elevated. Use ankle stirrup brace. Apply ice pack thrice daily for two days. Take tablet Piroxicam (nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug)...  Read Full »

Why are my medial malleolus and calcaneus swollen?

Query: Hello doctor,My medial malleolus and calcaneus are swollen. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The common cause of swelling in the medial malleoli are ankle sprain and strain. Gout needs to be investigated with the help of serum uric acid and an X-ray. I suggest you apply Crepe Bandages and take Naprosyn (Naproxen) 500 mg twice daily. Consult...  Read Full »

My ankle is sprained, swollen, and shows bruising with pain. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have got a grade three sprain in my ankle while I was playing volleyball about three weeks ago. It has been hurting since it happened, and I thought it was getting better, but it is starting to hurt quite a bit more. It has been swollen since it happened, and it had a lot of bruisin...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. If there is bruising, swelling, and pain increasing gradually, then internal injuries can be suspected, There will be a significant change in movement in case of fracture and it becomes very difficult to move or walk. In both these cases, pla...  Read Full »

What are the surgical options available for a sprained ankle?

Query: Hello doctor, I am looking for a second opinion for surgical options for a grade 3 sprained ankle. I have attached herewith the MRI results. The results show a ruptured anterior tibiofibular ligament and a partial tear of the posterior tibiofibular ligament with disruption of distal tibiofibular sy...  Read Full »

Dr. Sharoff Lokesh Mohan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the images you have provided (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I think only the anterior tibiofibular ligament has ruptured and all the other ligaments are sprained only. I would suggest you manage it non-surgically as all the oth...  Read Full »

I had a sprain in my ankle six months ago and have not recovered. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I had a sprain in my ankle six months ago and did not undergo any surgery then, but I still have not recovered. So I wanted to know if there are any improvements based on the new MRI or if surgery is recommended or not at this point? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Anuj Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Kindly elaborate more about your symptoms and the exact point of pain in your ankle. Then, you can mark the point in your ankle and send a picture. Also, do you experience maximum pain while walking on uneven surfaces? Kindly revert. Thank y...  Read Full »

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