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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Fractured ankle Help?

 Henn42 - Sun May 20, 2007 11:34 am

My husband hurt his ankle last Monday (may 14,2007) at work.He went to the ER and they took x-rays and they sayed that he has a Alvertion Fracture (SP?) of the ankle and to go see an orthapedic Dr in a few days so the put it in an Ace bandge well he went to go see this other Dr. and he did not even say anything really he basicaly said that it was just a sprain and it could take a week or a month to heal and to try to start walking on it he said when he was ready to go back to work he can fax a note to his work to let them no it was okay . The docter also gave him a Script for a air cast/splint to get at a medical store

This dr does not want to see him again but my concern is that it is still VERY VERY swollen and has a bruise and he cant even put weight on it. Do you think we should go see another Dr. Is it normal to be this swollen this long(almost a week) still that big? it is swollen all the way up to his toes and up past the top of the ankle.

From what the Dr. said was a bad sprain?
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat May 26, 2007 12:51 am

User avatar Sprains are certainly more common than fractures. Did they do any x-rays to look for fractures. When one is not able to walk the risk of an underlying fracture goes up. If he is unable to walk at all after a week he may need repeat x-rays even if the first ones were normal. Sometimes small fractures can be missed that subsequently can be seen a week or so later.

The swelling is certainly possibly caused by a severe sprain. Swelling and bruising can take weeks to fully resolve.

I would recommend that your husband be seen again if his pain is not improving.

Best wishes.

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