Ligament Sprain Ankle

My Heel Is Killing Me… It Hurts So Much… What Is It?
Heel pain is one of the most common painful conditions seen in an arthritis clinic. This article discusses the various types of problems that cause heel pain and what can be done to make the situation better.

It’s estimated that more than 1 million persons in the United States suffer from heel pain at any given time.

When a patient complains of heel pain, it must be clarified by history whether the pain is in the bottom of the heel or the back of the heel because the diagnosis and treatment are very different.

Pain in the bottom of the heel is often due to plantar fasciitis (PF). The plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that begins at the medial (inside) part of the bottom of the heel and extends forward to attach at the ball of the foot. The fascia is responsible for maintaining the normal arch. When an excessive load is placed on the fascia, pain can develop at the origin (the heel) as well as the mid-portion (arch) of the fascia.

PF can develop in anyone but is more common in certain groups such as athletes, people older than 30 years of age, and obese individuals.

PF must be distinguished from other causes of bottom of the heel pain such as nerve entrapment, atrophy of the normal heel fat pad, stress fracture of the calcaneus (heel bone), rupture of the plantar fascia, bone cyst, bone tumor, and bone infection.

The history typically describes a gradual onset of symptoms with no prior trauma. The most telling symptom is severe pain in the bottom of the heel when taking the first morning step. Patients may report difficulty walking to the bath room. The pain tends to lessen with more walking. This “first step” pain is also present during the day if the patient has been sitting for awhile, then getting up to walk.

On exam, pain is noted with pressure applied to the medial bottom of the heel. Tenderness is worsened by pointing the toes and ankle toward the head. This is because the plantar fascia is being stretched. Pain in the arch may also be present.

One in older patients should be ruled out and that is heel pad atrophy. Normally the heel has a thick feeling to it. In older patients the heel pad may lose this thickness and flatten out. The pain is located more centrally.

Another “fooler” is entrapment of the lateral plantar nerve. Pain is felt in the medial heel but may be present at rest as well. There may be weakness spreading the toes.
Fracture of the calcaneus (heelbone) causes pain at rest that is worsened with walking. Tenderness is present along the sides of the heel. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can confirm the presence if fracture.

But what about “bone spurs”? The presence of a bone spur by itself means nothing. They are very common and by themselves are not a cause of pain. Some patients with inflammatory forms of arthritis such as psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or Reiter’s disease have a specific type of spur that should prompt further evaluation looking for systemic forms of arthritis.

Diagnostic studies such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging can be used to confirm the presence of plantar fasciitis. Electromyography (EMG) may be needed to rule out lateral plantar nerve entrapment.

So how is this condition treated?

The first thing is to institute a stretching regimen. Most people with PF also have a shortened Achilles tendon and the ability to dorsiflex (point the toes up) is limited. The plantar fascia is continuous with the Achilles fascia. Stretching the plantar fascia and the Achilles decreases the tension in the plantar fascia and helps relieve inflammation.

A temporary reduction in activity is important in athletes, particularly runners. Cross training with swimming and cycling can help maintain cardiovascular fitness while sparing the plantar fascia from pounding. Runners should avoid hills and make sure that any foot abnormality be corrected with custom orthotics.

Ice massage with ice cubes applied to the plantar fascia can also be helpful.

Shoes with soft heels and inner soles can relieve discomfort. Rigid heel cups and arch supports are generally not recommended. The patient may gradually resume normal activities over an eight week period of time. Rushing rehabilitation is not advised.

If there is no improvement, a night splint which holds the ankle in 10 degrees of dorsiflexion prevents the shortening of the plantar fascia.

If the night splint fails or the pain does not lessen, injection of glucocorticoid (cortisone) using ultrasound guidance is recommended. Injections should be limited to a maximum of two given over four weeks.

Patients who do not get better need to be reevaluated for systemic disease or other conditions causing heel pain.

Surgery is the last resort. Transverse release of the plantar fascia is the procedure of choice. This can be done using arthroscopic guidance.

Pain in the back of the heel is an entirely different condition.

The major structure here is the Achilles tendon which extends down from the gastrocnemius muscle to attach at the rear of the calcaneus.

Inflammation of the Achilles tendon can occur, usually in athletes or in people in engage in overxuberant physical activity involving running or jumping. Patient who are overweight are also at risk. The pain is usually described as a soreness. There is localized swelling and tenderness. Ultrasound can be used to differentiate an inflamed Achilles tendon from one that is partially or fully torn. The treatment involves anti-inflammatory medicines, physical therapy, and stretching exercises. Glucocorticoid injection is not recommended because of the danger of weakening the Achilles tendon leading to rupture. Using a foam rubber lift to elevate the heel in a shoe can help with symptoms.

Achilles rupture is handled surgically and requires a long recuperation.

Haglund’s syndrome, which is a condition where a spur develops at the back of the calcaneus and is often associated with localized Achilles tendonitis can also cause pain in the back of the heel. Ill-fitting shoes are the most common cause. Typically a bump develops at the back of the heel. Because of its association with ill-fitting shoes, this is sometimes referred to as a “pump bump.” Physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medicines, and stretching can often be of benefit. Glucocorticoid injection should be sparingly employed because of the danger of Achilles rupture. Wearing proper fitting shoes are an obvious adjunctive treatment.

Bursitis involving the retrocalcaneal bursa (the small sack that lies between the Achilles tendon and the calcaneus is a cause of pain behind the heel. Treatment involves the use of physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound. Sometimes glucocorticoid injection may be needed. It is important to limit the injection to one because of the danger of possible weakening of the Achilles tendon leading to rupture. Ultrasound needle guidance is advised to ensure proper localization of the injection.

The diagnosis is made by history and physical examination. Both MRI and ultrasound can be used for confirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What treatment should I do for my ligament and sprain ankle injury caused about a month back?
    5 weeks back I slipped a few steps while climbing down the stair. I immediately went to a bone clinic, Doctor took out 3 x rays and found that a hair line crack has occured in my foot bone. He was over confident and did not apply plaster and advise me to try to walk and assured me of no major damage. He gave me an anti inflamatory pain killer (Caflam 50 mg) and FASTUM GEL to apply 3 times a day and assured me that within 2 weeks it will be over. And also advise me to resume my daily routine i.e. going to work after 2/3 days. But 5 weeks has passed and pain persists, sometime severe, around and below the ankle. My apartment is on 4th floor (without elevator) and I have to attend to my work 5 days a week. During this period I visited the doctor 2/3 times again and he was confident that there is nothing serious and I should not worry and try to walk normally. But I know the pain and sometimes find hard to walk when the road surface is uneven. Kindly advise.

    • ANSWER:
      tendons and ligaments take a long time to heal, the bone may be healed already. Lots of massage, ice when you get back home, heat too, you want to alternate between the two, 20 minutes each. You may want to try some exercises to strengthen the ankle. You know the warm ups dancers use, sliding your foot forward, back, sideways…..bouncing up and down on your tip toes etc…..it should help. If it still persists, try another doctor!

  2. QUESTION:
    I have a paper due Thursday 5-18-10. How can you tear a ligament (sprain) your ankle?
    another question is: will it hurt as much as breaking a bone or more. don’ t tell me to jump off houses please.
    Thursday 5-20-10**

    • ANSWER:
      My uncle fell through the step of a caravan and tore a ligament in his ankle?! He was in agony!!! Hope this helps!!!

  3. QUESTION:
    Ankle Sprain/ligament damage involves cracking?
    I have had this injury for 3 months now. it started when i was sitting on a chair and twisting my feet around until i heard a really loud crack from my bones in my ankle. after this incident i have not been able to participate in sports and my ankles are constantly cracking. i went to a physio and was told i possibly damaged my ligaments. i can walk perfectly fine though and the cracking does not hurt but when playing sports it hurts from twisting and at times just running. what kind of injury is this and anything i can do to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you could have torn a ligament or a partial tear. I would try to get an MRI from a dr (xrays can’t show soft tissue) I would recommend an ankle brace with a hard plastic or metal insert and tape it on top. I tore a ligament in my ankle and i did that. worked for me i played varsity soccer.

  4. QUESTION:
    Anybody had Hyaluronic Acid injection on the ankle for ankle sprain/tendonitis/ligament injury? Does it work?
    I had a fall two years ago. Diagnosed as acute ankle sprain. It recurred last year, diagnosed as Achilles Tendonitis. It is recurring now, another orthopedic said my ankle ligament is harden, it doesn’t move as my feet moves, so that’s why it hurts so much.

    I’ve taken many kinds of oral painkillers, i’ve done RICE, i’ve gone through physiotherapy. I’m sick of the pain already. I’d want to avoid surgery or steroids, if possible.

    So i’m wondering if Hyaluronic Acid injection on the ankle really works, as an alternative treatment (found it on Google), also recommended by a doctor (not an Orthopedic though). And whether it has a side effect in the long run.

    I can Google the statistics. I’m just seeking for personal advice or experience.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      NO i haven’t heard of it but i have a bad knee some what like yours and the cortisone shots help for 3 month and then it’s suffer thu my days,,Good luck though as running after kids is not an easy job’ and need all the good limbs we still have.

  5. QUESTION:
    What to do on day three of an ankle sprain (AFTL & deltoid ligament) that was not severe but still is painful?
    Nasty sprain when I missed a step going downstairs and fell. On day 1, I did RICE. On day 2, I did rest, elevate, and put on a compression bandage. What next? I have to walk 4 blocks to work every day. Of course, my jogging/walking routine is stalled for at least a week until this heals. Will do restorative yoga instead.

    • ANSWER:
      ouch…. you should definitely continue to ice and elevate (if its still swollen)… maybe when you’re walking you could try using a tensor/compression bandage if you feel like it helps… also, dont limp, try to move your foot up and down, and in circles..as pain allows..that way you can prevent excess scar tissue build up and your ankle wont get too stiff

  6. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to injure the deltoid ligament during an inversion ankle sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      Chino, the deltoid ligament is a large ligament that is on the inside of the ankle. It is made up of four parts and is usually very difficult to sprain. If you are stating that the ankle was injured by turning inwards, an inversion, then it would not be subject to the forces that would injure it. The only way for this to happen is with a movement that caused the foot to be forcibly moved outward thereby stressing the inner ligaments of the ankle. So the simple answer is no.

  7. QUESTION:
    Ligament sprain on my ankle?
    I sprained the ligament on the inside of my ankle. What should I do to care for it?

    • ANSWER:
      If I were you, just lay off it for about a week. Whenever your sitting, or laying down, prop your foot up on a pillow or something of that sort, to ease the pain. Ice it. Use a heating pad. Or maybe try Icey Hot. That stuff works for me.

  8. QUESTION:
    Do I have a sprained ankle ligament?
    So I pop my ankles deliberately all of the time. I’ve been told that doing this should not hurt anything, but when I woke up this morning(after popping my ankles A LOT yesterday) they felt super sore. There wasn’t any swelling but whenever I walk my ankle ligaments feel sore and stiff. So do I have a sprain? And also If anyone has any ideas on how to keep myself from popping my ankles, I would appreciate it. :)

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know what you mean by popping ankle but I have a ankle sprain, 32 days in and I’m still not 100% and there are a few ways you can tell as I use. Like walking up and down stairs, jogging, jumping and actually feeling around. If you can’t do basic things such as running, jumping, going up and down stairs it will more than likely be sprained and can take up to 6 weeks of healing.

  9. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain or ligament tear?
    Back in November I sprained my ankle. Originally my podiatrist had me in a plaster cast up to my knee. After 2 weeks I got the plaster cast wet accidentally while I was out of state on business and a different doctor put me in a removeable AirCast at that time. Between the two, I was casted for 8 weeks. At that time I went back to work, as I felt I was ready and able to perform my job duties as a landscaper. However, I aggravated the injury while working. My treating doctor (in my home state) put me back in the AirCast for another 4 weeks. It’s been 12 weeks total, from the start of this injury to this point. I am in a lace-up stabilized brace now and trying to see if I can walk with only this lace-up brace for awhile. However, after only 4 days in the lace-up stabilized brace, my ankle has been painful and is swollen again. It swells from the point of injury at the side of my ankle (outside, lateral) around the back of my heel to the inner side of my ankle. I find this odd, as I didn’t injure my heel. With the length of time this is taking and the way that it swells, I’m beginning to wonder if this might be a torn or severed ligament and not just a sprain. It’s taking a very, very long time to heal. My doctor is waiting until I don’t have any pain before he’ll send me for physical therapy, but I’ve read that I should’ve had physical therapy within 72 hours after the injury! So I’m beginning to worry about needing surgery. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  10. QUESTION:
    what happened to my ankle?! sprain? torn ligament?..?
    3 days ago i got the feeling in my ankle that i want to crack it, like what you do with your fingers
    as the days progressed it got worse and is constant now
    when i curve my toes towards the other foot the joint of the ankle feels like it HURTS
    then when i point it down it hurts at the same spot too
    when i stand on my tippy toes i feel a pulling big pain in the inside of the foot like the muscle or ligament
    i dont know what happened..is it possible that its a sprain? because i dont remember a pop or anything..it just became worse after the need to crack feeling

    • ANSWER:
      i sincerely doubt there is any ligament damage, AT ALL. Man, at the best soft tissue damage (sprain)
      you need to ice it and elevate it

  11. QUESTION:
    Grade 2 ankle sprain, with deltoid ligament, keep immobile?
    I sprained my ankle Sat afternoon -went to the dr on Sunday. I have a grade 2 sprain which also involved my deltoid ligament. From what I’ve researched, the deltoid can take twice as long to heal as a regular sprain. Sigh..

    I am wearing a huge air brace and am returning to the doctor on Friday. This brace keeps the ankle from moving too much. I am bearing weight on it now. I am wearing it to bed as well due to the deltoid ligament.

    Any idea how long I will be wearing the brace? How long until I can do rehab exercises? I will get more info later this week, but for now I am very curious!

    • ANSWER:
      I agree with the answer before mine, also it is very important that you keep it elevated due to the swelling. This will take a while, don’t push it or walk on it when it doesnt hurt due to pain meds, it could def. make the injury worse.

      dori

  12. QUESTION:
    Did I break, sprain or tear a ligament in my ankle?
    Ok, so yesterday in gym class I was blocking (in volleyball) and I landed on the girl on the other side of the nets foot and it hasnt stopped hurting. I can stand on it, but no matter how hard I try I cant walk normally. It is moderatly swollen and there is one spot on the outer side of the ankle where if I push on it there is terrible oain. What does it sound like I did?

    • ANSWER:
      sounds like you broke it. I’ve broken my ankle before and thats exactly how it was for me. also if u sprained it or tore a ligament it would have been more swollen than normal. get it looked at ASAP or else you can make it worse. best if luck!

  13. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle, torn ligament and bruising on the top of ankle. Fastest way to heal?
    So i got in a motorcycle accident about 2 months ago. The doc said i have a torn ligament on the bottom of my foot and i had a bad gash wound to the top of my ankle but it has healed now but is still really swollen. I can barely walk at the moment and need it to heal as I am in the police academy and I know they won’t put up with this much longer.

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  14. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle after ligament repair?
    I fell yesterday and wrenched my ankle. It is very swollen and painful, a bit of bruising. Nothing that won’t heal by itself normally, though. I’ve strapped it, rested it, and iced it, and used ibuprofen gel. Unfortunately I had to go to work today and this involves a lot of standing. It’s painful now, although it has largely been okay all day.
    I had an ligament repair done last year – will this sprain have caused any damage to the repair?

    • ANSWER:
      you should be careful coz a friend of mine hurt her leg a second time near nerves & now it hurts everytime goes on the stairs or if the weather is damp. a doctor suggested to take 2 paracetamol then 1 neurofen every 3,5 hrs so keep the pain down without exceedind the limit (about 5-6 paracetamol & 4-5 ibupofen in 24 hrs only on pain days ).check with chemist & if still hurts go to doctor, good luck.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to sprain an ankle / tear a ligament whilst swimming?
    Whilst swimming last week (gentle breastroke!) I heard a popping noise in my ankle and was immediately in pain. It hurt to get out of the pool and for 4 days has been agony. It is swollen, tender, painful to move and although I can walk on it, it hurts sharply around my achilles tendon and all tthe way up the ankle’s outer side where the outer ligament is. it even hurts to have the weight of the duvet on it in bed! Is it possible to have sprained it / torn a ligament whilst swimming as I thought it was a non impact way of exercising?

    Back Story:
    6 years ago I was a size 10-12, very fit and i fell over in the snow and injured my ankle. I went to A&E who x rayed it, told me nothing was broken and sent me home saying i’d sprained it and to rest it for 6 weeks.. After 6 weeks, still i agony i returned to my GP who sent me for physio.. it continued like this for nearly 2 years with the doctors making me feel like a hypocondriac. I put on a lot of weight as I could no longer do the 8 hours a week of exercise i had been doing (became a size 22!). Finally a friend who was working for the NHS snuck me into her hospital after hours and did an MRI scan which showed my ligament had completely torn apart and i’d been walking around on it for 2 years with only milimetres joining it to the bone. They operated immediately and had to take a lot of the scar tissue out and put in a partially artificial ligament. They warned me never to do any high impact exercise again as it could tear the fake ligament and suggested walking and swimming.. The surgery fixed part of the problem but I was still left in pretty much a constant state of low level pain (aches an swelling etc).. had to have a lot of phsyio and for the last 4 years haven’t done very much.

    Trying to make an effort to lose the weight at the moment. I joined a gym two months ago, have been doing walking on the walking maching, some weights, some light cycling and lots of swimming. Have lost 11lbs so far and it was 4 days ago when the same ankle went “pop” whilst swimming and is now in agony. Tried going to A&E but they actually TURNED ME AWAY saying as I could clearly walk it wasnt an emergency. I can’t get a GP appointment for 5 days (disgusting wait in my area for appointments) and am just worried I’ve torn it again.. is it even possible to tear a ligament whilst swimming and being virtually weightless in the water?!!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m very sorry to hear you’re having trouble with your ankle, as well as the treatment process.

      To me, it sounds like you have sustained a sprain. As long as nothing is broken, you should be good to start rehabilitation on the ankle, which is what’s going to help the most. If there is any swelling still visible, it’ll help get that reduced, as well as help heal the pain, and restrengthen the corresponding ligaments.

      While physical therapy is effective, it is generally quite expensive. I’ve linked you to a prominent, effective at-home solution below. Hydrotherapy is generally used to reduce swelling, while specific exercises/techniques are utilized to promote healing, and restrengthening.

      I really wish you the best, take care!

  16. QUESTION:
    Can I walk with a torn ligament in my ankle? a break? a sprain?
    Today I went to the emergency because I injured my ankle, and they didn’t quite know what was wrong. They said they’d call me tomorrow when they found out, but I don’t think they will …
    So they said it could be broken, they’ll have to study the x-rays more, and the doctor on his own said he thought it was a torn ligament, or a sprain.
    I couldn’t walk or put pressure on it all day, and they just gave me a tenser bandage for now and suggested crutches (which i didnt get cuz ill just sit here all day anyway until tomorrow).
    So I couldnt walk I was hopping to the washroom and kitchen, but I tired putting weight balanced right on my heel and knee, so there was little pressure on my ankle, and I could limp-walk with little pain.
    What could it be? Would I be able to walk if it were broken or sprained or torn?
    I’ll tell you though, an hour ago I was swearing and groaning just pointing my toes to the ground, but i elevated it, had a lot of tylenol and put ice on it, so could the walking just be a matter of pain killers, or is it healing, or is it just the percise balance I had walking on it?

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  17. QUESTION:
    Does a sprained ligament in the ankle need crutches?
    My physio said I sprained my ligament. Is that bad? Does it need crutches?

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  18. QUESTION:
    I had a partial ligament rupture in my ankle, the doctors call it a sprain….?
    I had a partial ligament rupture in my ankle, the doctors call it a sprain…. How long does it to take to heal and when can I put pressure on my leg again?
    I am 14, and in good physical health, besides having a tear in my ligaments. Waiting for it to heal isn’t the problem, I got exams coming up and I want to be able to go to school ASAP.

    • ANSWER:
      It is going to take some time for the total healing to take place. Some of this is going to be determined by what kind of shape you are in and age. With a partial tear the important aspect is not to allow it to expand into a full tear. To prevent this you should be in some type of stabilization device such as an Air Cast. This brace will place pressure on the ankle and not allow swelling and will help to stabilize the ankle not allowing certain types of movements. There are other products out there that will do an excellent job for this. If you are not seeing a podiatrist then see one or stop in an ask a physical therapist about what type of bracing to use. As for pain and swelling use ice on the area for fifteen to twenty minutes per hour. This can be done with ice in a baggie or frozen peas. You can also use a large basin filled with water and ice. The advantage of the basin is that you can also write the alphabet with you foot thereby keeping the ankle moving and not letting it get stiff. If the tear is bad enough you might need the use of crutches to keep the weight off the ligament until there is enough healing to stabilize the ankle.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to sprain your ankle on purpose?
    How can i sprain my ankle on purpose bad enough to have a very swollen, quite painful ankle (not completly torn ligament) on purpose?
    i want to do it coz iv always wanted to see what a sprained ankle is like iv never had an injury and i want a big ace/crepe bandage.

    • ANSWER:
      Wow you’re an idiot. Injuring yourself on purpose? That is really stupid, don’t even bother trying to do something like that.

      I hope you’re a troll.

  20. QUESTION:
    Severe Ankle Sprain and Possible Ligament Tear?
    I hurt my ankle in soccer 2 weeks ago. I’ve been on crutches for 2 weeks now.. I can move my ankle from side to side, but with extreme discomfort and I can’t move it up and down. It’s at such an off angle that they can’t find a walking boot/air cast that would fit its shape. The doctor said it’s very possible that I tore he ligament on he inside of my ankle. It feels fine to me so do I still have to use crutches? It’s a real hassle around school and I want to play sports and PE again ASAP… Yes I am doing the RICE thing..

    • ANSWER:
      You will have to use crutches if you don’t want to mess up your ankle even more, until doctors can figure out whats wrong. If its already been 2 weeks then you most likely tore your ligaments. So continue doing rice and don’t rush anything if you want to do sports in the future because if its not gonna heal completely now it may cause problems later on.

  21. QUESTION:
    Did I sprain my ankle or tear a ligament?
    Last night I was running around and I landed on my right ankle pretty hard, and it cracked when it rolled. It hurt intensely right after and I couldn’t put weight on it for a few minutes. Now it is still very sore and I woke up last night a few times from pain. It isn’t that swollen, just a little bit, but when you push on a few spots it hurts a lot, and pointing my toes hurts a lot. I do feel some pain when there is no weight on it still, and I can’t walk without limping somewhat. My dad is a doctor and he said it is a sprain, but I’ve sprained my ankle before and it feels like more than a sprain. I’ve also torn a ligament in this foot before, so it makes me think I tore a ligament again.
    Thoughts? I need opinions, I have a dance audition in three days! Thank you!

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  22. QUESTION:
    Anyone ever have an ankle sprain that tore the ligament behind the ankle?
    From my slip and fall on tile floor. Third Dr. told me that I tore the ligaments around the ankle bone. After four months my ankle is still swollen and I am unable to put weight on it. I am walking with crutches and have an air cast. I am unsure if the swelling is from not being able to get blood flow to the area. Does anyone know how to get blood to that area? Dr. said it the ligaments are not completely torn away from the bone but I literally cannot put weight on it at all only when in the cast and that is excruciating. Also having to walk like this is putting causing excruciating hip pain. Any advice?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you needed surgery and you’ll need surgery for repair.

  23. QUESTION:
    How do you regain strength in the ligaments in your ankle after a sprain?
    How do you regain strength in the ligaments in your ankle after a sprain so that you feel that your ane is beck to the way it was originally and also how do you make your ankle less suseptable to a sprain after spraining it once already?????

    KIND REGARDS :)

    • ANSWER:
      1st off this all takes time to heal there is no quick fix~it’ll be awhile to be back to complete 100%~there are ankle type wraps I’ve seen @ like walmart that you can wear daily ~it’ll help with the pain & steadiness of the ankle but do not wear it 24/7 ~for pain ice & a couple of ibuprofen~wrap for support & elevate it too~good luck to you♦

  24. QUESTION:
    What’s the difference between tearing a ligament (in your ankle) and spraining your ankle? Or is it the same?

    • ANSWER:
      They are the same thing. A sprain is defined as injury to ligaments. Any injury to ligaments will result in tears, even if they are microscopic.

  25. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain from soccer (outside ligament hurts…)?
    i’m not sure if i actually sprained my ankle because i’ve never done it before
    last night i hurt it playing soccer (outside of the joint hurts) however after 7 minutes i was fine. then after my game it started to hurt so i’m thinking the adrenaline kicked in–making me think i was fine.
    this morning it was hurting, ive iced it etc.
    i can walk on it with pain and kick a ball lightly
    i haven’t been to the hospital but is there anything i can do to help speed up the recovery process?
    i have a tournament next weekend (7 days)
    do you think ill be able to play?
    i dont have any previous history with broken limbs etc–this is the first injury i’ve ever had..

    • ANSWER:
      this just happen to my friend…except it was his knee …u need more time to rest. after it feels it has been heeled u need another week or 2 of doing ankle exervises to strengthen your muscles. If u can’t resist and just have to go to that tournament then call a physical therpist and spend the money to go this whole week or just search online for ankle muscle excercises and do it. U soccer players are determined but really u need your rest. At least a month from when it happened. Would be wierd if ur tournament from tampa lol … good luck!

  26. QUESTION:
    Are damaged ligaments and a sprained ankle the same thing?
    I injured my ankle and I have a bad sprain but my chiropractor told me that I damaged my ligaments… Is that the same thing as a sprain or can I have a sprained ankle and damaged ligaments at the same time?

    • ANSWER:
      A sprained ankle is damage to the ligaments of the ankle, usually on the outside (lateral) side. The sprain is graded either a 1,2,or 3,depending on the severity of the damage. http://www.rehabanklesprain.com/anklesprains.aspx

  27. QUESTION:
    how long does a sprained ankle (with ligament damage) normally take to heel?

    • ANSWER:
      kitten lady

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      rest

      Resting is important immediately after injury for two reasons. First, rest is vital to protect the injured muscle, tendon, ligament or other tissue from further injury. Second r., your body needs to rest so it has the energy it needs to heal itself most effectively.

      Ice:

      Use ice bags, cold packs to provide cold to the injured area. Cold can provide short-term pain relief. It also limits swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area. Keep in mind, though, that you should never leave ice on an injury for more than 15-20 minutes at a time. Longer exposure can damage your skin. The best rule is to apply cold compresses for 15 minutes And then leave them off for at least 20 minutes.

      Compression:

      Compression limits swelling, which slows down healing. Some people notice pain relief from compression as well. An easy way to compress the area of the injury is to wrap an ACE bandage over it. If you feel throbbing, or if the wrap just feels too tight, remove the bandage And re-wrap the area so the bandage is a little looser.

      Elevation:

      Elevating an injury reduces swelling. It’s most effective when the injured area is raised above the level of the heart. For example, if you injure an ankle, try lying on your bed with your foot propped on one or two pillows.

      After a day or two of R.I.C.E., many sprains, strains or other injuries will begin to heal. But if your pain or swelling does not decrease after 48 hours, make an appointment to see your primary care physician or go to the emergency room, depending upon the severity of your symptoms.

      Once the healing process has begun, very light massage may improve the function of forming scar tissue, cut healing time and reduce the possibility of injury recurrence.

      Gentle stretching can be begun once all swelling has subsided. Try to work the entire range of motion of the injured joint or muscle, but be extremely careful not to force a stretch, or you risk re-injury to the area. Keep in mind that a stretch should never cause pain.

      Heat may be helpful once the injury moves out of the acute phase and swelling and bleeding has stopped. Moist heat will increase blood supply to the damaged area and promote healing.

      Finally, after the injury has healed, strengthening exercises can be begun. Start with easy weights and use good form

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  28. QUESTION:
    does relaxin hormine in early pregnancy make it easier in sprain ankle while exercising?
    my period is due in 3 days and from what i read relaxin is emitted from 2 weeks pregnant and make ligaments loose and easier to sprain an ankle. if i was pregnant i would be 3 weeks and saturday i sprained it jogging and falling in a hole. has this happened to anyone else?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    I got a high ankle sprain which turned into a ruptured ligament & now im in a cast. how long will recovery be?
    In june i got a high ankle sprain playing volleyball. I stayed off of it the rest of the summer and in aug played a game. it started to hurt so i stoped. the whole time i was in physical therapy. I came back in sept and started lightly exercising with my basketball team, thought i was ready and played a game. the next day at conditioning we were back peddling on the football field and i injured it again. I have been in a hard cast with no pressure on it since nov. it comes off jan 7th. how long will it take to recover? will i be playing by leauge which is the beg of feb?

    • ANSWER:
      Normally about 12 weeks of therapy.. But if then you don’t notice any difference you may want the Dr. to check for something more serious..

  30. QUESTION:
    Torn Ligaments? Sprained Ankle?
    I was playing netball and I was jumping for the ball but I slipped and landed on my ankle and it rolled. There was a lot of pain and I had to go off court. I elevated it and put ice on it. Later, a guy came and checked out my ankle, he said I had a torn ligament in my ankle. Its really swollen now and hurts when I put it at an angle. Its really stiff. I’m not sure whether the ligament is really torn or strained. Its really swollen on the ankle bone. I can walk on it, but it’s sore. Is my ankle ligament torn, or is it just a minor sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      a sprain and an injured ligament are the same thing. how bad the sprain is depends on how much tearing there is in the ligaments. when the ligament is competely torn, then it’s a bad sprain, if it’s only a minor sprain, then the ligament isn’t torn very much at all. ligaments can heal with time, as long as you rest and don’t reinjure the ligament by running, jumping, or retwisting it.

      once its healed, you can prevent future ankle sprains by doing some exercises. stand on one foot for several minutes. then stand on the other foot. this will help strengthen the ligaments and muscles that stabilize your ankle.

  31. QUESTION:
    can i play basketball with torn ligament in the ankle?
    I sprained my ankle, doctor tells me that it could be torn ligaments, but I’m still able to play basketball.

    • ANSWER:
      I dont think thats the right thing to do.You should have sometime off your foot to rest it up.Is it swollen?Or bruised?I wouldnt chance it.

  32. QUESTION:
    Im 17 and have been told to have ankle ligament surgery. Is it worth it?
    I sprained my ankle 3 or 4 times in the last 6 months (not always during sport) and have started to wear a brace during sport and havent sprained it since. I’ve been advised to have liagament reconstrution surgery on it, but its taken so long for the surgery to come about that i’m not sure if i still need it?

    • ANSWER:
      Get a second opinion. Even if one Doctor says that you should have surgery, is never a good idea to go with that first opinion. Have your parents take you to another Orthopedic surgeon. Bring all of your X-Ray’s, CT’s, etc. and ask this Doc what does he think, does he think that you need surgery?? If he thinks that you should, then wait until the summer when you are out of school and have the surgery. This type of surgery is quite common and you recover completely from it.

  33. QUESTION:
    I sprained my ankle, so why does my whole body hurt?
    I started to run, twisting my left ankle right away (lateral ligament sprain) I get why my left knee hurt, since I fell immediately. In addition to that, my left thumb, right elbow and right shoulder are all stiff and it is difficult to use those muscles. I have some mild soreness elsewhere. I didn’t fall on my right side so what happened? is that from being out of shape?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have over compensated and jarred the whole body.

      Since you are asking “is that from being out of shape”? I say you were out of shape but twisting can happen only if you step wrong or the ground or track was not flat. But whole body problem may not have happened on jarring it if you were strong enough.

      For whole body sit in a hot tub but take a cold shower after wards.

      You will recover. For ankle do the following.

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      your case ankle problem.

      1). Rest. (do not play sports and lift any thing heavy, go to a pharmacy or medical supply and ask for a ankle support, in your case get it and use it all the time but light exercises are OK ).
      2). Cold and Hot compressions, alternately(ice the swelling in your case).
      3). Pain killers such as Aspirin/Tylenol/ other.
      4). Vitamin B6 it help rejuvenate the tissues.
      5). Apply pain killer ointment and massage it lightly (to affected joints and mussels).

      After healing, do light stretching and slowly get in to usual routing step by step.

      Hope you have seen a Dr. and had a X’ Rayed taken, or had MRI done (preferably both). Make an appointment for a Dr. and if need be cancel it later in time to avoid visit fees, if you get batter in time.

      Treat the scratches with antibacterial. Like Bactine(it does not sting) or Equal, keep it covered and clean

      ************

  34. QUESTION:
    How can you tell the difference between when a horse has broken a leg, sprained an ankle or torn a ligament?
    Do the injuries look different? Will the horse react differently? Does it take expertise to know the difference?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      It is not always immediately clear without vet intervention. A break is such a general and ambiguous term. A tiny hairline fracture would of course present very differently than a completely shattered bone.

      The severity of the lameness is usually a good indicator of the severity of the injury, but by no means a perfect indicator. A minor strain is just going to present as slight offness in the gait. However, sometimes easily remedied injuries, like an abscess in the hoof, could be so painful that the horse is dead lame and not bearing any weight on the leg. Also, some horses are more sensitive to pain than others. I had a gelding who you would have thought completely broke a leg by the way he acted when he had nothing more than a minor muscle pull.

      Severe lameness or chronic lameness (even a slight limp that does not improve with a little rest) should be investigated by a vet.

  35. QUESTION:
    Partial Ligament tear (Grade II Sprain in Right Ankle) 3 months ago….?
    My Ligaments were partially torn. I had a plaster cast on for the 1st month and walked on crutches. In the following month I was given a crepe bandage, and slowly regained the ability to properly walk and to a certain degree (not fully) run. I have started playing Basket ball again (i got the injury playing b-ball) and can fairly manage (although not fully back to my previous self). I cannot jump properly with my right foot and when i land i for some reason always try to put he left foot on the ground first. The ankle is still a little swollen (i.e not like my other ankle) yet. Will I ever be back to normal again? How long is it gonna take? Is there something I can do to speed it up?

    • ANSWER:
      Well It’s hard to tell when your ankle is going to be normal again. Truth be told, it’ll never be 100% like it used to be. As for speeding the healing up, the best thing you can do for it is to rest it. Try not to put a lot of strain on it, since it hasn’t healed all the way yet, you can risk tearing it completely. Best thing for you to do would be to speak with your Orthopedist and he/she can help you out.

  36. QUESTION:
    torn ligaments/bad ankle sprain..?
    A few days ago I severely sprained my ankle (grade 3) and tore the ligaments. I was told I’d need to wear a walking boot for 3-4 weeks. It’s only been a few days and my foot is killing me. I can barely put any pressure on my ankle in the boot. Even when I take the boot off to shower it hurts so bad I can’t even stand. It’s still really swollen and sore especially when I sleep at night or walk around for long distances. Any suggestions on how to help the pain?

    • ANSWER:
      see a doctor

  37. QUESTION:
    Ankle Sprain ligaments HELP?
    I sprained my ankle when i was playing Football as i stepped on uneven ground i felt fine afterwords and walked home it hit me later and my ankle swelled i felt it hard to walk for 2 days now im walking with no pain i feel fine but i went to the doctor and he said rest for four weeks but I feel im already healed any advice or quick healing tips please its a bit stiff

    • ANSWER:
      Take his advice. You’re on what I call medical probation for the next three weeks. Even thou it feels better, your ligaments are slightly torn and need to heal completely before returning to sports. If they don’t and you hurt it again, you’ll have problems throughout life. You can’t accelerate healing time but you can improve the environment for healing. Here’s how – 1. ice off and on for 48 hrs. 2. compression wrap to help reduce swelling. 3. Elevate as much as possible to prevent and reduce swelling. and 4. Use crutches or a crutch for a week or so just to make sure you’re giving it “complete” rest(extremely important).

  38. QUESTION:
    ankle sprain, torn ligaments…so much pain..?!?
    I sprained my ankle playing soccer 3 weeks ago. My coach took me out of the game for 20 minutes and assumed I would be fine to play again. Unfortunately that made it much worse to the point I fell to the ground in tears because of the pain. Later that day I went to the emergency room and got an xray. Nothing was broken and I was told it was a grade 3 (severe) sprain so he gave me a brace and crutches. A week later I got on MRI which showed that I completely tore the ligaments in my ankle. Then I was given the OK to walk as long as I wore a boot. I wore the boot for 2 weeks and my ankle was still excrutiatingly painful so I went back to the doctor AGAIN.. this time I got a fiberglass cast put on and am back on crutches. My ankle is still very sore. The orthopedist said I’ll need to be in the cast and on crutches for an aditional 4 weeks.

    What can I do to help it heal faster? What can I do for the pain, obviously can’t ice it in a cast? Having difficulty sleeping at night because of the stupid cast. I’m looking forward to being able to walk again soon and of course play soccer!!

    *i know i asked this but only got like 2 answers

    • ANSWER:
      I feel for you. I’m glad you got it sorted out properly, in the end. My daughter sprained her ankle badly a few weeks ago and they sent her home without crutches, or even a bandage. The message is that sprains are now left alone. The fact that she is a school child who has to walk from one school site to another every day was ignored.
      Anyway, you have to allow it to get better, put it up and take ibuprofen. Ibuprofen will help with the inflammation and reduce the swelling. Rest it as much as possible. And watch out for problems – after being treated the way you were, I had to have an operation two years after the last time I sprained my ankle. They also found broken bones from previous injuries.
      So, rest it as much as you can, put your foot up, and take those pills, even if you don’t believe in taking pills. And take your injury seriously.

  39. QUESTION:
    severe ankle sprain +torn ligaments :( I’m going crazy?!?
    I sprained my ankle playing soccer 3 weeks ago. My coach took me out of the game for 20 minutes and assumed I would be fine to play again. Unfortunately that made it much worse to the point I fell to the ground in tears because of the pain. Later that day I went to the emergency room and got an xray. Nothing was broken and I was told it was a grade 3 (severe) sprain so he gave me a brace and crutches. A week later I got on MRI which showed that I completely tore the ligaments in my ankle. Then I was given the OK to walk as long as I wore a boot. I wore the boot for 2 weeks and my ankle was still excrutiatingly painful so I went back to the doctor AGAIN.. this time I got a fiberglass cast put on and am back on crutches. My ankle is still very sore. The orthopedist said I’ll need to be in the cast and on crutches for an aditional 4 weeks.

    What can I do to help it heal faster? What can I do for the pain, obviously can’t ice it in a cast? Having difficulty sleeping at night because of the stupid cast. I’m looking forward to being able to walk again soon and of course play soccer!!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok when I broke my leg it was very painful I slept a lot and took paracetamal just normal kind and I advise you if you have s bunkbed to hang a sheet from bottom bunk on the bed like s leg sling as high as possible so that it will heal faster it took mine half the time to heal because I had it like that most of the day and all night. Good luck get well soon

  40. QUESTION:
    how do you tell if you have a fracture or sprain in your ankle ?
    today i fell down and hurt my ankle and i was wondering how do you tell if you fractured, broke, or sprained your ankle or how to tell if you’ve torn a ligament or something in your ankle.

    thanks !!!
    xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to tell is to go see your doctor as soon as possible.

      Either of them, your ankle will look swollen and bruised and there will be a lot of pain and pressure, especially when walking on it.

      ice up your ankle tonight and get some rest.

      feel better

      xx

  41. QUESTION:
    Why would a doctor give a patient an ankle brace besides for an ankle sprain? Please read!!?
    I fractured my ankle and tore a ligament. I am getting my cast off next week. I was wondering if I will need a brace. What do you think? It happened when I was playing soccer when I landed on my foot wrong when running!

    • ANSWER:

  42. QUESTION:
    Could this be a torn ligament in my ankle?
    I rolled my ankle about a year ago and it sometimes gave out and hurt over the past year. Today at football practice, it gave out and its painful and it hasnt stopped. I have swelling in my ankle and it hurts to run and i have to put minimal pressure on it when I walk or it will hurt and give out. I went to the trainer and he looked at it for a minute and said I have a sprained ligament. It really feels way worse than that. Could I maybe have a ripped ligament in my ankle??

    • ANSWER:
      it could be a small tear… or a pulled achilles…

      ice it for as long as you can and then go to the doctor to get it checked out…. if you leave a tear too long it could become wayyyyyy worse…

  43. QUESTION:
    How long on crutches after degree 3 ankle sprain?
    tore all the ligaments in my ankle completely but the doctor didnt tell me when i will be able to walk again

    • ANSWER:
      probably around 4 to 6 weeks. maybe sooner if you start therapy.

  44. QUESTION:
    Possible Torn Ligament in Ankle- Help!?
    I was playing basketball on Friday and came down on my ankle really bad. I thought I heard a crunching noise when I landed. It was swollen with the size on an orange on the side. I went to the doctor yesterday. She just looked at my ankle, told me that it was indeed sprained (Because I honestly had no idea that it was sprained /s). They took X-Rays and found no breaks.

    I asked her if it I had torn ligaments, and she kind of stumbled for a second before she said that you always “tear” ligaments when you sprain your ankle, but she doesn’t “believe” that they are completely torn. This was with just LOOKING at my ankle and touching it for a minute or two. I don’t have very good insurance so I’m nervous about the cost of an MRI if I don’t need it. What’s my next plan? It has been 4 days and I can still barely put pressure on it. She gave men an air-cast, but I’m scared that they are really torn and I could need more care to avoid permanent damage.

    • ANSWER:
      If you have injured your ankle ligaments, the swelling and pain will continue till it heals. I would recommend an ankle stirrup brace to give some support to your ankle, especially when you are active. I would also recommend ice and elevation when you have swelling. Once the ligament heals, you have to regain the strength in your peroneal muscles to prevent recurrent sprains or twists. Squats, curls, leg presses or ankle pumps cannot make your peroneals strong. The only exercises are eversion exercises of your ankle with strip weights. You might need to go to a physical therapist to learn it.

  45. QUESTION:
    Help if you’ve ever sprained your ankle/torn a ligament?
    I tore a ligament and sprained my ankle last week and my doctor just never called me back with what i should do. I don’t want to keep nagging if it’s nothing but I feel like whenever my friends have done this they have had to go to ortho and then physical therapy. I play basketball so i need to know when i can get back in the game, what should I do?
    i should have included that i went to the doctor and got crutches and an air cast. it is only slightly bruised and swollen. it was two weeks ago today im just curious about if i will need pt or an ortho appt or anything

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the level of sprain. (There are 3 levels. A slight tear, a tear, and tearing the ligament completely). If it was a severe tear, I’m sure your Dr would have put you on crutches and straped it straight away. You need to call your doctor because if not treated properly, it will not heal correctly (causing permanant damage). You need to walk on it (with as much weight as possible), and do stretches provided by your Physical Therapist for up to 6 weeks.
      When returning to basketball, I’d advise you strap the ankle (as your therapist will show you) for the first few months of playing.
      These are only guidelines, so please see your doctor, it was extremely unproffesional of him to not contact you, he actually should have strapped the ankle, told you to ice it and reffered you to a PT for treatment the next day.

      Additional detail: You will def need exercises from your PT. The tendon/ligament WILL heal itself, but if you dont exercise it, and stretch it during the healing process, they will often heal “tight” and stiff, making full mobility of the ankle hard and painful, even when fully healed.

  46. QUESTION:
    What happens if an ankle sprain is not taken care of?(details)?
    My ankle hurts like hell. and my mom doesnt believe me. so what will happen if its not professionally taken care of?

