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Posted on Mon, 9 Nov 2015 in General Health
Question: Hi. About a week ago I hit my ankle pretty hard on a metal table leg. It swelled up and was painful to walk. After icing it, wrapping it and taking some ibuprofen I was able to walk on it with minimal pain. My ankle is still slightly swollen. It's not very painful to walk however when I sit down my foot throbs and I have pain shooting yo my calf and shin. I am also starting to have pain in my knee. Any ideas?
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Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 18 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Maleolar Fractures should be ruled out

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Ideally the ankle should have been examined there and then after the trauma. X rays should have been done to look for dislocation or fracture. It may still be an ankle sprain with sore muscles and attachments. AP lateral and mortise x rays can be advised. If there is soft tissue swelling alone then NSAIDs like diclofenac , topical voltral emulgel along with bed rest and soft ankle band can be advised. If a maleolar fractures are suspected then open reduction and internal fixation would be required if the fragments lie displaced. Please consult an orthopedic surgeon in this regard.

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