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Child with twisted foot and swelling. Severe bruising. Is it a normal healing process?

Hi, 11 yr old son twisted his right foot at off ice hockey warms ups on Tuesday and his foot had slight swelling (on outside of foot) for 12hrs after. Foot continued to get better all week with rest. He returned to hockey today, Saturday, for a game today and foot got some more slight swelling and turned black and blue on top and side of foot after game. Wondering if this is normal healing process after putting pressure on it for his 1 and 1/2 hr game? TIA
Asked On : Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Your son seems to have had some minor ligament injury/sprain previously. But a fresh bruise after 7 days is not a sign of normal healing. You should definitely show this to an orthopedic surgeon. Hopefully it will turn out to be just a fresh hematoma that he developed during this game. But i think he needs adequate rest (7 days is less). He may benefit from strapping also. Keep his leg elevated. Apply some ice. He should improve rapidly
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Answered: Thu, 17 Jan 2013
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