    PS. I think its a grade one sprain.”Grade I is stretching or slight tearing of the ligament with mild tenderness, swelling, and stiffness. The ankle feels stable, and it is usually possible to walk with minimal pain. ” moving to a grade 2
    Im 12 years old.

    • ANSWER:
      I sprained my ankle in basketball last year and it started to swell up. Sometimes (depending on which way i turned my foot) it hurt to walk on, but when i went to the doctor all she told me to do was put some ice on it every night and take Moltrin a day. But if yours really hurts you i think it’s best that you go see a doctor, ask another family member or friend to take you if your mom wont. (It can cause damage in the future if left untreated).

  47. QUESTION:
    Is it better to break your ankle or sprain your ankle?
    I once had a really bad ankle sprain when I was playing in the NBA. I went up for the shot and landed badly on my left ankle. At the ER, the doctors told me it wasn’t broken. Since then, my ankle just hasn’t been the same. Would it have been better if I’d broken my ankle instead? That way, the bones would just heal, rather than screwing up my ligaments and tendons.

    • ANSWER:
      It depends. If you were on the Minnesota Timberwolves, it would be better to sprain your ankle. You’d have to go to a vet for therapy, and usually their nurses are hotter.

  48. QUESTION:
    How can I tell if I’ve torn a ligament in my ankle?
    I sprained my ankle about 3 weeks ago, and lately it’s been more painful than it was in the beginning. I injured it by tripping over some stairs- my ankle bent straight backwards, my toes pointing toward the back of my calf.

    It was x-rayed for fractures, but I was just given an air cast and sent off.

    Now I can’t bend my ankle at all, and if I even touch the spot where my ankle meets the top of my foot, I feel nauseous and want to scream from the pain.

    What to do? My ankle and foot are both still swollen and bruised.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have a pretty severe ankle sprain. I would suggest that you make an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor to have your ankle thoroughly examined and get a proper diagnosis. Without a proper diagnosis you will not get proper treatment. If it was an orthopedic that you went to that just put a boot on you and sent you on your way I would suggest you find a different ortho.

  49. QUESTION:
    sprained ligament in my ankle 9 weeks ago…?
    hi i sprained the ligament in my ankle 9 weeks ago and did a lot of ligament damage… what i want to know is.. its still swollen, bruised and very tender around the actual ankle joint…is this normal? I go to physio and do my exercises every day to try and get it back right again and stretch all the muscles out (i couldnt walk for like 5 weeks or put any weight on my left foot at all… as it was too painful).

    I walk alot anyway, as i work everyday in a coffee shop as a barista, clearing tables etc… and when i get home i barely stop until 9pm…anyway i massage my ankle every night to reduce the swelling (recommended by doctor) but it hurts loads.. like i can barely touch it without it feeling sore..how long does it normally take for this kind of injury to heal, i’m dubious as to whether i have actually broken one of the small bones in my ankle instead of just damaging the ligament…? is this possible?

    • ANSWER:
      my little brother spraind his tendons and ligaments in a football it stayed bruised for a very long time the best thing to do is alternate soaking it in hot water and very and i mean very cold water in 15 min intervals with 5 min in between to rest it spraining ligaments and tendons are very bad in fact the doctor said he would have been better off if he would have just broken his ankle

  50. QUESTION:
    Sprained ankle or torn ligament?
    I was playing racquetball and I rolled my ankle. I heard a pop. It immediately swelled up. My first instinct was it was broken so i sat for a minute but the pain slowly subsided so i got up walked the car about 3 minutes later it was very pain full. I went to the E.R. and they said it wasn’t broken which i figured. its been 2 days and the swelling around the outside of m ankle has gone down some but now my whole foot is swollen (up to my toes) and the inside of my ankle is swollen. i don’t know if this is typical of a bad sprain or more?

    • ANSWER:
      You need to go in again, many times you do have a brake but it is a hairline and you need a buid up of calcuim to show up on Xrays. Get an app. with a poditrist. (specialized foot dr.) And torn ligament sounds likely. I had that happend to me. So i strongly suggest you go in again and ask them about those things. hope this helps


Ankle Breaks

How To Break In Prescription Orthotic Shoe Inserts The use of true prescription-level orthotics to aid in the treatment of foot ailments has steadily increased over the last thirty years. Commonly prescribed by podiatrists, sports medicine physicians, and other medical professionals, orthotics function to provide support for flat arches, shock absorption for high arches, and allow for an extensive amount of control to the pressures of the heel and the bottom of the foot. Because each orthotic is made specifically from a structurally corrected mold of the foot, the alteration and improvement of foot function is dramatically improved over that of less specific over-the-counter inserts and inserts made of a non-corrected mold of the foot. Each orthotic should fit like a glove, so to speak, and should be be completely comfortable to wear the entire day. Most people can begin wearing new orthotics without discomfort right from the start. However, there are a small amount of people who require a break-in period to get the feet used to standing on the inserts all day. This article discusses this break-in process, and how one can get the most out of their new orthotics in as little time as possible.

When new orthotics are uncomfortable to wear, it can be incredibly frustrating. Many people expect instant relief of foot discomfort, and this is understandable given the nature of foot pain and the costs sometimes incurred to get orthotics in the first place. Orthotics should not cause discomfort. One has to assume they were properly casted for in the first place, and the proper prescription was used to make additional modifications to the basic design based on the physicians examination of the foot structure. One also has to assume the lab correctly fabricated the insert to the proper specifications. To instantly assume that either one of these steps were done incorrectly does not help what really must be done: a break-in period performed with patience and persistence. The frequency of improper casting, prescription writing, or manufacture of orthotics is usually quite low. These factors should only realistically be considered after all other measures have failed to provide lasting comfort.

The break-in period is a short span of time in which the foot becomes accustomed to the control that the orthotic is providing. In essence, a proper orthotic will provide gentle but firm support of the foot structures. This includes support of all the muscles and ligaments which have become lax during a lifetime of abnormal support. The orthotic will force these structures to realign properly. For some, this can cause a brief irritation of the lax tissue, or it can force some muscles to function properly for the first time. These actions can cause discomfort, and this will be felt while the orthotic is worn. A simple plan to gently introduce the foot to increased support is vital in making the orthotic comfortable to wear. When one first receives their orthotics, they should be worn immediately. When and if the orthotics become uncomfortable, they should be removed from the shoes. After several hours, they can be placed back in the shoe and used again until discomfort develops. Alternately, one can wait until the next day to try again. This cycle is to be repeated daily, with a longer wear time achieved each day. Eventually, after two or three weeks, the orthotics will no longer be uncomfortable. Another common strategy is to wear the orthotics for one hour the first day, and then increase the wear time by one hour each day that follows. In this authors professional experience, it is very uncommon for a properly followed break-in period to fail providing a complete adjustment of the foot to the orthotic.

There are other factors that do contribute to the failure of a break-in period leading to comfort with an orthotic. The most common of these involves an incompatibility of the shoe with the orthotic. Although orthotics are designed to fit into a wide variety of shoes , not every shoe in circulation is appropriate for an orthotic. The orthotic should not slide under the foot with shoe use. This indicates a shoe that is sized to big for ones actual foot size. They also should not have to be crammed into the shoe, with little room left for the foot. This indicates the shoe is too small for the foot or is too small or narrow to work with an orthotic. Stubbornly holding on to improper shoes at the expense of orthotic comfort strictly for style reasons is foolish, and will never lead to a comfortable orthotic. One must be sensible and reasonable regarding their shoe selection. This does not mean a sacrifice of fashion sensibility, it simply means being reasonable and accepting of ones own body and foot structure needs. Another good example of this is the high heel. High heels force the body to place great pressure on the ball of the foot. This takes away the natural walking pattern the body uses to propel itself. An orthotic will never function properly in a high heel shoe as the body does not use the foot properly during this abnormal walking pattern, and pressure is not properly transferred through the orthotic. Although some boutique-style orthotics are constructed to be used in these types of shoes, their usefulness is debatable. Another factor contributing to break-in failure involves instances in which a shoe may properly fit, but certain design choices by the manufacturer creates a limitation for proper orthotic use. For example, some athletic shoes contain extra padding around the top of where the shoe hits the heel. This padding pushes the heel slightly forward in the shoe, causing the foot to slide too far down the orthotic. The arch of the orthotic will now be slightly further back, and this can be the source of discomfort. Another example includes shoes that already add arch padding inside the shoe. Although this padding on its own offers little true support, the bulk of its volume can force the orthotic slightly out of alignment in the shoe, or it may prevent its fitting altogether. This internal padding needs to be removed prior to wearing orthotics. Sometimes this material is easily removed in one loose piece, and other times it is lightly glued into the shoe. If it is stitched in, removal will be difficult and may leave an rough surface for the foot to rest on. A different shoe should be selected in this case. Finally, one must consider the medical condition leading to the use of orthotics in the first place as a possible cause for break-in failure. When someone has a foot condition in which there is a constant state of inflammation and tissue damage, and this has not yet healed, then the introduction of a firm device under the irritated tissue can cause pain and discomfort. Certain conditions, such as those involving heel or arch damage, must be healed or sufficiently improved before an orthotic can be tolerated properly. Once the condition is treated, then the orthotic will function more comfortably and will usually contribute to the prevention of the condition returning if it was related to ones foot structure in the first place (as many foot problems are).

Once all outside factors are accounted for, and one has gone though a proper break-in period, any continuation of orthotic discomfort should be a cause for concern. It is at this very uncommon time that one must consider factors like improper casting, prescribing, and manufacture as a cause for continued discomfort. The physician prescribing the orthotic should review the orthotic completely at this point, as subtle changes or problems can sometimes be missed that can contribute to an uncomfortable orthotic. At times the orthotic may need to be returned to the lab for modification or replacement. In many instances, a simple modification in the doctors office can bring about an alteration that is successful in making the orthotics comfortable. With all this in mind, one final factor needs to be considered. There are those out there, who by personal quirk, psychological irritation, or bad luck simply cannot tolerate anything to be placed under the feet outside of a loose and cushioned shoe. Unfortunately, these people will never be able to tolerate an orthotic. Fortunately, this is an extremely rare occurrence in this authors experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    what part of your ankle breaks the easiest?
    it’s for a school project. on any part of your ankle, which part would break the easiest with a heavy object? please answer. (I AM NOT GOING TO BREAK IT) it’s for a project only
    also how?
    and if your foot was numb when you broke it, would you feel it?

    • ANSWER:
      lateral malleolus fx…& since this is for school, YOU need to do the research…so find out why & how & you’ll be good to go..also, contacting a good ortho specialist’s office in your area might just help..maybe a consult, or some literature from them…have fun, & work hard!!!

  2. QUESTION:
    Can someone pls post the link to the video where Aaron Rowand breaks his ankle in the Phillie’s v. Cubs game?
    Hey i’m looking for the video where Aaron Rowand and Chase Utley collide in center field resulting in Rowand’s broken ankle. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      why would anyone wanna see an ankle injury?

  3. QUESTION:
    Should the NBA start recording intangibles like Posterizations, Crossovers, Ankle Breaks, etc?

    Lmao yes they are, maybe not important ones in your mind

    • ANSWER:
      No. They can hardly agree on what an assist is.

  4. QUESTION:
    Help with swollen ankle and foot following breaks?
    I incurred a broken ankle and bone in my foot 9 weeks ago. I am now back on my feet (still stiff and hobbling) but my biggest issue is with swelling. I don’t want to sit with my leg up all day long! lol… any suggestions of what I can do to alleviate this problem.

    • ANSWER:
      RICE!
      Rest
      Ice
      Compression
      Elevation
      Keep it up, take care of it, that’s all you can do!! Good luck! I tore my ACL 4 months ago and had surgery 2 months ago. Swelling was a big issue for me because I went back to school too soon and my knee swelled like a balloon. I know how you feel, and I know you don’t want to hear it, but keep your leg up!

  5. QUESTION:
    What is the Family Guy Episode where Peter breaks his ankle in the theme song?
    I cant find the name of it anywhere

    • ANSWER:
      Whistle While Your Wife Works, Season 5 Episode 5

  6. QUESTION:
    i want to find out about compound ankle breaks.?
    i was involved in a car accident and my ankle was broken. doc said it was a compound break.

    • ANSWER:
      compound (open) fracture: one end of the broken bone has broken through the skin. I hope this helps you and I hope you get well soon. Take care of you and God Bless

  7. QUESTION:
    Family guy episode where death breaks his ankle?
    in this episode theres a flashback and it shows death in a car making love to a girl named susan they both are moaning then the noises stop and he says man im always going to be a virgin…
    can someone please explain this.

    • ANSWER:
      Since he’s Death when he touches a person they die. So the minute he touched his date she died so he said
      “Im going to be a virgin forever, or am I”
      and the car begins to rock back a forth again as though he was having sex with the girl even though she was dead.
      .

  8. QUESTION:
    I have to do a pre – science fair project, and I need to know how the ankle breaks, please no stupid answers!?
    Here are my regulations:
    No hammers.
    No falling off buildings maybe trees.
    No cinder blocks.
    Nothing would give you a gash or stitches or staples.
    Please if you could with 1 other person, and this SERIOUSLY is about a pre – science fair project. It tells my teacher that I am ready for class, and I can go above, and beyond with this.

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  9. QUESTION:
    Why must they kill a horse when it breaks a leg or ankle?
    I know the horse won’t be good for the usual stuff anymore. But can’t he/she just live out it’s life? It seems cruel to kill something just because you can’t ride it anymore.

    • ANSWER:
      Horses can’t be put on bed rest like humans can. They have to remain on their feet for the duration of the healing process. As seen with Barbaro after his injury, when a horse is forced to put his/her weight on the other three legs, lamintitis can develop, and that can be deadly in itself.
      Also, the blood flow to the leg of the horse isn’t good, so an injured leg is more prone to infection.
      Although it may seem cruel to euthanize a horse because of a broken leg, in most cases it’s better for the horse.

  10. QUESTION:
    What are some movies where a character breaks a leg/ankle/foot or is aided by the paramedics? School project.?
    I am working on a creative semester project for an anatomy course and would like to use some video clips of how well they portray the reality of patient care and injuries. Let me know if you can think of any. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Varsity Blues, a football player gets injured

  11. QUESTION:
    What can I do to my crutches to make my ankle break a better experience?
    I want to duck tape my crutches and maybe my cast/boot because there are boring. What can I do to keep the crutches from making my armpits and hands from being so sore? What can make this awful ankle break a better experience? Thanks for all the help!

    • ANSWER:
      get Canadian crutches, their the ones that only go up to your forearms. 1000 times mucho better and they look cooler.
      Go to paint store and get some chalk board spray paint and paint your cast in it. Then you can write stuff then erase and start over, play tick tack toe or what ever then erase and start over. Oh man I just came up with dat and it sounds to cool. I’m going to go brake my brothers arm and try this out myself, gl

  12. QUESTION:
    Player hits a line drive over fence.Rounding first he trips and breaks ankle,unable to circle bases.Is it HR?

    • ANSWER:
      no because he didnt touch home plate. they can’t put in a pinch runner while the ball is in play and when its a homerun, its cosidered in play. the player would most likely have help around the bases and touch home anyway

  13. QUESTION:
    How long does a broken ankle take to heal? (reprise)?
    I’m doing some research and am looking into how long an ankle broken in the 1700′s would take to heal.

    The break is a common break, seemingly…Broken by the ankle slammed into a protruding stone out of the ocean. on the outer side of the right leg.

    The subject attempted to get up from the accident and shifted their weight on to the broken ankle.

    what is the heal time – (it’s understood that in this time in history, these types of breaks where generally healed on their own) -

    • ANSWER:

  14. QUESTION:
    How to break your ankle with a hammer?
    it’s for a project. so how would you break it with a hammer? and how hard? i’m figuring out how hard the ankle is to break and which bone breaks the easiest in the ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      actually just fall off a 5-6 story building and land on your ankle, itll pop right off

  15. QUESTION:
    Is a broken ankle more painful than a torn ligament in the ankle?
    I have had a torn ligament in my ankle and my sister has a broken ankle which she says will be more painful, is she right?

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  16. QUESTION:
    if your bones in your ankle are rubbing against each other is your ankle broken?
    My bones in my ankle are rubbing against each other when i move it. there is a lot of pain and i dont know if its broken or not.

    • ANSWER:

  17. QUESTION:
    How long does a broken ankle swell up after it heals?
    I broke my ankle about 6 months ago. The bone is totally healed. And I almost have all my movement back. It rarely hurts, but I am on my feet all day and my ankle still swells up. I was wondering how long I would have to deal with the swelling. Does anyone know from experience?

    • ANSWER:
      Your question is a good one. Talking from experience, I broke both angles in a parachute accident forty years ago and my ankle still swell up. Soaking your ankle in a solution of luke warm water and Epsom Salt for forty-five minute a night will releive the swelling. This have be done every nite, depending on how active you are during the day.

  18. QUESTION:
    What are the symtoms of a broken bone in your foot or ankle?
    I had a very heavy wood dining table fall on the top of my foot where it bends. I fear it maight be a broken ankle. It is black/bruised. It is swollen 2 inches different than the other ankle. I can’t walk on it. I am in alot of pain. You can’t really see my ankles anymore. There is also some redness around the ankle. Is that a common symtom of a broken bone?

    • ANSWER:
      You will NOT no the answer until you go to the Emergency Room. Please take Heed to this! In the meantime: Ice- Elevate and use an ace wrap to help with the swelling. PLEASE go get seen by a Professional. Also you can take up to 800 mg of Ibuprophen every 6 hours for the pain. Good luck and Take care of Urself!

  19. QUESTION:
    My broken ankle healed and I have to have long screw between tibia and fibula out. How long to heal?
    After i broke my ankle the dr. put a long screw to hold the tibia and fibula together. Now taking it out. How long does it take the hole to heal where the screw was and what kind out anethesia do they use? It is going to be outpatient surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      I had a pin and plate in my foot, they just pulled the pin out with a pair of pliers (seriously), didn’t hurt one bit and i could walk on it straight away. For the plate i had to have surgery for it to be taken out and i could walk on it a couple of days after.

  20. QUESTION:
    How much is a broken ankle worth in a lawsuit?
    I slipped on ice and would like to know how much a broken ankle would be worth.

    • ANSWER:
      Luck, a good lawyer and the exact right circumstances MIGHT get you a settlement, however, I’ve broken both of my ankles twice EACH! and I’ve gotten nothing. Once, I fell on a broken, city sidewalk…nothing. Once, I fell down broken apartment stairs…nothing. Once, I was pushed (on purpose, a racial attack) on a high school basketball court…nothing, and the last time was my own fault, but all the other times, the injury was caused by someone else or their negligence, and yet my lawyer could get no settlement.

      Last year I fell on an unsalted, icy street, property of a casino, breaking my arm in five places, causing me to get two plates and twelve screws installed in my arm, and again, even though casinos have deep pockets, my lawyer could do nothing.

      While it’s nice to think that one might receive some payment for their suffering in the case of an injury, it’s not all that common to actually get anything. It’s very tricky, so be certain your lawyer is VERY good.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long do it take for a broken ankle to heal?
    Im about to go to the doctor because Im quite sure I broke my left ankle.I really don’t want to miss school so how long did it take your broken ankle to heal?Was you allowed to attend school?Please be specific with your answers.

    • ANSWER:
      U need to c your doctor to get the right advice for u…when I broke a bone in my foot I had a cast for weeks & had to use crutches for ages but yes I was allowed to get on with my life except for playing sport.

  22. QUESTION:
    How long should i wait to skateboard after a broken ankle?
    i broke my ankle last Friday at my local skate park, and on march 1st 2010 i got surgery.. my doctor said it would probably take me a month or two to start walking. so after i recover from my injury and i start walking. when should i start skateboarding again? any suggestions from any skateboarders that have had the same experience? tips or warms ups after i heal from my ankle? any special stretches you do before skateboarding? anything will help thanks

    • ANSWER:
      If the doctor said you’d be walking in a month or two, then obviously not before then. Just make sure that you don’t have any more pain in the area, or it will happen again.

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does a broken ankle take to heal?
    My Boyfriend broke his ankle last friday, and it’s in a cast at the moment. I was wondering how long it usually takes to heal up?
    Thanks x

    • ANSWER:
      More like 6-8 weeks.

      Rule of thumb: fractures take 4 weeks to heal. Halve that in a child and double it for lower-limb weightbearing bones.

  24. QUESTION:
    What is the difference between a sprain and a broken ankle?
    We think my brother broke his ankle but just want to be sure before we go to the ER because he doesnt have health insurance. It is very swollen, ecspecialy on the outer part of the ankle. He cannot put weight on it, he cannot turn in without severe pain and his toes are slightly numb. He can wiggle his toes a very little. Do you think this is a fracture or a sprain? Thanks.
    He hurt his ankle playing basketball.
    Well we went to the ER last night and he did fracture his ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      A severe sprain can have some of the same identical pain that a fracture may have. Its just impossible to tell without an xray. Better go just in case.

  25. QUESTION:
    What happens when you break your ankle?
    It’s for a story. She breaks her ankle in a soccer game, but it doesn’t look serious, so she just sits out with ice for the rest of the game.

    When she gets home, she passes out cause it hurts so much…
    She’s rushed to the ER.

    Would she need surgery? Explain what would happen in the following situation. Surgery needed?

    • ANSWER:
      You die.

  26. QUESTION:
    What would be my monetary compensation for a broken ankle?
    I have a broken ankle with a plate and seven screws, this was a work related injury. Please keep in mind when answering that they are screws, not pins, and that the compensation for screws should be higher than that of pins.
    Of course I’m concerned about my health, but this could have been avoided. There were always complaints about the steps I slipped down and this is the consequence of their negligence.

    • ANSWER:
      How very sad that your thoughts are on compensation and not whether you will be able to walk unaided without a stick or maybe a permanent limp.
      But I suppose if your employer can be proved to have been negligent in his responsibilities of health & safety at work, any decent litigation lawyer would be only too delighted to give you a good round figure of expected damages.
      also it probably won’t be enough to retire.
      Good Luck

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I get my broken ankle to heal faster than just letting it heal on its own?
    I have a broken bone in my ankle -a hairline fracture, actually – and I have to wear a walking cast for another 3 weeks. Is there anything I can do to speed up the bone healing process, like taking certain supplements or doing certain exercises?

    • ANSWER:
      Rub it!

  28. QUESTION:
    How long until I can play rugby again, after a broken ankle and torn ligaments?
    Hi guys, I suffered a broken ankle during a rugby game. It was one of those horror injuries where my ankle was bent in the opposite direction. I’ve been in a cast and on crutches for just over a month now, and will have my knee cast taken off and start physio next week. I thought I might add, I am a student and obviously that affects the time in which it heals.

    • ANSWER:
      The only person who could possibly give you a meaningful answer to this question is a physician who has actually examined the injury and observed the rate at which you are recovering.

  29. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a broken ankle to heal?
    See my mom got her ankle ran over this morning and it’s really swollen and bruised badly. The paramedics came and took her to the hospital just a while ago. So about how long will she have to be in the hospital and how long does it usually take to heal? I’m just kind of worried right now. I know a broken ankle/leg isn’t really that bad compared to alot of other things, but I still can’t help but worry about it.

    • ANSWER:
      She will probably be back tonight. The hospital trip usually takes FOREVER! She will probably get a cast on the ankle, and have to wear it for several months. If she is lucky, she will get one of those removable air casts.
      Try and help her by getting something to prop her foot on, and reminding her to prop it up. Also, making sure she has the remote, a phone, pills and something to drink and snack on within arms reach so she doesn’t have to get up much. You can also help her by getting her ice packs frequently (if she has the air cast).

  30. QUESTION:
    How long until I can start playing rugby again after a broken ankle and torn ligaments?
    Hi guys, I suffered a broken ankle during a rugby game. It was one of those horror injuries where my ankle was bent in the opposite direction. I’ve been in a cast and on crutches for just over a month now, and will have my knee cast taken off and start physio next week. I thought I might add, I am a student and obviously that affects the time in which it heals.

    • ANSWER:
      I did something similar. It was three years before the limp completely went away, though I was good for running and similar after five or six months.

      It is really important not to re-tear the ligaments. Each time you do, it becomes more difficult and painful for them to heal. Do not mess around with it. Don’t do anything like rugby until you have healed well and can stretch for 15+ minutes without discomfort.

  31. QUESTION:
    When is it legal to drive following a broken ankle in the UK?
    I broke my left ankle almost 7 months ago, and had an external fixator for 5 and a half months and had the fixator removed 1 month ago. I am desparate to start driving again, and am walking unaided and my ankle feels strong.

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  32. QUESTION:
    How to race motocross with a broken ankle in a cast?
    Hey I broke my ankle 2 days ago playing kickball. I race dirt bikes and have a big race coming up on Halloween. I need to go because I am in 3rd place in the series. How can I ride with a cast on that is almost all the way up to my knee? I broke my left ankle so how can I shift? I have to wear the cast for 3 weeks. Any help would be great and I will pick a best answer. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      It must have only been a minor fracture if you only have to wear a cast for 3 weeks.
      Part of racing is learning that you will miss out on some events when you are injured and being able to let it go. Yes you may be in 3rd place but I know where I am that you most likely would not be allowed to race with a cast on. Things are slightly more tolerant with senior racing at a higher level but generally if injured you need to be cleared to race.
      I know heaps of people who have put their kids back on bikes, cutting the cast off for them to race and usually it ends in tears. Bones get rebroken and if not the same bone then other fractures occur as the person goes back out to try and race at the level they usually race at but their bodies are weaker from not being able to do as much due to the injury.
      So the answer is that you cannot go and race with a cast and I doubt your parents would let you and if not your parents then the officials at the track. It is hard but it does become part of the sport. You can go and win next time

  33. QUESTION:
    How long untill i can run after a broken ankle?
    Hello, i broke my ankle about 6-7 weeks ago now and the cast came off last week. On the first day of the cast coming off, i could actually walk and put a shoe on. At the moment i can walk with a slight limp and occasional pain, feels like a mild twisted ankle. But i cant run or walk very fast, anyone been through this who could give me an idea of when i can walk properly or run?

    • ANSWER:
      I had surgery on my ankle few years ago it took me about 4 months but again I had 10 screws inserted in to my ankle this may give you an idea….Ask your Doctor

  34. QUESTION:
    I have a broken ankle, do i need to inform my interviewer of the situation at the interview?
    I have a broken ankle that required surgery. I have another surgery scheduled for the week following my interview for a possible Internship. The start date for my internship would not be until after my leg has healed. Do i need to inform the interviewer of the situation?

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  35. QUESTION:
    How long until i walk on my broken ankle?
    I broke my ankle is 3 places on July 2nd and i had to have surgery and they put screws and plates in it. The doctor said approximately 6 weeks for it to heal. But its only been 10 days and it feels a little better and i feel as if i can almost walk on it, but how long do i have until i can actually walk normal on it again?

    • ANSWER:
      the tissues (incision lines) take 6wks to heal, the bone takes 8wks & there is no rushing it;; you may have gotten the time confused;; depending on how you can rehab & when you can weight bear is when you can walk on it;; this is totally dependent on your surgery;; your doc will keep you informed;; you cannot change his orders;; some time needs to go by for you to heal & @ about 4-6 wks he will xray your ankle to see if it’s helaing “on time”;; I would give your ankle @ LEAST 3 months & honestly could take up to a year to get it right;; all depends on what bones were broke & how you rehab & if ya do anything stupid on that ankle in between to slow your progress;; follow doc’s orders;; get set up with rehab @ least when you can start walking on it & good luck;; this is gonna take A LOT of work from you!!
      & the “walking on it” is also gonna be a gradual process;; the healing process makes scar tissue grow all through your ankle, when you start to move your ankle, you fray off the excess scar tissue & this is basically the work you’re expected to do once the doc ok’s it;; you’ll need to worry about ranging & strengthening once the doc gives you the ok to start & it’s not gonna be easy.. so, again, good luck!! do everything you can to get that ankle to work “normal” for you, even walking , when the doc ok’s it…

  36. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a broken ankle to fully heal?
    Hi, i broke my ankle and apparently i put a crack in my growth plate but they put screws in my bone so it is all good and i am on crutches for 6 weeks. How long until i can resume sports activity’s ? Such as Basketball,jogging,sprinting,weight lifting,rugby and kickboxing. Also will my bone heal back weaker?

    • ANSWER:
      depending on your age and body, younger bodies usually take about 3-6months to fully heal a clean break, the more you use it while its healing will cause it to slow down. If you want to come back faster only do what the doctor and physical therapist tells you too.

  37. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the video about the Seattle Mariners Mascot where it breaks it’s ankle.?
    My friends told me it was a good video so please give me a link.

    • ANSWER:
      He was getting pulled by an ATV on Rollerblades. He broke his leg pretty badly and got up, tried to play it cool and then ran behind a fence.. Very funny actually. Too bad i couldnt find the video for it sorry :( It was during the 95 world series game i think and the Indians mascot fell too, tearing his knee up. The mariners mascots name is Mariner Moose if you wanna try and find the video.

  38. QUESTION:
    How can u break an ankle with slat water? And what kind of salt and wat water temperature? ?
    It’s not for me but for my friend … She’s crazy she wants to get a broken ankle just to get out of track for a couple a weeks but I don’t know how she can? Any advice. I tried talking her out if it but she doesn’t care she wants to break it she wants it broken before the state finals. She says she herd something about salt water but I don’t now anything about that …please help.

    • ANSWER:
      No, your friend is deranged.
      If she wants a broken ankle, she needs to do it the painful, old-fashioned way. I’d help her for a substantial fee.

  39. QUESTION:
    How do i avoid gaining weight with a broken ankle?
    I am 16 years old and just recently broke my ankle and am sitting out my football season because of it. I really dont wanna put on any weight. What are some good foods i can eat that will help me stay full and upper body exercises i can do to help maintain my current weight. All answers are greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      eat healthy. and drink lots of water.

  40. QUESTION:
    How can I loose/control my weight with a broken ankle and arm?
    I was in a car crash and now have a broke ankle, wrist, and collier bone.
    I now can barley walk on it so I’ve been eating right, but I also am wondering if theres any workouts, exercise I can do just to keep my weight from going up.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, what I think you should do is seek for physiotherapist, they are experts on this kind of situation, there many you can find, look on the internet, newspapers, tv, local brochures, your local therapist etc.

  41. QUESTION:
    My broken ankle hurts when I use my crutches. WIll it stop hurting at some point?
    When I was little I thought it would be fun to have crutches, and I would try out other people’s. But I broke my ankle monday and I’ll be using crutches for six weeks, and my ankle hurts when I don’t have it elevated. Will it feel better after a week or so, or when the swelling goes down enough to get a real cast?

    • ANSWER:
      ya dont worry when the swelling goes down everything will be fine you can use ur crutches

  42. QUESTION:
    How long roughly is the recovery time for a broken ankle for an elderly person?
    My gran is 78 and fell down the stairs today, resulting in a broken ankle in 2 places. She is generally fit and healthy for her age, but I presume because of her age the recovery will take quite some time. If anyone could tell me how long roughly she’ll be in plaster for, it would be great. I realise after that she will need rehabilitation/physio, but I’m wondering how long the plaster will be on. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Rachael, this is an interesting fact. People heal at the same rate whether they are young or old. The problem is that as you age there is muscle loss and this is the key. If there is enough muscle loss then the recovery takes longer because there is insufficient muscular strength to hold the area. Since the fracture is in two places there is a good chance that she will have to have it stabilized internally with a plate and screws. So this injury is going to depend more on two factors. The first is if there is a surgical intervention and the second is the amount of muscular loss that has happened in her life and that which will occur because of the casting. She is going to need a good calcium supplement that will help the bone knit.

  43. QUESTION:
    How to regain calf strength after a broken ankle?
    I broke my ankle about 6 months ago in football and I am now trying to get ready for next season, but my calf is still not up to par. I can’t even jump on that leg. I have been faithfully doing lower body workouts to get back into shape, but I still do not see any great progression. What are some exercises that I can do to get my calves stronger quickly. (I already do weighted calf raises)

    • ANSWER:
      you take steroids.

  44. QUESTION:
    How long do I have to keep broken ankle elevated?
    I broke my ankle a week ago and was told by doctors to keep all my weight off it and keep it elevated. When its not elevated, like when I use crutches, the blood pressure builds and it becomes painful for a while. (There was surgery involved to fix it.) How long will this elevation go on for? Will I ever be able to put my foot down without it hurting? It’s been a week, and it’s not much better.

    • ANSWER:
      The swelling in the ankle after surgery is normal and could last anywhere from 3-6months. You should keep it up while at rest until the break heals which is usually btw 6-8weeks. It’s normal to feel throbbing when you put the foot down. Why? The blood is rushing down in the foot and being in a cast, you’re not using your calf muscle to pump the fluid back up so it’ll swell until the break heals and until you’re cleared to put weight on it again. Once you do, the swelling will quickly go away along with physical therapy as your calf muscle regains its tone. Be patient – you’re on your way to healing. Hope this helps!

  45. QUESTION:
    How do I get thin with a broken ankle?
    Hey, I broke my ankle and I am in a boot and on crutches. I really would like to be thin for the beach but I can’t get any physical activity in. And please don’t suggest those weight watchers thing. I don’t want to spend any money. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Diet is very important to losing weight. You dont need a fancy diet just eat less calories then you normally do.

      * cut out soda sugary drinks instead drink water
      * eat lean meats/protein
      * lots of fruits and veggies
      * cut out fast food and snacks like chips cookies and icecream.

      count your calories to make sure you stay on track. I try to eat around 1600 calories a day you don’t wanna go lower than 1200 if your a female or 1500 if your a man.

      Exercise is good you can try strength training but most important is what you are eating. Cant eat a bunch of sugary greasy food and expect to lose weight. GL

  46. QUESTION:
    How long is the norm to wear a cast after broken ankle surgery?
    I broke my ankle three weeks ago. I am doing remarkably well, (that’s my own prognosis). I have a cast on, and on crutches, but I can put weight on my foot without pain. I am totally pain free. I had a plate and several screws put in. I went back to doctor one week post-op, and the x-rays showed I was doing very well. My body has always healed extremely fast from surgeries, so I’m wondering if a walking cast or perhaps a boot would be possible after only three weeks post-op. I have an appointment with the doc in three days, but I would like to hear from anyone with a similar situation and how quickly their recovery went. Thanks for any input.

    • ANSWER:
      That’s really up to your surgeon to decide. On average, you are supposed to be in a cast for about 6 weeks. Why 6 weeks? It’s about the time where the bones soildify enough for you to start putting weight on it. Even if at 3 weeks, it looks good, you never want to put weight on it too early even with plates and screws. You’d be surprised how people can break through screws and plates if you go too fast too soon. I understand your eagerness to get going, but the truth is – better to be safe than sorry. After 6 weeks, you’ll likely be put in a boot and sent to PT for rehab to get the ankle moving again.

  47. QUESTION:
    What types of cardio exercises can I do with a broken ankle?
    I broke a bone in my ankle the other week and my doctor put me in a boot. What can I do to still get in a cardio workout so that I’m not just sitting around for the next month?

    • ANSWER:
      Are you on crutches?

      Because if you are,believe me,you will be getting enough exercise by that alone!Especially if you go up stairs,or any real distance at all.

      If you’re still worried though.you can do pilates,crunches,push-ups from the knees…

      You’ll be fine!

  48. QUESTION:
    can i have a broken ankle operated on without having an epidural or general anesthsia?
    Does anyone know if I can have surgery on a broken ankle WITHOUT having either an epidural or general anesthesia? I have a piece of bone that needs to be removed but copd makes me a risk for surgery.

    • ANSWER:
      Spinal. Best anesthetic ever. Using “heavy” drug (hyperbaric), we can get the spinal to take mostly on one side, so just the operative leg is numb.

      There is a chance that the orthopedic surgeon could use local right where he’s working but probably not. The problem with that is that if it’s not adequate, the only real option once surgery is underway is general, and that’s what you want to avoid with your COPD.

  49. QUESTION:
    How long does a broken ankle hurt for?
    Theoretically, if one was to break their ankle, two weeks later would it still hurt?
    And would it hurt more to move or bare weight upon?
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      if u broke it u wouldnt of been to walk on it in the first place n if it still hurt thn u might of just gotten a hairline fracture and it would hurt to move and bare weight on.. theoretically i would tell tht peerson to stop fooling around and see a doctor.

  50. QUESTION:
    Can I walk on a broken fibula and ankle?
    About 6 weeks ago I dislocated my ankle, breaking my fibula and other ankle bones in the process. I had surgery 4 weeks ago and four screws were put in my ankle, 2 on each side. 2 weeks ago the splint was taken off and I now have a boot, but the Dr. said not to put any weight on it for 4 weeks. So, I’m a bad girl and I tried to walk today, and it doesn’t hurt at all. Do you think that this means I can walk on it? Or am I going to mess up the healing if I do? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Listen to the Dr. and don’t walk on it! It’s not a matter of whether it hurts – do you really want to mess up the healing process and have another surgery?


Medial Surface Of The Tibia

How to Get Rid of Shin Splints in a Day
How to get rid of shin splints in a day

Pain along outside front of the lower leg is common in runners and the medical term used to denote it is medial tibial stress syndrome. Do you have generalized ache in the lower leg on exercise and do you feel pain when pressing the shin bone and does the pain gets severe during sporting activity and subside when resting? This condition is called bony shin splints and it is possible to get rid of shin splints in a day by doing muscle strengthening exercises.

Tibialis anterior and tibialis posterior are the other shin splints. Tendinitis, stress fracture, compartment syndrome, high impact training, excessive training, poor technique or biomechanics, standing for long periods and wearing high heeled shoes can cause shin splints.

Diagnosis is done by using a number of techniques such as taking patient history, physical examination, radiology, measuring the pressure within the compartment, magnetic resonance imaging and x-ray computed tomography scans .Rest, ice, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, decreasing the duration and intensity of exercises, specially fitted footwear and low energy extra corporeal shockwave therapy are used as treatments.

Understanding, identifying and treating the underlying problems are useful in quick recovery. Exercises like toe raises, calf raises and inner and outer thigh raises will help you to get rid of shin splints in a day .For doing toe raises, sit or stand with the foot directly in front of you, then lift the toe up in the direction of the shin bone as much as you can, hold it there for a second, and then lower back down. Do this for 20-30 times before moving to the next foot.

Exercises for Strengthening muscles

There are many professionally designed shin splin recovery exercises ,you can easily practice 5-10 mins/day to get rid of shin splints pain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What do you know about the Lower leg?
    1the distal later process of femur is ?
    2. distal medial process of femur is
    3. distal lateral process of fibula that forms outer anklebone
    4. distal medial process of tibia that forms the inner prominence of the ankle
    5. proximal lateral process of tibia that articulates with femur
    6. proximal lateral process of tibia that protudes below the kneecap
    7. proximal medial process of tibia that articulates with femur
    8. ridge on posterior surface of femur
    9. ridge on posterior surface of femur (lower)
    10. thin lateral bone of lower leg
    11. strongest bone of lower leg
    12. process just inferior to neck of femur on medial surface
    13. oblique ridge between trochanters on posterior surface of femur
    14. part of femur that fits into acetabulum
    15. longest, heaviest bone of leg
    16. end of fibula that articulates with upper end of tibia
    17. large process lateral to neck of femur
    18. oblique ridge between trochanters on anterior surface of femur

    • ANSWER:
      its connected to my foot bone

  2. QUESTION:
    i have this diagnostic on my left knee , what sould i go for a surgery or therapy?
    FINDINGS:mild degeneration of the hyaline cartilage of the patella is present . there is also evidence of the hyaline cartilage on the medial femoral articular surface and on the tibia overlying the posterior aspect of the anterior cruciate ligament at its insertion with evidence of subchondral bone degeneration with cyst formation . some anterior cruciate ligament fibers in the posterior insertion appear to be torn . the posterior cruciate ligament is normal .

    the menisci are normal, without meniscus tear . the collateral ligaments are normal . the bone marrow signal is normal , except as described . there is no abnormality of the muscles or tendons .
    IMPRESSION:
    degeneration of the hyaline cartilage of the patella, medial femur and tibia as discribed .
    findings consistent with tear of some of the anterior cruciate ligament fibers in the posterior inferior margin with degeneration of hyaline cartilage and subchondral bone at this site .
    subchondral cysts are seen

    • ANSWER:
      I would try therapy first, and surgery only if therapy and other less invasive measures don’t work.

  3. QUESTION:
    HELP BIO: In the knee joint, the medial and lateral menisci are…..?
    In the knee joint, the medial and lateral menisci

    a. are found between the patella and femur.
    b. act as cushions and conform to the shape of the articulating surfaces.
    c. take the place of bursae.
    d. are cartilages that bind the knee to the tibia.
    both A and D

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it’s both A and D

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medial_meniscus

  4. QUESTION:
    What do these MRI results mean & are there possible surgery/surguries in my near future?
    MRI KNEE JOINT LEFT:
    JOINT: There is approximately 50% cartilage thinning at the patellar apex. There is a 9x5mm region of approximately 50% cartilage thinning involving the weight bearing surface of the medial femoral condyle. No effusion.
    BURSAE AND SOFT TISSUES: A 3.5×8.2×50 mm slit like fluid collection identified posterior to the medial femur likely represents a Baker’s cyst
    IMPRESSION: 1. the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are intact. 2. the lateral and medial menisci are intact. 3. degenerative joint disease involving the petallofemoral and medial compartments. 4. Small Baker’s Cyst.

    MRI KNEE JOINT RIGHT:
    BONE: negative for fracture, osteomyelitis, osteonecrosis, or marrow replacing process. A 5x5x6mm lobulated well defined T2 hyperintense and proton density weighted hypointense lesion in the mid proximal tibial shaft likely represents an enchondroma. A 5x4x9 mm lesion involving the posterior aspect of the proximal tibial shaft appears hypointense on all sequences and is compatible with a bone island.
    BURSAE AND SOFT TISSUES No Baker’s cyst. A small septated intr-articular cystic formation identified on the anterior aspect of the mid tibial plateau measures 4x9x6 mm and likely represents a gaglion at the anterior cruciate ligament insertion.
    IMPRESSION: 1. the medial and lateral menisci are intact. 2. the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments are intact. 3. a small lobulated lesion in the proximal tibia is compatible with a benign enchondroma. 4. small intra-articular gaglion identified at the anterior cruciate ligament insertion.
    Oh, by the way, I am only 27 years old and these problems(pain,etc) have been bothering me since about age 20. Aren’t I a little young to have these issues. I also have 3 lower lumbar disc bulges, bilateral lumbar radiculopathy and sural nerve neuropathy, multi-level degenerative cervical spine changes(bone spurring, osteoarthritis), c6/c7 disc protrusion indenting into the thecal sac, right cervical spine radiculopathy, left median nerve neuropathy and right ulnar nerve neuropathy and thoralgia with multiple thoracic spine hemangiomas some atypical thoracic spine hemangiomas and also lumbar spine degenarative changes(bone spurring, osteoarthritis), , daily headaches usually behind the eye or above it or at the temple area but also occipital that start from the neck & turn into occipital then to tension type headaches, inappropriate sinus tachycardia, major depressive disorder, hx of patellofemoral syndrome, right si joint mal-alignment, etc. Any information from a doctor or a very well informed person in these areas would be greatly appreciated, as my physician(internist) thinks Mobic 15mg is the only tratment I need.
    What about the approximate 50% cartilage thinning at the patellar apex, 9x5mm region of approximate 50% cartilage thinning involving the weight bearing surface of the medial femoral condyle and degenerative joint disease involving the petallofemoral and medial compartments, my cervical spine, and lumbar spine and the disc protrusion, bulges and radiculopathies and neuropathies? Should I be doing PT, seeing a chiropractor or neurololgy?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    I broke both of my legs right above my ankles two years ago. My right leg still gives ma a lot ot problems.?
    I snapped the tendon in the same leg. My docotr did an MRI a month ago and this is what she had to say. What does it mean?

