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Should I go to ER for swelling after a ligament tear?

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Published At May 17, 2018
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Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I tore my MCL last week and the ER doctor told me to stay off of it for at least three days. I did so, starting to use it three days later for about three hours. The swelling my foot has encountered since then has been extreme. If I elevate and do not use it for four to six hours, the swelling recedes, but if I use it at all, my foot and ankle puff back up. I have been elevating it, icing it, and trying to stay off of it. What should I do? Should I go back to the ER?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • In general, an MCL (medial collateral ligament) tear, even it was small, requires at least one to two months of rest if you do not bear any weight on the injured leg.
  • If the injury was small, it heals without any requirement for surgery.
  • If the tear was large enough to cause pain and a delay in healing, it will require a surgical correction.
  • diet rich in protein will help you heal faster.
  • Until then, I suggest taking tablet Diclofenac twice daily for five days and tablet Chymoral forte (Trypsin and Chymotrypsin) twice daily for five days for the swelling.

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Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod
Dr. Settipalli Saravan Pramod

Internal Medicine

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