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Sprain on ankle. No fracture seen on x-ray. Got fever and headache. Is this normal?

Feb 2014
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My 15 year old severely sprained his right ankle Friday night. After X-rays yesterday they said it wasn't broken. Today he is running a fever 102 and headache he has no other symptoms. Is this normal or related
Posted Sat, 9 Mar 2013 in Bones, Muscles and Joints
Answered by Dr. Saurabh Gupta 44 minutes later
Hi and welcome to XXXXXXX
Thanks for posting your query.

From description it seems to be soft tissue injury or ligament injury.
The sprained ankle and fever if it is associated with an increase in the swelling, pain and redness is indicative of an infection in the area. If the signs of active infection appear then consult your physician for appropriate treatment.

Meanwhile -
1. Do a hot compress on the area of injury.
2. Avoid weight bearing on the foot.
3. Keep the foot elevated on two pillows while resting.
4. Get some mild pain killers prescribed from your doctor.

Hope this will help you. Please do write back if you have any additional concerns.
If you do not have any clarifications, you can close the discussion and rate the answer and give your reviews.

Wishing you speedy recovery...

Dr Saurabh Gupta.
Orthopaedic Surgeon.

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