    The findings are that there is a moderate sized defect in the dome or weight bearing surface of the talas below the tibia.
    It would be pretty bad if it actually went thru into the joint.
    Let me refer you to Podiatry and get their opinion on whether or not you need anything done to the cyst.

    * IMPRESSION **:
    9 mm medial talar dome subarticular cystic focus adjacent reactive
    edema without evidence of overlying dome irregularity or chondral
    defect, consistent with osteochondritis dissecans.
    Lateral ankle tendons unremarkable.

    The findings are that there is a moderate sized defect in the dome or weight bearing surface of the talas below the tibia.
    It would be pretty bad if it actually went thru into the joint.
    Let me refer you to Podiatry and get their opinion on whether or not you need anything done to the cyst.
    I think the cyst came after the break. I didn’t have problems with my ankle prior to the broken legs.

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor who interpreted the MRI is basically saying there’s evidence of a condition call Osteochondritus Dissecans. Could be the previous break in your right ankle pinched a nerve, or something else is causing an artery that carries blood to that area to be blocked. The loss of blood weakens the bone and causes the cartilage to loosen between your bone joints, the bones scrap together, therefore your ankle hurts. The bones in the ankle area that scrap together over time causes one of them to form a small hole (i..e cavity), within that hole a fluid fill sac has form (called a cyst). The cyst is dangerous because it may cause infection.

      Treatment options are a) relax, stay off your feet and let it heal on its own, b) surgery to remove the cyst, to fill the cavity, to remove/bypass the blockage in the artery

  6. QUESTION:
    Please Help Me With Anatomy Homework?
    I’ve got 32 q’s homework due today please help me.

    1. With the body in the anatomical position, the thumb is:
    A) Medial
    B) Lateral
    C) Midline
    D) Distal
    2. The front surface of the body is called the ____________________ surface.
    A) Anterior
    B) Lateral
    C) Inferior
    D) Posterior
    3. The elbow is __________________ in relation to the shoulder.
    A) Distal
    B) Proximal
    C) Midclavicular
    D) Midaxillary
    4. You arrive on the scene of a patient lying face down. He is said to be in what position?
    A) Prone
    B) Supine
    C) Trendelenburg
    D) Lateral recumbent
    5. The tibia is ___________ to the fibula.
    A) Lateral
    B) Medial
    C) Posterior
    D) Anterior
    6. The ulna is _______________ to the radius.
    A) Lateral
    B) Medial
    C) Proximal
    D) Distal
    7. An injury involving both sides of a structure is known as:
    A) Bilateral
    B) Unilateral
    C) Unidimentional
    D) Radiating

    8. What is the medical term for toward the rear?
    A) Anterior
    B) Posterior
    C) Medial
    D) Inferior
    9. Which term describes the back surface of the hand?
    A) Palmar
    B) Distal
    C) Ventral
    D) Dorsal
    10. The most inferior aspect of the sternum is the:
    A) Spinal column
    B) Xiphoid process
    C) Tail bone
    D) Manubrium
    11. The posterior section of the skull is the:
    A) Frontal lobe
    B) Parietal lobe
    C) Occipital lobe
    D) Temporal lobe
    12. The bones that comprise the cheek are the:
    A) Mandible and maxilla
    B) Mastoid process
    C) Orbital
    D) Zygomatic
    13. The bones of the wrist are the:
    A) Phalanges
    B) Calcaneus
    C) Carpals
    D) Tarsals
    14. The inferior portion of the pelvis is the:
    A) Iliac crest
    B) Ischium
    C) Pubis
    D) Ilitan
    15. The outermost layer of skin is the:
    A) Dermis
    B) Epidermis
    C) Subcutaneous layer
    D) Melanin

    16. The thoracic spine is made up of how many vertebrae?
    A) 5
    B) 7
    C) 10
    D) 12
    17. The spinal column of the “lower back” is the:
    A) Thoracic
    B) Lumbar
    C) Sacrum
    D) Coccyx
    18. The major artery that supplies blood to the lower extremities is the:
    A) Popliteal
    B) Femoral
    C) Subclavian
    D) Posterior tibial
    19. The thoracic spine is located:
    A) Inferior to the lumbar spine and superior to the cervical spine
    B) Inferior to the cervical spine and superior to the lumbar spine
    C) Inferior to the lumbar spine and superior to the sacrum
    D) Inferior to the sacral spine and superior to the lumbar spine
    20. The coccyx is the:
    A) Most anterior portion of the spine
    B) Most proximal portion of the spine
    C) Most inferior portion of the spine
    D) Most lateral portion of the spine
    21. The thoracic and abdominal cavities are separated by the:
    A) Lungs
    B) Xiphoid process
    C) Rib cage
    D) Diaphragm
    22. The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within the lungs occurs in the:
    A) Alveoli
    B) Arteries
    C) Arterioles
    D) Capillaries
    23. The small cellular fragments that cause the blood to clot are called:
    A) Red blood cells
    B) White blood cells
    C) Platelets
    D) Plasma

    24. What is the largest artery in the body?
    A) Aorta
    B) Carotid
    C) Femoral
    D) Radial
    25. Which body system is responsible for controlling voluntary and involuntary activities of
    the body?
    A) Cardiovascular system
    B) Musculoskeletal system
    C) Endocrine system
    D) Nervous system
    26. The delivery of oxygen and other materials to the cells of all organ systems is called:
    A) Transfusion
    B) Circumvention
    C) Hypoperfusion
    D) Perfusion
    27. Which activity occurs when the diaphragm and intercostal muscles contract?
    A) Hiccup
    B) Cough
    C) Inhalation
    D) Exhalation
    28. From the right ventricle, blood flows next to the:
    A) Aorta
    B) Pulmonary artery
    C) Superior vena cava
    D) Left atrium
    29. The small leaf-shaped flap that covers the entrance of the larynx during swallowing is
    called the:
    A) Pharynx
    B) Esophagus
    C) Epiglottis
    D) Cricoid cartilage
    30. Which of the following demonstrates the division of structures of the airway (from top
    to bottom)?
    A) Trachea, pharynx, larynx, bronchiole, bronchus, alveoli
    B) Pharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchus, bronchiole, alveoli
    C) Trachea, pharynx, larynx, bronchus, bronchiole, alveoli
    D) Pharynx, trachea, larynx, bronchiole, bronchus, alveoli

    31. The component of blood that is part of the body’s immune system and that helps to
    defend against infection is the:
    A) Red blood cell
    B) White blood cell
    C) Platelet
    D) Plasma
    32. The vessels that carry blood from the arteries into the capillaries are the:
    A) Arterioles
    B) Alveoli
    C) Venules
    D) Capillary ducts
    33. The system responsible for the secretion of insulin and adrenaline is the:
    A) Integumentary system
    B) Nervous system
    C) Endocrine system
    D) Circulatory system
    34. Which of the following structures is a component of both the respiratory and digestive
    systems?
    A) Trachea
    B) Esophagus
    C) Pharynx
    D) Bronchioles

    • ANSWER:
      I’ll be glad to help you get a handle on all the questions. The point of the questions is to help you learn the direction terms used to describe the body and certain body parts.

      Read the text first and look at each picture. Try to memorize each labeled part, but don’t feel you have to get them perfect. The questions will help you practice them.

      Work back and forth between your book and the questions. Try to learn the answer, not just put it down.

      You can also use anatomy websites to do this.

      These are all very basic questions, nothing tricky here.

  7. QUESTION:
    can anyone read my MRI Report? ( left knee) and tell me what shud i do ?
    here how it goes
    UNENHANCED MRI LEFT KNEE

    HISTORY : swollen in the morning , limited range of motion and painful to walk

    PROCEDURE : Proton density and inversion revcovery T2-weighted sagittal and coronal images and inversion recovery axial images are acquired

    FINDINGS : There are number of small bone islands in the tibia and femur . Mild abnormal signal is seen in the posterior aspect of the medial femoral condyle without distortion of the cortex or articular cartilage and probably a variation in marrow signal

    Prominent increased signal is seen in the posterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci not intersecting a free surface . The appearance is somewhat stippled or bubbly and probably represents meniscal degenerative change . No suggestion of a tear here or elsewhere

    The cruciate and collateral ligaments are normal . there is a small joint effusion

    IMPRESSION :

    1. Degenerative signal in the menisc , no tear evident
    2. Small joint effusion
    3. Probably normal bone signal

    • ANSWER:
      From the looks of things, you are either overworking your knee or you have rheumatoid arthritis. There is no major damage – at least not yet. All you have right now is inflammation and a little deterioration of the cartilage that sits between the leg bones. If this is from overuse, it can heal in a month or two if you stop aggravating it. If it is from rheumatoid arthritis, then it may not heal completely, but you can probably control the damage with anti-inflammatory meds such as Alleve or ibuprofen.

  8. QUESTION:
    Should i delete my uncle for saying this on facebook?
    I’m not sure if it was a joke or something because i have no idea what it means but if you understand it care to explain for me lol?

    “Gay Fracture
    The Gay fracture is a comminuted fracture of the distal tibia. The fracture consists of a long oblique fracture extending medial to lateral as well as a fracture extending to the tibiotalar articular surface. It results from an axial loading injury, with impaction of the talus upon the tibial plafond. Because of the severity of the fracture and its intraarticular involvement post traumatic arthritis is a common sequel”.
    Well he is homophobic, he once threaten to “kill” me if i was gay and had kids.
    Ethan my testicles are fine, i’m touched that you care about them so much :)

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t delete him. All I found on google was a testicle fracture. Are your testicles okay?

  9. QUESTION:
    can you tell me what my mri report means?
    Left knee pain ,normal signal intensity asso. w/the marrow of the left patella as well as distal femur &proximal left tibia fibula. minimal red marrow is present within the distal femoral diaphysis. Normal signal intensity and configuration are asso. w/ the lateral minisci. There is subtle increased signal within the central portion of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus not extending to it’s articular surfice. This may be secondary to degenerative signal . There is normal configuration of the articular surfaces of the femoral and tibial condyles. Normal signal intensity and configuration are assoc. w/ the cruciate and collateral ligaments as well as patellar tendon. small left knee joint effusion collects laterally .

    • ANSWER:
      sounds normal with the exception of some possible degenerative arthritis, which is normal in most people. your doctor should tell you what your MRI means, if he didn’t FIND A NEW DOCTOR!!


Medial View Of The Foot

Technological Advances in the Field of Medicine
The advancements of technology in the field of medicine have given us everything from antibiotics to electronic imaging to robotic surgical techniques. Without them we wouldnt have early detection, prevention and new and better treatments to improve our quality of life and lengthen our lifespan. Lets look at a few technological breakthroughs in the medical field.

Anesthesia
Can you imagine going under the knife today without some sort of anesthesia or pain killer? The idea first came about in 1846 when a dentist in Boston used ether to end the pain of much needed operations.

Vaccines
Vaccines have helped stop the spread of disease and in some cases eradicate it completely. The first was Edward Jenners smallpox vaccine in 1796.

Medical Imaging

With the use of x-rays, CT scans, MRIs and used patient monitors in hostpitals we are more than ever before able to locate disease and treat it faster.

Surgeries
You might eat well and exercise as much as youre suppose to but when it comes to major traumas and life threatening disease, youre going to be thankful of all the advances in surgical technologies. With the help of medical imaging doctors are able to precisely locate the disease or trauma and remove it or fix it to get you back on your feet.

Prosthetics
The technological advances in prosthetics are mind boggling. More and more people with a need for a prosthetic limb are able to get a device that looks and acts like a real one. They give people their freedom and confidence back and allow them to continue leading a normal life.

Discovery of DNA Structure
DNA is the structure of molecules that carry genetic information from one generation to the next. Genetic codes can give doctors the insight to predicting what disease your genes may be carrying. Breaking down your DNA and being prepared for diseases that may be linked to you and your family will give you the head start on prevention.
These are just a few technological advances in the medical field and there are certainly more to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can someoneI help me finding the last two mistakes in this radiology report?
    Can someoneI help me finding the last two mistakes in this radiology report?

    Before anyone says anything no I am not trying to get you to do my school work just can’t seem to find the last two mistakes I have look over the report so many times. I got most of my work done. Just wanted to see if anyone else see the mistakes that I missed.

    Here is what I got so far…………..

    The radiology report you will find below contains ten medical terminology errors.

    List the errors and list the correct term to be used.

    Medical Terminology Error Correct Term

    1.metatars0l metatarsal

    2.residial residual

    3.ostemyelitis osteomyelitis

    4.tow toe

    5.artrial arthral

    6.MRS MRI

    7.a-cute acute

    8.osteomelatsis osteomyelitis

    9.

    10.

    X-ray Report: 3 views, right foot
    Attending Physician: Morales, Javier

    Patient: Roman, Guy
    DOT: 03/01/26 (56 years)

    CLINICAL: suspect osteomyelitis

    FINDINGS: there has been an amputation of the fifth metatarsal bone and also amputation of the fourth tow.

    There are multiple areas of bone destruction. These are: the lateral aspect of the residual fourth metatars0l bone, associated with overlying swelling; the medial aspect of the residial head of the fourth metatarsal bone, the head of the third metatarsal bone and the base of the proximal- phalanx of the third ray, and the lateral aspect of the head of the second metatarsal bone. Any or all of these sites could represent active ostemyelitis. Comparison films or MRI or nuclear bone imaging would be helpful in determining whether active osteomyelitis is present.

    Small artrial calcification is present.

    IMPRESSION: Compatible with multiple sites of active osteomelatsis. However, the absence of previous films for comparison it cannot be definitively stated that these changes are a-cute. MRS, nuclear bone scanning or comparison with previous radiographs is recommended.

    I got most of my work done just can’t seem to find the last two mistakes. Can anyone give me some pointers because I am lost.
    14 hours ago – 3 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    13 hours ago

    Should maybe Third ray be third toe?

    • ANSWER:
      9. DOT = DOB

      10. insert the word “in” between the words “the” and “absence”

      ~M~

  2. QUESTION:
    An Radiology report: Help finding the 10 medical terminology errors.?
    Can someoneI help me finding the last two mistakes in this radiology report?

    Before anyone says anything no I am not trying to get you to do my school work just can’t seem to find the last two mistakes I have look over the report so many times. I got most of my work done. Just wanted to see if anyone else see the mistakes that I missed.

    Here is what I got so far…………..

    The radiology report you will find below contains ten medical terminology errors.

    List the errors and list the correct term to be used.

    Medical Terminology Error Correct Term

    1.metatars0l metatarsal

    2.residial residual

    3.ostemyelitis osteomyelitis

    4.tow toe

    5.artrial arthral

    6.MRS MRI

    7.a-cute acute

    8.osteomelatsis osteomyelitis

    9.

    10.

    X-ray Report: 3 views, right foot
    Attending Physician: Morales, Javier

    Patient: Roman, Guy
    DOT: 03/01/26 (56 years)

    CLINICAL: suspect osteomyelitis

    FINDINGS: there has been an amputation of the fifth metatarsal bone and also amputation of the fourth tow.

    There are multiple areas of bone destruction. These are: the lateral aspect of the residual fourth metatars0l bone, associated with overlying swelling; the medial aspect of the residial head of the fourth metatarsal bone, the head of the third metatarsal bone and the base of the proximal- phalanx of the third ray, and the lateral aspect of the head of the second metatarsal bone. Any or all of these sites could represent active ostemyelitis. Comparison films or MRI or nuclear bone imaging would be helpful in determining whether active osteomyelitis is present.

    Small artrial calcification is present.

    IMPRESSION: Compatible with multiple sites of active osteomelatsis. However, the absence of previous films for comparison it cannot be definitively stated that these changes are a-cute. MRS, nuclear bone scanning or comparison with previous radiographs is recommended.

    I got most of my work done just can’t seem to find the last two mistakes. Can anyone give me some pointers because I am lost.
    14 hours ago – 3 days left to answer.
    Additional Details
    13 hours ago

    Should maybe Third ray be third toe?

    • ANSWER:
      artrial = arterial
      DOT = DOB
      proximal- phalanx = proximal phalanx

  3. QUESTION:
    I need Help finding he last two mistakes in this radiology report. ?
    Before anyone says anything no I am not trying to get you to do my school work just can’t seem to find the last two mistakes I have look over the report so many times. I got most of my work done. Just wanted to see if anyone else see the mistakes that I missed.
    Here is what I got so far…………..

    •The radiology report you will find below contains ten medical terminology errors.

    •List the errors and list the correct term to be used.

    Medical Terminology Error Correct Term

    1.metatars0l metatarsal

    2.residial residual

    3.ostemyelitis osteomyelitis

    4.tow toe

    5.artrial arthral

    6.MRS MRI

    7.a-cute acute

    8.osteomelatsis osteomyelitis

    9.

    10.

    X-ray Report: 3 views, right foot
    Attending Physician: Morales, Javier

    Patient: Roman, Guy
    DOT: 03/01/26 (56 years)

    CLINICAL: suspect osteomyelitis

    FINDINGS: there has been an amputation of the fifth metatarsal bone and also amputation of the fourth tow.

    There are multiple areas of bone destruction. These are: the lateral aspect of the residual fourth metatars0l bone, associated with overlying swelling; the medial aspect of the residial head of the fourth metatarsal bone, the head of the third metatarsal bone and the base of the proximal- phalanx of the third ray, and the lateral aspect of the head of the second metatarsal bone. Any or all of these sites could represent active ostemyelitis. Comparison films or MRI or nuclear bone imaging would be helpful in determining whether active osteomyelitis is present.

    Small artrial calcification is present.

    IMPRESSION: Compatible with multiple sites of active osteomelatsis. However, the absence of previous films for comparison it cannot be definitively stated that these changes are a-cute. MRS, nuclear bone scanning or comparison with previous radiographs is recommended.

    I got most of my work done just can’t seem to find the last two mistakes. Can anyone give me some pointers because I am lost.
    Should maybe Third ray be third toe?

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve done a lot of foot x-rays, and I don’t know what a “third ray” is. Third toe makes sense.

      DOT should be DOB

  4. QUESTION:
    My sister accidently dropped her heavy dresser on my foot a week ago. swollen,and can’t really walk on it?
    I’ve been having some problems with my feet anyway so I didn’t really pay much attention to it.But now I have this achy throbbing feeling in the foot that it dropped on and its swollen.Also whenever I touch it, it hurts extremely bad.I can’t even wear shoes or sneakers because of it. I’ve been using the RICE method.The pain is mostly midfoot to the anterior,medial,and lateral parts of my ankle http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images/view?back=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.search.yahoo.com%2Fsearch%2Fimages%3Fei%3DUTF-8%26p%3Dlabeled%2520diagram%2520of%2520foot%26y%3DSearch%26fr2%3Dtab-web%26fr%3Dslv7-msgr&w=655&h=405&imgurl=www.myfootshop.com%2Fimages%2Fanatomy%2Fdp_foot_mod_labeled_topography.jpg&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myfootshop.com%2Fcgi-bin%2Fubb%2Fultimatebb.cgi%3Fubb%3Dget_topic%3Bf%3D2%3Bt%3D000785&size=58.9kB&name=dp_foot_mod_labeled_topography.jpg&p=labeled+diagram+of+foot&type=jpeg&no=1&tt=6&oid=a40a410fd4584786&ei=UTF-8
    its also like this big bump on it

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest you go to the doctor. They will likely have to xray it to determine whether or not it is broken..


Fracture And Sprain

Rehabilitation of a Colles Fracture Physiotherapy
Colles’ fractures, named after Abraham Colles who first described in 1814 the common fracture of the last inch of the radius and ulna near the wrist, is a very common consequence of a fall on the outstretched hand (FOOSH). Typical treatment is immobilisation in a plaster of Paris or similar material for five to six weeks to allow bony union, followed by a rehabilitation period of a month or more, a short period of which might involve a wrist brace for comfort during activity. Due to the functional importance of the hand, the period of immobilisation is kept to a minimum to prevent dysfunction of the hand and wrist.

Physiotherapy examination starts once the hand has been released from the Plaster of Paris, manually feeling the fracture site which should not be more than minimally uncomfortable, signifying the fracture is well on the way to healing. Hand colour should be normal, the hand should not be swollen much nor have severe muscle wasting. Wrist movements are often restricted in one or two planes but all the movements should not normally be reduced or not significantly. Pain may be present but again should not be severe or occur on all hand movements.

Two hourly range of motion exercises are the first treatment taught to the patient by the physiotherapist and in many cases the wrist movements improve sufficiently for this alone to be required. Elbow and shoulder movement should be reviewed to rule out restrictions before moving on to the rotatory forearm movements of pronation and supination which are important for normal hand use. Further movements assessed are flexion and extension of the wrist, fingers and thumb, along with thumb adduction and abduction. Wrist extension and forearm supination are the most commonly affected movements.
After the plaster comes off the wrist often feels vulnerable, partly because the plaster is seldom left on until the bone is entirely healed to prevent the onset of complications due to immobilisation. Physiotherapists may give the patient a futura type brace, a fabric brace with Velcro straps and a metal piece for the underside of the wrist to stiffen it. This is not meant to keep the wrist immobilised further but to support the wrist while the patient is performing functional activities and then to be removed for light activities and regular exercise performance.

If the ranges of motion do not improve as they should then the physiotherapist will consider using joint mobilisations to ease the movements. Accessory movements can be performed to the inferior radio-ulnar joint to help pronation and supination, and to the radiocarpal (wrist) and midcarpal joints, with the physiotherapist fixing one side of the joint as he or she moves the other side of the joint passively. This can be done gently or more vigorously at the end of range to push against the restrictions within the joint. Mobilisations can also be performed with the joint at the end of its available movement to give it the sliding and gliding movements it requires.

Strengthening the wrist occurs with a gradual increase in functional activities but joining a hand class can instruct the patient in practicing the large variety of small movements that the hand can perform and needs to strengthen for optimum hand function. Repetitive work at pieces of apparatus can strengthen and harden the hand to turning, twisting, pulling, grasping and fine work with the thumb and index finger. This can move on to work with weights or functional activities if the person needs to return to manual labour or another job requiring upper limb strength.

Urgent treatment is indicated if the hand is extremely painful, tightly swollen and has poor movements, before a pain syndrome develops. At this stage medical review is important to make sure there are no complications with the fracture such as poor healing or lack of healing. Analgesia and contrast baths can help with the pain, desensitisation with the hypersensitive areas which can develop and massage and exercise with the swelling. Patient education is vital so they know they have to work hard and through the pain to rehabilitate their hand.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    why do you have to keep your foot elevated when your fracture/sprain it?
    i sprained my ankle and fractured my foot, but why do i have to keep my foot elevated and is it something i really have to do?

    • ANSWER:
      elevating the injury is important because it reduces/prevents swelling. When tissue is injured it usually becomes more swollen and gets a great deal more blood flow which cause a lot of fluid to build up. If too much fluid and pressure accumulate near the injury it can increase pain. When you elevate the injury above the level of the heart it decreases excess fluid and pressure that builds up. Cold helps as well….

  2. QUESTION:
    How can I sprain/fracture my ankle?
    I twisted my ankle the other day then I ran on it at touch and it hurts now but I can still walk on it. If I have to be in pain I’d rather have crutches but for that I need to sprain or fracture my ankle. How can I do this easily. I don’t have a trampoline but I do have stairs. Nothing stupid like a hammer tho. Thx

    • ANSWER:
      You have a dog? Okay get a tazer put him on his leash, tie it to your ankle and taze his ass. Or jump off your roof landing on your feet but warning you may die. Or hit it against a table til the bone snaps.

  3. QUESTION:
    I hurt my ankle (hairline fracture/sprain) and I can’t walk on it?
    The ER gave me a boot and said I should be able to walk. I was able to walk out but it hurt a lot and now I can’t bear weight at all and I feel it swelling and throbbing. Is this normal? Should I get crutches?

    • ANSWER:
      So… take a Tylenol and put your foot UP for a while.
      Try following ALL the instructions they gave you.

  4. QUESTION:
    how do i know if its a fracture, sprain or just swelling on my foot?
    its a bump and black and blue.

    • ANSWER:
      A genral rule is if u can walk on it and bend it its probobly just a sprain. But you have so many bones in your foot it would be incredably hard to tell what it was without a x ray. If you cant afford a hospital visit here are some things you can try. put ice on it every 20 minites then take it off for another twenty. Take a pain reliver so the blood will pump to the area to heal better. Try to keep yout foot above your heart when laying down . Stay off of it as much as you can. After a COUPLE of day the swelling and bruising doesnt go down the slightest i suggest you go to get x rays.

  5. QUESTION:
    How to BREAK/SPRAIN/FRACTURE your ankle?
    I’m not goth of emo or anything like that. My science project on breaking bones REQUIRES me to list a bunch of proven ways to break your ankle. Please do not comment saying “ur goth, y did u post this” or anything like that. If you are one of those people, just don’t comment and waste my time! And pleas don’t post anything stupid like “lie in the middle of the freeway” or other stuff like that. Reasonable answers only!

    • ANSWER:
      My friend broke her ankle while riding a 4 wheeler. she crashed into a fence or some big object (a wall maybe, lol i cant remember) and her ankle got caught in between the 4 wheeler and the big object (lol). she was in a wheel chair and on crutches for like several months and had to have pins put in and surgery, the whole deal. not fun! but theres a way to break it! i had another friend who jumped off the back of a pick up truck and broke hers, another friend of mine was the worst of all, when we were in like 4th grade her kickball went into the road and she went to go get it and on her way back across the road she tripped and before she could get up she was run over by a drunk driver. ya. thankfully it was just her leg! it would have been deadly or much worse if he had ran over something else like her chest. Thank goodness though! she is fine now, but never will drive drunk! so there are a few ways people i know have broken there legs/ankles. hope this is useful!
      Hope this helps!
      God bless :)

  6. QUESTION:
    Did I fracture or sprain my hip, or is it a spinal compression fracture?
    I was in a close call on my motorcycle, and used my leg to pivot my bike to avoid a car. For a week I had minor pain in my leg. I felt great for a couple of months, but in the last week, I have had severe pain sitting, and getting up from the seated possition. The pain starts at my hip and shoots towards my foot on the outside of my leg. I have full range of motion after getting up and moving.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like your sciatic nerve eh!

      http://www.spine-health.com/conditions/sciatica/what-you-need-know-about-sciatica

  7. QUESTION:
    Which one is worst a sprain break or fracture in a wrist?
    Today I got X-rays done and the doctor said I have a fracture wrist. When I recover can I still play soccer goalie? What is the difference between a sprain and fracture wrist?

    • ANSWER:
      There are different severity levels of both fractures and sprains. Both can cause long-term symptoms and will keep you out of soccer for at least a couple weeks. A sprain is an injury to a ligament that stretches it or in worst cases, tears the ligament. Sprains are on a 1, 2, or 3 scale. With a grade 3 sprain being the worst and a complete tear. Fractures are injuries to the bone that either just crack it, go all the way through the bone, and even displace meaning the fragments are no longer aligned. If you have a fractured wrist, you will probably need some sort of immobilization, typically a cast for about 6 weeks. Then, you may need some therapy to regain motion and strength in your wrist. I would say you are looking at a couple months.

      Good Luck :)

  8. QUESTION:
    I have a swollen foot due to ankle sprain/fracture, should I see a doctor?
    I twisted my ankle by stepping off a high curb and landing funny in the rain. I was able to get up and hop but the pain was nearly unbearable. Day 1 – I got some crutches, iced, wrapped, and elevated during sleep. Day 2 – Bruising begins to set in along the outside edge of the ankle. Day 2.5 – I’m alarmed because my foot continues to swell. There is now light bruising on the inside edge of the ankle. More disconcerting, there is bruising at the base of my toes and the toes themselves are bruised a light blue. I still cannot walk without crutches. I decide to see a doctor the next day. Day 3 – Swelling seems to have plateaued. Bruising continues in same spots. However, I can hobble on the foot without crutches if the foot is wrapped.

    So, now it is Day 3. I am in a foreign country where they don’t take medical insurance. Should I see a doctor or does the fact that I can actually walk a little mean I have nothing to worry about?

    • ANSWER:
      Its hard to tell without an xray image but it most likely a severe sprain. If the symptoms seem to get worse in the next 36hrs you may need a Dr.

      (this part is only for third and some second world nations)

      The cost factor in foreign nations varies but if you are in a developing or second world nation their could be an local charity clinic to aid you such as Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross/Crescent and the UN. Few doctors may be able to speak english but if this is the case it will be vary obvious after you point to the location where you are hurting. DO NOT allow them to give you shots, cut on you. As they may not be sterile.

      But either way when back in the states I would see my local physician and go from there.

  9. QUESTION:
    how to tell if i fracture, sprain or break my wrist ?
    i accidentally hit a wall and my wrist is brused , swollen, and my last pinky knuckle feels different like it is broke so my whole wrist hurts very badly i can barely write or type without it hurting i haven’t went to the doctor cause my mom wont let me so what did i do to my wrist and how can i cure it

    • ANSWER:
      If you’re a kid just go to your school nurse. However, do it at your own risk because they’ll probably make you a ward of the state once they find out your mom refused to take you to the doctor.

  10. QUESTION:
    Tips for healing a fracture/sprain?
    I’m 8.5 weeks into a sprain/fracture of the calcaneous bone in my foot (“anterior process”) and have been wearing a walking cast/boot for the last month.

    I’m a 28 year old female, thin and in good health, but the healing process is taking longer than expected. My orthopedist said it may just be the severity of the injury (simply rolling my foot on a doormat stepping off a step). It feels the same today (very, very tender, unable to bear weight) as it did six weeks ago.

    Does anyone have any advice on what I can do to help move the healing process along?

    I’m currently taking the following supplements daily: 1000 mg of calcium, 250 mg of vitamin C, 400 IU of vitamin D, and vitamin A (not sure of amount…)

    I’m also applying a thin layer of Comfrey root (liquid) every 1-2 days to the affected area, and doing some light massaging to improve circulation.

    I’m elevating it occasionally, if I notice swelling, which isn’t often.

    Any other tips/advice? I really appreciate it! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      if you can walk on it, it’s a sprain.

      if you fall down when you try and put weight on it then it’s a fracture

      your orthoopedist specializes in bones. he is the doctor you would see to find out what it is.

  11. QUESTION:
    Is it a wrist fracture or sprain?
    My daughter fell yesterday and landed on her outstretched hand. It didn’t bother her too much at the time, but as the night went on it got worse. There was maybe a tiny bit of swelling where her thumb meets her wrist, but when I press on the area, she feels a lot of pain. She has trouble gripping objects, getting dressed, or writing with that hand, but she can move all of her fingers. She just seems to be in a lot of pain. Is it normal to have a fracture/sprain without much swelling? She’s usually a real trooper, so the fact that she doesn’t want to use her right hand is making me wonder. She has a doctor’s appointment today, but I am just wondering if she’ll need an x-ray. Anybody out there have experience with wrist injuries? Thanks!
    My daughter is 8 years old. She is a big girl, though, built like an adult (5 feet tall). She still doesn’t use her right hand. She can move her fingers enough to lightly pick up something that doesn’t weigh very much, but she is definitely favouring the hand.

    • ANSWER:
      Based on the position you mentioned, it might be a fractured scaphoid. In that case, you should get an x-ray done right away. CT might also be required should the x ray be negative as scaphoid fractures are tricky to see on xrays and people have missed it. Scaphoid is a bone with poor blood supply and if the fracture is not treated promptly, the bone might die and lead to loss of function of the thumb, a serious enough complication to warrant medical attention. A fall on outstretched hand may also cause other fractures/ligament tears as well, and a thourough x ray and physical examination should be taken up till the shoulder. A lot would also depend on how old your daughter is. Generally, a younger child below 12 yrs old, is more likely to tear her ligaments. Just get the doctor to have a look just in case. And just because the limb is moving doesn’t mean that there’s no fracture there. The fracture may have not involved nerves.

  12. QUESTION:
    Pushed against the wall… sprain, pulled muscle, or fracture?
    I know this qualifies as domestic violence. Do not bother giving me advice on that aspect of it because you do not know my situation.

    I was rammed into the corner of a wall this morning and fell over in the process. I am experiencing a constant ache and severe pain when I make the wrong movement (examples – sitting up after laying down, getting out of a car, picking up something). It is around the top right part of my femur/hip bone. Do you think it is most likely a fracture, sprain, or a pulled muscle? If I go to the ER or a general doctor, is they anything they can do to help me or does it simply need to heal on its own?

    • ANSWER:
      See a doctor, no one on yahoo is a good replacement for a professionals opinion. I hope it gets better though =/

  13. QUESTION:
    how do you tell if you have a fracture or sprain in your ankle ?
    today i fell down and hurt my ankle and i was wondering how do you tell if you fractured, broke, or sprained your ankle or how to tell if you’ve torn a ligament or something in your ankle.

    thanks !!!
    xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to tell is to go see your doctor as soon as possible.

      Either of them, your ankle will look swollen and bruised and there will be a lot of pain and pressure, especially when walking on it.

      ice up your ankle tonight and get some rest.

      feel better

      xx

  14. QUESTION:
    I twisted my ankle today and heard a loud POP. I can stil walk on it but it hurts, fracture or sprain?
    I was just walking in grass, I stepped in a small hole and bend my ankle. I couldnt get up for a few seconds and felt super light headed and my hearing temporarly went away, weird I know. Now my mom doesnt want to take me to the doc because it costs too much and we dont have insurance, what do I do? Is it a sprain or fracture?

    BTW I can walk on it, but it hurts when I do on the side
    There is no swelling at all, what does this mean?
    Ok new news, I went to sleep and when I woke up, the pain in my foot is nearly excrucating. The only way it feels better is if i dont put weight on it, other wise I can barely walk. I went to a chiropractor and he said theres no fracture but possibly a torn ligament, so I should just let it heal by itself and use crutches, any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      If there is no swelling and relatively no pain, then you probably just popped your ankle good. If it starts swelling or hurting more, go see your doctor right away. The only way to tell if it’s a fracture or a sprain is to get an x-ray. Since you have no pain or swelling now, if it does start to swell it’s probably a tiny fracture and will need some type of brace or cast to help it heal straight. A sprain would have blown up like a balloon almost instantly and you’d be in a lot of pain.

      BTW, after you fell, you said you felt light headed and temporarily lost hearing. You probably pinched one of the major blood vessels in your leg as you fell, which kept the blood from getting back to your head. It’s easy enough to pinch those veins: you do it every time you lock your knees. Which I don’t recommend doing.

  15. QUESTION:
    fallen on foot its bruised and swollen is it a fracture or sprain?
    fallen on my foot its bruised and swollen the pain not as bad as yesterday is it a sprain or worse

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah. Dedinately get it checked out. I recently broke my ankle bad. All good now but got a torn ligament. Phisio said that ligament damage is almost as worse as a fracture or break. So if an xray shows no signs of fracture an u r still in pain in a month or so, I would get an MRI. That will show ligament damage.
      Ligament are only as serious as a brake if it hasn’t healed in 40 days.

      Or….. U just have a sprain….hehe

  16. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a sprain or fracture to heal?
    I’m going to the doctor tomorrow and i think i sprained my ankle and I want to know how long i will be out because im going to Hershey Park (for a school choir thing) in 3 weeks and i cant go on any rides if im in a brace or cast. and for a sprain do you get casts?

    • ANSWER:
      If it is just a sprain, a doctor may put you in a boot, but I doubt it. Probably put a brace on at the very most; an ace bandage at the very least and its about 3 weeks heal time. Make sure you keep it elevated and ice it at night. Weird, I had a broken foot a few years ago and I got on all the rides at Disney Land and didn’t even have to wait in line.

  17. QUESTION:
    Fracture, sprain, or me just being silly :)?
    I slipped down a set of really icy stairs a few hours ago and i hurt my wrist :( I’ve never sprained or fratcured anything before so i don’t have any idea whether i could have sprained my wrist, fractured one of the small bones or simply bruised it. Basically my wrist still hurts, i’m not in very much pain but i can still feel it, especially when i’m leaning my wrist on my laptop like now! it doesn’t feel like a bruise cos it’s more of a sharp pain. It’s slightly swollen around the painful area and when i press down on it, it hurts a lot more. It does sound more like a sprain to me but it feels like it hurts on one of the little bones and it’s about 1/5 of the way up my arm. I just tried moving my wrist around and it hurt, but i can still move it easily. I’ve probably just made it worse my doing that :’) So am I just being silly and worrying about nothing, or could i have possibly done something worse than bruise it :) I’ll be grateful for any help, thanks! I’ll see what it’s like in the morning! x
    Note: It actually did start hurting a lot more after i moved my wrist around, bad idea haha

    • ANSWER:

  18. QUESTION:
    Do I have a fracture or sprain?
    I fell back on my wrist and it now has a lot of pain. It pops and hurts to touch it but there is barely any swelling. Should I get an x-ray or just treat it like a sprain?

    • ANSWER:

  19. QUESTION:
    broken? fracture? sprain?
    I jammed my hand earlier and it has been really swollen all day, has several red and white bruises and STINGS badly at the touch.
    I can move it and there is no disfigurement but is there any possibility i hurt it badly?

    • ANSWER:
      it is not a break or fracture by the sound of it. no one can tell what if wrong except for a doctor. jus keep ice on it and take advil

  20. QUESTION:
    How do youu sprain,fracture,pr break your wrist! Please help!?
    Please help! I needd somme really good and EASY ways to do this, i have good reasons, invovling doctors, so dont say im crazy or that there are no reasons to do this, we onnly live onnce in a life time so i should be able to do what i wannt:) please just help mmeee!

    Please&thankkyouu!:)

    • ANSWER:
      You could fall backwards and stick your wrist out and fall on it.
      You could have a friend jump on it.
      You could hit it against something hard.
      These were the easiest ways i could think :) haha let me know what one wroks best for you and how much it hurts! im scared to try these, so let me know!!

  21. QUESTION:
    Is it normal to brake, sprain, and fracture a bone?
    I’ve broken sprained and fractured my féet, ankles, wrist, elbow. And have recently hurt my shoulder. Is it not necessarily normal but ok or is there something wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    did i fracture,sprain, or break my ankle? please help :(?
    i havent been to the doctor yet…. and idk if i should…
    but yesterday, i was running at a park/field and there was a sudden hole that was about 10cm long, and i fell with my ankle stuck in the hole . when it happened i think i heard some cracks, and i have a scartch on my ankle bone. When i try to stand on it, it really hurts and i can move my foot around with my ankle BARELY. and if i try to move it a bit more, i feel like dying. when i sit down, the pain reduces, but if i move my foot (not my ankle) i feel this weight on it and it hurts :/ what happend? is it fractured/ sprained to broken?? my ankle is really swollen compared to my other foot and just idk… please help!

    • ANSWER:

  23. QUESTION:
    How to tell the differnce between ankle sprain and fracture?
    Hi all, so im looking for some advise. I injured my anke 2 days ago. It swelled up immediatley and it was to painful to walk on. Now its swollen and painful on both sides of the foot and my whole foot is in pain. I can limp around and can hold wait on it as long as its quickly but then it gets to painful. Whn would it be a good idea to seek medical advise? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      hi jay
      i have had both and they feel both the same,initially, obviously the broken ankle took much longer to recover from.
      you need to go to your local a +e for an x-ray and don’t be scarred to take strong pain killers(i find co codamol very good(boots own brand)).
      hope this helps

  24. QUESTION:
    BROKEN?FRACTURE?SPRAIN?
    ok so i fell out of the shower wheen i waz getting out about 25 minutees ago and i hit my ankle on the spicket and landed on mt knee my knee i can bend a little but it hurts and my ankle is purple and blue and is really swolled and i cant stand or move it what is it and what should i do my mom dosent believe me and wont bring e to the docter

    HELP

    i am also a cheerleader and have a meet tommarow what do i do for that

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    Ways to break/fracture/sprain your ankle?
    In our gym class the other day this idiot said ‘I wish I could break my ankle to get out of gym’ and now our teacher has got us to do this homework – “find out as many ways as possible to break your ankle, and how it can affect you for the rest of your life”

    So I need help with different ways to break ankle, I have made up some just like “run down a steep hill, and twist your ankle out as you stop”, because that was how I sprained my ankle (NOT on purpose, and it hurt like hell)

    Thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      turn your ankle side ways and put pressure on it.
      fall down stairs
      try to skateboard
      jump off your roof
      eat shrums

  26. QUESTION:
    Fracture, sprain, overtraining?
    For the past few days my foot has been hurting profusely on the top and where my foot meets my toes. To raise and lower my toes hurts, and I have to swing my foot out when I go on any type of incline. I am an avid distance runner and I’m still able to run; I think walking hurts much more. My coach said it could be the repetitive turning on the track, but I’m not sure. Any idea what it could be? It feels like it’s a little bit into my ankle and it’s a little swollen in an area close to that. I have not landed in an awkward way or anything like that. Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      That sounds like a stress fracture. When you run you repetitvly put press on your feet. I had a stress fracture in both feet several years ago and your symptoms sound the same as mine did. Try soaking them in Epsom Salt.

  27. QUESTION:
    I heard my knucle pop. difference btwn fracture, sprain, and break please!?
    While bowling 2 nights ago, i was joking around and threw it with a reverse spin with alot of force. usually when i do it i use the 6 pound ball, this time i used a 9 pound ball, so it was alot heavier. but when i threw it and reversed the curve, i heard my knuckle pop. (middle finger, knuckle closest to fingernail) It wasnt a pop like my finger got stuck in the ball, cuz the holes were big and just that first knuckle was in the hole.

    After i released it and heard the pop, my knuckle hurt so bad i couldnt move it for the rest of the night. Thinking itd be better by morning, i went to bed. Woke up, its swollen, and bruised on the palm side of my knuckle, on the side, and a little on the top. It hurts to splint, it hurts to bend, it hurts to just softly touch the side of it. basically it just hurts really bad. still.

    I dont know the difference btwn sprains, breaks, fractures, or dislocations. Could someone help me on that. If it doesnt get better by tomorrow i might go get it x rayed, but what could really be done to fix it? is it something ill just have to let heal? im just afraid to not get it xrayed and have something really wrong with it.
    and it has been getting numb throughout the whole day. with no activity. just sitting here and its numb and really warm.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like joint/tendon damage.
      Maybe including a ‘dislocation’.
      This probably won’t heal completely of itself.
      It’s Doctor time!

  28. QUESTION:
    Did I break/ fracture/ sprain my finger?
    Okay I was bugging my brother and lately he’s had a REALLY bad temper so he started throwing punches at me and I put my hand in front of my face to block it and when he punched me it hit my pinkie a really weird way and I think it bent back or something.
    But anyways, a couple seconds after he hit me my pinkie went into a crazy pain, it’s kinda swollen and I put some ice on it, but the weird thing is, is that i can still bend it. It does hurt when I do, but the point is is that I can.

