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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Is mild pain in my ankle a sign of fracture?

Query: Hello doctor,I sprained my ankle while playing football about four days ago on one leg and around two weeks before on the other one. It has been healing for about four days, and I can walk and put weight on it. Still, there is acute inflammation and tenderness on the outside ankle bone. When I searc...  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you can walk, it is unlikely that you have a significant injury to the lateral malleolus. The primary indicator of a fracture is an inability to walk, massive swelling, and bruising over the outer ankle. However, you may need to use an ankle brace for a few weeks unt...  Read Full »

How to manage a swollen foot caused by accidental tripping?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 21-year-old who is 5'3" tall and weigh 65 kgs. My right foot is swollen after accidentally tripping on the stairs. I have not taken any medications yet. Please suggest what needs to be done?  Read Full »

Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and can understand your concern. Sudden accidentally tripping on the stairs can cause stretching of the ankle ligaments, called an ankle sprain. 1) Most ankle sprains can be managed at home through self-care using the R.I.C.E (rest, ice, comp...  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 »

Why is my sprained ankle swollen with pain and pressure sensation even after three weeks?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a sprain in my ankle three weeks ago. My ankle is still swollen slightly with mild pain and pressure. What is the issue? Please let me know. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. N. Ashok Viswanath

Answer: Hello, Welcome to understand your query.Repeated sprain over the same area can lead to increased instability and increased inflammation. If you do not have much pain, but if the swelling is still present, you can take an oral and topical anti-inflammatory (over-the-counter anti-inflamm...  Read Full »

I got a sprain in my ankle while playing soccer. Kindly help.

Query: Hi, I sprained my ankle while playing soccer. The ball hit the outside of my foot, causing my ankle to turn inward, and it popped few times. I also landed on it sideways in the same position. They took me to the hospital, where they told it was a moderate sprain. At first, it hurt to walk, but it di...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is very unlikely to be dislocated. The ankle joint is a very stable joint, and it will not be dislocated. And, the major fracture would have been much painful, and there would have been an inability to walk. So do not worry, I think it is just a feeling, not an ac...  Read Full »

Will I be able to play soccer after getting operated on for a ligament injury?

Query: Hello doctor, I have several issues with the ligaments in my ankle. I have ankle mobility issues, and I cannot lean my knee forward. I can rotate my ankle only with slight discomfort. I have no problem in walking on flat surfaces but I am not able to run. I have had a scan and have been told that s...  Read Full »

Dr. Suman Saurabh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your injury, and I hope you recover soon. As from history, I recollect the following points a) You feel laxity in ankle joint. b) Pain in sitting. c) Not able to run. d) You want to return to your sports activity soon. It seems that you ...  Read Full »

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 »

Why do I have a bump on the bone in my foot?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about a bone lump on my right foot in the tarsal area, probably talus, or calcaneus. I am not really sure. It is located on the right side of my right foot below the ankle joint. I am attaching pictures of me pointing at the spot. There is a small ganglion near it but I...  Read Full »

Dr. Firas Arnaout

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through the attachments (attachment removed to protect patient identity) I understand that you are concerned about a lump in your right midfoot on the outer side. The probable cause is a benign bony prominence. However, differential diagnoses include a...  Read Full »

What the cause of my ankle pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from left ankle pain. I have soreness and it is bruised. Sometimes, it is difficult to walk too. I am also suffering from lower back pain. I feel the pain from my ankle joint to my hip. I have a history of ankle pain, but it was on the right. Before two years, I had an arth...  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Chawla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your MRI (attachment removed to protect patient identity), there are arthritic changes seen in the joint between two small bones of the foot, that is, talus and navicular as well as in the posterior part of the tibia. This is the cause for ankle pain and swelling an...  Read Full »

I have difficulty in walking with swollen ankle. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 78-year-old male. My weight is 80 kg approximately, amd my height is 5.5 feet. During the last three months, I am facing difficulty in walking. This started one day after taking a walk, my feet swelled near the ankle area, this subsided after taking rest. However, after that...  Read Full »

Dr. Renjit George Marcus

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your pain. Did you happen to twist your leg or foot while walking? Do you have pain when you press the ankle? From what you say, it appears to be a neglected ankle sprain or an undisplaced fracture for which you should take an x-ray and see. An...  Read Full »

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