Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
Based on the description and your symptoms, I suspect that you could have suffered an Ankle sprain
resulting in soft tissue hematoma
The crack you felt could be due to an avulsion injury
of a ligament from the attached bone.
An Xray of the injured area will rule out any fracture
. If the Xrays are negative , you need an MRI
scan to know the status of the ligaments in the ankle joint.
The initial management of your condition is as follows -
• Protection – protect the injured area from further injury, by using a support or, in the case of an ankle injury
, wearing shoes that enclose and support your feet, such as lace-ups.
• Rest – stop the activity that caused the injury, and rest the injured joint or muscle. Avoid activity for the first 48 to 72 hours after injuring yourself.
• Ice – for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, apply ice wrapped in a damp towel to the injured area for 15 to 20 minutes every two to three hours during the day.
• Compression – compress or bandage the injured area to limit any swelling and movement that could damage it further. You can use a crepe bandage . It should be wrapped snugly around the affected area but not so tightly that it restricts blood flow. Remove the bandage before you go to sleep.
• Elevation – keep the injured area raised and supported on a pillow to help reduce swelling.
I suggest you to consult an orthopedic surgeon for further management.
Hope this information is helpful. Good day