    So does anyone have any idea whats wrong?
    Thanks so much <3

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you see an orthopedic medical specialist for your condition and have them perform a diagnostic test on the finger. That way, you can find out the nature & extent of the problem and a treatment plan can be formed.

      Good luck.

  29. QUESTION:
    can you break/fracture/sprain your wrist with no swelling? PLEASE HELP QUICK!!?
    last night me and my friends were playing man hunt and one of my friends scared my friend which scared me so a run and ran into a 3ft high pile of wood and first fell right on my wrist. i don’t know what way because it was so fast but i do know its not swelling but it hurts a lot when i try to type and stuff. my dad thinks i just bruised it but i try to think of the worst case possible so i wont be surprised if i broke it or something.
    should i see a doctor of just ice it and wrap it?
    but i also dance so idon’tt want to hurt it more by dancing or cant dance cause its hurt.

    please help because i have to go to dance in 35 minutes.
    some more details bout my injury. i can bend all fingers slightly. all of the pain is in my wrist all around in the top bottom and both sides. i can move my wrist up and down SLIGHTLY but it hurts so bad i want to cry. remember no swelling but the feeling of a bad injury.
    so do i go to a doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      DO NOT go to dance today.

      Go get the wrist x-rayed.

      Until you get it x-rayed, ice it, take some advil, and keep it stabilized. You can get a wrist brace at the drug store. If you can’t get there, wrap it in a magazine and tie it up with string to emulate a cast.

      Yes, I think you fractured it. I did the same thing to mine. Do not risk injuring it further by going to Dance today.

      Better safe than sorry. Dad – get her to the doctor TODAY to get it x-rayed!

      Signed,
      A Dad myself (who’s father left me with a separated shoulder for 2 weeks once, assuming it was “bruised”).

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a lump on the palm-side of my wrist that is protruding. Is a lump a sign of fracture or just sprain?
    I realize that you are not doctors and that I need to go to see a doctor, but any expertise would help. I fell the other day and my wrist is hurting pretty badly. Please let me know signs or symptoms of a fracture or wrist sprain.

    • ANSWER:
      Swelling and point tenderness can be a sign of fracture. It can also be a sign of a more minor injury. There is no easy way to tell, short of medical evaluation.

      If your fingers are numb, tingling, or you don’t have good capillary refill (squeeze one of your fingertips and see how long it takes the nail to return to natural color…should be no more than 1.5 to 2 seconds) then GO ASAP to the doc.

  31. QUESTION:
    Fracture or sprain bones in my foot?
    Yeaterday A girl jumped up and landed on my foot during a soccer game (she was wearing cleats). I took off my sock and found out the area she stepped on was the size of half a golf ball and very painful. Today, I can’t really move my toes without it hurting really badly, the swelling went down a tiny bit but it’s still swollen, and the side of my foot is blue. Should I go to the doctor or is it just badly bruised?

    • ANSWER:
      I would go to the doctor, if you cant move your foot and its swollen, you did something. I believe that swelling is the bodies defense mechanism or something like that. But go to the doctor, cause I don’t think cleets are good for the foot.

  32. QUESTION:
    I rolled my ankle, but can still walk on it and flex it,with slight discomfort.Is ita sprain,fracture,or what?
    Please help……

    • ANSWER:
      You’ve most likely sprained your ankle (minor) or slightly pulled a ligament. Don’t worry too much about it, just make sure that you don’t put too much pressure on it for the next week.

  33. QUESTION:
    What do you think, sprain or fracture?
    About an hour ago I slipped down the stairs and landed awkwardly on my ankle. (Feel free to laugh if it helps)
    But anyway, it’s only a bit swollen but hurts a lot! It’s a bit bruised around the top of my foot and round the side of my ankle.
    Do you think it’s just a sprain or maybe fractured?
    I don’t really want to spend 5 hours in A&E to be told it’s sprained and just to rest it. Your opinions will help, thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      If it hurts to put pressure on it there may be a very small fracture but that is a VERY small possibility with what you are describing. Put ice on it and rest.

  34. QUESTION:
    Sprain, fracture, or just a simple roll?
    I was walking in the park and stepped in a hole and turned my ankle. It hurts, but I can walk on it, even up and down stairs. It is slightly swollen, and there is a sharp pain in my ankle. I have been icing it, elevating it, and compressing it. I don’t know what I did to it.

    • ANSWER:
      Certainly not a fracture. Soft tissue injury, possibly, it is hard to tell without an examination.

  35. QUESTION:
    how do i know if i have a hairline fracture or a sprain?
    i fell on my arm and now there is a bruse and hurts badly! there is a bump on my funny bone(where it hurts) and i cant tell if its a hairline fracture or a sprain! (i cant tell cause u cant move your funny bone) should i get an x ray because i dont think my mom will take me to go.

    • ANSWER:
      x-ray is the way! not if you don’t have insurance tho! tell your mom you cant move it without pain and she should take you, if not call protective services and they will take you!

  36. QUESTION:
    Did I sprain, fracture, break my ankle? Heard it crack….?
    I had a soccer game earlier today and I stepped in a hole. I heard it crack. I didn’t play any more after that. I can’t walk on it right now and it’s swollen.

    I sprained the same ankle about a month and a half ago (mild sprain).

    Did I sprain, fracture, or break it?

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      If you cannot walk on it you may have fractured it. Especially if its swollen. I would suggest that you go to a doctor. But if you are unable to do so, and you are able to walk on it when the swelling goes down than you may have just sprained it again. Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    Did I sprain/fracture/brake my elbow?
    Okay, so I was fighting with my brother today in the hallway and I swung my arm out super fast and my elbow hit the corner of the wall. It has a long red line that’s swollen and scratched on it. I put ice on it but it didn’t help. My mom said it was fine but I still hurts to extend my arm. Did I sprain/fracture/brake it?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like its a bruised bone. There is nothing you can do for it. Just ice it and keep it elevated. Try not to keep it too still otherwise it will get stiff and super painful.

      Last year I fell off a huge ball and hit both my elbows on cement really hard. I couldn’t move my right elbow at all but my left was fine. We got x-rays and it was just badly bruised and they told me to ice it and stuff. I also had to get stiches bescause it got cut open so I had to wear a sling but my other elbow was also badly bruised.

  38. QUESTION:
    Did i sprain or fracture my ankle?
    The other day i was walking in the grass and wearing flip flops. i didn’t see the hole in the ground and i stepped into it. I twisted my ankle or did something to it when i tripped into the hole in the ground. For 3 days know my ankle and foot have been hurting all the time. there isnt any swelling but it really hurts. i’ve been icing my ankle/foot a lot for the past 3 days so that might be why there is no swelling. Do you think i sprained, fractured, or just hurt my ankle a little??

    • ANSWER:
      If you can walk on it and there’s no swelling I wouldn’t worry about it.

  39. QUESTION:
    Did I break, fracture, or sprain my wrist? should i go to the doctor?
    about 10 mouths ago during PE i fell straight on my wrist…when i got up it was really swollen and i couldn’t move it or write with it.and ever since it hurts to do everyday things like write, grab thing, etc.
    and today i was riding a scooter and fell on it outstretched like 3 times and now my wrist and elbow hurt really bad.what should i do?

    • ANSWER:
      Vans,

      I highly encourage you to visit your physician. No one make a diagnosis without a proper history and physical. Good luck and remember, sometimes your health is all you have.

      BTW, a “fracture” is a “break.”

  40. QUESTION:
    sprain fracture or break? Please help!?
    i fell on my left arm and i need to know if its just a sprain or something worse. it’s swelling up really badly on the wrist, but i can still move it. Just under the wrist, there is a smaller swell, but when i try to twist my arm around, it hurts too much to do so. Can someone tell me if it’s a sprain, a fracture, or a Break? (lol, i’m writing this whole thing with my right hand!)

    • ANSWER:
      get an xray… sounds like its either a fracture or a break, but you cant know which bone broke without going to get an xray.

      it is possible you broke both bones in your forearm, you may also have torn the ligament in which case surgery is probably going to be a must…

      but get an xray to know for sure

  41. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain/fracture………….?
    3 months ago i sprained my ankle while playing soccer. i went to the orthopedist about a month later and they took an xray etc and he told me that it was a degree 2 sprain. but he saw a small piece of bone chipped off… so he also said it COULD be a fracture. he told me to take some medication, do some physical exercises for 2,3 weeks…

    its been 2 months and it still hurts when i try to run. it doesnt hurt when i walk … (maybe 5% of the time it does). but i just cant run, it starts hurting………

    could it be a fracture? i know they dont do surgeries for sprains but what do you guys think…. is this more like a fracture or did it become a worse sprain (like degree 3 or something)

    answers will be appreciated

    • ANSWER:
      2nd degree sprains mean that it was really stretched and that there was minor tearing.
      assuming that you stayed off of it enough so it could heal, it should be fine by now.
      i suggest you go back to your ortho.

  42. QUESTION:
    Sprain fracture or break? Please help!?
    Sprain fracture or break? Please help!?
    i fell on my left arm and i need to know if its just a sprain or something worse. it’s swelling up really i i fell and now there is a bad swell on the wrist, but i can still move it. Just under the wrist, there is a smaller swell, but when i try to twist my arm around, it hurts too much to do so. Can someone tell me if it’s a sprain, a fracture, or a Break? (lol, i’m writing this whole thing with my right hand!)

    • ANSWER:
      may be fractured or sprained, if it was broken the bone would be completely broken in half and you would see it and feel it…. basically you would know

  43. QUESTION:
    how do you tell if you have a fracture or sprain?
    today i fell down and hurt my ankle, how do i tell if i sprained it or fractured it or tore something..etc. ??
    (simple terms please)

    thanks!
    xoxo

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly the only way to tell for sure if it’s broken is with an x-ray. But if you’re trying to decide whether to seek medical attention a few things to look for are: Swelling or tenderness around the joint, discoloration of the skin, difficulty moving your foot and/or bearing weight.

      Your best bet is to get it checked out to rule out a break/fracture because you can still walk on a broken bone and the only way to rule it out is with an x-ray. If the doc is concerned about a tear then they’ll usually do a CT-Scan or MRI.

      While you’re waiting to see a doc your best course of treatment is RICE
      Rest: stay off of your foot as much as possible

      Ice: apply 15-20 minutes every hour and make sure you put something between your skin and the ice pack to prevent frostbite

      Compression: either get a good stabilizing brace or an ACE bandage to wrap you bad ankle with

      Elevation: keep your foot elevated above your heart as much as possible.

      You can also take ibuprofen to help with the swelling and pain. Hope that helps.

  44. QUESTION:
    how can you tell if it is a fracture or a sprain?
    I Fealt like I broke my hand after fallin offmy bike Yesterday But it may have been just a bad sprain and my Mom doesn’t want to go to the Hospital for just a sprain, so What are things to look for that would distinguish a sprain from a fracture without going to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Fractures usually are accompanied by some bruising/discoloration along with some swelling. You may feel pain while moving your hand or fingers. You may feel a grinding sensation.

      I would highly recommend visiting the doctor. Many county hospitals are obliged to treat you even if you don’t have insurance.

      I have to preface the rest of this answer by saying that you really should see a physician, and this advice doesn’t substitute for legitimate medical advice from someone who has examined your hand. I

      f you don’t go to a doctor, you may want to splint your hand, in the meantime. A simple way to do this is to wrap your fingers around a clean tennis ball or other object bringing your fingers into a “C”-like position with your thumb partially extended. The wrist should be positioned so that it is in line with your forearm, and straight out. You may be able to pick up a semi-flexible splint from a drugstore and run this along the front of your arm, all the way up to the elbow. Make sure your hand is still in the “C” position after the splint is in place. Wrap the hand, splint, and forearm with an ace-type flexible bandage.

      Again, nothing replaces having medical attention from a physician if you’re injured. Keep in mind, if it is fractured and sets incorrectly, it could cause you problems for the rest of your life. See a doctor if you have the opportunity.

  45. QUESTION:
    Did I badly sprain, fracture, or break a bone in my ankle?
    Okay so I was on my round trampoline with my little sister two days ago and I was doing a round off back hand spring which I’ve done about a million times before. Well last year the netting got all messed up so we had to take that off. Anyway I did my round off and as soon as I started going backwards into my backhandspring my little sister jumped and I thought that she was behind me and I didn’t want to hit her so I started freaking out like a smart person. Well because I was trying to not hit my little sister my ankles landed on the metal bar thats around the trampoline and I twisted and fell on my front side on the ground. My mom had been taking the dog out and I couldn’t even try to get up so she carried me inside and we iced it for like the entire night but it didn’t stop the swelling. I didn’t go to school yesterday or today cuz I can’t walk at all. I’ve tried to put pressure on it and it kills badly. I have been taking Ibeurprofen whenever it starts to hurt badly.

    Okay here’s the deal its only my left ankle that has the problem even though I landed on both of my ankles. Now I have crutches so I can walk and I got an x-ray yesterday and I’m getting the results today but I’m really nervous and I want to know what it sounds like to you guys. Yeah also even though I hurt my left ankle my left calf has been killing me even if I’m just sitting and it still hurts so again thanks guys!

    So to answer the question just:

    1. Tell me whether you think its a bad sprain, fracture, or if you think I could’ve broken a bone

    2. Tell me why you think its whatever you said

    Okay thanks a ton guys!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      It could be either of the above, or a combination of the two. If the xray results are in question, an MRI may be ordered. If there is considerable swelling it can interfere with the clarity of the xrays. Soft tissue injuries don’t show up on basic xrays, so even if no fractures are found, there can still be significant damage to soft tissues like ligaments or tendons. I think what I do because of my experience with these types of injuries both personally and during over a decade in orthopedic specialty.

  46. QUESTION:
    Did i break/sprain/fracture my foot?
    So I fell off my bunk, and I landed on my feet one of my feet twisted like 180 degrees then I fell on it! It hurt soo badly at the moment and for about those 5 hours it hurt alot it swell and I have this big bump on it my skin turned all reddish pinkish then kinda purple except for that bump it was white and pretty big, so I mean yesterday it hurt to much to step on it and I would just fall right back down but today the pain kinda went away i mean it still hurts the swelling and the bruises and the bump iis still there but not that much pain it still kinda hurts to stand on. So my question is did I break it or sprain,fracture, etc….

    • ANSWER:
      Is it possible for you to see a doctor? Even a walk-in clinic would be advisable. I’m not sure what you did to your foot, but if you DID fracture it, you’ll probably want it to be set properly so it doesn’t heal in a way that it could break again, or cause trouble for you when you are older and are more susceptible to things like arthritis. Get it checked out! If it turns out be just a sprain, at least you’ll have the peace of mind.

  47. QUESTION:
    Did I break/sprain/fracture my foot?
    So I fell off my bunk, and I landed on my feet one of my feet twisted like 180 degrees then I fell on it! It hurt soo badly at the moment and for about those 5 hours it hurt alot it swell and I have this big bump on it my skin turned all reddish pinkish then kinda purple except for that bump it was white and pretty big, so I mean yesterday it hurt to much to step on it and I would just fall right back down but today the pain kinda went away i mean it still hurts the swelling and the bruises and the bump iis still there but not that much pain it still kinda hurts to stand on. So my question is did I break it or sprain,fracture, etc….

    • ANSWER:
      there’s this place i know, and i think you might know about it to.

      the doctor’s office.

      all you have to do to is make an appointment and bam! there’s your answer!

      now doesn’t that sound spectacular?

  48. QUESTION:
    *********Is it a fracture or sprain?******?
    I was at basketball and fell on my ankle. It really hurt and I couldn’t walk on it. I iced it within the first two minutes and took advil. I also elevated it. It is two days later and it still hurts but not as much. It isn’t swollen but thats because i ice it every 20 minutes and elevate it. Is it a sprain that is healing. Or a fracture that you can’t feel because of the medication. Should I go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      You really should go to the doctor. Usually a sprain tends to be more painful than a fracture, but that does not mean that you could have one over the other. I fractured my right ankle and had a heck of a sprain too at the same time. Always better to get it checked out.

  49. QUESTION:
    Did I break it or fracture it or sprain it?
    My ankle hurts and today I did a lot of kicking and it’s been hurting really bad I did hear a cracking nose. It hurts to bend it and my foots going numb. It hurts to the bottom part of my shin to by my toes. I’ve been icing it and I can’t walk on it. I might go to the doctors tomorrow if it still hurts.

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Do I have a sprain or fracture?
    About four days ago I had a large bookcase fall on my wrist/hand twice. It sandwiched my hand in between the bookcase itself and my bed. It’s been a few days and it’s still quite swollen and I have a blackish/blue bruise. It feels a bit disfigured close to my thumb tendons. My mom thinks its just a sprain so she made me wrap and ice it. But could it be a fracture?

    • ANSWER:


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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    WHY DO I HAVE PAIN INNER ANKLE BONE WITH SWELLING?
    for several weeks i have swelling inner ankle very painful on ankle bone. no injuries.

    • ANSWER:
      Are you sure you didn’t get up in the middle of night and trip? Definitely go to the doctor if it’s been several weeks!

  2. QUESTION:
    inner ankle sprain worse than outside?
    i have had many sprains on my right ankle especially, like a total of 8. but they were all on my outer ankle. like i rolled it in playing softball, and basketball, and volleyball. but this time i rolled it and i have pain on the inside. so my question is, is this kind of injury worse than an outer ankle injury? and will it take longer to heal? and lastly how is it that i hurt the inside of my ankle when i rolled to to the inside when stepping on first base? shouldnt it be my outer ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      It depends on the grade.

      A grade II on the outside is worse than a grade I on the inside. A grade III on the inside is worse than a grade II on the outside.

  3. QUESTION:
    I wake up the last few mornings, and my inner ankle feels bruised?
    I don;t know why it hurts,
    I have not had an injury, and there is no bruising or anything. It just hurts like a bruise when I touch it.
    I don’t think it’s anything serious.. but I’m just curious?
    the pain is on the inner side of my ankle and leg, right foot, and above my heel in that groove

    • ANSWER:
      Maybe it’s the position you sleep in, putting pressure on the ankle from the other foot laying on top of it. Try sleeping with a small pillow between your knees and see if that helps.

      Best wishes.

  4. QUESTION:
    I have an ankle injury?
    I’m a cross country runner and have been training during the summer to get ready for the upcoming season. Last week, my ankle started hurting like it was bruised. At first I was running through it because it wasn’t that bad so it was okay. Then, I had a weekend to let it rest. It was getting better & going away so I ran on it the following week. The first few days were okay but then starting yesterday, I actually felt the ankle pain throughout the run. I’m running usually seven miles a day, sometimes eight. I don’t know what is wrong with my ankle.. I don’t know if it’s a sprain/strain.. The ankle is NOT swollen.. it’s not red either. It’s an inner ankle injury. I feel pain when I’m putting pressure on it. Well, I run hills.. and have to run up curbs (on the street) so I jump up them. Maybe too much of the jumping. I feel it when I’m about to take off…when my foot hits the ground and it has to lift back up. i don’t know how to describe it.
    So.. what is this ankle injury? Is it a sprain?
    right now, i’m using R.I.C.E. … well mostly just rest and ice. i don’t use much compression.. and elevation sometimes at night. It feels okay to walk on the ankle but was a little stiff today. I’m giving it three more days of rest.
    And what should I do about it, other than R.I.C.E.?

    • ANSWER:
      Whatever it is, if you keep running on it, it will more than likely get worse. Got to an MD. Get it fixed now before you need surgery.

  5. QUESTION:
    Pain on the inner part of my calfs, just above the ankle?
    I’m not sure what’s causing it, maybe I’m overweight, but after I play football or basketball I get a lot of pain on the inner part of my calves, just above the ankle. As far as I’m aware, there are no muscles on that part of the body or ligaments, so I’m not sure what this is. Could it be that I have a fracture there?

    I also do a lot of driving, and the pedals are very heavy in my car, could it be some repetitive strain injury?

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Sounds like you might have strained your achilles heel, it will heal over time but you must allow it to heal. Strained ligaments are painfully difficult to heal, especially if you work on it all the time.

      Ideally you want to rest for a few days to see if the pain gets better or not, before consulting professional help from a licensed foot doctor.

  6. QUESTION:
    My daughter has a nasty abrasion on her inner ankle. Am I treating it right?
    My 2 1/2 year old daughter scraped off the top layer of skin on her ankle. It is a normal kid injury. Her ankle rubbed against a moving bicycle wheel. It happened over the weekend when I wasn’t around and my wife put some of these fancy crappy plastic kids band-aids on it (the kind that don’t breathe but have little cartoons on them). My daughter then walked around for a couple days with her high-top shoe scraping against it. Now it is all raw. It is red and wet looking and isn’t scabbed over. There isn’t redness around the wound though. I don’t know what my wife was thinking.

    Anyways, I gave her foot a long soak in a soapy bath, then let her hang out with the wound uncovered for a while watching TV so it wouldn’t get dirty. Then I taped a gauze square over it in a way that would keep it clean but let the wound get air. I will change the gauze 3 times a day and repeat the soaking once a day. And of course, make sure she has proper footwear. Sound good? This is how I have treated my own wounds before, but it’s my daughter so I thought I would double-check. Like I said, there isn’t redness beyond the edge of the wound so I don’t think it is infected.

    • ANSWER:
      A little polysporin wouldn’t hurt.

  7. QUESTION:
    Inner ankle on left leg & arch on right leg is dark, painful, swollen, warm & tender to touch. No injury?

    • ANSWER:
      Have you recently started taking up a sport, maybe running perhaps?
      Or are you flatfooted, or make have arches that are too high up? There are too many possibilities. Your best bet is to use RICE- rest, ice (in 15 minute intervals), compression (use an ace bandage or an ankle brace/sleeve), and elevation (above heart level). If it still hurts within a week or so, it’s probably time to drop in to see the doctor.

  8. QUESTION:
    My left arch and right foot in football?
    I play football and I messed up my right arch it feels like a hammer pounding on it it’s staring to move to my inner ankle. My other injury is on the left foot on the outside upper part of the foot. It is also the same pain. These injuries The arch injury I’ve had for 3 months about and the other about 2. Please help this is effecting football for me. I am running weird and slow. So please someone help. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      You’re better off seeing a podiatrist than being on Y!A.

  9. QUESTION:
    How long after an ankle injury should you wait to get a CT or Bone Scan?
    I injured my ankle over a week ago at a gymnastic meet.
    Five days after the injury I had an xray which was inconclusive. Two days later (so a week after the injury) I had a second xray which showed a bone chip on my inner ankle. The problem is most of my pain is in my outer ankle and over a week after the injury, there is still a lot of pain/throbbing, swelling and new bruises appearing daily. Right now I’m wearing a walking shoe/booty, but I am worried something else is wrong. My physical therapist recommended I get a CT scan or Bone Scan, but my doctor said they usually don’t do those until 3 weeks after the injury.
    Is this true? I have a feeling my doctor just doesn’t want to order the scan (I’m a college student and going to the University clinic. I’ll be graduated in one week and the clinic won’t be free anymore)

    Please help!
    I forgot to add all of the pain in my outer ankle is directly on the bone and runs up my shin a little bit. Both are still extremely sensitive to touch.

    • ANSWER:
      Since scans are expensive it is inappropriate to order tests that may not be necessary. The treatment will likely be the same regardless of the result of any scan considering the xray finding. Ordering unnecessary tests is one of the main reasons healthcare costs are so out of control
      By the way, if a test at this time was going to be of benefit it would most likely be a MRI

  10. QUESTION:
    been suffering with long term ankle injury, A&E?
    well, if you look over my past questions there’s a lot explaining my ankle injury and pain experienced.
    I had a hard kick to it over 4 months ago now, it was at football, the opposition in metal studs.
    i had severe bruising and swelling which lasted about 3 weeks but the swelling is still there, my inner ankle is around the size of a golf ball and the pain is usually from contact or pressure, it’s right in the centre so if i press it like you would a doorbell it creates a burning/stinging sensation which is HORRIBLE and normally lasts about 6 seconds. I didn’t want to go to the doctors originally as i’m 16 and i thought it was simply bruising but now im hearing things about nerve damage and my coach is urging me to go as every time i kick the ball it kills so it’s definitely negatively affecting my confidence in striking the ball and therefore ruining my game altogether. It’s starting to hurt a bit when i walk now too, at times, not constantly but if i plant my foot differently or sometimes walk in a different way to usual. I emailed the hospital (or a the local health service) explaining my situation, how long i’ve had it, when it hurts, how it feels, appearance and my age and he said …

    ”Thanks for your email. I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’re having with your ankle.

    As you’ve had the problem for so long and because it sounds quite painful, I’d suggest you come to A&E as soon as you can.

    In the meantime, I’d suggest keeping your weight off your ankle as much as possible. ”

    i’m okay to go to A&E tomorrow but i’m not sure if i should be going, i feel as if it’s not an accident as it happened so long ago and it’s not really considered an emergency so i don’t know what to say when i get there or what to expect :/
    I feel i shouldn’t be going there and i feel like im wasting the time of staff who need to tend to urgent cases however that’s what he’s suggested…
    i would go to my gp but all my family have moved to another so it’s awkward and i’d have to book an appointment, plus i’m not living very close to the gp anymore.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      For goodness sake, go to the doctor. You probably need an xray to see if there is a fracture. You need to find out what it is and treat it appropriately. If you are an athlete you know that you need to rest it, ice it, elevate it, and use compression. And you know that you need to stay off it to let it heal. But most importantly, you need to stop putting it off and go get it checked.

  11. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury from running. When will it finally heal?
    I was running 20-25 minutes everyday on my treadmill about 1.5-2 months ago until I injured my ankle. I had to take May-most of July off from running since I was recovering from anorexia and trying to gain weight. When I began running again, I think I started off too fast and pushed myself too hard. I also was not wearing the proper running shoes. My left, inner ankle has been hurting me for about 1 and a half months now. Some days, it hardly bothers me at all, and I think that it is all better, but this past week, especially yesterday and today, it is really hurting me. Is my ankle permanently damaged? How long might it take to heal? I am so worried that I will never be able to run again. I love running so much, and I hate not being able to. I feel like my life has no meaning without running since I am so passionate about it. I’m just scared that I developed osteoporosis from anorexia or did some irreversible damage. Please help me. Thank you.=)

    • ANSWER:
      first of all i suggest you go to a physical therpaist to get properly evaluated. seconds of all running EVERY day is not good for you. you shoudl take 2-3 days off every week. make sure that you are doing a warm up, followed by stretching. then after do a cool down followed by stretching and make sure to drink water before not to get cramps. the days that it hardly ever bothers you: is it because you do almost nothing? and on the days it does bother you: do you do a lot of exercise that could be putting stress on it? if its just completely random and you think it doesnt depend on anything then email me at mishaestrin@yahoo.com and i will explain to you what you have, but if its not random and dependent on what you do and it looks like it could be a physical problem(swelling something else) and a therapist says and gives you proof to what it is then dont email me. good luck

  12. QUESTION:
    i fell and badly bruised/sprained ankle/foot a week ago.and a week later it still hurts pretty bad when i walk?
    i had an xray after i fell which came back ok, and all the swelling and most of the bruising has now gone. but it feels like the bones in the bottom of my foot and inner ankle are really painful when i walk.also it sometimes makes a cracking sound…is all this normal after an injury??im worried in case its arthritis.

    • ANSWER:
      If you’ve been limping and not putting any weight on it at all then it’s probably just not healing properly. You should only be resting a sprained ankle for a couple of days then you need to try and walk on it as you usually would. Yes I know it’s painful but unless you want it to take a long time to heal and be weak for the rest of your life then you need to do it.
      It’s very unlikely to be arthritis unless you suffer from it anyway? Arthritis is an inflammation of the joint, that’s what the word means.
      If it’s not showing any signs of improvment within 3/4 days (assuming you’ve been walking properly) then ask your doc to check it over.
      I don’t know which foot it is but no driving until you can do an emergency stop, to be honest you should be able to do that by now, maybe in the next few days you will though.
      Oh and also you don’t need to use any ice as there’s no swelling. No rest, no ice, no elevation, you shouldn’t need any of that, you’re past that point now.
      Good Luck

  13. QUESTION:
    Swollen, painful ankle………….non injury?
    My ankle has been sore off & on for a few months, lasting a week or so each time. It is sore & swollen right along side the inner ankle joint. It feels ok when I’m at rest, but gets progressively more uncomfortable throughout the day and is pretty painful at night time. Sometimes the pain radiates upward along my shin bone. I have sprained this ankle twice in the past. Any ideas what the problem could be? Thanks in advance.

    Also, I know I should see a dr. and will. I just want to get a sense of what’s going on.

    • ANSWER:
      Each body joint has a bursa sack.. it is what stores and supplies liquid to make the joint work freely… you could have bursitis, inflamed bursa or ruptured bursa, in that particular joint.. if the bursa is leaking it will cause swelling.. if it is inflamed it can cause pain.. there is medication for this sort of thing.. but also elevation and Ice.. check with a sports doctor..SPORTS doctor.. they probably have a better answer than a GP.. if you don’t treat it.. it can get worse.. why put up with it, when you can fix it? Of course you don’t know what to fix if you don’t know what needs fixin.

  14. QUESTION:
    why do I have swelling and sharp pain in the top of my foot and ankle with no injury?
    I have pain shooting from the inner part of my foot near my ankle and the top of my foot swells and I have not injured it.the pain is in the arch and feels like a sharp object is being pushed into my ankle.the ankle is not swollen but the top of the foot is and my lower leg is too. Can anyone tell me what this is?

    • ANSWER:
      Do you wear flip-flops a lot? If so, I believe you have something called tendinitis. Just ice your foot and keep it up for about 24 hours and then try not to wear your flip-flops as much… Sorry that sucks i know, I had to go through it…

  15. QUESTION:
    My ankle is swolled and hurts if I bend it too much?
    I can walk on it and then it doesn’t hurt as long as I don’t bend it too much, the inner and the outer bumps of the ankle are swollen the most. It was a sports injury. Its been a week and its still the same I’ve tried icing but its not working, I don’t know what to do, help?

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  16. QUESTION:
    Upper leg pain and ankle pain/swelling following a softball the shin.?
    8 days ago, I took a softball off of the medial side of my shin approximately 6inchs above the bend of my ankle. The shin swelled, but went down soon as I iced my leg directly after the game. Now, my inner ankle and above tendon on the front of my ankle are swollen and very sore. Also, on the same leg, my inner thigh hurts incredibly bad but I pulled the quad of that leg app. 5 weeks ago. It feels as though I have been hit, but I haven’t. Also, it doesn’t really feel like a pulled muscle so to speak…being an athlete, I am well aware of that type of pain. I didn’t know if any of my problems could be related to one another, if I could simply be feeling pain from compensating for my other injuries, and when/if I should seek medical attention. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I would get an x ray to double check.

  17. QUESTION:
    bad ankle injury not healing?
    hey guys so just tell me what you think..? So about 5-6 weeks ago . i fell wrong on my ankle when i was running around a track. And i’ve been going to physio and doing the exercises and stuff. I used to have alot of pain all the time but now i usually only get it after or during exercise. I’ve had to take breaks even from my gym class because its been bad. I was really expecting it to be healed by now… but no luck. My ankle is really loose when i try to run to. i’ve been told to take resting time with no running …only up to 5 minutes a day. and i did that for about four weeks. so the other day i just tried to go for a 20 min easy jog. i only made ten minutes before i had to sit down due to pain, i tend to get it on the top and inner inside of my ankle right at the base. The bottom of my foot hurts to afterward. and since when i run im almost dragging my left leg behind me ..one beat off pace so to say my form is off and the calf muscle in my other leg gets very very tight. ive been icing it and doing alot less training than i normally would . But considering ive been taking alot of time off my gym class i wont be able to sit out much longer even if my ankle still isn’t healed or my mark will decrease. So tell me what you think? suggestions? diagnostics? anything really im starting to get very fulstrated with this. Also the muscle in my ankle is very weak. i cant jump rope even . i tried just hopping on my foot i cant even do that for some reason. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.hubpages.com/hub/Speed-healing-of-trauma-injuries-through-self-directed-regeneration

  18. QUESTION:
    Can someone help me figure out why I have pain in my ankle?
    I am 23 years old and my job entails being on my feet and moving 12 hours a day, 3 days a week. I spent 17 years of my life as a gymnast and 4 years as a ballet dancer.

    I have flat feet, but do not wear shoe inserts as I have done extensive physical therapy and my doctors have told me I have trained my muscles to walk normally without orthotics.

    Within the past couple weeks, I have started to notice pain in my left inner ankle. The pain centers around the medial malleous, but the pain feels more muscular. The more I walk, the more the pain spreads partially up my tibia staying medial.

    The pain is greater when I let myself walk flat footed (and thus my foot everts). When it is not weight bearing, the pain is greater when I invert my foot (thus engaging that muscle).

    The pain isn’t great – I take 400mg ibuprofin and go to work but the pain has been there for a few weeks and hasn’t gone away. I have been taking the ibuprofin and icing and elevating after work, but I can’t not walk around at my job.

    Any suggestions on what could be going on? I have had no injuries to the area.

    Thanks!
    1. Why do users automatically assume I am fat because I am having an ankle problem? I am 5’3 and 117 lbs.

    2. I don’t need to see a doctor. I am a RN in my first year of medical school. Also, the insurance my school provides me with doesn’t cover seeing a specialist, so I can’t afford to see anyone at the moment.

    3. I do have orthotics, but they cause me severe pain. I have been trying to break them in for 6 months and have been back to see the foot/ankle specialist for adjustments 9 times. That is when the tests were run and he determined I would be better off without the orthotic.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the tibialis posterior. My guess is that you now need an orthotic. There are two possibilities; a partial tear of the tibialis posterior tendon or tendonitis. The treatment would be casting it for six weeks or wearing a pneumatic walker and only taking it off to bathe. To be certain you would need an MRI. On another note I think your doctor is wrong and you should get an orthotic for your flat feet. Especially since you’re on your feet all day. The orthotic can help support your arch and help stabilize the mid foot and help prevent you from completely rupturing the tendon. Then you would need surgery to repair it. See if you can find an orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon.

  19. QUESTION:
    Can someone help with diagnosing an ankle injury?
    Okay here is my situation, I’m coming up on my senior year as a high school runner and am very paranoid about getting my ankle checked out, so I’m trying to figure out how serious this really is.

    About an hour before my 1500m race on saturday, i was descending stairs and when i stepped down i felt a pain on the inner side of my right ankle. Motion in my foot is not restricted at all. When i begin running, the pain remains for the first 5-10 minutes and then subsides, so i was able to stay loose and warmed up enough to compete in my race. I ran a 4:09 for the 1500m which is very close to my pr, so I can still run the same, it just hurts at the beginning. Last night about 36 hrs after the incident i noticed a bruise had formed between the ball of my ankle on the heel and the inside.

    I’m just trying to avoid, x-rays, casts, crutches, and figure out If i have something serious like a fracture to deal with, or will it subside in a few days.

    • ANSWER:
      It does not appear to be a fracture. Ankle fractures swell, a lot. I would use the RICE method to treat it. RICE stands for REst, ICe, Compress, Elevate. So in other words rest it when you can, ice it, wrap it in an ace bandage, and elevate it above heart level when possible.

  20. QUESTION:
    What could be the cause of the pain above my right heel?
    For about 6 months or so I’ve had pain in my right inner ankle and down into my heel. I don’t remember any thing that could have caused an injury to it. The pain is everyday. Walking is bothersome because the pain is always there. I can also feel a stiffness and pain in the area when my leg is elevated and I rotate my foot. I haven’t noticed any swelling to the area. What could be the cause of my pain and suffering.

    • ANSWER:
      Your achilles tendon has shortened itself up, as tendons can do and that is making it pull on the area of least resistance, your heel. Tendons will shorten up for various reasons and the only way to get rid of the pain is to release the tendon. Here is how to do that:
      Achilles tendon:
      With that foot in your lap, take both your hands and place them on the back of the tendon about one inch apart at ankle level. Press the tendon hard between your fingers and thumbs and hold that pressure there. Relax, take a deep breath and exhale and don’t tense up any part of your body. After 30 seconds slowly raise the front of your foot as far as it will go. Then remove the pressure but hold your foot there for one minute longer.

  21. QUESTION:
    Severely sprained ankle?
    Hi guys! I was playing basketball on Sunday and unfortunately I landed on someones foot, consequently, I severely sprained my ankle (to an extend where multiple nurses, physicians, and doctors initially thought it was a fracture at the least). After x-rays show that no fractures were present the diagnosis was a “ankle sprain”. The following day (Monday) I was unable to bear weight on my ankle, on the next day I did not notice any decrease in swelling but I was able to bear some weight on my ankle (i was able to walk VERY slowly) however, my FEET was swollen to a point that it looked like a “large” persons foot/ankle. Today I am able to walk a little bit, with a significant loss in range of motion, and strength. But I am able to bear more weight so I am trying to look optimistically. Here’s the problem, my feet is strangely swollen, there has been no decrease in the swelling on my foot but there is visible improvement in my ankle. There is bruising along the outer/inner sides of my foot and even bruising inbetwen my toes. I have been icing on and off and for the first day I did not elevate my foot above my heart level during sleep but I have done that yesterday night and unfortunately I do not see much improvement. PLEASE help me guys, I am very scared for what awaits in the future, i am a avid track runner and basketball player, an ankle injury can be devastating to me. Thank you in advance for any help!

    • ANSWER:
      The edema or swelling you see takes several days to well over a week depending on how badly you sprained your ankle. You can have some minor swelling for quite awhile after that depending on if you DON’T follow your doctor’s directions, such as STAYING OFF YOUR INJURED FOOT!
      You really need to RICE at the moment…
      Rest – stay off your feet as much as possible.
      Ice – 10min on 10 min off, 2-3x’s /hr as 2-3 x’s/day Minimum.
      Compression – one of those neoprene sleeves or an ACE bandage
      Elevation – keep your foot above your heart as much as possible.

      NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen or naproxin also help reduce swelling.

      I hate to tell you this, but the harder you push now, the more likely you’;ll permanently damage your ankle, so if you want to heal fast and to the fullest, stay off your foot now and get the swelling down.
      Read the attached blog for more indepth info on this…

      THEN, once the swelling is down, start strengthening and rebuilding your proprioception.
      It may take a full year to recover 100%, and you must do your PT (which may include stretching, strengthening, electric stimulation or stim, cryo-therapy (ice + vacuum/compression).
      Check out the blog attached below for some ideas of what the exercises might look like.

      If you went to the ER, I’d suggest going to see an orthopedic sports medicine specialist.
      And now for my usual disclaimer: I design ankle braces for a living and am not a doctor, so consult your MD before doing anything.

      Good Luck with your healing.

      -Jason Kay
      Director | One Tree Products

  22. QUESTION:
    Injury from running- tendon or ankle?
    I’ve been running lately and i’ve been upping my miles by like 1/4 every week or so but last week i did 2 miles and then the next day i did 2 miles again which i would usually give 3 days before i ran again so it was bad i guess. and on that run the next day my right lower leg near my achilles tendon was not really hurting, but bothering me and it felt as if my right calf had more lactic acid in it than my left. anyways that was last week. i jumped up to 3 miles idk why but i did it anyways. during the longer than normal run, my right lower leg was hurting but i ran thru it and the next morning it hurt to take off walking, like bending my lower leg at a 45 degree angle with my foot. i don’t know if this is serious or what. is it my tendon? i thought it was shin splints…until i realized those are your shin, which my shin doesn’t hurt at all. it’s mainly like 2 inches above my inner ankle and the area beneath my calf muscle.

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  23. QUESTION:
    I have an Injured ankle, any ideas?
    I was playing soccer and ended up kicking a guy in the shin guard with my inner ankle. It swelled up right away but I could walk off the field with a limp. I stretched a bit but when I left I had trouble walking on uneven ground. I went to the doctor the next day and he said it was a contusion and should be fine in the next week or so. The past 2 weeks it has improved a lot but ached when I stand still and swelled a lot when I don’t have it raised. I has been painfull to press on the bruise and the ankle has been stiff. Today (2 weeks after the injury) the swelling is down quite a bit but still a bit swollen, I can not make a sharp right turn(it is the right ankle) I can put all my weight on th leg (could from the start) I can hit the ankle bone without any pain but if I rub around the bone it is painfull especially the point of impact. Also there is a bruise that is painfull to rub on my inner leg above the ankle. I can not run but can walk almost normal but with a small limp. Also my ankle is still stiff. I can move it in any direction with out pain except inward where it hurts if I go to far. Does anyone know if it may be more than a contusion or how long a contusion may take to heal on the ankle?

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  24. QUESTION:
    Any seasoned runners know how best to deal with a recurring ankle/foot injury?
    I’ve been running since December, want to do a half marathon in July, but every time I do more than a 4 or 5 mile run the muscle that connects my left ankle to my inner foot keeps feeling like it’s torn or sprained.

    It first happened two weeks ago, I felt tightness in my left ankle 5.5 miles into a 6 mile run. I finished the run and thought it was fine, but the next morning I could barely walk on it. I took a full week off before going to the gym and trying to run again. I started feeling tightness (not pain) about a mile in, so i got off the tread mill and got onto a rowing machine, which I went backwards on (feeling absolutely no discomfort). The next day I felt pain in the same muscle again, and took three or four days off before trying the same thing. I took it easy (a mile jogging, then 30 minutes on the elliptical), and though I felt no discomfort while actually working out, it hurt again the following day. That was five days ago. Today I went for a one mile run and started feeling tightness just a few hundred yards in. I finished the run, and desperately want to do more, but I’m afraid I’m hurting myself more or something.

    What should I do? I really can’t fall behind training if I really want to do the run in July. But I don’t want to injure myself either. I am flat footed, and did have a severe sprain on my ankle about 5 years ago. But I’m in a good pair of shoes and my doctor said I should be fit to run. I also have a very high pain threshold, so I know that if something is hurting me this bad I’m probably not doing something right…

    • ANSWER:
      Hi.I am thinking possibly you need new running shoes. You could try out a new pair and see if that works better for you.Otherwise you can always seek a doctor.Maybe he/she will know the cause. Oh yes,always make sure you stretch that area that is bothering you before and after running.

  25. QUESTION:
    The swelling in my sprained ankle (i think) has gone down and i can put weight on it but i cant rotate it?
    when i sprained my ankle it was huge, about the size of a softball and the top of my foot was swollen also, and i had black and blues on my inner ankle heel and on my toes sometimes?

    It has been almost two weeks since i have injured my ankle and my doctor said from the x-ray that i didnt break anything. i had to argue with him to get a referral for an mri because i wanted to check everything out, so i’m just a little weary about what my doctor has to say about anything now.

    I’ve been strictly using the RICE method every day since the injury, and i am on an aircast with crutches.

    I’m just wondering if something else could possibly be wrong because i can put pressure on my foot with little or no pain, but i cant rotate it well at all. i can only move it up and down slightly, it just feels very tight minimal pain if i try very hard to move it.

    also- periodically i feel tightness in my left leg/calf area? maybe its associated with my ankle, it feels like a twitch. Im going back to the doctor in a couple days to get it checked out agin also.

    thankyou to any and all answers!!!!

