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Red, swollen ankle, hurts to put pressure. Normal for sprain?

I hope this doesn't cost anything. I have very little income and need to know NOW!!! My mom said she "sprained " her ankle but it is red and swollen and has a more or less fever in it. It hurts her to put any pressure on it and she will not go to get an X-Ray. Is it normal for a sprain to swell, turn redder, and have a fever in the foot and pain up the entire leg! if you only have a sprain? It has been 24 hours and she says it will be okay. She is very tolerable to pain but I think she isn't telling me. sorry so long............Please Help! I think she needs an X-Ray. She is 74 Years old
Asked On : Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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Hello Friend ..
Welcome to Health Care Magic ..

I read your query to Health care and it is quite normal for everyone to show symptoms of redness , rise in temperature and even ankle will be swollen because of ankle sprain .. Its Normal Process after injury to ankle ..
Swelling requires 4 weeks time to get back to normal state .

I suggest your mother to have complete rest to ankle. She may need to use crutches until you can walk without pain.

For at least the first 24 to 72 hours or until the swelling goes down, apply an ice pack for 10 to 20 minutes every hour or two during the day. Always keep a thin cloth between the ice and your skin, and press the ice pack firmly against all the curves of the affected area.

An elastic compression wrap, such as an ACE bandage, will help reduce swelling. You wear it for the first 24 to 36 hours. She also need a brace to protect ankle if she tries to put weight on it.

Elevation of ankle above the level of your heart for 2 to 3 hours a day if possible. This helps to reduce swelling and bruising.

I suggest Tablet Ibuprofen and Seratiopeptidase to reduce pain and swelling of ankle .

Hope this information is helpful .
Wishing her a speedy recovery ..
Thanks & Take Care.
Answered: Mon, 14 Oct 2013
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