Sprained ankle, is this bruising anything to worry about?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by elastigirl, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. elastigirl

    elastigirl New Member

    I sprained my ankle last week. The last couple of days, I've noticed my ankle is still swollen and there is a bruise forming at the base of my toes, topside of my foot. It's about 1/2" wide, dark in color, and located right behind the three middle toes.

    There's quite a bit of pain when I flex my toes. I've been walking flat-footed on that side -- which gives me an odd limp, because it looks like I place most of my weight on the injured side. But it hurts to curl my toes to take a natural step. This area wasn't x-rayed; my foot/ankle was x-rayed much higher up.

    Is this bruising anything to worry about? Or will it go away with time?
  2. jfrustrated

    jfrustrated New Member

    I think that the swelling and the brusing are indications of soft tissue damage. While it certainly would not hurt to have exrays because there could be broken bones in the toes, the exrays will not show up the soft tissue damage. This damage can be worse than getting a broken bone and can certainly take longer to heal. But I do not know if there is much they can do for you with further examinations.

    You will certainly be in pain.

    I feel and sprained my ankle in 1985. It was inappropriately treated, I had a lot of brusing, pain and swelling then and I still have problems.

    Do you have strong bones???? If you do, like I do, when you fell, your bones might have held together and the muscles, tendons, soft tissues, small blood vessels around the bone were ripped.

    There are explorations they can do with with endoscopy technology which could show up this type of damage. If you don't improve soon, it might be a good idea to go to a doc. for this type of examination.

    Good Luck. In the meantime, keep the foot elevated, and apply ice packs for 10 minutes every couple of hours, if you are able to.
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  3. elastigirl

    elastigirl New Member

    Thank you so much for the detailed response. I was pretty nervous about waiting for an x-ray until after Christmas, but I think it will be okay afterall. My doctor said something about seeing me after I see the rheumy on the 29th (and if my blood pressure is still high, which it has been.) So I think I'll call to schedule an appointment in early January.

    I've never had a broken bone in my life, so I think I have strong bones :).

    Happy holidays :)!
    [This Message was Edited on 12/22/2005]

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