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  26. QUESTION:
    Any idea what could be wrong with my ankle?
    It’s been injured for 5 months now. Basically i got a very hard kick in the ankle at football. It was severely swollen with very bad bruising which lasted about 2 weeks, although the swelling stayed for about a month.
    It doesn’t hurt too much to move now but if something touches or rubs against a specific part of the bone it REALLY stings, i’m not sure how to explain the pain other than a sting, it can throb for a while after that. It’s like it’s hitting a nerve. Another worry is that it’s still pretty large compared to my left ankle (it’s my inner ankle bone) and it’s visibly different, probably about the size of a golf ball- was thinking maybe a hematoma?.. and it’s a nuisance as every time i kick the ball on my instep now it hurts when it catches the bone and will ache for a while.
    Anyone know what this could be? When i press around (not in the sensitive area) something moves around if i use 2 fingers to prod, could it be a bone chip? or is that something else? It doesn’t hurt too much there. The sharp pain is directly in the centre of my bone.
    I’ve read about how sometimes more bone can grow over an injury but i really don’t know for sure.
    I’m going to try to book a doctors appointment as soon as i can but a brief idea would help as it wont be for a couple of weeks and i have sport before that.

    thanks :)
    thanks for your quick answer :)
    i don’t necessarily want a solution just wanted to see if anyone knew any possibilities or likely outcomes.
    @goldie52
    ahh surgery is my biggest fear, i hope i don’t need it as football is my life so if there was any real risk of something messing up i don’t know what i would do!
    How was your surgery? was there any risks (i know risk comes with every operation but any they went over?) and how did it heal?
    thanks :)

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  27. QUESTION:
    any idea what could be wrong with my ankle?
    it’s been injured for 5 months now. Basically i got a very hard kick in the ankle at football. It was severely swollen with very bad bruising which lasted about 2 weeks, although the swelling stayed for about a month.
    It doesn’t hurt too much to move now but if something touches or rubs against a specific part of the bone it REALLY stings, i’m not sure how to explain the pain other than a sting, it can throb for a while after that. It’s like it’s hitting a nerve. Another worry is that it’s still pretty large compared to my left ankle (it’s my inner ankle bone) and it’s visibly different, probably about the size of a golf ball- was thinking maybe a hematoma?.. and it’s a nuisance as every time i kick the ball on my instep now it hurts when it catches the bone and will ache for a while.
    Anyone know what this could be? When i press around (not in the sensitive area) something moves around if i use 2 fingers to prod, could it be a bone chip? or is that something else? It doesn’t hurt too much there. The sharp pain is directly in the centre of my bone.
    I’ve read about how sometimes more bone can grow over an injury but i really don’t know for sure.
    I’m going to try to book a doctors appointment as soon as i can but a brief idea would help as it wont be for a couple of weeks and i have sport before that.

    thanks :)

    sorry for the repost!

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  28. QUESTION:
    How can I lose my chubby belly pooch and flabby inner thighs?
    How do I lose my “Belly Pooch” and “Thunder Thighs”?
    So I am 17 years old, and I am a tall, big boned girl! ha ha.. I am about 5’8ish and basically have a big build. I used to be at a slim weight and very athletic build for my height and bone structure (around 160)BUT that was about 4 years ago! (I have been relatively the same height since I was probably 13 or 14… probably grown 2 inches? anyway!!I have very athletic legs because I used to run a mile a day, play softball, cheer lead, and volley ball… so I still have muscular calves and strong upper legs, but over the past year year or so I have been seeing the size of my thighs increase and get sorta flubberey on the inside. My legs have always been on the bigger side, but for now I’m really concerned about reducing the size some, but MOSTLY toning up.. I dint want jiggle! NOW… I have ALWAYS had like this “baby fat”of a belly, if you want to call it that, and it SUCKS! I really don’t have time for sit ups (Im now a full time college student)…. but I want to know if there are certain foods, or diets I can try? I am willing to start running again like I used too, but the only thing is, the reason I quit being so active in sports was because of multiple ankle injuries that I had…. I ripped ligaments in my right ankle (5TIMES!) and over the 2 years that this all happened, I saw myself gain about 40 pounds! No lie! Yeah, SUCKS! Basically, I am asking for a way to loose weight efficiently without starving and without strenuous activity on my ankle… (one more injury, and its surgery for me!)

    Btw, here is a pic that shows my build pretty well… please take a look, it might help you answer…idk!

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    Okay! I DID NOT post this question to get RUDE answers.. GEESH! I wish people could be more humane, and realize that other people have feelings! I used the term “baby fat” because it seems my tummy has been the same shape ever since I was a little kid… like I expected to loose that when I was like 12, but it never went away, that’s why I called it baby fat. And say what you want about the term “big boned, I really dont care, but just to let you know my bones are THICK and I am very broad… like my bone structure is large… if that makes any sense… GOSH! Just dont be mean answering this question. I didnt post it for people to be mean to me…!
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    • ANSWER:
      Yeah, some people can be incredibly rude.
      If your college has a gym (fitness room? idk) check to see if they have an elliptical. It’s easier than running but burns almost as many calories. It also doesn’t put pressure on your ankles. Push ups and jump ropes are the best for easy exercises :) One exercise that helps thighs is lunges.
      I eat lean cuisine, cause I don’t really eat much sodium other than that throughout the day. I lost ten pounds in a month replacing lunch and dinner with those. I heard that lying on the ground, lifting up a leg and writing the alphabet in the air with it helps too.

  29. QUESTION:
    can i actually go to A&E?! long term injury?
    well, if you look over my past questions there’s a lot explaining my ankle injury and pain experienced.
    I had a hard kick to it over 4 months ago now, it was at football, the opposition in metal studs.
    i had severe bruising and swelling which lasted about 3 weeks but the swelling is still there, my inner ankle is around the size of a golf ball and the pain is usually from contact or pressure, it’s right in the centre so if i press it like you would a doorbell it creates a burning/stinging sensation which is HORRIBLE and normally lasts about 6 seconds. I didn’t want to go to the doctors originally as i’m 16 and i thought it was simply bruising but now im hearing things about nerve damage and my coach is urging me to go as every time i kick the ball it kills so it’s definitely negatively affecting my confidence in striking the ball and therefore ruining my game altogether. It’s starting to hurt a bit when i walk now too, at times, not constantly but if i plant my foot differently or sometimes walk in a different way to usual. I emailed the hospital (or a the local health service) explaining my situation, how long i’ve had it, when it hurts, how it feels, appearance and my age and he said …

    ”Thanks for your email. I’m sorry to hear about the problems you’re having with your ankle.

    As you’ve had the problem for so long and because it sounds quite painful, I’d suggest you come to A&E as soon as you can.

    In the meantime, I’d suggest keeping your weight off your ankle as much as possible. ”

    i’m okay to go to A&E tomorrow but i’m not sure if i should be going, i feel as if it’s not an accident as it happened so long ago and it’s not really considered an emergency so i don’t know what to say when i get there or what to expect :/
    I feel i shouldn’t be going there and i feel like im wasting the time of staff who need to tend to urgent cases however that’s what he’s suggested…
    i would go to my gp but all my family have moved to another so it’s awkward and i’d have to book an appointment, plus i’m not living very close to the gp anymore.

    Any help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Someone from the hospital has told you to come. Which bit of that advice is confusing you?

  30. QUESTION:
    I have a really bad foot/ankle injury and I need help from someone.?
    I hurt my foot/ankle 3 weeks ago. I landed on it sort of how a ballerina points her toes and where my leg and foot connect that part kept going down. It couldn’t bear any weight for a couple of days. But I still have basketball so I’ve been trying to limp around on it. It’s not getting better even though I don’t really play anymore. My coach is afraid I’ll hurt it worse so I’ve pretty much been a spectator. It swells on the top of my foot, and it still can hardly hold any weight. When I try to stand on my toes on that foot, it just won’t do it. It shakes and throbs and it won’t go up. Now it’s beginning to hurt on the inner side of my foot by the heel. It’s also starting to hurt around my arch. I talked to the sports trainer today and he said I probably pulled a lot of tendons on the top of my foot. But I don’t think he really knew what he was talking about. He didn’t even ask me much about where it hurt. He also said that I probably didn’t break anything. Can anyone help me?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you’ve ‘pulled’ some tendons & possibly fractured bone(s) in your foot.

      REST that foot. Try moist heat packs or hot soaks to which you’ve added one cup vinegar, for 20 minutes. Then gently massage. Ask Mom about pain-relievers. Three weeks is too long; see your doctor about it (then consider Prolotherapy afterward). “Prolo” is a great way to strengthen & rebuild injured ligaments.

      Good luck! :)

  31. QUESTION:
    My ankle started hurting for no reason. Please help?
    It’s nearly unbearable.

    I actually woke up like that Friday morning. What could be wrong? It makes no sense to me. The pain is in the inner side of my ankle an radiates upward but isn’t sensitive to the touch. About 6 years ago I had a very bad injury due to hurdling in PE, I broke no bones but tore a bunch of tendons and ligaments.

    • ANSWER:
      It is probably something to do with the previous injury as your tendons and ligaments will always have a weakness in them. Rest your ankle as much as possible and wear sensible shoes for a few days. Good Luck

  32. QUESTION:
    post ankle surgery injury, possibly re-injured?
    i broke my ankle (distal fibula) 7 months ago and had surgery on it where one screw was put into place and ligaments were reattached on one side. they did not at all operate on the inside side of my ankle at all but they did say they might have to, however, they didn’t and now i’m getting bruising on the inner side and extreme pain when i walk but none really when i am sitting. it feels similar to the way i remember the ligaments feeling after the bone had healed so i am assuming it is the ligaments. it hurts along the side and across the bottom. i have an appointment to go back to the orthopedic but what do you think they are going to do, will i be on crutches again?

    • ANSWER:
      You may have injured it without knowing it. They will probably put you back on crutches to keep pressure off of it. It may also be a problem with the screw. I would get to a doc and have it looked at – especially if you’re in pain.

  33. QUESTION:
    Broken ankle…Clicking noise?
    I recently had surgery on my ankle in December 2010. I broke my ankle on both the inner and outer sides, and had 7 screws and 2 plates put in. I’m wearing my walking boot right now (i still have a cast, with a strapped on black shoe) and i’ve noticed that my ankle clicks when i put my weight on it. Is this normal? I go in to get my cast removed and my new free-leg walking boot next week…woo hoo! no more cast!….. I’m going to bring it up to my doc next time i see him, but i’m just curious if anyone has experienced this sensation before??

    (P.S.- I POSTED THIS IN THE INJURIES SECTION ALSO, TO GET MORE RESULTS)

    • ANSWER:
      The only sure way to know is talk to your doc. Have him take new xrays that day and have him show you what he is talking about. It may be the plates and screws, it may be bone hitting bone. I have reconstructive heel surgery (sort of, I crushed my heel practically to powder 4 years ago and was told we had to let new bone grow around the old crushed bone because you can’t “reconstruct” the heel) Well, the bone grew back oblong and super thick. My new doc got in there shaved my heel down inserted the shavings into another spot to shim my ankle. After healing, my pain shifted from the right side of my ankle to the top of my foot.
      As it turns out I still had two screws in there and the plan was to remove those when he straightened out my hammer toes yesterday. The doc said the rigid screws were preventing my bones from flexing which contributed to the pain. Also it can take up to 6 months or more for the swelling to completely go away, which can change how things align and move in your foot.

  34. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the doctor if I injured my ankle 3 yrs ago and it still hurts?
    When I was a senior in high shool I hurt my ankle. I tripped over a bat and rolled my ankle outwards. It felt like it dislocated, and i tried to get up and push it back in. It made 2 loud pops and I could not even touch a toe to the ground. I just remember it felt like it was dangling. When my coach made me touch the ball of my foot to the ground, it sounded like something was grinding. I went to our school’s physical trainer and she said I neede to be put in a boot. It was so excruciating just to lift it, the boot was a no-go.

    I went to the doctor the day after, but when the X-rays came back, my ankle was to swollen to see if anything was broken. My parents just said “oh well you’ll get over it, it’s just a little sprain” and never took me back after the swelling had gone down enough to see an xray.

    It wasnt just a little sprain. I couldn’t walk on it for at least a 1 1/2 months. The doc said at the visit that it should completely heal within 9 months.

    Well i’ts been 3 1/2 yrs now and to this day it still kills me. I can walk, but running and going up stairs is a challenge. Yesterday it rained and when I came inside I slipped and all my weight went on it. It felt like it was injured all over again, except this time I’m walking.

    It hurts to move it sideways, point my foot forward, and rotate it. I read some symptoms on 3rd degree ankle sprains and I could say yes to everyone of them.

    Here are the symptoms:
    1. Severe ankle pain at the time of injury.
    2. A feeling of popping or tearing in the outer or inner part of the ankle.
    3. Sometimes there will be a sensation that the ankle joint is dislocated or was temporarily dislocated and popped back into joint.
    4. Severe tenderness at the injury site.
    5. Loss of function. The injured person usually falls and has great difficulty walking. The joint loses its stability.
    6. Looseness in the joint if the foot is forced in the direction of pain.
    7. Immediate, generalized swelling throughout the ankle and foot.
    8. Bruising that appears immediately or soon after injury.

    But my question is, is it to late to take care of it? Can a doctor do anything for me now? Do you have a clue of what might have caused the symptoms or what could be wrong with my ankle? What type of treatment could be done to fix the ankle?
    after it still hurt after 9 months, my insurance basically only covered a cough and a sneeze, because i had insurance at my university. my parents insur. wouldn’t cover me because i didn’t live in their household….so i couldn’t have gone until now…
    I did make an appt. for next week, but I was just wondering if anyone else had this experience…like having an injury that never fully healed and now getting it taken care of…or what could be wrong with my ankle

    • ANSWER:
      First off, I dislocated my ankle much like yours a few years back (and then the other one 10 months after). I did not have any fractures. I wore a boot (3 weeks on crutches first) for 5 months and started PT 4 months into the injury. I didn’t need to have surgery on it, but I did end up with a whole lot of scar tissue (which is how ligament and tendon injuries heal). I ended up seeing a doctor who specialized in Active Release Therapy, much like deep tissue massage who broke up all the scar tissue. It sounds like you have 1 of 2 or both problems.

      1. you have a ton of scar tissue that formed and is pulling at your ligaments causing your ankle to hurt when you move it around . This is probably what’s causing the pain.

      2. if you truly had a 3rd degree sprain in 1 or more ligaments then it’s possible that they were torn bad enough that they never scarred together. After 3 years it is likely that you are missing a few tendons. This would be what’s causing your ankle to give out easily and be weak. This you either live with and wear a brace for high energey activities or you have surgery to correct (replace the ligaments)… AKA ankle recontruction.

      My ankle took a full 1.5 years to return to normal after extensive PT, the scar tissue break down (which hurts almost more than the injury) and I started cycling which forced my ankle to move repetively stretching and further breaking up scar tissue. My second ankle dislocation I treated myself and healed full 1 year later.. I have no issues with either.

      Good luck… if you have insurance make the ortho appt.. get an MRI. that way you can at least see what’s going on inside and get some options from your doc.

  35. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my ankle?
    About a month and a half ago I sustained some sort of injury by kicking the ground while trying to hit a soccer ball. I did it twice in one day, and my ankle was extremely swollen for a few days. I have played near 8 games on it and practiced several times since then.

    It is hard for me to bend my foot downwards, I feel a sharp pain on the inner part of my foot near the heel. What should I do? I saw my school trainer, she thinks it is just irritation, but then again, how much does she know?

    • ANSWER:
      Most likely you tore a ligament or tendon. A fracture is also possible. Definitely see a doctor asap before you do more damage – you need an mri and xray!!!

  36. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain or ligament tear?
    Back in November I sprained my ankle. Originally my podiatrist had me in a plaster cast up to my knee. After 2 weeks I got the plaster cast wet accidentally while I was out of state on business and a different doctor put me in a removeable AirCast at that time. Between the two, I was casted for 8 weeks. At that time I went back to work, as I felt I was ready and able to perform my job duties as a landscaper. However, I aggravated the injury while working. My treating doctor (in my home state) put me back in the AirCast for another 4 weeks. It’s been 12 weeks total, from the start of this injury to this point. I am in a lace-up stabilized brace now and trying to see if I can walk with only this lace-up brace for awhile. However, after only 4 days in the lace-up stabilized brace, my ankle has been painful and is swollen again. It swells from the point of injury at the side of my ankle (outside, lateral) around the back of my heel to the inner side of my ankle. I find this odd, as I didn’t injure my heel. With the length of time this is taking and the way that it swells, I’m beginning to wonder if this might be a torn or severed ligament and not just a sprain. It’s taking a very, very long time to heal. My doctor is waiting until I don’t have any pain before he’ll send me for physical therapy, but I’ve read that I should’ve had physical therapy within 72 hours after the injury! So I’m beginning to worry about needing surgery. Any suggestions or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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  37. QUESTION:
    I am not able to walk for four months already, I am so frustrated !!!?
    I really need your support and help!! Four months ago, I fell when I tried to get of the bus and lend on uneven surface. I twisted both side of the right leg ankle. I thought that I just twist my ankle and I could handle the pain so I did not go to the doctor. I limped for a week and finally I could not handle the pain. I went to E.R. At that moment, my ankle was already turned inward. The E.R doctor said the X ray indicated no broken bone and she advised to me to walk more and more. She was unwilling to give me crutches but just gave a note for physiotherapy and indicated that “only soft tissue injury right ankle, please assiss and treat” So the next day I went for physiotherapy. The physiotherapist told me not to walk anymore because of 2nd degree sprain. I had some treatment at there and wore air cast and used crutches for 1 1/2 months. But the pain was still there and the ankle was unstable at all times. After 1 1/2 months, I started walked without crutches, the more I walked and the more bruise I got at the inner ankle. The physiotherapist told me no more walking and send me to sport clinic for x ray. The x-ray from sport clinic indicated that there was a fine line at Navicular Bone but not sure was a fractured or not. He needed for doctor to take a look of the X ray. For sure it was inflamed. The doctor put me in cast for 2 weeks. Two weeks, from the x-ray indicated that I had Accessory Navicular bone and did not know why the inflammation still there. So he put on walking boots for two weeks. After two weeks again, the inflammation still there, so he sent me for bone scan, the result shown that I had fractured the cartilage between the nacvicular and accessory nacvicular. I was put on cast for a whole month and on wheel chair. Yesterday, I had my cast off and put on the walking boot again. The doctor told me to try to walk, but I just can’t. My outer side of ankle is giving away, my heel is hurting me, that Accessory Navicular bone is still enlarge and inflamed. I cannot make a step at all. The doctor said that waited for another two weeks and see. If things still won’t change, then he will try another method. I did call them about my situation and waiting for them to call back. I am really frustrated. I can feel the pain even I am not walking. Please give me any advice and what did he mean for other methods? Please help me out

    • ANSWER:
      owww that sounds painful. I broke my foot and walked around 2 winters ago with a broken toe and the long bone fractured for about 3 months before I thought, hey this isn’t going away! I wound up with a swollen mess so I hear you and sympathasize with you.

      You really got things irritated. Did they think the inflammation might be a tendon or possibly scar tissue? What about gout or arthritis? You need to know what that is from, are you seeing an orthopedic doctor? or a podiatrist? You need to see one of them or both specialists. A foot is nothing to mess with and an ankle even more so. The weakness is probably from not using it, I had that too in the foot, but you need to get rid of the inflammation first. Tell your doctor you want to go to a specialist, podiatrist and/or orthopedic specialist.

  38. QUESTION:
    Ankle sprain 2 weeks ago – healing or not?
    I sprained my ankle two weeks ago monday when turning it on a curb crossing the street. I almost passed out from the pain.

    Well within 4 days I seemed that i was walking fine again. Then three days ago I ended up hurting it again walking up the stairs. The pain would shoot from the inner part of my ankle and up my leg.

    I have been keeping a brace on it. And the pain would come and go. Sometimes I could walk (kind of limp) for hours and I would be fine, then other times I’d just walk a few feet and I would get the shooting pain again.

    The pain has pretty much gone now – I’m still limping (even when I try not to). But I’ve noticed that the bottom of my foot really aches and swells up.

    No bruising during original injury.

    I tore ligaments about 15 years ago in same ankle – and they turn on me without any warning. I’ve been to a few doctors and they all pretty much push me away saying to ice and wrap it.

    What do you suggest? Do you have this problem? What do you do?
    I can take an elevator when I’m at work, but unfortuantely I can’t avoid stairs at least 10 times a day at home, I live in a townhouse where the bathroom and bedroom are on top floor, laundry and freezer are in basement lol.

    • ANSWER:
      The best thing you can do is stay off of it so it heals well more quickly. I stayed on crutches with mine a full two weeks and it healed wonderfully.

      Yours could take longer. But rest so it heals, then gradual exercise to strengthen it.

  39. QUESTION:
    Can anybody tell me what could be the cause of my foot pain?
    I have had a lot of pain in my right foot for about 6 months which has gotten progressively worse. Its mostly in my inner arch…but its also painful on top of my foot and my ankle. I haven’t had any injuries related to my foot either. It even hurts when I walk..and it even hurts when its at rest. What could it be?

    • ANSWER:
      could be a stress fracture. could be a ligament tear .. you may need an MRI to diagnose it

  40. QUESTION:
    Do I have really bad shin splints?
    My doctor called and said I had stress related injuries in both my legs/ankle area. it could be fractures or shin splints or tendonitis. My right ankle has been throbbing since the summer but hurts to touch right above it on my leg. (it’s my inner ankle too). So finally a couple weeks ago we go a bone scan an both came up w/ stress injuries. My left leg has never bothered me b4 but it did hurt to touch right above the ankle a little. The doctor said the right leg was a lot worse. The doctor sent me to get an MRI b/c the bone scan results weren’t that clear. Right now he put me in an aircast/brace. (I forgot to tell u I am a dancer and almost 16 and female).

    I don’t think I have shin splints b/c it’s my ankle tht hurts an throbs even tho it does hurt to touch a lot ight above my ankle. And the pain is mainly dull but it’s a little sharp when you touch the area.

    Do I have shin splints or stress fractures?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have a stress fracture. A stress fracture is a small crack in the bone. If you tap on the bone it will hurt. If you just have shin splints, tapping on the bone won’t hurt.

      It is important to have a full recovery from a stress fracture before returning to your normal activities. If you go back too soon, it can develop into a full fracture and will take much longer to heal.

      Rest, ice the area and only do activities that are not weight bearing – like swimming.

      Take care.

  41. QUESTION:
    black and blue foot, around inner arch and heel?
    I had a traumatic injury to my upper ankle about 2 inches below my knee.

    My leg became wedged between two steel objects last weekend while loading a moving boat onto a trailer the boat rammed my leg with some force pinning it against a steel beam and breaking the skin.

    I took 400mg naproxin twice daily for two days after injury and yesterday started taking diclofenac 75mg twice daily to try to relieve the swelling of the bone and discomfort around the injury site.

    I can walk on the leg but find I am starting to limp, the black and blue at my inner arch and heel is starting to worry me. I would like to wait and see if things get worse.

    Any I suggestions or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

    Norm…

    • ANSWER:
      I would recommend you to go to an ER for further evaluation! Black color on skin is associated with dead tissue(although this is not always the case!)
      Is you foot warm to touch? If not, it is probably due to poor circulation secondary to the injury! Or the circulation is blocked!

  42. QUESTION:
    Medial malleolous fracture from wearing stiletto heels?
    My inner ankle bone is very tender and swollen. I am not very athetic so this is not from a sports injury. The pain started after a long day and night running around on my three inch stiletto heels. I am a 30 year old woman, 5’7″ weighing 113 pounds. Can you get a stress fracture from this. I am a little concerned about possible osteoporosis because it seems odd that I would have this injury for little reason. Is this possible?
    Oh, actually the night with the heels was three weeks ago. The pain and swelling was bad that night, died down and resurfaced with a vengance a week ago.

    • ANSWER:
      Stilettos are terrible for your feet, back, ankles, etc…but darn they look good on a woman. I would stay out of the high heels for a while and see if the pain gets better, if not sounds like it is time to visit the old Doc for some x-rays. You may very well have a small stress fracture, I would doubt it though. Being 5’7″ and only weighing 113 pounds it is not like you are putting a whole lot of stress on your bones even in high heels. Come to think of it, if you are 5’7″ and weigh only 113 pounds you don’t need the stilettos to attract anyone…at least not me. You sound like a fit, intelligent lady (medial malleolous fracture???), give up the pain.

  43. QUESTION:
    I think I might have sprained/fractured something…?
    Okay, so I am not good at preventing injuries. Just last week i almost broke my shoulder (turns out I got it out of the socket and tore some of the ligaments). Anyway, I was at a party yesterday and we were playing manhunt. Since it was dark, I didn’t see a hole in the ground. When i fell into the hole my ankle twisted in an extremely weird way. I couldn’t feel it for a couple minutes but then it turned into searing pain. It looked bruised and almost like there was no bump on my inner ankle. The bump on my outer ankle didn’t look any different.I considered going to the er but decided not to make a big deal. Right now I can barely walk without crutches and I’m trying to use rice but it’s not working that well. It’s a lot more swollen than yesterday.
    What do you think happened? Any ideas on what to do? Please help. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      i have rolled my ankle a lot and just last aug. i had surgery. i went to the er and the doctors told me i had just sprained it. comes to find out i broke a quarter size bone of my ankle. if i was you i would go to an orthopedic. if it is just a sprain better to be safe than sorry.

  44. QUESTION:
    My nephew woke up Sat with a redness around his upper ankle and a swollen leg.?
    He did not want to walk on the leg so they took him to the emergancy room. He also has a red line going up the inner thy to his groined area. He has a scrape above the redness of the ankle but the scrape does not touch the red part. Several people say it is a staff infection or strep. He has been on antibiotics for two days and tylenol and motrin for his fever. The doctors still have not taken any exray’s of his ankle. What do you think? My sister had the same situation happen to her and it ended up being a bone that had been injured in her ankle from jumping off the monkey bars. This little boy is only five and I saw him yesterday. The ankle is warm, red and still swollen a bit. It is not his ankle but above the ankle. He does have mesquito bites on his foot that he is known to pick at. I think he injured his bone and does’nt no how to communicate that he got hurt. He went to bed with the injury and woke up in bad shape. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    I appreciate all of your help. He is in the hospital and has been since Sat. I am sorry I failed to mention that. They did do a biopsy on the scrape above the red area. I don’t understand the wide red swollen area around his upper ankle. But it does sound like a staff infection. I feel it may have come from an injury though. He told his sitter Friday night that his ankle hurt. Woke up with a swollen leg.

    • ANSWER:
      It’s a staph infection—the red line is the infection moving up his lymphatic system. It needs to be treated aggressively with antibiotics. The “picking at” the bug bites is how the staph was introduced to his bloodstream. IT IS VERY VERY SERIOUS!!

      My brother was just hospitalized for 14 days for a staph infection. It can go to your organs, heart, brain, etc and kill you.

  45. QUESTION:
    Ankle slightly eversed while walking – help?
    I’ve had an inversion sprain (torn lateral ligament). So during my recovery period I didn’t place my foot straight, but slightly “everted” – meaning that my ankle would slightly point inwards. So my left shoes would have the inner edge significantly more outworn.

    After recovery, I had fully stabilized my foot and didn’t see pain or any other problems ever since. BUT now I have been wearing the same shoes I wore during recovery period and I’ve been doing that for quite a while. As a result, my ankle is now eversed when I step on that foot and it starts to hurt. Even without those shoes, the ankle is not straight now and I have to put effort to straighten it.

    This is a high risk of injury as I am training my legs intensively every day.

    What can I do (exercises or whatever) to straighten the ankle once again? I am trying to place it straight (I think that’s how I got over it the first time), but it’s really frustrating. AND I don’t want any bandages and stuff like that as it weakens the ankle eventually.

    Thanks for your help!

    • ANSWER:
      1)Sit up straight with your back against a wall and your feet out in front of you with your knees straight
      2)Slowly turn your left foot inward and hold this position for six seconds
      3)Now turn your foot slowly outward and hold for another six seconds
      4)Repeat this exercise 10 times
      5)Repeat steps 1-4 with the right foot

      1)Sit on a chair with your legs off the ground
      2)Write the entire alphabet in the air with one foot
      3)Repeat with the opposite foot
      This exercise will use all of the muscles of the ankle

      1)Stand in front of a table or chair
      2)Place your hands on the table/chair for balance
      3)Rock back on your heals lifting your toes off the floor
      4)Remain on your heals for six seconds
      5)Slowly return to standing position
      6)Repeat 10 times

      These sites describe a number of different physical therapy exercises for the ankles. Some of them may help you.

      http://physicaltherapy.about.com/od/orthopedicsandpt/ss/anklerehab_2.htm

      http://www.sports-injury-info.com/ankle-rehab-exercises-motion.html

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/105078-range-motion-exercises-ankles/

      http://www.ehow.com/how_2070391_do-range-motion-exercises.html

      http://www.drugs.com/cg/passive-range-of-motion-exercises.html

  46. QUESTION:
    figure skater has pulled her knee and ankle hurts?
    okay so im a figure skater and ive been on some vigorous training for the past few weeks because i have a competition coming up and im on vacation for about a week.
    so yesterday i was on my last day of training [im on my week vacation today] i had just taken my figure skating-ballet class and had one more ice time afterwards. i was working a jump where my legs have to be basically crossed and i am trying to add another revolution to it. but i fell down, pulling the muscle on the inner side of my knee, and i think pulling the outer side of my ankle [left leg]. i have a brace on my knee and on my ankle, and thank goodness i am on vacation so it can heal and i dont have to work it vigorously.
    i know that i pulled my knee but im not sure what i did to my ankle? what should i do besides light workout and eating protein? i really cannot handle and injury now and i want to enjoy my vacation. im on the beach on a private island for crying out loud! i am scheduling a massage. any advice???!!!??
    according to webMD the ligament i pulled on the side of my knee is the LCL or lateral collateral ligament
    never mind- its the MCL =]

    • ANSWER:
      y said that u pulled the ligiment on the inside of ur knee that is the MCL not the LCL…

      the Medial collateral ligament is on the inside of ur knee…

      the best thing u can do is to continue with the resting and icing of ur knee and ankle, and if the pain and swelling continue after ur vaction then u really need to go and see an orthopeadist…

      best of luck with ur knee and ankle, and ur competiton… just dont push urself too hard or u may not be competing at all and may wind up needing surgery

  47. QUESTION:
    my lower leg is swolling and red what should i do?
    right above my ankle my inner lower leg on both side is swolling and red does any one know what this is i didnt have no injury or allegric reaction to anything it just got swolling and red sice i started working this weeek i havent worked in like 1 year and a half and at my job i stand for long periods of time and i weigh like 420 pounds and also i have this tingling num buring feeling ive been having on my tigh for like a couple of months already and i wont go away can anyone please give some expert advice with this and if i should go to the doctor

    • ANSWER:
      you should seek medical attention as soon as possible…those are common symptoms of a blood clot in a vein in your leg. An ultrasound is recommended to rule it out. If there isn’t a blood clot, you are probably retaining water in your leg. But usually that happens in both legs…so the next explanation could be poor valves that do not work properly inside the veins in your legs causing pooling of blood in the lower legs, which could ultimately lead to a blood clot. Definitely go and have a doctor order an ultrasound doppler exam to check for a blood clot. And don’t wait.

  48. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my knee?
    At the beginning of this March or so, I was wearing my walking boot (I have left posterior tibial tendonitis), and while in the boot, I was reaching across my bed to get something. I was standing about, and the boot didn’t allow for much flexibility, so I kept my left leg completely straight when reaching across my bed, I think I bent my left knee inward (hyperextended it, I guess?). I did that like three nights in a row that week. How stupid! I didn’t hear any popping noises or anything and didn’t beging experiencing pain in my inner left ankle until a week or two after I did that. Since then, the pain hasn’t subsided. It is only slightly better, but not much. I saw an orthopedist a few weeks after the pain started. He ordered X-rays and said that my bones and ligaments look normal and strong. He just recommended that I go to PT, which I have been doing for 3 or 4 weeks now for both my left knee and left ankle. My ankles seem to feel better because I have new sneakers and custom orthotics. However, my knee is showing no improvement despite all of the strengthening exercises my PT and I have been doing. I scheduled a follow-up with my orthopedist for this Thursday, but I am just so frustrated. What could be wrong, and what if no one can figure it out? I am always so worried that I am going to have these injuries forever and never be able to do what I love most again, which is to run and exercise. I guess I should also mention that I am recovering my anorexia. I don’t know if that has any affect on my healing time. I am 5’4″, 21-years-old, and am about 100-105 pounds. At my lowest, I was 76, so I am much better than then, but I managed to gain back all of the weight that I lost. I did that last summer (2009), so I’ve been at a healthier weight for almost a year now. Shouldn’t my body be better internally? Would gaining more weight help? Everyone tells me I need to gain a lot more, but I cannot see that at all and am so scared to do so. I’m sorry this is so long, but any help would be greatly appreciated. Take good care.=)
    Sorry I meant to say that I didn’t begin experiencing pain in my inner left KNEE,* not ankle. Thanks so much.:))

    • ANSWER:

  49. QUESTION:
    Pain in leg…?
    About 1-2 wks ago I started experiencing pain in the back of my left upper leg but only when I sat a certain way or pressed on it without my muscles flexed. Then I started experiencing pain in my left inner ankle a couple days after the leg pain started. I do run / elliptical machine 4-5 times per week. I have been running for almost 1 year and haven’t experienced pain or injury from it yet. I don’t remember a time when I may have injured my leg while running. I can’t say that it’s a muscle or nerve causing the pain .. I have no idea as it’s kind of throughout my leg but I can pinpoint 2 specific spots that hurt. I’m just really scared bc of course I googled it (which I shouldn’t have) and I’m now afraid I have bone cancer. I have an appt with the orthopedic on Monday but I’m just really stressed out. Does anyone have any ideas on what this may be?!

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it could be anything,although testicular/prostate cancer seem low probability given your screen name.when you say it started with pain About 1-2 wks ago I started experiencing pain in the back of my left upper leg but only when I sat a certain way or pressed on it without my muscles flexed, can you be more specific about where you were pressing, and did it hurt where you were pressing or did it hurt somewhere else when you pressed there.one thing to remember is that common things are common. bone cancer would seem very unlikely as a cause for symptoms like this but nothing is impossible except skiing through a revolving door. Having an ortho appt is good but realize that if this isn’t a bone problem then you could quite possibly be seeing the wrong type of doc.If I could give you a bit of friendly advise to help you and the ortho doc. Tonight, write down when it started, where it started, and how it started. write down if anything made the symptoms worse when it was first present i.e. any position,movement, etc. was there anything in the beginning that helped to lessen the symptoms(ice, heat,Motrin/Tylenol/massage. were the symptoms continuous or coming and going. when the symptoms were present were there any other sympoms as well such as numbness/tingling/weakness,redness/cold or heat. If the symptoms decreased,when did they return. any new hobbies/activities, new car, new responsibilities at work. new furniture at home or work.

      If you write all of this down DO NOT take the paper with you to read from. might be good to bring it with you in case you need a memory aid, but when a patient pulls out a note and starts reading it, that usually is not a good sign for the doc (kind of like the cop who pulls a kid over and the kid has his dads lawyers card in the sunvisor. another thing you may wish to avoid is diagnosis vomiting. the practice of assembling all of the rarest and least likely diagnoses, usually from an online source, and stringing a sentence together such as. “do you think it could be a blood clot brought on by muscle cancer caused by my lime’s disease/fibromyalgia-restless leg-syndrome-insomnia (we live near deer and mosquitos) can’t you just do those blood tests to rule those out as causes? It sounds extreme but I have had a few not far from that. One patient refused to tell me the main complaint or answer any questions regarding the history of symptoms. He kept saying “you are the Doctor, you should know” Sir, I am asking for your symptoms not your diagnosis. I can’t tell you the cause if you wont tell me the symptoms. lastly, the symptoms you are having near your ankle,try to mark those out with your finger as accurately as possible, and if you get any blisters over these areas get it checked out as I would not be surprised at all if this eventually gets diagnosed as shingles.

  50. QUESTION:
    I’ve got some weird running injury?
    I’m 16 and took a 3-week long summer gym class recently. I ran everyday for 2 weeks with no problems, but about a week ago my legs felt stiff when I tried to run and I felt pain in my knees and ankles. I stopped running after that, and I haven’t been running for one week now but the pain is even worse than it was before. It’s in both knees and both ankles and the pain in them is the same. In my ankles, its more on the inner-ankle and in my knees, it seems to be in the middle. I can hardly walk and they hurt when I’m not doing anything at all. The pain also seems to progress throughout the day. I went to my doctor yesterday and she had no idea what was wrong with me and refered me to an Orthopedic doctor. I don’t have an appointment yet, but does anyone know what might be wrong with me?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like you have patellofemoral syndrome caused in part by having pronated (flat) feet. You are probably going to be sent to physical therapy to help you strengthen the muscles in your hip and butt. Also, if you do have flat feet then shoe orthotics to support your arch can help both your feet and knee.


Name Of Ankle Bones

Ankylosing Spondylitis and Physiotherapy
Physio Treatment in Ankylosing Spondylitis
by Jonathan Blood Smyth

Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory arthritic disease or spondyloarthropathy, classified with reactive arthritis, bowel disease arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. The underlying relationships between these diseases are complex but they are connected by enthesitis (inflammation of the ligament/bone junctions) and by possession of the HLA B27 gene on white blood cells. The enthesitis process at the joint edges can cause fibrosis and then ossification of the area (bone formation).

AS is the commonest of the spondyloarthropathies and its occurrence varies with the occurrence of the HLA B27 gene in the population, AS being less common in the tropics and more common in northern European countries. 0.1 to 1.0% of people are affected but this varies with latitude and is more common in white people. About 1-2% of people with the HLA B27 gene actually develop AS but this becomes 15-20% likelihood if they have a first degree relative with the disease.

Three males to every one female is the ratio of patients with Ankylosing spondylitis, as female patients may have much less obvious symptoms and so be missed from the diagnosis. Young men are the commonest presenting group with most consulting a doctor before they are 40 and up to 20% before they are sixteen years old. 25 years is the average age that someone goes down with the symptoms and is uncommon to find a diagnosis of AS in a person over fifty. It is easily overlooked as it can look like mechanical back pain if care is not taken. On questioning how they are in the morning, a typical answer is very stiff.
Ankylosing spondylitis has similarities but distinct differences from the much more common low back pain:

Morning stiffness in the lumbar spine, lasting at least 30 minutes or longer Exercise improves the back pain and stiffness Rest worsens the pain and stiffness Pain is usually worse in the second half of the night, after a time of rest Peripheral joints are affected in 30 to 50% of patients Tiredness is common AS has systemic affects from its inflammatory nature which can include feeling unwell, fever and loss of weight.

Physiotherapy examination of the spine in an AS patient usually uncovers significantly reduced ranges of spinal movement from normal, with perhaps a reduced lumbar lordosis and an increased thoracic curve. Neck movements may also be limited in later stages and a reduction in chest expansion noted due to rib joint involvement. Peripheral symptoms occur in around a third of patients and the physio will palpate the tender areas, searching for evidence of enthesitis in the insertions of the Achilles tendon and plantar ligament of the foot. These are areas of high mechanical stress and commonly affected.

Postural analysis of the AS patient is the first thing a physiotherapist notes after the subjective examination, recording spinal abnormalities, flexed knees, rounded shoulders or poking head posture. The ranges of movement of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine are measured and a battery of standard measures taken which allows assessment of the disease progression. The hips or other peripheral joints may be affected and these need to be measured also, with the physio likely testing out sites where the enthesis is likely to be painful and inflamed. If the disease is active then the patient may also have joint effusions and may appear unwell, be sweating and not have slept well.

Physiotherapists will concentrate on treating the inflamed areas first such as the areas where the ligaments insert into the bone, using insoles, cold, ultrasound and stretching techniques. Routine spinal range of motion exercises are taught to patients with an emphasis on getting to end ranges, concentrating initially on the anti-gravity muscles such as thoracic and lumbar extensors. Neck rotation and retractions and thoracic rotations are also important functional movements not to lose. Patients should rest themselves in good postures such as prone or supine with only one pillow, to avoid accentuating the typical spinal deformities. Treatment for AS in a hydrotherapy pool is beneficial and soothing and patient education important so they keep up their programme.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    What is the medical name for your ankle bone?
    the real medical name of it?

    • ANSWER:
      CALCANEUS IS THE BONE YOU STAND ON , WHEN YOU STAND ON YOUR HEEL AND WHERE YOUR TENDO ACHILLES GETS ATTACHED.! THE LOWER ENDS(MALLEOLUS) OF THE TIBIA AND FIBULA FORM THE PARTS OF THE ANKLE JOINT.

  2. QUESTION:
    what are the names of the bones of the ankle ?
    i would like to know the anatomical names for the bones of the ankle in particular i am looking for the name of the round bone on the top of your foot

    • ANSWER:

  3. QUESTION:
    What are the names of the bones in you ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      alphadorus
      tenorpa
      deniriumor
      Korepetor
      ankle bone
      achillius
      and lastly regalarium

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the different bone parts of your ankle?
    What are the names of the bones in an ankle, that people usually break or fracture?

    • ANSWER:

  5. QUESTION:
    What’s the name of the round bone on each side of a (human) ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      They aren’t separate bones. The medial malleolus is part of the tibia; the lateral malleolus is part of the fibula.

  6. QUESTION:
    I have a fear of human bones and veins is there a name for this?
    I don’t have a problem with needles in the bend of my ARM for like giving blood or an IV, and needles in other areas like for shots as long as they aren’t near a bone or a main vein. My biggest problem since I don’t deal with needles daily is my bones or veins being touched. from my Achilles tendeon to my knees, elbows, wrists, spine, and collar bone. U name it if its being touched by anything, a persons hand or kneeling or resting my arms on tables to where my wrists and elbows are coming in contact with the table, if the strap on a pair of sandals rubs my ankle I have to loosen it. As far as veins and arteries I tense up when my husband tries to kiss my neck and my wrists touching stuff like resting on a table is also cuz of my veins. And if a pair of earings are too heavy i won’t wear them in fear of getting ripped out. Shaving my legs scares me, having a razor gliding over my veins and bones. It gets really irritating. My husband can hold me and touch me and rub me but as soon as he gets too close to veins or bones I get sick to my stomach and start to freak out. It qlso bothers me to see a someone bend over and expose their spine jutting out of their back. And mostly in men but someone that has really huge veins all over them on their arms and neck and legs and such it grosses me out to the point where I won’t touch them. Does anyone know if there’s a name for this or if since it has to do with bones and veins if there is a separate name for both. Someone help me out. And another thing, its only like this with humans I’m perfectly fine watching an animal get butchered up(for food purposes of course, dear, fish, etc…) Please and thanx.

    • ANSWER:

      http://www.hallofphobias.com/phobias/human-anatomy/

  7. QUESTION:
    My ankle bone is weird.?
    I have always noticed that my ankle bone is weird. The ankle actually POPS out, and people always notice. People think its deformed but i dont know. Most of my family members have this. Is this even normal? Maybe its hereditary. It doesnt hurt or anything, it just looks funny. Does this even have a name? Ankle pop-u-litis hahaha. Does anyone know what im talking about? My ankle bone looks like its popped out!

    • ANSWER:
      By ankle bone, I am assuming you mean the fibula as you can’t usually see the the ankle bones (tarsals). I don’t know about a name, but it sounds more likely that it’s a heredity bone condition since most of your family have it too. I wouldn’t worry.

