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X-ray showed fibula fracture at the ankle bone, OS ruled out fracture, persisting swelling, redness. Reason?

Hi, I fell down a flight of stairs 10 days ago. The ER doctor showed me the x-ray and said I had fractured the fibula at the ankle bone. He said as a precaution I needed to see an OS. The OS said the x-ray did not show a fracture. He said it is probably just a sprain but will order an MRI just to be sure. That was last Wednesday and I have not heard back as to a date for the MRI. Today, the 10th day, it is still very swollen, red and feverish to the touch. Why would that happen now? Thanks so much
Asked On : Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

If it is sprain of ankle as told by your orthopaedic surgeon after clinical examination , you have to follow the principal of RICE ( rest, ice fomatation, compression by creape bandage and elevation of limb ).

As your orthopaedic surgeon had said , you can go for MRI to confirm the diagnosis and for grade of sprain. It helps to decide in definitive management ( conservative or surgical management ).

Avoid putting weight and rest well.

Wishing you good health.
Dr saurabh Gupta
Answered: Thu, 13 Dec 2012
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