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Severe hit on the ankle bone, later swollen and bruised ankle, persisting pain, mild swelling only at night. Cause?

Hi... 2 weeks ago, a 7 ft shipping pallet fell and hit me dead in the ankle bone. Extreme pain was an understatement. I was able to limp, it hurt to put pressure on it. The next day I mowed lawns for 6 hr s, I worked through the pain. I noticed my ankle was really swollen and bruised.Later that night I accidentally knocked the ankle on my kitchen table. Severe pain followed, with tingling and could not even put my foot down on the floor. I applied ice and elevated it for 24 hr s... felt better, but it would be really swollen by the end of each day for a week. Since then, pain is still there, swelling is mild but usually only at night. I have pain if I walk too much, but also when I relax and cross my ankles or legs. What s going on?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Oct 2012
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Hello Worldbeyond04,

Welcome to the forum. You are having severe pain and swelling on your ankle. You have already neglected it. Before situation worsens and your ankle is in bad shape do see a doctor in an emergency room. You need to have an X- Ray done to rule out any fracture or hair-crack.

You can take some analgesics, calcium and mineral tablets to feel better. You should also use some muscle pain relieving spray to feel better. Hot fomentation or use of hot pads can give you temporary relief.

If your radiology report shows hair crack or fracture you may need crepe bandage or Plaster of Paris depending upon the severity of your injury. Do not walk, take rest.

Walking without support may spoil your ankle or complicate the situation further. Have a good day, take care.
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