  8. QUESTION:
    can you name these bone’s in the human body?
    my grandson takes his black/white belt in ju-jitsu soon, and part of the exam is theory. he his only 8 and has to find this out for himself. He is not taught this in lessons. so its not cheating., just saves his mum going to library with him when she has an active 18 month year old who won’t sit still for more than a minute. thanks to all who reply.

    1, how many bones in the head
    2, the main bone /bones of the head
    3, name of upper jaw
    4, name of lower jaw
    5, how many bone in the spine
    6, how many bones form the wrist
    7, how many bones in the ankle
    8, how many bones in the foot
    9, what is the name of the breastbone
    10, what is the name of the kneecap
    11 name the 2 bones in the lower leg
    12, name the bones in the arm
    13, the largest bone in the body
    14, how many teeth

    • ANSWER:
      Tell him to find out himself rather than get other people to do it. Use Wikipedia.
      If you molly coddle the lad, he’ll never value hard work. And there is no apostrophe in bones.

  9. QUESTION:
    POLL: How many of u have broken a bone?
    I just broke my ankle (can’t remeber the bone name) and now im in a cast. I probably need surgery, and i just want to know who else has broken something. What bone did u break and what did u do to spend the times resting. I broke my ankle yesterday and im bored out of my mind

    • ANSWER:
      bless ur heart…hope u feel better soon…broken bones hurt the worst!
      i have had two broken toes and a broken foot.

  10. QUESTION:
    ankle hurts a lot but barely swollen?
    Well today during track / cross country practice, we were doing laps around a lake. There was this small pot hole that was covered by leaves, I stepped on it and my ankle bent and my entire body weight went onto the bent left ankle. Now It’s barely swollen, but it’s almost impossible for me to walk, unless I limp around. My mom’s telling me it isn’t broken because it isn’t swollen. I’ve researched it online and it doesn’t have to be swollen to be broken does it? Also when I bend my toes and release it, just my ankle alone hurts. I can move my feet around to a certain point, and when I move it back, there is this excruciating pain. I believe it is my LATERAL MALLEOLUS (the round shaped bone that sticks out of your ankle that faces opposite of the other leg) Sorry not really good at bone names. So my question is, are there any chances my ankle might be broken and that no swelling is possible for broken bones?
    Oh I didn’t see it earlier, and when I mean move, I mean move about .25 of an inch and the pain kicks in, it hurts alone without moving it. Almost impossible for me to move without it hurting.
    Oh and also, the pain is coming more towards the inner ankle, not the bone itself, the pain is coming from under the bone.

    • ANSWER:
      go to the doctor…. thats not right…. you might have torn a tendon or ligament thats what i did when my ankle did that

  11. QUESTION:
    I cant remember the name of this bone problem?
    On the inside of my feet , around a thumbspace towards the toes from the ankle bone there is another bone. know everyone has this bone but mine happens to be longer than most and therefor sticks out more. I also have the same problem in my wrists on the bone on the top outside of the wrist which sticks up a comparisonly large amount. And also the bone next to the little toe which makes my feet wider. I have been to the doctors about this as it was causing problems with shoes when i was little and i would really like to now the name of this disorder ????? please, any help will be greatfully recieved xx

    • ANSWER:

  12. QUESTION:
    How much would an ankle tattoo hurt ?
    I want to get a tattoo on my ankle. Of my mom and dads name. I want it to wrap around my ankle (like go in a circle) a little bit above my ankle bone. How bad would it hurt ? & i knw all tattoos hurt due to the needle going into your skin. Dont point out the obvious. Thank you(:
    It is not going over the bone. it is above the bone

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    what is the name of the long bone that extends down the front of our leg from the knee to the ankle?
    ASAP please

    • ANSWER:
      the one in front is the tibia, the one in back is the fibula.

  14. QUESTION:
    Good tattoo’s to get?
    1:
    Live and love… in nice cursive writing
    Burn and die… in death core chelsea grin writing.

    –Live and love on my right inner part of my upper arm

    –burn and die on the inner part of my upper left arm

    #2
    You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget. Learn from mistakes, but never regret.

    –Top part of my thigh close to my knee.. *Arial or cursive.*

    #3
    Elijah
    –in cursive writing under my left breast.

    #4
    treble clef

    –behind the right ear

    #5
    Heart

    –behind the left ear

    6#
    9-10-2011 *heart*

    –Right foot, normal numbers, below the ankle bone.
    #7
    Name of all my kids in cursive, date they were born, *possibly time*.. *foot prints possibly*
    –with foot prints; each shoulder blade.
    –without foot prints; left ribcage, and right ribcage.
    *I have 2 kids*

    Do these tattoos sound like good ideas? I wanted to wait until I was older to get all of them because I wanted to make sure I wanted all of them. Now I am 24years old and have been planning them for the last 2 or so years. I want all of them but what are your favorites? And feel free to give me ideas of placement and writing style if you wannnttt!! :)

    Thanks ladies and gentlemen! :)
    They are all meaningful to me. I just want your opinions! :)

    • ANSWER:
      You’re planning on getting all of these?

      1. I honestly think that ‘burn and die’ sounds awful and I would never want that on myself no matter what the context was, but that’s just me. Overall I just don’t like it. Plus, a lot of people have some sort of ‘live love’ thing tattooed on them. It’s just overdone.

      2. I think that’s really nice. Get it in cursive, though, definitely. It’d look amazing.

      3. Like it.

      4. Sounds cute, I’ve been meaning to get something behind my ear so I think you should go for it. I think tattoos behind the ear look real cool.

      5. Once again, love tattoos behind the ear. Go for it. I like the idea of the treble clef and heart, they will go together well.

      6. Depends what it symbolizes. If it’s a date that you started dating someone then you probably shouldn’t. I feel like any sort of tattoos for a significant other is just bad luck. :) But if it’s for something else, it sounds like it would look good.

      7. If I were you I’d get them on your shoulder blades. Get the footprints, and underneath it put your kids first&middle names and the day they were born in cursive. That’d look amazing :)

      I love your ideas, if I were you I’d definitely get them. I especially like #4, 5, and 7. Good luck :)

  15. QUESTION:
    HELP!! With this crossword PLEASE!?
    I did this crossword and I still have some empty spaces I cannot figure out. This is a medical crossword about bone names, the names will be in medical terms.

    9. This is the flared part of your hip bone (The skeleton is resting its hand there)

    I _ _ U _

    15. Your tailbone is connected to this bone (fusion of five bones)

    S _ _ _ _ _

    17. Elvis shakes his
    _ _ _ _ _ _

    18. The larger of your forearm bones (thumb side)

    _ _ _ _ _ _

    4. These are your fingers and toes

    P _ _ L _ N _ _ S

    7. This is your spinal column

    _ E _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    10. This bone protects your brain

    C _ _ _ _ _ _

    12. The smaller bone in your forearm (little finger side)

    _ _ N _

    14. These are your ankle bones

    T _ _ _ _ _ _

    16. These are your wrist bones

    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    ANY help would be appreciated, and I need it bad! Thank you!!!

    • ANSWER:
      9. ilium
      15. sacrum
      17. pelvis
      18. radius
      4. phalanges
      7. vertebrae
      10. cranium
      12. ulna
      14. tarsals
      16. carpals

  16. QUESTION:
    whats the name of the muscle above your ankle, inner side on your shin?
    it hurts when i walk and i want to know what it is.
    its hard to describe..
    but you know that little bone that’s like a ball on your ankle? right above that. its like that whole side of my leg up to my knee

    • ANSWER:
      I believe it’s the Achilles Tendon.
      I’m not 100% sure though …

  17. QUESTION:
    can you guys answer my take home quiz for me? i really need it to pass my anatomy subject, thanks?
    1. define axial skeleton and appendicular skeleton?

    2. name the bones of the braincase and the face?

    3. give the locations of paranasal sinuses. what are their functions?

    4. what is the function of the hard palate?

    5. through what foramen does the brain connect to the spinal cord?

    6. how do the vertebrae protect the spinal cord? where do spinal nerves exit the vertebral column?

    7. name and give the number of each type of vertebra. describe the characteristics that distinguished the different types of vertebrae from one another.

    8. what is the function of the thoracic cage? name the parts of the sternum. distinguish true, false, and floating ribs?

    9. name the bones that make up the pectoral girdle, arm, fore arm, wrist, and hand. how many phalanges are in each finger and in the thumb?

    10. name the bones of the thigh, leg , ankle, and foot.

    • ANSWER:
      1. Axial Skeleton- consists of the 80 bones in the head and trunk of the human body. It is composed of five parts; the human skull, the ossicles of the inner ear, the hyoid bone of the throat, the chest, and the vertebral column. The axial skeleton and the appendicular skeleton together form the complete skeleton.

      Appendicular Skeleton- consisting of 126 bones, makes body movement possible and protects the organs of digestion, excretion, and reproduction. The word appendicular means referring to an appendage or anything attached to a major part of the body, such as the upper and lower extremities.

      i would need to get more than 10 points to answer all of that sorry!!!!

  18. QUESTION:
    What is the name of this area on the outside of the foot?
    Its a soft area in front of the outer ankle bone. You can press your finger into it!

    • ANSWER:
      navicular bone

      www.drnelsonclinic.com/bones_of_foot.htm

  19. QUESTION:
    Umm… whats up with my ankle?!?!?
    So i was walking and i rolled my ankle and put weight onto my foot just like i would normally when i was walking. after that happened it hurt so bad!! then it didnt hurt the next day. but it hurts so much now!!! it has been about 6 days. i can barely walk on it!!! and i was just wondering did i just roll it bad or sprain it?? thanks…

    anotehr issue…
    so i dont know the name of the bone but on my foot, there is a bone that sticks out way more than the other one!! look at your right foot. where your foot arches in, a little before it begins to arch more towards the ankle, that little bone sticks out so much!!! and it is red! it has been like that for a while but i never really was like OMG! IT POPS OUT!! until now. and it also causes my foot to almost walk like a duck when i walk. so it doesnt go straight, it goes out to the right. and my left foot just walks straight and normal. why does my bone do this?!?!?!

    • ANSWER:

  20. QUESTION:
    Can anyone give me the name of this tendon?
    It runs horizontly over the fibula and the poreneal tendons about an inch above the outer ankle bone.
    Its a hard thin tendon.
    Im thinking it could be the Retinaculum but not sure.

    • ANSWER:
      Off the top of my head I was going to say Fibula brevis, but the Superior & inferior reticulum tendons run over the peroneus tendons, and its the inferior reticulum that is under the ankle bone, and the superior above the ankle bone.

      Think of the directional terms when it comes to such as Superior (upper), inferior (below).

      I have included a few links and the last one is a great interactive website which cam help you learn the bones, muscles etc of the body.

  21. QUESTION:
    206 Bones of The Body.?
    I need to learn all the bones, quick.

    My best way to learn, is by song; So does anyone kno a good song with ALL the bones in it & not just “The foot bones connected to the ankle bone” i need proper names.

    Thank You.

    -Also i need to learn all the joints.

    • ANSWER:
      frontal,temporals, parietals occipital, ethmoid, maxilla, mandible, nasal, lacrimal, sphenoid, axis, hyoid, atlas, c3-7, T1-12, L-15, sacrum(s1-5 fused), coccyx, clavicles, scapulas, ribs 1-2 bilateral, humurus, radius, ulna, scaphoid, lunate, trapezius, triquetrium, pisiform, trapezoid, capitate, hamate, metacarpals, distal, medial, and proximal phalanxes, ischium-ilium-pubis, femur, patella, tibia, fibula, talus, calcaneus, cubiod, navicular, cunieforms, metarsals, and distal, proximal, and medial phalanxes of the toes, and the incus, malleus, and stapes of the middle ear.

  22. QUESTION:
    Ankle Pain : Help!?
    For the last 3 or so weeks i have had this uncomftable pain in my right ankle.

    The pain started in the area between the middle of my ankle and the round looking bone on the side of your foot (sorry, dont know the name of the bone) and its become a little swollen. I wouldnt say its hurting enough to make me really scream out in pain, but its almost a heavy feeling in my ankle, which sometimes feels like its throbbing, just annoying and uncomftable. As the weeks have gone ahead the pain sometimes reaches the back of my achilles.
    more recently the pain has also come up in my left ankle in the same place (not as much as in the right ankle though and no pain the left achilles). anyone help me and tell me whats going on?! It hasnt stopped me running about or taking part in activities such as football/soccer. Though i do wear a extra sock and tape the right ankle up.
    Your help would be appreciated. Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      There’s a good chance you have overstressed the peroneal tendon on the outside of you ankle, and it is inflamed (peroneal tendonitis). Its not easy to get rid of this when you are still playing sports. If it starts getting worse, you will have to stop playing if you want it to heal. In the mean time, you need to develop some habits to control the injury.

      First, you need to stretch the ankle several time per day. While standing in your barefeet, stretch your ankle slowly in all directions to determine where it starts to pull. Once you have isolated the tight spot, gently stretch the ankle by holding it for about 30 seconds in the place where it just begin to pull. Do this three times on each leg, alternating legs between stretches.

      After the sports activity, you need to elevate the ankle and apply ice for about 15 to 20 minutes each time you engage in the sports activity. You can wait until evening when you are watching TV or reading.

      Third, take ibuprofen a half hour before playing sports, and once again about 4 hours later.

  23. QUESTION:
    Annoying Ankle Pain?
    For the last 3 or so weeks i have had this uncomftable pain in my right ankle.

    The pain started in the area between the middle of my ankle and the round looking bone on the side of your foot (sorry, dont know the name of the bone) and its become a little swollen. I wouldnt say its hurting enough to make me really scream out in pain, but its almost a heavy feeling in my ankle, which sometimes feels like its throbbing, just annoying and uncomftable. As the weeks have gone ahead the pain sometimes reaches the back of my achilles.
    more recently the pain has also come up in my left ankle in the same place (not as much as in the right ankle though and no pain the left achilles). anyone help me and tell me whats going on?! It hasnt stopped me running about or taking part in activities such as football/soccer. Though i do wear a extra sock and tape the right ankle up.
    Your help would be appreciated. Thank You!

    • ANSWER:
      Try taking some glucosamine which you can buy from the health food shop or pharmacy.

  24. QUESTION:
    anatomy, my take home quiz?
    1. define axial skeleton and appendicular skeleton?

    2. name the bones of the braincase and the face?

    3. give the locations of paranasal sinuses. what are their functions?

    4. what is the function of the hard palate?

    5. through what foramen does the brain connect to the spinal cord?

    6. how do the vertebrae protect the spinal cord? where do spinal nerves exit the vertebral column?

    7. name and give the number of each type of vertebra. describe the characteristics that distinguished the different types of vertebrae from one another.

    8. what is the function of the thoracic cage? name the parts of the sternum. distinguish true, false, and floating ribs?

    9. name the bones that make up the pectoral girdle, arm, fore arm, wrist, and hand. how many phalanges are in each finger and in the thumb?

    10. name the bones of the thigh, leg , ankle, and foot.

    • ANSWER:
      If you don’t study this in your text and answer for yourself, you will be lost forever. Guaranteed this will be on your exam.

  25. QUESTION:
    Suspicious sprained ankle.?
    About 2 weeks ago my right ankle started swelling. Don’t remember tripping/stepping awkwardly or hurting it at all. It doesn’t hurt to walk or move my ankle and only feel pain if something touches my ankle directly. There is a noticeable bump right above lateral malleolus (?I think that’s the name for the bone that creates the bump on your ankle… not sure???) and it hurts pretty bad if touched and the right side of my big toe has been completely numb ever since the swelling started. No bruising ever occurred either. Don’t have health insurance so this is about the best thing I can do lol.

    • ANSWER:

  26. QUESTION:
    what are the names of the joint of the following bones: ankles, elbow & finger?
    answer please???

    • ANSWER:
      ankles-gliding joint
      elbow-hinge joint
      fingers- i think its also gliding joint

  27. QUESTION:
    Double bump on ankle?
    I’m not certain on the exact name of the bone, but I believe it’s part of the Fibula (the part that protrudes on the ankle) except I have two bumps instead of one (On both ankles). Is this normal? I have yet to encounter someone with the same thing.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it is normal. Both my mother and sister have the double bump as well as one of my daughters. Nothing to worry about.

  28. QUESTION:
    more broken ankle questions?
    Alright sorry for more questions and any typos or errors.

    Alright been about two weeks since I fractured my ankle finally got told it was the outside of the anke forget the name of the bone . Been in one of them boot air castes and have only taken it off to clean up or readjust it and put it back on and such.

    Now my foot itself and around thee ankle aint swollen at all anymore butt my ;lower leg is a bit swollen is th swollen is this normal along with the muscles being tight?

    The pain is almost completely gone though get a light arch ever so often along with burning feeling around where the bone is broken, and a spasm like feeling take it this is part of the healing?

    Also able to bear some weight on my foot without any pain to move around though ,using my left side alot for leading in my steps is that a good sign for healing?

    Also been told would know if it was healing improper do to pain and a just odd feeling is this true has well, if shifted out of place would different know it?

    Any other information about these type of things would be handy, seeing the bone doctor on my third week, but everyone keeps telling me doing well and differently will know if something was going wrong.

    • ANSWER:
      Relax. It sounds like everything going on is totally normal. It’s in your head. Recovery from an injury is 1% physical and 99% psychological. Don’t let the psychological part get to your head. You’re just fine. Seeing the doctor is good because they will make sure everything is going fine but don’t worry. You’ll be just fine.

  29. QUESTION:
    okay so stuff about the foot/ankle?
    a couple questions that i cant find.
    name the 5 tarsal bones int he foot, how many metatarsals are in one foot, the outside region of the ankle is called? the inside? the bottom of the foot is called. the top?

    thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      name the 5 tarsal bones int he foot,
      Talus, Calcaneus, Navicular, Cuboid, and 3 Cuneiforms (medial, intermediate and lateral)

      how many metatarsals are in one foot
      5

      the outside region of the ankle is called?
      Lateral Malleolus

      the inside?
      Medial Malleolus

      the bottom of the foot is called.
      Plantar

      the top?
      Dorsal

  30. QUESTION:
    Recently fractured my foot. Doctors note said fracture of a bone beginning with the letter a?
    I cannot remember the name of the bone, but thought it may be easy to find online. I have not found any bone in the foot or ankle that begins with the letter a. It is just below the ankle, right foot on the outside. Doctor said it was my foot, yet when they make x-rays, they take them of the ankle. Bone was totally displaced; treating with a cast, though mentioned surgery and I would like to do some of my own research before I see the doctor again. Any help on the name of this bone or thoughts on treatment?

    • ANSWER:
      non of the bones in ur ankle start with and “A”…. it is quite possible that u have an Avulsion fracture to one of the bones in ur ankle

  31. QUESTION:
    Broke leg a year ago, foot still swollen and bruised?
    A year ago a friend had a bad leg break, was in pot for about 4 months. The foot is still swollen and there is still a small bruise about the size of a 10p on the ankle. The more they walk the better it gets, but after rest it’s really painful to walk on and they limp for a while until it wears off. It doesn’t hurt where the bones where broken it’s more foot and ankle pain. Is this normal and why is there still a bruise after a year, should they see a Dr? I don’t know the bone names just the 2 lower ones above the ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      The tibia and fibula are the names of the 2 bones. Anyway…if it were a severe break, and the recovery was long, there is likely soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) that have healed with scar tissue. Scar tissue is less flexible, more painfull, and is prone to tearing…so the way you describe it…with extensive use, some of the tissue may be becoming irritated (scar tissues). To some degree this is good…this process will encourage remodeling of the tissues and get rid of the scar tissue that developed.

      As far as the bruise…it almost sounds as if the bones healed in improper alignment or that there is simply still swelling. The bruise is likely caused by her shoes rubbing (in a new way) and causing the bruise. Obviously…if the bruise is nowhere near her shoe I am wrong.

  32. QUESTION:
    My name is Kimberly I have a bump right below my ankle…DETAILS?
    This bump is directly below my ankle. It is about 1/4 the size of my ankle and is about the same shape. It feels hard like bone but, when i push it against it i can feel a tendent or something that feels similar to one. Please tell me what this is.
    This bump is directly below my ankle. It is about 1/4 the size of my ankle and is about the same shape. It feels hard like bone but, when i push it against it i can feel a tendent or something that feels similar to one move around. Please tell me what this is.

    • ANSWER:
      it sounds like a cyst; if it is, it’s not life threatening, just bothersome. your doctor can tell within a minute. good luck.

  33. QUESTION:
    As a child I had a condition where the bone marrow was deteriorating in my knees.What was name of condition?
    The doctors said it was a condition that more boys got, but said some girls got also. I wore a cast from my thigh to my ankle for a month. This was back in 1965. My mother thinks it was called osteocronditis. But when I look up that word the condition information doesn’t seem to fit.

    • ANSWER:
      your mom is correct.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is there a name for this area?
    Is there an anatomical name for the area on the inner side of your foot between the ankle and achilles tendon? It’s an expanse of skin above the heel but below the ankle bone.

    • ANSWER:
      Well the heel is located at the bottom of the space in question. I don’t believe there is an actually “term” for this space but it may just be labeled as an interosseous membrane.

      Hope this helps!

  35. QUESTION:
    Could anybody know the name of this foot fungus?
    Before people start telling me about the ER, doctor, ect., I just wanted to see if anyone else had this problem, or knows the name for it. My dad has already had unsuccessful surgery for it, he has his ointments, ect.

    Anyway, for many many years now, my father has had a kind of big red lump between where the ankle and leg meet (but not that little jutting out bone on the side of your ankle). He has had many surgerys, nothing has helped. It is deep redish-pink, and he has a habit of picking at it, and when he does, it begins to bleed. He uses antibiodic cream to avoid infection and such. I feel really bad for him, the doctors have no idea what it is, and we have given up with surgerys. It does cause him pain at times, he wears socks on the beach (not when swimming) and I just feel really bad!! Does anyone know what this is, or has anyone had it?
    My dad also has high blood preasure, but he is in good physical shape and he is very successful in life.
    We have been to all the doctors and everything, they just proscribe ointments and pills.

    • ANSWER:
      Without having it cultured (a wound culture) no one can guess what it is…fungal or bacterial. Has he seen a podiatrist? It should be diagnosed….infections over a bony area can go deeper and infect the bone…at this point it may only involve the surface tissues…left untreated, it may become osteomyelitis…a very serious infection of the bone. He doesn’t have to go to the ER….but should see a reputable foot specialist.

  36. QUESTION:
    Help!!! Just let me know if I’m right??
    Name of bump at top of femur …. Greater trochanter
    Name of point on proximal end of ulna … olecranon process
    Name of area at base of thumb on plamar side … thenar eminence
    Name of site bone … ischeal tuberrosity
    Name on bone at tip of sternum … zyphoid process
    Nome of visible or palpable bumps along center of spine … spinous process

    Major vessel carrying blood away from heart … aorta
    Major vessel carrying blood to heart … vena cava
    Vessel carrying blood to head … jugular
    Vessel carrying blood away from head … carotid
    Juncture of stomach and duodenum .. pyloric valve
    The medial bone in the lower leg is the … tibia
    The lateral forearm bone is the … radius
    In the body the number of separate vertebrae is … 24

    Increases joint angle… extension
    To rotate the palm upward … supination
    A fluid-filled sac … synovial
    Forms lateral ankle … knee
    Self-lubricating joint … bursa
    Collateral and cruciate ligaments … fibula
    The wrist bones … carpals
    Connects bone to bone … ligament

    Thanks… is for my exam test massage school

    • ANSWER:
      Whenever in doubt about veins and arteries… Remember that all arteries carry oxygenated blood from the lungs TO body regions/parts and all veins carry deoxygenated blood AWAY from body parts/regions back to the lungs. One major exception to the rule: the pulmonary arteries and veins run in opposite directions. The pulmonary arteries carry blood AWAY from the heart to the lungs and the pulmonary veins carry blood from the lungs TO the heart.

      As for “collateral and cruciate ligaments” question… your inquiry is too vague.

      The cruciate ligaments (anterior & posterior) are located inside the knee joint. They connect the femur (thigh bone) to the tibia (shin bone). The collateral ligaments are located at the medial (interior) and lateral (exterior) sides of the knee joint. The medial one (MCL) connects the femur to the tibia while the lateral one (LCL) connects the femur to the fibula.

  37. QUESTION:
    HELP!! Let me know if I’m right in my answers??..?
    Name of bump at top of femur …. Greater trochanter
    Name of point on proximal end of ulna … olecranon process
    Name of area at base of thumb on plamar side … thenar eminence
    Name of site bone … ischeal tuberrosity
    Name on bone at tip of sternum … zyphoid process
    Nome of visible or palpable bumps along center of spine … spinous process

    Major vessel carrying blood away from heart … aorta
    Major vessel carrying blood to heart … vena cava
    Vessel carrying blood to head … jugular
    Vessel carrying blood away from head … carotid
    Juncture of stomach and duodenum .. pyloric valve
    The medial bone in the lower leg is the … tibia
    The lateral forearm bone is the … radius
    In the body the number of separate vertebrae is … 24

    Increases joint angle… extension
    To rotate the palm upward … supination
    A fluid-filled sac … synovial
    Forms lateral ankle … knee
    Self-lubricating joint … bursa
    Collateral and cruciate ligaments … fibula
    The wrist bones … carpals
    Connects bone to bone … ligament

    I’ll take my test soon!!!
    Gracias

    • ANSWER:
      4 errors only !!! sorry if i missed some…

      1) Vessel carrying blood to head … jugular.——————>its carotid
      2) Vessel carrying blood away from head … carotid——>jugular(internal+external)
      3) Collateral and cruciate ligaments … fibula —> these r knee ligaments n fibula is bone is lower leg
      4)Forms lateral ankle … knee—–>fibula ;s distal end forms lateral ankle

      Name of area at base of thumb on plamar side … thenar eminence —->thenar+hypothenar eminence

      rest is excellent .n good luck for ur test :)

  38. QUESTION:
    My doctor told me that I have a disease tha t I feel pain more than others anyone know the name of this?
    I broke my ankle 3 times in 2 months and now the bone is healed but, it hurts more than when it was broken and my doctore told me that I have this disease where I actually feel pain more than others and that there is a name to it but, i can’t remember the name. Anyone know what I am talking about?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like it could be Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which is the new name for RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystophy). If it is bodywide pain, it could be fibromyalgia which aften appears triggered by a traumatic injury. Hyperalgesia or allodynia might also be mentioned depending upon the details.

  39. QUESTION:
    Hit my ankle?
    Ok so don’t laugh at me….but I was prooving to someone I could do a cart wheel and *sigh* ended up hiting my ankle straight on the side of my couch….its on the inside of my right foot and I don’t know the name of the certain bone but its the big bone that sticks out? (I know I sound idiotic). It stings and hurts when I walk….but its pretty mild pain…should I get it checked out or wait and see if it bothers me?

    • ANSWER:
      Banging that area can really sting and hurt because there is no cushioning to absorb the impact. I’m sure what you’ve done though is just bruise it, it would take a much greater force typically to chip or break it. If you’re doing cartwheels then you must be in good shape which means your bones should be healthy enough to absorb that impact. Put some ice on it, 2-3 times a day and take some ibuprofen which will also help with any inflammation and you’ll be back to good in no time.

  40. QUESTION:
    I’m 14 and my bones crack loudly?
    I started cracking my knuckles and stuff for fun, then my toes, but now when ever I stand up sit down climb stairs or anything like that they pop out of place and crack. It’s in my knees, elbows, fingers, toes, ankles you name it and it’s cracked atleast once before. I run and am pretty active, I’m not fat either I’m just a healthy 14 year old girl is there any reason to why this is happening? And ya I stopped cracking them on perpouse

    • ANSWER:
      dont worry its prob just the aids

  41. QUESTION:
    Foot/ankle tattoo placement?
    My sister has finally chosen what she wants for her first tattoo, we decided before i got my first that we would get matching ones as a kind of tribute to each other because i refuse to get anyones name but my own tattooed on my body. Anyway she decided on a treble clef on one wrist and a bass on the other – treble for me bass for her bf – I play instuments for both so its perfect for me too. I was thinking i want to get them on my ankles or feet, definately not looking forward to the pain but ah well i have my hips and right shoulder done already.

    I was thinking Inside of foot low down between my heel and ankle or just above the ankle bone they would be pretty small. what do you think? Any particular spot less painful/visually better?
    @peanut 2
    I dont acctually want to get my own name tattooed it just follows the theory of you are the only person who will never leave your life. Im designing them myself so its personal, i dont like having the same as everyone else so all of my tattoos are my own designs

    • ANSWER:
      Try getting it just above your foot on the side of your leg. Its a lot less painful here because there’s more fat and muscle.

  42. QUESTION:
    wat si the name of that body part………on ankles ,outer side bone, knot like……?

    • ANSWER:
      Lateral Malleolus of the Fibula bone

  43. QUESTION:
    is there a difference between a broken bone and a fractured bone.?
    my fiancee fractured a bone in her ankle slipping on ice. I keep worrying about what had it had looked like when it had happened. they said she broke the bone between the tibia and fibula. she was in the hospital for a month and has been moved to a rehab center to rehabilitate her leg. she had a metal rod put in her leg. :( also does anyone know the name of that bone and maybe a time frame of when she should be healed.
    ok i know the answer to the title question now but can you tell me the last two answers. thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      No, a “fracture” and a “break” are exactly the same thing. Sounds like she may have fractured her malleolus from your description possibly. Can take 6-8 weeks to heal, though it can be more.

  44. QUESTION:
    Do you think a bone scan would be helpful?
    My child have had several joint related issues over the last 7 years, including 2 fractures. Sometimes complains of problems with knee, hip, ankle, just to name a few. Blood test are back and forth between positive and negative for inflammation of the joints. Have not been diagnosed with anything, (which is good) but makes it very hard to not miss days from school.

    • ANSWER:
      A bone scan and a bone density test can be done. Ask your MD for a referral to a rheumatologist. They do more specific bloodwork that reveal more than those your general practitioner does. There is also a thing as juvenile arthritis…but you really need to mention these things to your PCP and insist on a referral.

  45. QUESTION:
    If you are recovering from a broken bone in your foot ankle, can you drive with a “walking boot?”?
    I broke a bone in my foot, apparently a break bad enough that it has its own name: a “jones fracture.” It sucks. In a cast that feels like 100 lbs, on crutches, and I can’t drive (I live in Los Angeles, so that’s the equivalent of locking one in a dungeon or tower since the MTA sucks). I’m seeing the doc next week and am foaming at the mouth to get a “walking boot,” but now I’m not sure if wearing such a thing will allow me to drive. Does it? I’ll still use the crutches all of the time, but I HAVE to be able to get around soon…

    • ANSWER:
      I FEEL YOUR PAIN, I broke my foot in December and was in a cast 6 weeks, boot for 4 weeks and then an ankle brace. I am still in physical therapy 2x a week. Crutches are the worst, but my arms are very strong! Anyway, yes you can drive with a boot, I did it. I had a boot with crutches and then a walking boot without – drove with both. Just have to get used to the feel of it… be careful! Good luck, I would talk to your doctor about it.

  46. QUESTION:
    What happened to my foot?? help?
    on my right foot, you know you have a bone that can be seen when you look at your foot (situated in your ankle) and there is another one under it

    it is not as obvious as the one before
    now my second bone has come out and it is so easy to see it
    when i compare my two feet i can see that the bone came out
    i think the name of the bone is navicular bone but I’m not sure
    it hurts a bit when you touch but when i walk it doesn’t really
    BTW first i couldn’t step on it for 10 minutes, it hurt so much. then the bone came out. noe it doesn’t hurt but the bone is there :(((
    My trainer told me that it can be because of too much training

    I walk everyday 10 km and i dance 5-6 hours
    could it be the reason?
    is this a dangeroud situation?
    should i see a doctor?
    I’m reallt scared cause I’m a dancer and it can affect my carrer?

    Help, please

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Missy,
      you should see a doctor. It could well be from training too much. You sound very dedicated. Ask your dance teacher if she/he knows of a doctor or other professional working with dancers’ problems. Your teacher/trainer should have that kind of knowledge.

      My guess is that you have to check the way you walk. But through internet this can only be guesswork. See a doctor or a physiotherapist!
      for walking check out axis syllabus and Frey Faust, you can find it on internet. There might be something helpful for you.
      I hope you find a way to heal your foot, good luck!

  47. QUESTION:
    HOMEWORK HELP can someone help me answer these questions?
    i cant find my binder if u know the answer, plz share:
    1. degeneration of bone tissue
    2. name for middle backbone
    3. name for breast bone
    4. name for knee cap
    5. place where 2 bones meet
    6. name for collar bone
    7. bone is moved out of joint
    8. inflammation of joint
    9. name for lower arm bone from elbow to thumb
    10. name for hip bone
    11. name for top hip bone
    12. name for hand bones
    13. name for lower arm bone from elbow to little finger
    14. connective tissue that is more flexible than bone
    15. openings in compact bone to carry blood vessels and nerves from the bone’s surface
    16. name for upper arm bone
    17. name for fingers and toes
    18. broken bone
    19. type of joint found in the wrist, ankles and vertabrea
    20. type of joint formed by the collar bone and shoulder blade
    21. name for outer lower leg bone
    22. name for shin bone
    23. 1 of the functions of the skelectal system is to provide _____ and support.
    24. produces the bodys red blood cells

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    Pain in both feet/ankles?
    This is kind of hard to explain, but I’ll do my best. I have pain in both of my feet when I walk. I just started taking my dog, who pulls, for long walks, which I think MIGHT be the problem. I have different pain in each foot so I’ll break it into parts.

    Right Foot
    My right foot is hurting at the ankle and seems to be hurting down the bone to my second to last toe. I hurt it the other day, maybe two days ago. I slipped and hit it against a wall. The pain followed shortly and was so severe I couldn’t walk. But it soon felt better. This happens on and off, as with my left foot. Right now, it’s hurting me when I walk on it.

    Left Foot
    Like my right foot, I recently hurt it. I hit it on a rock, right below that big bone on your ankle (Forget the name) and it left a bruise and a bump. It swelled so I put an ice pack on it. The pain is starting to subside, put a new pain has come forth. It hurts on the side of my foot, next to my big toe and below where I hurt it. It only hurts when I walk on it and does this most of the time.

    Please don’t just say “Go see a doctor” because I will be. I’m worried and I need some help. I can’t get to the doctor for about a week.

    Thanks you guys.
    -Ika

    • ANSWER:
      well it could be that your dog just gave a really good exercise seeming that he pulled u which sounds like u was light jogging which could have a total affect on ur ankles and thighs, because i just started light jogging and i have the same pain on both ankles

  49. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my feet?
    Hi There, My name is Jenny and I’m 11 Years old. I’m on my sister’s yahoo because I really need help. I asked this question before but only 3 people answered me.

    My feet are really sore, sometimes they get bruises all over and they really hurt. I don’t think it’s my shoes because I buy my shoes at Primark! They look nice and I ask my mum if I can buy them.

    Everytime I move my feet or stretch my legs I get a pain on hamstrings. I don’t know the name of the bone that hurts so I’m just going to describe it.

    My big toe has a long bone nearly up to my ankle. The pain is on the middle of that bone and it hurts when I touch it. When I run for about 10 seconds my legs start to hurt and my feet get really sore! My appointment is on Monday. Please help me!

    • ANSWER:
      primark shoes are very cheap made and dont give your feet proper support. I have had this problem when i wore my shoes from primark to work. My advice would be to spend some money on a good pair of shoes with proper support!

  50. QUESTION:
    My friend is jealous of my broken ankle!!!?
    I broke my ankle wearing high heels on stairs and I got a pink cast and crutches and my friend, Carly hasn’t talked to me since. When everyone at school crowded around me to sign my cast, Carly waited looking annoyed far away, and when I finally asked her she gies “yeah, whatever” and really sloppily signed her name, when she has great handwriting. I have broken bones before, and she has always been so kind and helpful and signed my cast about ten times in all different doodles and styles. She hasn’t even looked at me or helped me. She also loved going in the elevator with me, but has refused my many offers, along with sleepovers, and every time I break a bone, and it heals and I get my cast off, I have a cast off party, and she refuses to come. And it’s not like this is something totally new for her because I broken at least eight or nine things before, and she has always been so nice about it. Why?
    Guys, I’m sixteen and I got hit by a quad so I got three of them at the same time so yeah… I’m also really clumsy. Please don’t say mean things it hurts my feelings meanies :_(

    • ANSWER:
      I know i can be annoyed at my friends because there “attention seeking”. Try not to make a big deal out off your broken ankle, for example don’t start going around saying “who wants to sign my cast”, let them come to you. Talk to her about subjects not relating to your ankle. I hope this help and i don’t sound stubborn =)


Ankle Pain Symptoms

Does your heel hurt every time you walk or stand on it? When you play sports, do you have to continuously call time-outs because of heel pain? When you wake up in the morning, do you experience excruciating pain in your heel? If you have answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a foot spur and need treatment. Foot heel pain treatments vary as to their effectiveness.

Causes of Foot Heel Pain

Many different things can lead to heel pain. The first step in foot heel pain treatment is to see your doctor or a podiatrist. Your doctor can determine why you are experiencing heel pain and work with you to determine which foot heel pain treatment plan is right for you.

Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the fascia (the band of tissues that connects your heel to your toes) becomes inflamed. This can happen from too much jumping or running, arthritis, or wearing poor-fitted shoes. Foot heel pain treatment for plantar fasciitis includes: specific exercises, rest, and/or heel inserts. If the pain is unbearable, your doctor may recommend medication to reduce the swelling.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    My son has had ankle pain for a week with a negative x-ray. He also has had some flu-like symptoms..any ideas?
    He has had blood work twice with a slightly elevated white blood count. They are thinking Lyme disease or arthritis of some sort. We are waiting for those blood tests to come back. He may be having an MRI the beginning of next week. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like the lyme titers will be your best bet. MRI findings in Lyme arthritis are not specific enough to make the diagnosis, so an MRI may or may not be needed.

      Other things to consider would be juvenile idiopathic arthritis (formerly called juvenile rheumatoid arthritis), juvenile psoriatic arthritis, and other less common entities. In these cases, blood tests and MRI would be helpful.

      If at any point, there is concern for a septic joint, they should stick a needle in the joint and get some fluid for analysis.

      Good luck.

  2. QUESTION:
    Are needle-like pain in my foot below the ankle symptoms of gout? it comes and goes. no swelling or rash yet.?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds more like poor circulation in your leg, restricting the blood flow to your foot.

      Try some exercise and get some extra fiber and water in your diet. If it continues after a week of this, see your doctor.

  3. QUESTION:
    Are there other symptoms that go along with a sprained ankle outside of the ankle area?
    Like nausea, fatigue, or loss of appetite. I sprained it the other night and I have been feeling these symptoms along with the obvious pain and swelling in my ankle.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, that’s possible. Your body is taking all it’s energy to heal the ankle. Pain can move around on your body also, if your ankle can’t take no more pain it will move to another spot.

  4. QUESTION:
    What are the symptoms of a torn tendon or ligament in ankle/foot?
    I was in a car accident, the EMT’s , the Er Doctor and the family doctor and the orthopedic surgeon have all treated my foot as a sprain, but it’s been since 8/14 that i was in the car accident. The swelling has gone down, but as soon as I’m on my feet my foot hurts (like I have a spur or something) and the swelling goes around the back of my ankle and pain travels up the front of my shin and goes to my knee.
    I had an M.R.I yesterday, and that takes 3 days for results.
    I was wondering if they could still see if there is a tear or could it just be a real bad sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      Why did your doctor wait so long to send you to the MRI? I am sitting here in a cast for 3 weeks. I have another 3 left before they remove it and then another 3-4 weeks of phys therapy. I fell off a ladder and likewise the er doc and orthopedist thought it was a sprained ankle. After 3 visits to the phys therapist, the swelling was going down but my range of motion was poor. The phys therapist was the one who suspected the Achilles tendon and referred me back to the orth doc, and finally the MRI. This confirmed the tendon was torn and I was given the option of surgery or a cast.

      I’m not a doctor, but I would think that a sprain would have been healed by now. From what I understand, if it is the tendon, you need to have it surgically reattached or immobilized, (in a cast,) so it has the opportunity to reattach itself. I would also think that this would show up on the MRI.

      My question would be why your doctors waited so long to diagnose this, unless you didn’t bring this to their attention. If the MRI doesn’t show anything and you’re still in pain, you might want to seek another opinion.

  5. QUESTION:
    Cause of knee,ankle and feet swelling with pain and stiffness?
    I have had blood tests taken and DO NOT have sugar,no kidney or heart problems and no rheumatoid arthritis,lupus or lyme disease.So what else is there that can be causing these symptoms?Left foot and ankle swells more than the right one.Swelling goes down at night after sleeping,but pain and stiffness when
    i get up.My knees are painful,too.

    • ANSWER:
      There is not one test for most of these conditions. Your doctor needs to go by your symptoms and blood tests. You need to find a doctor who will take you seriously. Take photos of all your swollen joints.

      Ignore the idiot who keeps posting about avoiding sugar.

  6. QUESTION:
    Severe Pain in Ankle and Foot?
    Over the last 6 years I have had occasional severe ankle/foot pain. It happens 1-2 times per year and lasts 2 days to 2 weeks. There is usually no explanation as to why the pain begins. On two occasions I walked a mile the day before. The pain usually begins in my sleep and wakes me up. This last occasion the pain began while sitting at my desk. I have been to a few different podiatrists, but they were not able to diagnose the pain even though extensive tests where performed. On two occasions, I was give cortisone and that helped for a few days. I now have orthopedic insoles for my walking shoes and that seems to help and be more comfortable. Most of the time I will wear a walking boot/ Futuro ankle brace to manage getting around.

    Here are my current symptoms:

    •Pain seems to be located in my ankle by my inside ankle bone.
    •Pain radiates up my shin and towards the middle of my foot.
    •I have a hard time moving my foot “up” towards my shin.
    •I have about half the flexibility of my other foot.
    •My ankle feels weak and walking is difficult.

    I am a 30 year old male who is 5’7 170 lbs with no other major health issues.

    What is wrong with my ankle? How can I prevent this from happening in the future?

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  7. QUESTION:
    what is the best treatment for my left ankle is numb with no pain?
    My left ankle is numb for 6 months already. But there is no pain . What is the best treatment for it . It is not normal for me. What is the symptom of illness when the right ankle is numb.

    • ANSWER:
      Go to a doctor. You could have a range of neurological diseases, or diabetes. Go to a doctor.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ankle Injury????????
    I was at work last night and when i was taking out the garbage to the bins i stepped off the curb and i thought i was a shorter fall. But when i stepped down my ankle rolled or twisted and my ankle just “gave out” and rolled to the side(with the inside of the ankle going up). I immediately felt pain in my ankle and fell to the ground in pain. I then finished the garbage and went inside. I waited about 30min since i have done it numerous times in life with it fine after 30min or so but the pain just stayed and it was hard to walk on it without pain. So i went to the bathroom and took off my shoe that was somewhat hard to take off. but when i tried to take off my sock that twice as hard than the shoe and that really gave me pain. It was swollen already so i finished my job than got home and took a shower and went to bed. It is still giving me trouble when walking sometimes i can’t bend my foot sideways or anything without mild to severe pain in my ankle.
    Symptoms
    Pain around the ball on my ankle and somewhat on top
    Swelling around the ball of the ankle and it looks like on top of the foot
    No bruising or discolor that i can tell (I have my shoe on since i am in college). So there might be
    Also should i go to work tomorrow night if i still have these problems. Also i can walk on it somewhat but it still gives me mild pain

    • ANSWER:
      It could be a sprain, or you could have broken a small bone, or you could have torn a ligament, this needs to be seen by a doctor for correct diagnosis, so that proper treatment can be administered. I would stay off of it and use ice to reduce swelling, but do seek medical attention. I’ve known people to do as you did and actually fractured a bone, you can freeze ice in a paper cup and peel as needed and rub on the area, it may help with the pain as well. Wish you the best of luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    Are These the Symptoms of an Ankle Sprain?
    The other day I fell on the ice and ever since my foot has been a little puffy, and has been hurting. It hurts around the ankle area, the back of the foot, and the top. Sometimes it radiates down to my my toes or up my leg. It feels like a dull/achy pain. It never really stops hurting, except when I take ibuprofen. When I put weight on it there is no change in pain, it feels/stays the same. Is it an ankle sprain?

