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Swelling below knee due to fall, no skin tear, edema in ankle. Tried icing and elevating it. Sprain symptoms?

I fell yesterday outside and developed immediate swelling below my knee but not to the ankle. I did obtain a skin tear in the area also. I am 69 have rheumatoid arthritis and frequent leg swelling. My ankles had about 1+ edema yesterday. I can walk it is painful I have put ice elevated and wrapped with an ace wrap the edema is no better today. Could it be sprained or strained instead of a fracture?
Thu, 21 Mar 2013
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dear one
welcome to HCM
it is quite possible that u donot had frecture,but x ray is must,go for it.get the dressing done ofskin tear.have some tab of ibuprofen,elevate the limb on pillow,do active toe movements.you will feel better.u have not mentioned the treatment of rheumatoid weather u are taking or not.
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