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Injury to right leg, pain, swelling, purple bruising. Healing time for injuries?

Hi Doc, I got hit by a hard new cricket ball on Medial malleolus of my right leg. It s been 2 weeks and still there s a lot of pain in the area. Though it swelled a lot when the ball hit me and there also substantial purple bruising but they have now subsided. I can still see some swelling though. Is it this normal or do i need to get it checked? How long do injuries like this take to heal? Thanks
Asked On : Tue, 2 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hi and welcome to HCM

To control pain, bleeding, and inflammation, keep the muscle in a gentle stretch position and use the RICE formula:

Rest: Protect the injured area from further harm by stopping play. You may also use a protective device (i.e., crutches, sling).
Ice: Apply ice wrapped in a clean cloth. (Remove ice after 20 minutes.)
Compression: Lightly wrap the injured area in a soft bandage or ace wrap.
Elevation: Raise it to a level above the heart.

Depending upon the extent of your injuries, returning to your normal sports activity may take several weeks or longer. If you put too much stress on the injured area before it has healed enough, excessive scar tissue may develop and cause more problems.

I do hope that you have found something helpful and informative and I will be glad to answer any further query.
Take care.
Answered: Sat, 21 Sep 2013
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