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  10. QUESTION:
    What are the difference in symptoms from a sprained or broken ankle?
    my husband hurt his ankle and it is swollen like a bubble in front of his ankle bone and he is in bad pain. He went to the hospital and I am just waiting for him to get home, just wanted some ideas on what people thought it was.

    • ANSWER:
      A SPRAIN – is an injury that involves the ligaments and other soft tissues around a joint, such as an ankle.

      A STRAIN – occurs away from a joint and involves a torn or over stretched muscle or tendon, commonly in the calf, thigh or lower back.

      Signs and symptoms of the above is;
      * Pain at the site of the injury, often servere with a sprain or strain.
      * Loss of power in the injured area, especially with a sprained joint.
      * Nausea
      * Feeling faint or giddy
      * Pale, cold and clammy skin, due to shock.

      A DISLOCATION – is where a bone has been displaced from its normal position at a joint. some joints are more likely than others to dislocate under sudden, severe force e.g. shoulder, or fingers. And should always be treated as a break.

      A BROKEN BONE – called a fracture, some fractures are complete, e.g when a long bone snaps in half, where others fractures may involve only part of a bone breaking.
      - Closed fracture is where the is no break in the skin.
      - Open fracture is where the bone end has broken the skin or a wound is present with the fracture.
      - Complicated where an underlying organ is involved, e.g. a fractured skull with pressure on the brain, or when a broken rib has injured the lung.

      Signs and symptoms of fracture/dislocation
      * pain (servere or moderate, depending on the location of the injury)
      * Swelling
      * Deformity of the injured area (when compared with the uninjured side of the body)
      * Loss of normal function of the injured part
      * Discolouration of the skin or bruising
      * A wound if it is an open fracture
      * Symptoms and signs of shock
      * Altered sensation, e.g. “pins and needles” if a nerve is under pressure, or a grating sensation if injured bone ends are rubbing together.

      With fractures and dislocations you must seek medical attention immediately.

  11. QUESTION:
    I have been having pain across the top of my foot and it aches afterward. Now have pain in ankle. HELP?
    I do not recall injuring my foot, it just appeared last week and then hurt less at the weekend (doing less walking) and is back with a vengeance now. I can put weight on it but end up limping. The pain is not severe, but has now spread to my ankle and earlier there was an ache above my knee. There is no swelling or bruising and I can wiggle my toes, although it hurts when I lift my toes. When resting afterward my foot aches and the area in the centre of my foot is tender to the touch. A colleague said I may have hurt a muscle which runs from knee to foot and may be a symtom of a problem in my leg/knee rather than my foot. I sprained this foot several years ago and the pain and symptoms are not similar. I did have problems with this knee years ago, jarring it after slipping when ski-ing. I sought treatment too late, waiting until it really hurt and was advised to wear a support and take pain killers at that time. Never had any of my leg x-rayed.
    Phew.. thats a lot of typing! Any advice? Rubbing my foot or adding deep heat does not work. Over night it wears off and the next day it is back. I am fed up of walking like a duck! HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      OK this is the classic presentation of a foot misalignment. A foot misalignment will cause many of the muscles in your foot and ankle to hurt because it is forcing the muscles to be used in ways they are not supposed to be used.

      I would recommend that you see a chiropractor. They should be able to diagnose what is truly going on and then be able to help correct the issue by realigning those joints. I personally have helped many people with these type of symptoms (Usually they have been restored within 2-3 treatments).

      I really wish you the best.

  12. QUESTION:
    My wife is pregnant, and she has pain in left leg and its ankle. Is it normal symptom during the pregnancy?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes this is normal. The baby is pressing on a nerve. Warm baths and sleeping on the opposite side will help.

  13. QUESTION:
    Have terrible ankle pain for about a yr. Arthritis meds are not working. What do you think it can be.?
    Dr.s assume its Rheumatoid Arthritis but Methotrexate and Enbrel are not working. Anyone have the same symptoms and what alternative reasons for the pain were found.
    Not obese, bone scan and x-rays show nothing abnormal except for the inflamation around the ankles.

    • ANSWER:
      I would suggest xrays and further exploration, it is often easy to just label pain as elements of ageing, but it could be very serious. A friend of my mothers had suffered like this with her toes, told the same thing ended up her toes had been broken. If you are not getting relief insist on a second opinion, further exploration and keep going until you find a solution….best wishes!

  14. QUESTION:
    I have an unknown pain in right leg just above my ankle, but we cannot figure out what it is. ?
    The pain is just above my right ankle and only hurts when I stand up. If I am sitting down, I very rarely feel pain. Xrays have been negative and I am waiting to get an MRI. The foot and ankle specialist indicated that it is very perplexing since I have good mobility in my ankle and foot and that it only hurts when I stand up. Vicodin doesn’t really help. Has anyone out there had similar symptoms or heard of anything similar to this? Thanks, everyone!

    • ANSWER:
      Chinese medicine says that it is liver and spleen congestion. You could also be lacking magnesium, potassium and calcium which will cause pain. You can look each one up on this website.

      http://www.phpure.com/nutrition_products/angstrom_minerals.htm

      If you email me I will give you some simple exercises to follow to clear your liver and spleen, if that doesnt work you would need herbs.

  15. QUESTION:
    swelling and paining ankle in a person with heart problem could be a bad symptoms of gravity of heart disease?
    could it related to BP ? if it fall down or go up for some reasons like emotions sadness happeniess or sth like that

    • ANSWER:
      Depending on the symptoms, swelling and pain in the ankle can be caused by different things. It can be related to the blood pressure (BP), but it cannot be influenced by emotions.

      If the swelling or pain is just on the one ankle, it just might be a sprain. If it’s a sprain, remember the word RICE. RICE stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest the ankle/foot. Ice the area with an ice pack to reduce swelling. Compression is to wrap the ankle with an ace bandage, to again reduce swelling. Elevate the ankle, also to reduce swelling. See a doctor if it does not get better in a few days. It may be more than a sprain.

      Swelling and pain may also be caused by arthritis. If it’s arthritis, you will probably need to see an MD to get a prescription for anti-inflammation drugs. Also, taking a pain med for arthritis might be necessary in order to be able to move the joint.

      Another cause of swelling and pain is that it may be a sign of congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure or CHF, is a condition when the heart cannot effeciently pump the fluids in your body. When this happens, excess fluid will follow gravity and settle toward the lower extremities, such as the feet and ankles. Other symptoms of CHF is general weakness and difficulty in catching your breath. CHF can be managed and treated medically. Definitely, go see a doctor for this!

      If it’s none of these, try just elevating the feet at the end of the day. It may be that you’re just standing too much on your feet all day long!

  16. QUESTION:
    can anyone suggest a reason for unexplained ankle pain and limp?
    hi everyone! well basically I am a 21 year old woman and a couple of months ago I started getting sharp pain in my right ankle, although i didn’t twist/ hurt it. it mostly hurt when i had been sitting down, or off it for any length of time eg first thing in the morning, after a train journey etc. it was a sharp pain in the joint when i put pressure on it, it started off intense but the longer i stayed on my feet the more it eased. it also swelled slightly. 3 months on i have visited the doctor on a number of occasions and have been told there is nothing wrong although friends and others have noticed i have began to walk with a limp and still have stiffness pain and occasional swelling.

    has anyone experienced similar symptoms or know what could cause this

    thanks

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  17. QUESTION:
    Severe Ankle pain please help?
    December 2003, I woke up one morning and my ankles were hurting. I was a waitress at the time and just thought maybe I walked around too much and made them a little sore. They continued to hurt and I have been to the doctor several times about the pain. The doctor did a bone scan and found nothing. I have been taking Naproxin, or Celebrex and other anti-inflamatories over the years. At times, the pain is so bad that I have had to quit jobs. The pain has gotten worse over the years and is like I am walking on sprained ankles all the time and the pain has extended to my feet. If I am on them too much, they hurt, if I rest and sit too long, they get stiff and hurt.

    This is probably going to sound.. weird, but I can dislocate both of my wrists, the doctors call it sublexation, or “loose joints” they say I may have the “loose joints” in my ankles too (even though I cannot dislocate my ankles like I can my wrists). I am not sure if this is part of they key to my ankle pain, or what I can do about it. I have had a type of ankle brace (wrap) for my right ankle, which is worse than the left, but it seemed to help very little and after I have it on for a while, the ankle swells and the pain is even worse.
    I recently saw a rhuematologist (I tested positive for RA) and he said I may not have RA because I don’t have much swelling and my joints are not deformed. He also said I have a bone spur on both of my heels. I do have arthritis, can arthritis be this debilitating? I do currently work, I am a team leader in a factory, so I do A LOT of walking. I have been active most of my life, and I am in my mid 40′s.

    Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Does anyone have any suggestions? After all these years, I just wish it would go away, tired of being in pain. Thanks in advance.

    P.S. I know I have some misspellings, the spell checker wasn’t much help.

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  18. QUESTION:
    Wheezing upon inhalation, ankle pain?
    I feel feverish although I don’t have a sore throat, fever or any other flu/cold symptoms. I have a slight stuffy nose but it’s not blocked. When I breathe in deep, the wheeze is audible but not when I exhale. I’m feeling short of breath after just slight activity and keep having to take these deep sighs (which is when I can hear and feel the wheeze). I feel like there’s phlegm buried deep in my chest that I’m trying to heave out but the coughs always come up dry. Also, lying down today I got the sharpest pain on the inner side of my left ankle and for no reason it has swollen slightly and the vein under the skin of that portion is bulging and tender.

    Please don’t tell me I’m a hypochondriac. I’m asking because my mom is worried. I have had 2 open heart surgeries for a congenital defect. Last month I had some chest pain near my left breast and basically my left side was stiff and tender, which my doctor explained as excess hormonal activity around the time of ovulation. It disappeared gradually on its own.

    I don’t have the best lung capacity but I’m finding it tough to breathe, and this is without a stuffed nose or sore throat or fever. If I had to get any of the above they should have shown up by now but it’s been a week and I feel fine apart from the short breaths.
    I am not prone to allergies and have never been asthmatic

    • ANSWER:
      Since you exclude nasal allergies and asthma, I will not go that way.

      You are not hypochondriac. You do have something not right. Your stuffy nose could be related to the wheezing upon inhalation, not exhalation. Dry cough is another symptom. However, your one sided ankle is swollen and pain, which may not be related to your respiratory symptoms. If your ankle problem is not going away within a few days, you should let a doctor to check.

      I suggest you perform nasal irrigation to cleanse out whatever in your nasal cavities. That may help you breathe easily. When you have a easy breath, your lung function can be improved as well, since nasal cavities help the lung in many ways, such as sending the filtered, warm and humidified air to the lung, so the lung can re-charge your red blood cells with more oxygen.

      For nasal irrigation, you may consider to use NasalCare Irrigator. It has two valves – liquid valve and air valve to make sure an effective irrigation. The solution is nasal membrane friendly. This nasal irrigation system won the “Best New Product” award at 2010 Cough & Cold and Allergy Conference. You can find this product/store location at www.nasalcleanse.com. Best luck!

  19. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had this type of inner ankle pain?
    a couple of weeks ago.. I was thrown in a grappling class and landed on my right foot hard. I did RICE the first few days.. have been soaking it in epsom salt, icy hot patches, Bengay. Ibuprofin.. you name it!… I went to a podiatrist last tuesday… he couldnt figure out what was wrong with it.. and said it was prob posterior tibial tendonitious.

    The pain is on my inner ankle.. so that makes sense. It has gotten like 95% better since it happend… I’ve been getting back into running… 1.5 miles then 2 miles the next day…. its fine. I am easily able to get up on the balls of my feet (which with posterior tibial tendonitous… you can’t)…

    I still feel it every once and a while… pain would be described as a 3 out of 10 .. 10 being the worst.

    I just think its weird that I have a lot of symptoms of posterior tibial tendonitious.. yet I can run and get on the balls of my feet without pain???

    oh.. and it hurts the most in the morning when I wake up…. I’m soaking it in epsom salt and warm water as I’m writing this message.

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  20. QUESTION:
    Has anyone had these symptoms? Pain and swelling in the Groin (males).?
    Recently I have had problems in the groin area with the left side of my scrotum swelling up.
    Later I had a flare up of my Psoriatic Arthritis / Ankylosing Spondylitis.

    Pain in my back (tail bone) up to about my waist, at night in bed my ribs and upper back ache and keep me from sleep.

    I developed psoriasis as a teenager and then in my twenties I developed psoriatic arthritis, 4 of my toes bent and my ankle swollen up. Pain in my neck, between shoulder blades, lower back and hips. Ankylosing Spondylitis in my neck and lower back.

    I was referred to a urologist who said I had a hernia or rupture as I am having pain in my lower abs, down the side of my groin and the swelling in the scrotum
    when he examined me he could not find a hernia, I have had an ultra sound followed by an MRI scan with the same results, only thing found was fluid in my hip joint (due to the arthritis)

    so is it possible that this current problem with my groin is down to Psoriatic Arthritis / Ankylosing S

    • ANSWER:
      Barnie the answer to your question is yes Psoriatic Arthritis can cause pain and swelling in the genital region , along with scrotum swelling, and what you are describing. I get Penis swelling all the way to my perineum area, I have had so much surgery on the penis, and all but a piece of skin that holds a penis pump is left to my scrotum, and that also swells. I mean I get huge like a Thermos bottle with pain where i am laid up in bed for two or three days at a time.You have hit the nail on the head young man. I am 58 and have had this since i had an accident to the genital area after falling 80 feet on to a Steel paper roll back in 84. Hope this has been helpful. I will keep you in my prayers as I have never found anything that really helps and I hate taking pain meds. I am spending the winter in Florida this year as I live in Maine, and I have to say one thing I haven’t had as many attacks , but I still get them, here where it is warmer. Take Care and have a very Merry Christmas. Steve

  21. QUESTION:
    Do I have the symptoms of an ankle fracture?
    (since wednesday)
    My ankle is badly bruised
    Swollen around part that hurts worst
    I can only move some toes
    I can’t rotate it around all the way
    It’s tender
    I can kind of walk on it with a limp
    Sometimes it gets shooting pains in the area it hurts

    My parents won’t take me to the doctor because they just think it is a sprain so they are going to see how it is on sunday. It really sucks.

    Btw, i rolled it and it made a really loud popping noise :( gross

    Thanks for the help!

    • ANSWER:
      Actually … it is quite hard to break/fracture your ankle … The ankle is mostly ligaments, tendons, and metatarsals … The ankle is referred to by many as a single bone … it isn’t. You most likely were doing something and inverted your foot in towards the mid-line of your body. This often results in straining/tearing of the tendons and ligaments on the lateral (outer) side of the malleolus (ankle bone). Each foot has a lateral malleolus and a medial malleolus. The strain/tear usually occurs on the opposite side which the ankle went.

      The foot is comprised of about 20 bones each(not including a sesamoid bone) … 2 malleolus, 5 Phalanges, 5 Metatarsals, 3 Cuneiform, a cuboid, navicular, a talus, and a calcaneus … with this many bones … it is hard to fracture/break your ankle because they are mostly constructed of tendons and ligaments holding them all together.

      If this sounds like what you are going through, your best bet (cheapest) is to wrap it with an ACE wrap … elevate it … ice it (frozen peas or corn works best because it conforms to the ankles irregular shape) When you do have to walk, make sure you wear a show/boot with good ankle support. Ibuprofen 600 – 800 mg po q4-6h PRN (every 4-6 hours as needed) for the pain and to help reduce swelling.

      When you start to get more mobility, with less pain, you can do an exercise called “the ankle alphabet” … using your big toe as a pen/pencil … write out the letters of the alphabet a-z then A-Z … lowercase and then caps. Ice afterwards.

      Hope this helps some …

  22. QUESTION:
    if you have flat feet does it cause ankle pain?
    I have noticed that my daughter sometimes complains of having sore ankles. I was looking at her walk today and noticed she has slightly flat feet. Could this be the cause of her having sore ankles at times? When she has had a busy day with a lot of running she also complains of having sore knees and I wondered if it could be because of that too? I always just let her relax and put it down to over working the muscles. She is only young.
    I will go see my doctor about this because while her feet look flat I am not 100% sure they are :) but would a sore ankle be one of the symptoms?

    Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      When your arches are off, your feet usually go inward. That makes your skeletal system off. Pain can show up different places. Your ankles can be affected, your knees, your spine, your neck, even your jaw. She might need orthodics. An orthopedic surgeon will check to see if a leg is longer than the other and will check to see if she has flat feet.

      Orthodics can make the difference in being energetic or tired, being sore or normal. My dad had flat feet and yet could run all day without his feet hurting. I on the other hand I have to have orthodics. It was a good decision to get them.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can anyone tell from my symptoms what is wrong with my ankle and how i can heal it?
    i sprained my ankle 2 weeks ago, when it happend i heard a pop and i couldnt put any weight on it, it getting better because now i can walk on it without any pain but i still cant run.it hurts when i put weight on the front part of my feet. Does anyone what i could have done to it because it is a little swelling but not much. what i can do to help heal it this weekend so it can be better by monday.

    • ANSWER:
      umm you said that u sprained it…im guessing thats whats wrong. if you heard a “pop” when you hurt it, you really need to go to the emergency room and get x rays. and im guessing it probably wont be better by monday

  24. QUESTION:
    range of symptoms what could be wrong PLEASE HELP?
    here are my symptoms
    knee pain
    ankle pain
    tail bone pain
    chest pain and when active sometimes feel i can not get enough air in
    terrible chronic back pain (lower and thoratic region)
    hip pain
    neck pain
    jaw pain
    foot and leg pain
    tension headaches
    abdonimal cramps,followed by constipation (sometimes)
    stiffness
    finger stiffness
    sometimes painful urination and sometimes frequent urination
    numbness in legs,fee
    t and sometimes hands for no reason
    always crave water restless leg
    and sometimes the feeling of not being able to swallow properly
    and anxiety
    WHAT ARE SOME CONDITIONS THAT HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS,WHAT CAN I DO ?????PLEASE HELP i am only 14
    33 minutes ago
    – 4 days left to answer.

    Additional Details

    i also have hot flushes and
    the pain spots also hurt to touch

    • ANSWER:
      Man, that’s a list!! <:^(

      It reminds me of the old blonde joke where the doctor says, "I know what's wrong, ma'am...you have a broken right index finger." o.o

      But this is no laughing matter. At 14, the odds are that you're fine. With so many symptoms at your age, the first place I would look is diet and exercise. If you're very active than these pains are body stress from effort. If you're inactive, they may be related to the body's natural atrophy when not used often.

      More likely, your diet is atrocious - fats, grease, empty calories, heavy meats, tons of sugar, etc. Cut all of that crap out of your diet and eat some fresh fruits and vegetables, and some whole grain cereal or the like to clean out your colon! Drink only purified water for a few weeks. Most importantly, especially if you get charlie horses or cramps, or fascilations (twitches in muscles like your cheeks or biceps), avoid caffeine at all costs, and make sure you're getting enough potassium - eat bananas, cantaloupe, or just get a swig of Gatorade each night before bed.

      If none of these help, your diet isn't the problem, or the symptoms persist, please see your doctor! Even at 14, you may be seeing the symptoms of something serious early enough to deal with it. Don't panic or anything; that's not a likely scenario. But if it is something more serious, you're young and strong and in the best situation to fight it. Do it before you get older and any problem you might have gets worse.

      I hope that helps! No matter what else you do, swap soda and juice for water, cut out the junk food (and cigarettes, if you do that sort of thing...YECHK!!!), and eat fruits and veggies. And be sure to take an adolescent's multivitamin. That's a huge help!

      I wish you luck!

  25. QUESTION:
    i have cervical and Lumbar disc herniation , can that cause ( knee + hips + feet + ankle ) pain?
    can all those symptoms be because of those two herniations

    • ANSWER:
      The answer to that is yes. This assumes that you had no such problems before. The nerves that control the hips down to and including the feet come from the lower back. They emanate from there to form 2 sets of nerves that control those areas. So it would be quite easy to develop symptoms in these areas from the lower back. The neck would be causing problems in the shoulders into the hands.

  26. QUESTION:
    Can someone please help me? do I have MS symptoms? I am in so much pain w/ symptoms.?
    45 female, pain in legs for few years on and off, severe now, mainly from knees down to ankles and pain in arms from elbows to wrists. Was better when I was on cymbalta. Worse when I went off it in November ( but can’t pay for them) So bad that I can’t pick up anything, can’t hold cell phone, or purse, or bags. Fed up, in so much pain. Could barley walk to my bed today and severe pain in legs after bowel movements. Last year lost vision in right eye. Get attacks where right eye is completely black, or spots really quick w/ pain in the eye. Few years ago walking w/ a friend, had to drag my left leg. That was weird. Tired all the time! Went to hospital today. Drew blood, all is good. They wouldn’t do anything else for me but put me on 300mg Neurontin @ bed time. My arms are killing me today. Even hurts to type laying my arms on my desk. When I sit at work my legs are hard & feet swell. Should I go see my family dr. 1st or an eye doctor first? My friend has MS & she said they detected MS right away w/ a series of eye tests. I don’t have any insurance. How can I get tests done or see a neurologist? Only working 2 days now. Can barley handle that. Please help. Thank you all and feel for you MS patients.

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  27. QUESTION:
    I sprained my ankle on a run, a day later, the part right above my heel is purple. However I feel no pain.?
    Should I be worried? like there’s a bit of pain if I pressed on my ankle but it feels alright, no pain, just a bit sore when I walk.
    I sprained my ankle before and I never seen it turn purple. But apparently turning purple is a normal symptom for sprained ankle?

    Can it be a fracture? even with no pain?

    • ANSWER:
      The change in color, in your case Purple, is the result of a hematoma, which is the collection of blood, that in most cases occur when a blood vessel is broken. It isn’t something to be worried about, for a simple example of hematomas are what are known as “spider veins” and when they spider veins break, they cause the same purple welt under the skin as a sprained ankle.

      You CAN have a fracture without any pain. This type of fracture is small enough to just crack the very top layer of bone and are called “hairline fractures.” Depending where and how long/deep they are, some give off pain while others feel like a sore or irritation and then go away. A friend of mine was living with one for 3 years before she found out what her irritation in her foot really was. She tripped over her vacuum and that alone was strong enough to fracture her foot bone. It only hurt her (after the initial pain) when it rained or if someone stomped on her foot. Other than that, she didn’t feel it and it healed wrongly. After the 3 years, she had a lump and it turned out to be the calcium buildup from her leg trying to heal the hairline fracture.

  28. QUESTION:
    Ankle pain during/after ballet class?
    In the middle of ballet class yesterday, my ankle started hurting when I pointed or when en pointe. It still hurts when I do so. My ankle hurts around the Achilles tendon area, but it does not look swollen or red, nor show any other symptoms of any injury. What could it be and what should I do?
    It doesn’t hurt when I walk.

    • ANSWER:
      well i dont take ballet but i can assume that when you stand on ur tipitoes and then do all those things people can get injuries very often. most of the ballet consists of ur feet movement too

  29. QUESTION:
    Severe Joint Pain – With Flu Like Symptoms?
    My husband has been suffering from excruciating pain in his joints, along with flu like symptoms. The pain is primarily in his ankles, wrists, knees. The flu symptoms include general aches, no energy, feeling hot and cold all over. He has this in periods of every three to four days and he cannot get out of bed. The doctors have diagnosed him with Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. What we can’t understand is why the drugs don’t work and he keeps having flare ups. Has anybody else ever suffered from these symptoms – maybe we have a wrong diagnosis. Also he has worked in farming and perhaps has contracted a virus from the animals? You guys are great out there with your help and suggestions thanks in advance!!

    • ANSWER:
      Rheumatoid arthritis is a lifelong disease. Sometimes it can go away for a while with treatment. It is important to see your doctor as soon as you have symptoms.
      Rheumatoid arthritis can cause many other health problems. Your hands may become bent or twisted. You may find lumps in the backs of your arms or other areas. Lung and heart problems also can happen.

  30. QUESTION:
    ankle pain….what is it?
    i have a sort of high ankle sprain i think? i’ll tell you my symptoms, please try to help. i hurt it like 6 hours ago but i can tell its not gonna go away to soon.

    It hurts when i walk
    hurts when i elevate it
    KILLS when i point my toes or step with my toes
    doesn’t really hurt when i stand on it and don’t move or lean on it.
    hurts when i move my toes all the way up or down

    any idea what it could be? it doesn’t seem to be swollen, i only iced it for a few minutes. it feels like it hurts on the bone though. is it just a bad bone bruise?

    thanks!
    the pain is on the top of my ankle

    • ANSWER:
      could be a posterior ligament tear. or bone hurts causeof loss of miniscus. i suggest going to a doctor.

  31. QUESTION:
    what are the symptoms of ankle sprain that is without bruising or swelling?
    what would be the treatment given in the case and how would a doctor know it is a sprain (if it is)
    If there are any doctors that could give me an idea of what treatment i would get by going in to an urgent care clinic (I have no insurance and would like to save the money if i can. I’m worried they will charge me an arm and a leg to tell me what i could have done by myself at home without seeing anyone. what would be the prescription most commonly given,is there a specific brace they would give someone, how long is the normal amount of time to have pain ect.?

    • ANSWER:
      DON’T go to the urgent care unless you are in unbearable pain and cannot walk on the foot in 2-3 days. Chances are that this will settle down on its own. You can help by taking an over the counter NSAID (Aleve, Advil, etc) , placing an ice bag directly on the skin over the area that hurts for 15 mins, and minimize the amount of time on your feet…do all of this for the next couple of days. You should be mostly without pain in 2-3 wks and fully healed in 4-6 wks. A brace that prevents your foot from rolling inward can help but may be unnecessary so I would wait a couple days to see how it is responding.

  32. QUESTION:
    ankle pain?? help!! I’m not sure what it is….?
    So, here are the symptoms:
    -It doesn’t hurt when I’m standing up, but it hurts when i start walking.
    -It hurts when I bend or put pressure on it.
    -But there is nothing on the surface, it looks very normal, but it feels as though its swelling inside.

    The thing is, I fell down frm the stairs cuz I miss a step. I’m currently treating it using an ice-pack.
    Anyone have any idea whats the problem? Did I sprain my ankle or what?

    • ANSWER:
      It may be due to blockage of blood flow.
      It will heal after some days no worries about this problem.

  33. QUESTION:
    How do you know if you have a sprained ankle for SURE?
    Ok I was at my little brothers birthday party and i was running down the aisles with slippery socks and my feet kept twisting. I checked the symptoms for sprained ankle and it said that your ankle will have swelling and if you rotate it, it will have pain.

    I rotated my foot and it hurt and there was no pain. But later on my ankle started to get bigger.

    Do you think it’s a mild sprain? major sprain? or no sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s either a bruise or a mild sprain. You probably wouldn’t be able to walk on that foot if it was sprained.

  34. QUESTION:
    What can cause extended, mild, ankle pain?
    I very mildly twisted my ankle about 4 months ago. It didn’t bruise, swell, or even really hurt when it happened. After a few days it was sore. Cut to now, four months later. It still hurts upon stretching or bending just as bad-actually worse-now than when I twisted it. It is becoming an annoyance. There is no swelling or tenderness to touch. I am not overly active on it, I am not heavy, I have wrapped it to no avail. What can this be? Since there are no outward symptoms, I am reluctant to go spend on a copay to be told to wrap it and take Motrin….thats a no-brainer. Anyone ever have this problem? If so, what resolved it?

    I have no idea if this has to do with anything, but when I was about 8 years old (30 years ago!) I had a terrible, terrible sprain to one of my ankles, not sure if it was this one. my ankle was discolored, massively swollen and excrutiatingly painful for pretty much the entire Summer. We did not see doctors when I was a kid, so I don’t know to what degree it was injured. Hasn’t caused me any problems since I was about 12 though…

    • ANSWER:
      The sprain that you had as a kid could have caused issues for your ankle now making it much easier to twist (an example only, but I read somewhere that after someone has sprained their ankle once it can make it easier to sprain again in the future for some people).

      Because of how long this has been going on for though I would recommend seeing a doctor for further evaluation of the situation because it sounds like something more could be going on.

  35. QUESTION:
    What are the exact signs of a blood clot in the ankle?
    Many yrs ago I had a DVT behind my knee. Now I am experiencing pain in my ankle for no apparent reason and was wondering what the exact signs of a blood clot in the ankle area would be ie: location and symptoms.

    • ANSWER:
      There is no such thing as a clot in your ankle; there are no deep veins there.

  36. QUESTION:
    ACHING PAIN in ANKLE/FOOT ARC……….!!!?
    Aching Ankle/Foot for the past 6 months. Pain killers do help to some extent but not completly. The paingets eliviated with physical activity like walking/standing. Some sort of swelling as well on the arc of the foot pressing which the patient gets temporary releif.

    Have tried hot cold bath/special made shoe with arc/physio therapy/ultra sound massage and what not and hoping for a miracle to happen.

    Doctors are buttholes who just suggest you to take the pain killers.

    Would be great if you have ever come across symptoms like this and know any kind of remedy.

    • ANSWER:
      There are many root causes of foot pain. Perhaps your symptom is caused by something that is outside of the box. It is not known by most physicians that:

      + Excess drinking of milk protein can leach calcium from bones. The best source of calcium is leafy green vegetables. This is documented in a study of 17,000 adult women over an extended number of years. The dairy lobby has been effective in obscuring the truth.

      + A symptom of fluoride poisoning is weakening of bones and brittle bones. Using government standards, if you consume a lot of fluoride through drinking water, toothpaste, and/or workplace exposure, you can experience skeletal problems. I exceeded government standards because I drink a lot of water each day. Many domestic and European scientists consider this exposure to fluoride to be very dangerous. The US standards tend to favor industry.

      I’d consider eating more leafy green vegetables and consider avoiding dairy products completely (dairy is not necessary for a healthy diet). I’d also find a bottled water supplier that does not use fluoridated water. Stop using fluoride in toothpaste and dental treatments. (These have not been proven to be safe and effective. All I can find are hired-gun scientist endorsements. There are not objective scientific studies that back this claim of benefit.)

      Sadly, fluoride accumulates in your bones over many years. There is no known cure.

  37. QUESTION:
    sharp pain under ankle – could it be a clot?
    I read though that clots give a throbbing constant pain, but this is a sharp pain that lasts for a few seconds and comes and goes with not much predictability – it just happens whenever. I will say though that if I’m sitting and get up, or get out of bed, then I sometimes can get a sharp paint there again. I am going into to see a dr but just want opinions too. It is a little sore/puffy in one spot about an inch below my ankle over the vein, but it hurts more after the sharp pain and not so much when I haven’t had the pain for a while.

    Also, I haven’t seen a dr in years after we moved – I’ve never been sick. So I am having a hard time getting in and the only dr who has my ins can’t see me for over a week. That’s why I’m asking if these are clot symptoms. I am trying to find someone to get me sooner but I’m not having luck.

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  38. QUESTION:
    Constant knee and ankle pain?
    As of late, I’ve had constant aching pains in my knees and my ankles. I’m just barely 19 years old. I wouldn’t expect this pain to be normal…

    I do have flat feet. The pains started about 6 months ago. A few months ago, I bought some Dr Scholls inserts, and that seemed to help with the pain. I got some new shoes that have arch support, and that really helped for a few days. Now the pain is back again, and it seems to be a little worse than before.

    A friend suggested that it might be a symptom of hypothyroidism.

    What are you opinions on that, or what else do you think it might be?

    • ANSWER:
      These are just consequences of having flat feet. Your ankles, knees, hips and lower back are out of alignment because of them, resulting in myriad problems. There are exercises to correct flat feet. Contact me if you want to learn how to do these.

  39. QUESTION:
    Anybody familiar with foot/ankle injuries?
    Hey all. I was in a soccer collision about a week and a half ago, during which I sustained an injury to the outside of my left foot/lower ankle. Symptoms follow:
    - Immediate pain during the incident, during which I felt like the top half of my foot was “dislocating” and slipping over the bottom half
    - bruising along the meridian (in a straight line) where I felt the “dislocation”
    - Stiffness and pain during pointing and flexing
    - Swelling on the side of the foot, along that little nub thing that sticks out at your heel (for lack of better description…)
    - Pain, especially when touched, on the top half of the heel

    Hope I was able to paint a pretty picture for ya. I can put weight on it, including walk and run, but after a week and a half it is still noticeably swollen and seems to relapse after any rigorous exercise. I’m asking to make sure I shouldn’t go to a doctor, and just keep chillin’ with it. Any input would be great! Thanks!!

    • ANSWER:

  40. QUESTION:
    Should I go to the doctor if I injured my ankle 3 yrs ago and it still hurts?
    When I was a senior in high shool I hurt my ankle. I tripped over a bat and rolled my ankle outwards. It felt like it dislocated, and i tried to get up and push it back in. It made 2 loud pops and I could not even touch a toe to the ground. I just remember it felt like it was dangling. When my coach made me touch the ball of my foot to the ground, it sounded like something was grinding. I went to our school’s physical trainer and she said I neede to be put in a boot. It was so excruciating just to lift it, the boot was a no-go.

    I went to the doctor the day after, but when the X-rays came back, my ankle was to swollen to see if anything was broken. My parents just said “oh well you’ll get over it, it’s just a little sprain” and never took me back after the swelling had gone down enough to see an xray.

    It wasnt just a little sprain. I couldn’t walk on it for at least a 1 1/2 months. The doc said at the visit that it should completely heal within 9 months.

    Well i’ts been 3 1/2 yrs now and to this day it still kills me. I can walk, but running and going up stairs is a challenge. Yesterday it rained and when I came inside I slipped and all my weight went on it. It felt like it was injured all over again, except this time I’m walking.

    It hurts to move it sideways, point my foot forward, and rotate it. I read some symptoms on 3rd degree ankle sprains and I could say yes to everyone of them.

    Here are the symptoms:
    1. Severe ankle pain at the time of injury.
    2. A feeling of popping or tearing in the outer or inner part of the ankle.
    3. Sometimes there will be a sensation that the ankle joint is dislocated or was temporarily dislocated and popped back into joint.
    4. Severe tenderness at the injury site.
    5. Loss of function. The injured person usually falls and has great difficulty walking. The joint loses its stability.
    6. Looseness in the joint if the foot is forced in the direction of pain.
    7. Immediate, generalized swelling throughout the ankle and foot.
    8. Bruising that appears immediately or soon after injury.

    But my question is, is it to late to take care of it? Can a doctor do anything for me now? Do you have a clue of what might have caused the symptoms or what could be wrong with my ankle? What type of treatment could be done to fix the ankle?
    after it still hurt after 9 months, my insurance basically only covered a cough and a sneeze, because i had insurance at my university. my parents insur. wouldn’t cover me because i didn’t live in their household….so i couldn’t have gone until now…
    I did make an appt. for next week, but I was just wondering if anyone else had this experience…like having an injury that never fully healed and now getting it taken care of…or what could be wrong with my ankle

    • ANSWER:
      First off, I dislocated my ankle much like yours a few years back (and then the other one 10 months after). I did not have any fractures. I wore a boot (3 weeks on crutches first) for 5 months and started PT 4 months into the injury. I didn’t need to have surgery on it, but I did end up with a whole lot of scar tissue (which is how ligament and tendon injuries heal). I ended up seeing a doctor who specialized in Active Release Therapy, much like deep tissue massage who broke up all the scar tissue. It sounds like you have 1 of 2 or both problems.

      1. you have a ton of scar tissue that formed and is pulling at your ligaments causing your ankle to hurt when you move it around . This is probably what’s causing the pain.

      2. if you truly had a 3rd degree sprain in 1 or more ligaments then it’s possible that they were torn bad enough that they never scarred together. After 3 years it is likely that you are missing a few tendons. This would be what’s causing your ankle to give out easily and be weak. This you either live with and wear a brace for high energey activities or you have surgery to correct (replace the ligaments)… AKA ankle recontruction.

      My ankle took a full 1.5 years to return to normal after extensive PT, the scar tissue break down (which hurts almost more than the injury) and I started cycling which forced my ankle to move repetively stretching and further breaking up scar tissue. My second ankle dislocation I treated myself and healed full 1 year later.. I have no issues with either.

      Good luck… if you have insurance make the ortho appt.. get an MRI. that way you can at least see what’s going on inside and get some options from your doc.

  41. QUESTION:
    Ankle scar tissue months after surgery?
    I had ankle surgery about 10 months ago. Everything was going great. Two months after surgery, I resumed all of my normal activities without any pain. About a month ago, I landed on my ankle a little funny during a class at the gym. It didn’t really hurt (either that or I am so accustomed to ankle pain it didn’t bother me), but ever since my ankle has been extremely tight. A friend of mine suggested scar tissue. What are the symptoms and what can be done about it?

    • ANSWER:
      Yea the tightness that you are feeling is more than likey due to scar tissue. What probally happened was when you landed funny you tore the scar tissue that was in there and when it healed up it healed up thicker than it was before.
      they can go in with a scope and clean up the excess scarring

  42. QUESTION:
    Is joint pain a common symptom during first trimester of pregnancy?
    I am in my first trimester and have pain in my left ankle and my right knee. It started a couple of days before I took the pregnancy test (that of course turned out positive).

    • ANSWER:
      Yep…knees, fingers, hips, all over. It happens! Welcome to pregnancy!!! :)

  43. QUESTION:
    What causes these symptoms: pain in right side, fatigue, headache, sore joints, night sweats.?
    Hi, Im 25 years old and for the past week I have been feeling generally run down and really exhausted. Along with the fatigue I have a very sore pain in my right side just below my ribs, a couple of sore heads (dont usually get them), really sore ankle bones, wrist bones and back, and very sleepless and sweaty nights. I also have three itchy red spots on my right foot, a couple on my leg and one on my arm. They are not meningitis spots.

    Any ideas?

    Claire

    • ANSWER:

  44. QUESTION:
    Pain and swelling on the outside of ankle…please help?
    Someone I know is experiencing moderate pain and swelling on the outside of their ankle, right at the area where the Malleoli (bony knob) is located. As the day progresses the pain and swelling worsen. Her concern is that she has no knowledge of anything that may have happened to cause an injury. Is there anything else that could cause these symptoms?

    • ANSWER:
      She could be having issues with the joint around there such as something like arthritis (an example only).

      The only way to know for sure is to have her see her doctor for further evaluation of the situation.

  45. QUESTION:
    Symptoms of a sprained ankle?!?!?
    I’ve got a pain in my right ankle but im not sure exactly what i have done. Also, its swollen but not where the pain is??The pain is between my ankle and my heel yet the swelling is on the other side?!?! It doesn’t hurt too much to put pressure on it but when i bend my foot forwards or slightly turn my ankle, its quite painful….have i twisted it or is it ligaments/muscle???? x

    • ANSWER:
      It just sounds sprained, I have had many just put some ice on it keep it elevated and use an ace bandage or wrap. If it don’t get better go see a doc.

  46. QUESTION:
    symptoms of a sprained ankle?
    ok. i no the normall symptoms of a sprained ankle: swelling(there is none) and bruising(there are little purple spots?) and pain. i cant walk without a limp, and im shaking, and my head spins when i turn it. are these possible symptoms that also go with a moderately severe – mild sprained ankle? can you include things in your answer such as whether or not crutches are helpful in this situation? if i should go to the doctors? thank you :)
    also, i can bear a very small amount of weight on it. my ankle continually gets alittle more purple…. and im like, convulsing with shakes. my mom wont be home for a good half hour, what to do? im also coughing, if that has anything to do with it. i was limping through school all day, and went 2 the school nurse, but all the secratary said was “well our nurse is a special education nurse, and theres nothing we can do for you.” bad decision. i wanted to go home, but my mom was at work. my foot and the rest of my body is FREEZING. thanks again :) OH i forgot. i had to run to the bus stop this morning, OWWWWWWWW it hurt so bad. and i still limped on it all day. its sucks.

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  47. QUESTION:
    Leg pain & foot numbness?
    I’ve been having problems with my legs for quite awhile now. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis, and my doctor thinks I may have that, lupis, or fibromyalgia. I’d just like to get some opinions on it? These are my symptoms, in both legs;

    Ankle Pain (can barely walk sometimes)
    Tingling and numbness in my toes
    Nodules, looks like bumps under the skin on my ankle?
    Swelling feet
    morning stiffness
    Shin bone pain

    I have also lost a lot of my appetite lately, along with diarrhea and blood in my stool (occasionally) for some time now. I also got a huge bruise on the back of my calf for no reason, not too long ago. Any opinions would be wonderful.

    (I’m 21, I have thrombophilia (high blood clotting factor) , & history of high BP. )

    My doctor is getting my RF factor and thyroid checked, along with a test for lupis.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep an eye on this and if the pain, weakness or tingling continues it may be the beginning of DVT. A vascular surgeon can perform a Doppler ultra scan test and identify the problem.

      This is very painful and pain pills do not help. I have had it for over 2 years and the doctor was slow to diagnose it until I was in critical shape.

      Mine started with a sudden onset of calf pain and leg swelling. The pain was worse when the leg was hanging down. There was warmth to the area because the veins were inflamed.

      I am on coumidin (warfarin) as a blood thinner. Usually when they say 6 months, they mean for the rest of your life. The blood thinner does not resolve the current clot problem, but supposedly keeps new clots from forming.

      Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is caused by a blood clot in a muscle and can be life-threatening. Symptoms include swelling, pain, and tenderness in the legs. Risk factors include immobility, hormone therapy, and pregnancy.

      DVTs can occur anywhere in the body but are most frequently found in the deep veins of the legs, thighs, and pelvis. They may infrequently arise from the upper extremities usually because of trauma, or from an indwelling catheter (tubing) or device.

      A deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition wherein a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein of the deep system.

      Thrombophlebitis is a condition in which there is both inflammation and a blood clot in a vein. Thrombophlebitis can occur in either superficial or deep veins. Superficial thrombophlebitis occurs in veins close to the skin surface, and usually causes pain, swelling, and redness in the area of the vein. Superficial thrombophlebitis usually is treated with heat, elevation of the affected leg or arm, and anti–inflammatory medications. A thrombosis in a deep vein is a much more serious problem than one in a superficial vein. The reason for this is that a piece of the clot in deep vein from a DVT can break off and travel through the deep veins back to the heart, and eventually be pumped by the heart into the arteries of the lung. When this happens, the condition is called pulmonary embolism (PE). The blood clot is called an embolus (plural emboli), and the process of breaking off and traveling to the lungs is called embolism.

      Narcotics didn’t help my pain. I now take Tizanidine 4mg 8/day and Lyrica Cv 200 mg 2/day. This helps the nerve pain and I can walk some now. I am feeling much better pain wise.

  48. QUESTION:
    What are some diseases affiliated with bruising, severe foot pain, red ring around ankle, and weight loss?
    My friend suddenly developed these symptoms and I’m very worried about her. She doesn’t have medical insurance so she visited the local health dept. They don’t seem to be concerned enough about her. She’s lost over 20 pds within a month and a half. She’s only 39 years old, and until now, has been in perfect health. Her pain started in her elbows, left them and went to her knees, left there and went to her feet where it has remained for two weeks. Most anything that touches her leaves a bruise, and she has tremendous pain in her feet. She also has a red ring around her ankle, and just below her ankle, the skin is purple. She also says that even a blanket or sheet put over her feet in bed feels like they are breaking. They stay freezing cold all the time. I know she needs to see a doctor, but without insurance her choices are very limited. If anyone out there has any expertise with this type of thing, I would really appreciate your thoughts. Thank you, CM

    • ANSWER:
      If I was you I would contact a medical university and find a doctor that does volunteers in medicine. It could be a number of things but what comes to mind is a blood infection . If it is traveling in her body the way to find out is a blood culture. I would not wait to seek help. Tell her to keep going till someone listens and if that doesn’t work go to your town hall and speak to your mayor. They can push for the help you need. The reason for my thought is that white blood cell fight infection when they are low you get bruising. So because it is traveling I think I would look at blood disorders.

  49. QUESTION:
    Have cold feet, ankle joint pain and knee joint paint in both legs?
    I have been to the doctor and had scans and stuff but was only given medication that only mask the symptoms and I stoped taking it a long time ago. My feet get cold telling me circulation trouble but never turn any colors like blue. My joints hurt and more often when weather changes so I know what that is said to be, but what would you think it might be. I am very active. I jog, work out, Martial Arts and I am a Fire Fighter. Doctor said everything in scans turned up negative. What do think it could be and what can I do other than use creams or pills to help? or what are the best over the counter stuff?

    • ANSWER:
      I work in a podiatrst’s office and thought I could offer some suggestions. Cold feet are often the result of poor circulation, and joint pain could be due to arthritis. However, it is hard to say what is going on without more details. We often send our patients to a very informative website with many articles to read regarding foot and ankle conditions. Here are some links to those articles and to the discussion forum, where you could post your question.

  50. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know remedies for a high sprained ankle?
    I fell 11 weeks ago and have a high sprained ankle (slight tear of the ligaments on the ankle). My doctor (orthopaedics) told me that this should have healed within about six weeks, but I see no improvement. After another visit to him, he said that he don’t know of anything else what could help me, I should get a second opinon. Which I am going to do…..but that appointment is in two month (the only other available orthopaedics doc is booked out until then)

    My question now is, has anyone had the same problems, that it just would not heal, and what did you do?

    My symptoms are still pain, and as the day progresses severe swelling from the ankle all the way to the front of the toes.
    chris that’s what i am doing now for the last 11 days. daytime a brace, i even have a separate chair next to my office chair to elevate my leg. when i come home, i take the brace off and put icepacks on there. i am taking 2x 600mg of ibuprofen a day.

    • ANSWER:
      Keep it iced down and elevated. Take ibuprofen for selling and pain. STAY OFF OF YOUR FEET!!! If you are on them much the ligament wont have a chance to heel, and when you are on them ware a brace.
      Hope you heel soon.


Ligament Ankle Injury

Cause of Ankle Swelling
Determining the cause of ankle swelling is the first step to finding effective treatment. Once the cause of the ankle swelling is determined, effective treatment can be initiated. Painless swelling of the feet and ankles is a common problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs.

The second step to recovery is Icing your ankle. Icing your ankle can help prevent further swelling, pain, and dysfunction. Ice your ankle for no more than 20 minutes, three to four times a day. Icing your ankle too long can cause more damage and hurt your recovery. Using a wrap to apply around the ice and your ankle can help prevent swelling and is often more comfortable. If compression is too tight, then the circulation will be impaired and the healing process will be slowed. The less activity you do during this time the better, but if you do have to become mobile, use protection.

If you have a severe or grade 3 sprain, splinting or casting and crutches for several days to 2 weeks are necessary, followed by immobilization in an ankle orthosis (a boot that restricts ankle range of motion), or a brace that restricts range of motion of the ankle. After you have healed enough to bear weight without the ankle orthosis, then use an ankle brace with stays to continue the support of the ankle and prevent re-injury for 4-6 weeks; then use when in high risk activities such as basketball, soccer, jogging etc.

With baby weight, your center of gravity has changed, and there is fluid retention, giving your lower extremities more pressure. This slows circulation in the extremities, making tissue swell up. The technical word for it is edema. Go for a walk to get the blood flowing. Encourage your heart to pump blood and fluid to the upper extremities of your body with exercise.

As for the most common swelling seen in one's ankles, it is most pronounced at the end of the day after being on your feet for many hours. This swelling will often leave a demarcation/indentation from your stockings and is the result of gravity. If my comments raise a concern as to whether you have abnormal swelling, you must bring this to the attention of your health care provider who can help you determine if it is clinically significant.

Weakened ankles are susceptible to further injury and can even cause other physical problems throughout the body, such as leg and back injuries. In fact, recurring ankle sprains can require surgical intervention. So it's important not only to heal the sprain but to also strengthen the tendons and ligaments of the ankle. Now, healing a sprained ankle can take days instead of weeks, with the added benefit of stronger ankles.

Anything you can do to help your body balance will help prevent injuries in your ankles and other joints. By challenging your balancing abilities, you strengthen your proprioception, which is the ability of your body to be aware of where your limbs are at all times. In regards to ankles, your legs have less of a chance of stepping down wrong or making another mistake that could injure you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How can you speed up a damaged ankle ligament injury recovery?
    Other than the R.I.C.E method

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  2. QUESTION:
    Will my ankle still be flexible after a torn ligament injury?
    So, I do ballet and I tore my ankle ligament. My question is, will I still be able to pointe my feet just as well as before once my injury heals? I’m really worried that I won’t be able to go on pointe for a long time. Basically, I worry that my ankle won’t be as flexible as it was before. Or are there exercises I can do to keep my ankle flexibility? Please help!

    • ANSWER:
      You have to make sure that you don’t try to exercise too much too soon as this will not allow the ankle time to heal properly. In the meantime, ensure that you elevate your ankle whilst you are sitting, use ice to help with swelling and consider anti-inflammatory drugs.
      Sit in a chair with a football under your affected foot and gently roll the ball around, this will help with flexibility.
      You may need to wear a support initially.

      Good luck.

  3. QUESTION:
    How to regain strength/ flexibility after ligament injury in ankle?
    I had a partial tear of the lateral collateral ligament in the ankle over a month back. I have resumed walking and climbing stairs minimally. There is no pain, though long distances cause my ankle to swell again. I am regularly using hot water to soothe the ankle and do basic exercises. But I am unable to walk normally and continue to limp. My ankle movement is restricted – and I am unable to flex it up and down. What can I do to regain flexibility and how long will this typically take?

    • ANSWER:
      I got some bad news for you. Actually maybe not that bad.

      I tore mines over twenty five years ago. But back then they didn’t have quite as good rehab and education as now days.

      So bad news, I still have trouble with it. And it takes me about two weeks to be able to get back to my sport only at about 50%.
      The good news, with all the advancement in physical therapy you should be able to get back in a very short time.

      PROGRESS DEPENDENT ON EFFORT FROM YOUR PART.

      Couple of things to remember. “Rice” techniques.
      Rest
      Ice
      compression
      elevation
      That does help a lot. I also take anti-inflamitory drugs such as celebrex. (Be sure to consult your physician on what is safe for you)
      I also have a minni trampoline which helps me with my rehab work. It doesn’t abuse my ankle as much when working it.

  4. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament injury in a cast?
    I injured my left ankle 3 weeks ago playing netball. Although i couldnt walk and had to use crutches, i didn’t think i had done much damage. It had a fair amount of swelling and brusing though. I had just started walking normally again by the time my doctors appointment was avaliable. Last monday i had an ultrasound and it revealed i had tore 2 ligaments in my ankle. The next day i got a plaster cast. I have had no previous ankle injuries before and i was wondering do i really need a cast?
    I’m a pretty active person and i live for netball season so i’m a little unhappy i can’t play for the rest of the year. Is there another treatment i could use apart from a cast? Thank you!
    PS I’m 16 years old if that helps..

    • ANSWER:
      if you didnt need it they wouldnt of given it to you…there is a walking boot that they sometimes use but thats if pressure is allowed on the leg in you case i doubt it is because they put you in a cast unless he but a shoe thing on your cast and said you could walk? if so then ask if you can get a cam walker it takes some pressure off the foot and puts it on the upper leg

  5. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament injury?
    I started having ankle pain in the back of my ankle around March/April, and I am a dancer. So not very many stretches affect it. it hurts when I try to push my feet into shoes, or when i cross my ankles and the weight of my foot makes it feel like the ligaments are going to tear away. Basically, i don’t trust much weight on it. Is there anything i can do? I’ve looked at many sites and I’m not sure what I can do naturally.

    • ANSWER:
      I recommend you see an orthopedic medical specialist for your condition and have them perform a diagnostic test. That way, you can find out the nature & extent of the problem and a treatment plan can be formed.

      Good luck.

  6. QUESTION:
    What treatment should I do for my ligament and sprain ankle injury caused about a month back?
    5 weeks back I slipped a few steps while climbing down the stair. I immediately went to a bone clinic, Doctor took out 3 x rays and found that a hair line crack has occured in my foot bone. He was over confident and did not apply plaster and advise me to try to walk and assured me of no major damage. He gave me an anti inflamatory pain killer (Caflam 50 mg) and FASTUM GEL to apply 3 times a day and assured me that within 2 weeks it will be over. And also advise me to resume my daily routine i.e. going to work after 2/3 days. But 5 weeks has passed and pain persists, sometime severe, around and below the ankle. My apartment is on 4th floor (without elevator) and I have to attend to my work 5 days a week. During this period I visited the doctor 2/3 times again and he was confident that there is nothing serious and I should not worry and try to walk normally. But I know the pain and sometimes find hard to walk when the road surface is uneven. Kindly advise.

    • ANSWER:
      tendons and ligaments take a long time to heal, the bone may be healed already. Lots of massage, ice when you get back home, heat too, you want to alternate between the two, 20 minutes each. You may want to try some exercises to strengthen the ankle. You know the warm ups dancers use, sliding your foot forward, back, sideways…..bouncing up and down on your tip toes etc…..it should help. If it still persists, try another doctor!

  7. QUESTION:
    ankle ligament injury???????
    i recently tore a ligamnet in my ankle what kind of treatment am i looking at? surgery, physical therapy, both and if both do i need physical therapy first and after surgery? sorry im just trying to figure out what im looking at?

    • ANSWER:
      Ligament injuries can be extremely disabling and can take some time to heal. However,you are more likely to need physiotherapy than surgery. You may find that you still get twinges for 6 months.

  8. QUESTION:
    Ankle ligament injury wont heal!?
    I sprained my ankle 4 months ago and it was a very serious sprain, one tt kept me out from walkin for quite a few weeks. However, though I’ve seen the doctor and he says its ok and the injured area is no longer swollen, i can’t seem to be able use that ankle properly as it hurts whenever i try to rotate it. When i press the lateral part of the ankle, its very painful. What should i do? Help!

    • ANSWER:
      Sprains take longer to heal Then a broken bone. it’s not surprising that this is taking you a long time. I recommend you see a chiropractor for therapy. They are very good at working on soft tissue injuries. I’ve enclosed a link where you can find a doctor of chiropractic that does very gentle therapy.

  9. QUESTION:
    help with ankle ligament injury! =]?
    Hi I recently did my ankle in while playing volleyball in school. I went 2 hospital and all that and Im currently attending physio. he said that I tore the ligaments and jarred the joint while doing this. Any ideas how long this should take to heal? I know it variess from how severe it is but mine is a grade 2 r something? Is there any exercises I can do now to try build up the muscle as I play a lot of sport and I really want to get back but I dont want to go back till im sure its strong enough! Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      As there is very little blood flow in ligaments they take a long time to heal. You can try the Johanna Budwig diet – it is designed to increase oxygen supply within the body. It is mostly for cancer but will help with almost any injury recovery. Google for Johanna Budwig.

      (Note that whenever a person is recovering from surgery, they have those nasal cannulas feeding oxygen – this is because oxygen speeds up healing.)

  10. QUESTION:
    Anybody had Hyaluronic Acid injection on the ankle for ankle sprain/tendonitis/ligament injury? Does it work?
    I had a fall two years ago. Diagnosed as acute ankle sprain. It recurred last year, diagnosed as Achilles Tendonitis. It is recurring now, another orthopedic said my ankle ligament is harden, it doesn’t move as my feet moves, so that’s why it hurts so much.

    I’ve taken many kinds of oral painkillers, i’ve done RICE, i’ve gone through physiotherapy. I’m sick of the pain already. I’d want to avoid surgery or steroids, if possible.

    So i’m wondering if Hyaluronic Acid injection on the ankle really works, as an alternative treatment (found it on Google), also recommended by a doctor (not an Orthopedic though). And whether it has a side effect in the long run.

    I can Google the statistics. I’m just seeking for personal advice or experience.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      NO i haven’t heard of it but i have a bad knee some what like yours and the cortisone shots help for 3 month and then it’s suffer thu my days,,Good luck though as running after kids is not an easy job’ and need all the good limbs we still have.

  11. QUESTION:
    How do i strengthen my ankle ligaments after injury ?
    ok i recently got injured in a football match where i went over on my ankle and bruised the ligaments.
    I was told by the doctor to wait 4-6 weeks to return to sport but i recently tried to run again but i still feel pain in my ankle and it hurts the day after.
    i need a solution as i have tried a support but that didnt seem to help me.

    • ANSWER:
      see a doctor

  12. QUESTION:
    i have ligament injury to right ankle since 20 days, i took 15 days bed rest but it couln’t heal till, wht to?
    do? I had paster on my leg for 10 days priscribed by doctor.

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  13. QUESTION:
    lateral ankle inferior group ligament injury gr.1 cure?
    does this really need to be casted to be healed properly??

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  14. QUESTION:
    Has anyone with ankle injury i.e. soft tissue damage like a torn ligament found a good treatment.?
    My ankle has not been the same since I injured it almost 2 years ago. Usually there is no discomfort during walking, but at certain angle I get a sharp pain. X-ray showed nothing abnormal.

    • ANSWER:
      Ligament injuries are buggers. Im dealing with one now.

      From what I can tell, if not treated properly to begin with they may never heal correctly. If thats the case you may need surgery.

      Have you tried physio? That helped me a little bit – but my ankle still isnt the same.

      All I can suggest is to get some physio, and if all else fails go see your doctor.

      Good luck!

  15. QUESTION:
    what is ligament injury?
    I fell down from a wall , received a severe ankle injury of right leg.I was taken to a hospital, x-ray revealed no fracture but ligament injury.Doctor told me that it will take 6 weeks to heal.I want to know what is ligament injury and how it is cured,what are after effects of ligament injury?

    • ANSWER:
      ligament injury is just a sprain ull be alright not big deal happens to everyone at least once..jast to lay low and sometimes splingt it will help cure it..there are no after effects

  16. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury- torn ligaments?
    Hiya, I was at a beach party snapping wood for a fire and got it wrong and something in my ankle ‘went’. Instead of going to the doctors I figured I’d let it heal of it’s own accord. I left it for 2 and a half months and carried on with some of my sports like jujitsu and swordfighting and cylcling.
    But when I came to uni I thought I’d get it looked at because it was hurting too much for me to do my sports anymore. I can’t run and definately can’t jump off my right foot. It hurts after more than 15mins of walking and when going up stairs.
    The doctors said its probably ligament damage and will take 6 months to heal.
    I’m on 1200mg ibuprofen a day and have to elevate it as much as possible and ice it. (also wear an ankle support now) However all of these things arn’t helping! In fact I think it’s getting worse! (doesn’t help that I live in london at the top of 4th floor with no lift)
    How can I heal faster and what kinds of exercise or still ok? Has anyone here had the same kind of injury?

    • ANSWER:
      The best you can do is to strengthen the muscle around the ankle. Try massaging the affected area for yourself. You will know how much pressure you can put on it and you will be able to feel exactly where the pain and problem lies with your own fingers.
      Along with the massage, try a wobble board to strengthen the muscles in the ankle. This is a board with a half ball on the bottom that allows it to wobble in all directions. If you cannot find one then use a bottle and a piece of wood (board). Place the board over the bottle and stand with one foot on either end so that the board will rock from left to right and back again. Do this about 25 times and then move the board and bottle 90 degrees so it rocks front to back. Do this at least once a day and you will improve rapidly.
      Another exercise is to stand with your feet at shoulder width apart and raise up onto your toes. Do this about 10-25 times.
      When this becomes too easy, close your eyes and try it! This will help train your proprioception. (The ability for your brain to tell where a body part is without looking at it).
      Good Luck.

  17. QUESTION:
    Could my pins and needles have anything to do with my ankle injury?
    I have bad ligament damage in my ankle and i keep getting pins and needles in my ankle and foot and a “dead” leg (i cant feel or move my lower leg and foot) could these two things be linked?

    • ANSWER:
      yes, sounds like you have some nerve damage. I hope that you are seeing a dr.

  18. QUESTION:
    ankle ligament damage?
    hi there over a month ago i got injured playing football, ive stile not recovered and have been to the hospital but got told it just needs rest, im understood to believe that there’s quite a few different types of ankle ligament injuries some needing more time to heal then others , i can walk fine with no pain , and running fine as well, but the moment i put force behind my foot to kick the ball that’s when i get sharp horrible pains, any ideas how bad it is? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Go back to your doctor.It may not be healing properly.It may be that it needs more time and rest but no harm in keeping your doc informed.Do not engage in activities that make it hurt.Ask your doctor if you can see a physiotherapist.They are the experts on sports injuries

  19. QUESTION:
    Training Whilst Recovering From Severe Ankle Injury?
    I am an ice hockey and rugby player, quite competitively. I’ve ruptured my ankle ligaments whilst playing ice hockey. I’m off sport for 3 months, but have an important ice hockey tournament about 2 weeks after I am scheduled to recover. I need to prepare for this, am doing weights in the school gym twice a week, but don’t want to put on weight from lack of exercise. I am 16 and am 5’11, weigh about 13 stone.

    • ANSWER:
      Ankle ligament injuries are serious and being off sports for 3 months is a long time. So I am going to say this now, it is unlikely you are gonig to be able to participate in this tournament.

      hockey and rugby are similar in that they require fast recovery (go, rest, go, rest, etc.) and there is no way to simulate this without the ability to run or skate, which i assume you cant do.

      Even if you are healed in 3 months, you stil have to rehab the ankle. speak to a physiotherapist, it may take a few weeks. So the combination of the time off and physiotherapy wil probably keep you from serious training for this tournaments.

      If you do want to train other things in the 3 month period, you might as well work on your strength, power, and core. Consult a trainer or your coach for a specific plan if you’d like. Ankle injuries are persistent and tricky, it is seriously not a good idea if you push this and hurt it more. If you do not let your ankle heal properly it will hound you for hte rest of your life. Do not let this one tournament jeopardize the future tournaments and games.

  20. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to heal an injured ankle ligament?
    I strained one of my ankle ligaments. I’m a dancer though so I need it to heal soon, but I don’t want to injure it more and cause the injury to last longer. How long do I need to wait before I can dance again?

    • ANSWER:
      it’s really depends on how bad you injured it. you should ask your doctor. i did the same thing in october but my injury was bad because i started using it to soon and my ligaments are torn so now i have to get ankle ligament reconstructive surgery. so i would say listen and don’t rush because you don’t want to injury it anymore.

  21. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to recover from a severe ankle injury.?
    My grandfather (over70) seriously hurt his ankle yesterday evening. He went to the emergency room today and it is very bad. His fibula is broken in more than 2 pieces, the ligament connected is torn, and possibly tore the one on the other side. He is most likely having surgery tomorrow. What will be entailed in his recovery, and how long will it take before he can start moving around on his own again?

    • ANSWER:
      maybe months longer if its a case like yours 4 or 5 months at least so i’ve heard

  22. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury..any ideas whats happened?
    any help working out what i’ve done would be great and advise on what to do, should i just try to rest it?

    The pain is on the inside of my right ankle, below and slightly backwards of the bony nobbly bit and going down diagonally towards the front. could have been a result of lacrosse and/or made worse by continuing to train. no obvious swelling or bruising, happened a couple of weeks back and i’ve not had chance to rest it so has gotten worse :s could it be a tendon or ligament injury and what should i do
    ..also – i’m in pain when placing weight on it normally, however there is no pain at all when wearing 6inch heels, confusing!

    • ANSWER:
      You may have pulled the ligaments. Try wearing an ankle support only during the day and keep it elevated as much as possible. If the pain isn’t gone in a couple of day, go to the doctor/hospital

  23. QUESTION:
    How long should it take for an ankle injury to stop bothering me?
    About 2 months ago I injured my ankle. I pulled some ligaments. They thought because of the swelling and bruising that it was broken but the X-ray didn’t show anything. It still looks a little strange….like the bone on the side is bigger than it should be and still hurts to sit certain ways and even walk sometimes. How long should it take for it to be back to normal or at least close?

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  24. QUESTION:
    how to improve at basketball with ankle injury?
    i tore a ligament in my left ankle and cannot play bball for a little less than 6 weeks. i reallt love basketball so how could i improve while not running on my ankle. i can walk on the ankle without a boot or any of that i just cannot run

    • ANSWER:
      1. you can do no rim shooting even in your house, just stand there and work on your form.
      2. even if its in the house pracitce dribbling. slam the ball as hard as you can which will make your hands alot faster.

      i have an injury to my knee ruight now hahaha

  25. QUESTION:
    What winter actives are good during rehab for an ankle injury?
    I tore the ligaments off of the outside of my left ankle. After surgery, I’ve recovered fairly quickly but I’m looking for further improvement in flexibility, strength and balance. Is there some activity I could do outside (winter) that would help with this? eg: cross country skiing?

    • ANSWER:
      I’m not convinced skiing is a good rehab activity. Presumably you’ve had physiotherapy on it as they will provide exercises to develop the strength. With the flexibility gently stretch your ankle, for balance a wobble board is really good – this is basically a wooden board on a peg or small ball which you have to balance and this will help improve the strength and balance.
      Walking would probably be the safest activity if you’re wanting to get out but would recommend not doing something like skiing till cleared by your doctor or physio. I know it’s frustrating but patience and physio will improve the long term outcome for you, however be aware that you probably won’t get all the flexibility back in your ankle, you should get the strength back and as the strength comes back the balance will improve.

  26. QUESTION:
    I have a collateral ligament injury.May be the ligaments are torn.Is instability permanent???Healing time?
    It was a collateral ligament injury on my left ankle.I had done a x-ray.Doctor said it was a micro ligament tear n gave me half plaster on my leg.I kept the plaster for 3 days n opened it and tied a crab bandage.There is swelling and little pain.How long will take to heal.Will I be lame for my life?????

    • ANSWER:
      Don’t worry it is not permanent. I have suffered ligament injury on knee and know others who have and all have healed.

      Regards,
      Nilendu Bhattacharya

      http://www.headfirstyoga.com

  27. QUESTION:
    How long does it take to walk again after a soft tissue/ ligament damage injury?
    I went football training and went on my ankle, went A&E and they looked and x-rayed it and they not sure what it is got to go back on friday, but im going on holiday in 2 weeks and going to watch man utd i want to know how long till i can fully walk again. I keep icing it and have it on a pillow.

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  28. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury returning?
    Well I broke the growth plate in my ankle on november 3rd of this year. I did it playing volleyball, and after i sustained the injury, i just continued with my practice. I got a cast on, then did 4 hours of volleyball with it on 3 days later. I then took a month on, and got my cast off december 6th, and went straight to a 6 hour practice. Recently, my ankle has started clicking, swelling, bruising and feeling rediculously weak when I try to play. It hurts, but not bad and not for long, mainly when I land jumps or just finish playing. Could this be the old injury, or ligament damage? Should I put my boot from last time on while waiting to go to the doctor?

    • ANSWER:
      Should haven’t kept practice after your injury. Your ankle need time to heal and you didn’t give it that.
      You need to rest your ankle and see your Doctor quick as you can. Its probably make it worse. And
      the boot can’t hurt.

  29. QUESTION:
    Foot and ankle injury?
    Well I tore my ankle ligaments in July last year, so eight months ago. The swelling never fully went down. And I had physiotherapy on it. It has previously swollen up through running on uneven ground and long distance running, so I tend to avoid that. Today I have been playing football (soccer) and it is really painful right now at home. Also the inside of the same foot, going along the big toe side and slightly underneath is very painful. It is horrible to walk on and I am currently icing it. But I recieved no direct injury to it today. I may have landed awkwardly on it, but nothing that I was fully aware about or that was painful. So i could have made it worse by carrying on playing. What could it be? And what should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      First Vickie I would say from what you are telling me is that your original injury never healed properly and unfortunately will never really go back to the way it was. You are exposing your foot to your old injury specially every time you use it in an aggressive manner, example running, soccer etc., so I would stop that kind of excercise. Tell you what to do, ice it for the first 12 hours, to bring down the swelling, then heat it for the next 12 hours making sure the foot is elevated all the while and stay off it. If you must walk get a cane and put a tensure bandage on the foot when walking, but take it off when your not. Ok, That was the first step, now for the second step. Realize that you will always have this foot condition and come to terms with it. Now go out and buy a magnetic necklace, make sure its all magnetics, next wrap it around your foot when you go to bed and put a big loose sock over it to keep the heat in and stop the foot from getting cold why, because heat helps heal the injury and you will find the swelling will come down and and the pain will subside and you will be able to carry on a normal life. During the day you can also use insole magnets for your shoes or boots, this will boost the muscle strength in your foot muscles by 25%. And your overall strength by 20%. Also if your going to have a go go day take an advil before and this also reduces inflammation and swelling.

  30. QUESTION:
    lisfranc injury rupture of ankle ligaments damage to all 5 meta?
    17year old hascortical thicking of shaft of 2nd metatarsal seperation between base of 1st and 2nd meta and medial cuneiform unusual appearance. say lisfranc type injury with rupture of ligaments slight lateral subluxation of base of 2nd 3rd 4th 5th meta what do they do for this

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  31. QUESTION:
    Coming back to riding after ankle injury?
    Tore my ligament in my ankle 2 weeks ago.
    Cheated and rode yesterday. It didn’t hurt, but was uncomfortable pressure when we trotted.
    Not going to ride again until 6 weeks is up, I am trying to think of a way to reward myself, but I figured cheating once was good… or something. Can’t expect me to go from riding 15 times a week to nothing to be good for my mental well being *gets off soap box*
    I am curious if anyone out there has any recommendations to strengthen and regain flexibility in my ankle after this injury. I have been doing the ABCs as recommended – but is there anything more geared towards us horse people?
    Just turned 26 and temp have lost my health insurance so consulting a doctor is out of the question.

    • ANSWER:
      Here’s a link that explains the do’s and dont’s to get you back on your feet (literally) quicker.

      http://www.livestrong.com/article/228324-how-to-strengthen-ankle-ligaments/

  32. QUESTION:
    What is the best way to heal a popped ligament, due to a dislocated/fractured ankle?
    I was playing basketball a couple months ago, late Feb to be exact. Came down wrong on my ankle and dislocated it. Between the time it was dislocated and relocated (by myself), it both popped a ligament in my foot and fractured my ankle. While I realize these things take massive amounts of time to heal, I still cannot run.. or even jog for that matter on my ankle. I was wondering what are the best ways to rehabilitate yourself after an injury such as this.

    • ANSWER:
      First thing…Go do a doctor!It sounds like you didn’t,and that was a very bad move because getting proper treatment will speed recovery time.You really need to rest your ankle now,because that is the best way to give your ligaments a chance to heal.A doctor will probably put you in a walking boot,or some sort of lace up brace to give your ligaments support for walking around,and probably say no strenuous exercise for at least 3 weeks.They can also prescribe physical therapy,and that will give you the best chance at rehabilitation.

  33. QUESTION:
    Torn Ligament in ankle 5 years ago and it still looks to be swollen.?
    I trip up the steps believe it or not 5 years ago and had a bruise on the top of my foot the next day. A couple days later it was hard to walk and very swollen and hurt like heck. I iced my ankle for many months and the swelling went up and down. I finally got a x-ray several months later and they told me the ligament looked to have been pulled but was adhered back together. Now 5 years later, my ankle is stiff from what I am guessing the scar tissue that had adhered together making flexibility of my ankle limited. It is also what looks to be swollen 100% of the time. It is definitely bigger then the other ankle without injury. When I flex my foot outward I feel a tight pull in the area that was pulled. Is this normal? Will my ankle be like this for the rest of my life?

    • ANSWER:

  34. QUESTION:
    leg twitching connected to ankle injury?
    about 5 weeks ago i tore 2 ligaments and snapped one in my ankle.ever since then i keep having leg twitches at night i can not control which then lead to immense pain in my ankle, making it a lot worse.

    what do you think this could be and how could i stop it from happening ?

    • ANSWER:
      There are numerous possible causes of muscle twitching. They include:

      Diet deficiency
      Drug overdose (caffeine)
      Drug side effect (such as from diuretics, corticosteroids, or estrogens)
      Exercise
      Twitches not caused by disease or disorders (benign twitches)
      Often affecting the eyelids, calf, or thumb
      Normal and quite common, often triggered by stress or anxiety
      Come and go, and do not last for more than a few days

      Nervous system conditions that can cause muscle twitching:

      Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS – Lou Gehrig’s disease)
      Damage to the nerve that leads to a muscle
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spinal muscular atrophy
      Weak muscles (myopathy)

      Symptoms that suggest a nervous system disorder include:

      Loss of, or change in sensation
      Loss of muscle size (wasting)
      Weakness

      There is usually no treatment necessary for benign muscle twitching. Call your health care provider if you have long-term or persistent muscle twitches.

      http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003296.htm

  35. QUESTION:
    Injury to my ankle has left 3 of my toes numb?
    I tore the ligaments in my ankle a little over 2 weeks ago. I am going to physio to get the strength back in it.

    Over the last week or so, 3 of my toes on that foot keep going numb and hurting. The joint where the toe joins the foot is sore and they are swollen.

    I am going to talk to my doctor on monday, but I was just wondering if anyone has had the same experience. and if you have, what did it turn out to be.

    Thanks in advance.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you have problems with your toes
      were it joins the foot. You may have a fracture
      there. Tell your Dr. about it and get him/her to
      have a look at it properly.

  36. QUESTION:
    ankle injury, can someone plz help tell me what is the best choice of treatment?
    well i injured my ankle about 4 months ago. however i still have pain in certain tendons/ligaments and they hurt when i perform certain activities/movements. for instance, if i try to squat while bending my ankles, then i feel a sharp pain radiating. it feels like in a line in the curve my foot creates between my shin. i have not been doing ankle strengthening exercises, could that be why it hurts so much? But still it hurts a lot. I’m going to see a doctor, I just wanted to get your guys opinion. And plz don’t give me advice like “rest it” if thats your only advice. thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      you should go to physiotherapy, it’s usually because your ankle isn’t strong enough or that it didn’t heal right, but they can help you with that at physio.

  37. QUESTION:
    Opinion on horse’s ankle injury?
    I have a 25 y/o TB mare. Coming off a horse trailer she injured her ankle. It is believed that she has torn her suspensory ligament in the right hind ankle. (I have done research and all signs indicate this injury, my vet agrees) My vet has not yet seen the horse, she said it is unnecessary. After 3 weeks of stall rest and just walking her out to clean her stall, I began putting her in very small confined turnouts. I want ed to get her out and moving ASAP b/c she stocks up HORRIBLY after just a day in a stall. She seemed sore on the leg but wasn’t limping hardly. Now after being in turnout daily for about 2 weeks she is limping bad again. But after a day of stall rest is better. If she turns tight circles she really holds up the leg. What I am concerned about is a horse of her age even recovering form this type of injury. I am located in Missouri and our summers are sweltering (usually 95* and higher) with humidity in the 90% range. Any constructive comments or ideas would be helpful.
    What type of physical therapy should I do? So the limited turnout is ok for her?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, few things here. WRAP both her back legs with polos religiously redoing them twice a day to keep the tension even. EVERY DAY, get a cold water hose and work it up and down that leg for at least 20 minutes. Then massage, always from the bottom up, to increase the circulation.

      Its a lot of work, but that’s how you fix it. Give her limited turnout for at least six weeks, and physical therapy every day.

  38. QUESTION:
    Working out with ankle injury.?? ?
    I tore a ligament in my ankle about a month ago and it’s been driving me crazy to not work out. I still have a boot on for at least three weeks. I really need some ideas on what to do to get my exercise fix (I’m kind of addicted to working out). Please help me. Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      all abs and upper body. or else swimming can be really good for ankle injurys and with the boot on the recumbent bike.

  39. QUESTION:
    Ankle Injury, someone please help with some answers/experience.?
    July 1st was when i rolled my ankle and we got x-rays the next day telling me it was a sprain. I rested it, iced it, and compressed it for two weeks. Then i did 7 weeks of physical therapy which helped the swelling by a lot but it still felt horrible. Then August 25th i got an MRI telling me i had a partial tear in one of my ligaments in my ankle. I got September 8th to see if i need it casted or surgery. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this before? If so, would getting surgery take the ligament longer to heal? If it’s casted how long will you think it will take to heal? I hate not being able to skate, it was all i did and cant stop thinking about it. I also wear a brace all day and to bed if that helps with the healing too. Any help with this would be highly appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi you can try to put it in a ankle brace the lace up type ussually it can take up to 6 weeks for a ligament to heal. Get the brace

  40. QUESTION:
    ligament injury at work?
    Uhm… I just want to know… I fell last week at the bottom of the stairs at work (during working hours) and broke (if that is correct in english) my ligaments in my left foot (ankle).

    Now I was wondering if this is still considered as a work related injury and can I claim any medical expenses for this since this happened at work during working hours? Is there any rules to when a injury are considered a work related injury? And how serious the injury should be?

    Please help since I want to know what I should do further on.

    Thanks.
    Ohh… I live in South Africa… I don’t know if this makes a difference

    • ANSWER:
      First thing first. you need to file the proper paperwork with your work telling them you were injured if you dont fill out the proper paperwork then you will be out of luck.

  41. QUESTION:
    Could a recent ankle sprain that bruised, cause a skin rash or hives due to shock of the injury?
    I recently sprained my ankle, it felt like it stretched the ligaments on my ankle. I have weak ankles anyway and this happens a lot. Few months ago the same thing happened but it did not bruise as this one did. I have sprained both ankles so much I do not know why they have not broken yet! The next day, note: no change in diet, medications, soaps, etc , I broke out into itchy hives doctor has no clue as to why. My husband thinks that it could be coming from the injured and bruised ankle. I read a little about this but not sure..Could my ankle injury for the hundrethh time be causing some sort of infection?

    • ANSWER:
      it could be eczema

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eczema

      but yes i do get a rash when i get bitten by mosquitoes in extremely allergic i get a huge bruise on my skin and then it will develop into a rash and then into a scar, its weird. but it sounds like what you have is possibly eczema.

  42. QUESTION:
    Starting training hockey but I have suffered a bad ankle injury?
    I’m 17, a girl and I love hockey extremely much and I’m gonna start training (not very seriously but mostly for fun). There is a small problem though. Few years ago I broke few bones in my ankle and my ankle ligaments are very fragile. I constantly sprain my ankle and I was thinking if there are some people here who have advice on that kind of stuff. What should I wear inside the skate and are there any skates that support the ankle better than other.
    Do not try to talk me off starting training. I will start it anyways :P

    • ANSWER:
      Honestly, I don’t think they make braces designed specifically for hockey skates, so that might not be an option. If I were you, i would double or triple up on socks, that way your legs are thicker and tighter in the skate.

      Also, and you may already do this, when tying skates, wrap the laces around the back of your ankle, so that the left lace becomes the right lace, and the right, left. I know if you don’t know what im talking about that sounds confusing, so to summarize, make sure you tie your skates as tight as physically possible.

      Skate wise, I got a pair of reeboks and they are phenomenal when it comes to ankle support. They have the pumps on the side, which if you are unfamiliar with, it is basically an air pocket that forms around your ankle for support. I would suggest getting a pair of skates as such, just because they have worked so well in my personal experience.

  43. QUESTION:
    Ankle injury – medical negligence?
    I fell in Dec 07 off a curb in heels and badly injured my ankle.
    The first hospital’s orthopedic surgeon told me i had fractured my my ankle and torn ligaments and potted it up and recommended 6 months of physio after 6 months of being in the pot.
    My ankle started to ache after about a week so I went to a different hospital (as i had moved back home) and they removed my pot and said the bit of bone hanging off my ankle (the fracture) was an old injury (even though i have never injured that foot/ankle before AND told them so) and told me to walk on it.
    A year and a half later I am in crippling pain if I walk a lot on it so I was referred to a physiotherapist by my GP and she referred me to a podiatrist, who in turn referred me for an MRI scan on my ankle.
    The MRI scan results came back and it turns out the bit of bone has came off my ankle and lodged in the ligaments in the left hand side of my foot which is what is causing the pain.
    So now I’m being referred to an Orthopedic Surgeon for a possible operation. I’m wondering if I have a case for medical negligence against the hospital who removed my pot as I’m convinced this would not have happened if I’d remained in the pot and taken the physiotherapy. Can anyone advise me?
    Well, that was a helpful answer.

    • ANSWER:
      Im not 100% sure, at the time you could have told them you wanted a second opionion. Did they give you a valid reason for taking it off? Did you object?

  44. QUESTION:
    Ankle Injury… Medical Negligence?
    I fell in Dec 07 off a curb in heels and badly injured my ankle.
    The first hospital’s orthopedic surgeon told me i had fractured my my ankle and torn ligaments and potted it up and recommended 6 months of physio after 6 months of being in the pot.
    My ankle started to ache after about a week so I went to a different hospital (as i had moved back home) and they removed my pot and said the bit of bone hanging off my ankle (the fracture) was an old injury (even though i have never injured that foot/ankle before AND told them so) and told me to walk on it.
    A year and a half later I am in crippling pain if I walk a lot on it so I was referred to a physiotherapist by my GP and she referred me to a podiatrist, who in turn referred me for an MRI scan on my ankle.
    The MRI scan results came back and it turns out the bit of bone has came off my ankle and lodged in the ligaments in the left hand side of my foot which is what is causing the pain.
    So now I’m being referred to an Orthopedic Surgeon for a possible operation. I’m wondering if I have a case for medical negligence against the hospital who removed my pot as I’m convinced this would not have happened if I’d remained in the pot and taken the physiotherapy. Can anyone advise me?
    No, I wasn’t ‘unhappy’ with their treatment! I have LASTING LIGAMENT AND ANKLE DAMAGE and may need an operation on my foot and I need to establish whether this was due to them removing my pot.
    I did NOT go to another hospital because I was unhappy with the first’s treatment – if you’d read my question, i attended the other hospital due to me moving back home, away from the area in which I was first treat.

    • ANSWER:
      Better still if the doctors were to sue you for wasting their valuable time by tripping over wearing heels
      I`ve no sympathy with people going around sueing those trying to help them

  45. QUESTION:
    Ankle Injury?
    Back in june I tore 6 ligaments in my right ankle while playing basketball. The doctor told me it would completely heal in 6 months. But a week and a half ago I reinjured my ankle my pulling a couple of ligaments. I was just running when it happened. I talked to my B-Ball coach and he said he tore his ligaments in ’98 and that I will always have a higher risk of hurting it again. Is that true and will my ankle ever be as strong as it once was or will it be a permanent injury?

    • ANSWER:
      every night before you go to bed try to put your toes to the floor and then do it the opposite way- up. it will help you strengthen your muscles around your ankles.(do it slow and if you just injured it wait for a bit to do it)

  46. QUESTION:
    Injury to a tendon/ligament on the top of my foot?
    I noticed one and then another foot get a sort of sprain. There’s a tendon or ligament that runs from my big toe up the top of my foot to my ankle above my arch. It hurts to walk on it but I can place static pressure on it. Barefoot aleviates the pain while wearing any shoes hurts. The pain radiates from the center of that tendon/ligament parallel to the center of the arch. I feel my toes stiffening from this and cracking them helps.

    • ANSWER:
      The tendon you are referring to is that of extensor hallucis longus (EHL).
      It sounds like this pain and stiffening is a result of Hallux Limitus.
      The joint of the big toe (1st metatarsophalangeal joint or MPJ) bears a tremendous amount of force (6 x body weight) during regular daily activity.
      If its range of motion in dorsiflexion is reduced, it severely limits the ability of the MPJ to distribute this force which is then transferred to adjacent sites (eg: the joints of the arch).
      Alternatively pain such as this could be caused by damage to the Lisfranc Joint or a you suggested, soft tissue damage to a ligament or tendon. The chances of these occuring bilaterally (both feet) however are much less likely than hallux limitus.
      Have a look at the sites below for more info and make an appointment to see a podiatrist for diagnosis and treatment options.

      http://junctionpodiatry.com.au/media/pdfs/JP_Hallux-limitus-2.pdf

      http://www.footphysicians.com/footankleinfo/hallux-rigidus.htm

      http://www.aafp.org/afp/980700ap/burrough.html

      All the best!

  47. QUESTION:
    I have an ankle injury. It has been more than three months and the ankle still is not healing.?
    My doctors have told me I partially tore some ligaments, tore my achilles tendon, and I also have almost no range of motion on my ankle. I also am still experiencing immense pain in the joint. I am seeing an orthopedist next week, however I am afraid he is going to say i need surgery. Can anyone advise me on what to expect? I appreciate it.
    There is nothin wrong with surgery. I am just not relishing the fact, that’s all

    • ANSWER:
      It can take up to a year or more to heal. You need to follow the advise of your doctors. What is wrong with surgery? Ligaments won’t heal on their own if they’re torn. Talk to your doctor about all of your options. If you aren’t happy seek another opinion.

  48. QUESTION:
    Chronic Ankle Injury – how best to treat?
    I’m a dancer and a former gymnast, and I’ve dealt with many ankle injuries over the last ten years or so. Both sports are very impact-based, which takes a real toll on your body.
    I severely injured my right ankle about two years ago now (tore through three ligaments, severe lateral sprain, etc.). Since I had a show only a few days after initial injury, I got a cortisone shot and continued to dance even though I was in an air-brace and crutches when off-stage. Cortisone shots are old hat from gymnastics, so I was used to it. Of course, it wasn’t a great plan, since I ended up with a stress fracture on top of injury and had to give it several months to heal properly.
    I healed it up properly, and returned to physical activity when I got the go-ahead from my doctor and PT.
    But ever since, my ankle has been quite unsteady and easily re-injures. Sometimes I only turn it slightly in class, and when I get home my whole foot is swollen and painful. I have taken to icing it after every workout and dance class/rehearsal (I workout daily and have classes 5 days a week, rehearsal 6). I wear a brace whenever I workout or dance. I keep it elevated. But frankly, it’s quite annoying.

    I should also mention – if I flex my foot and move it side to side, something pops visibly and audibly on the lateral side, like something sliding in and out of place. I’m not sure, but I think it might be my ligament.

    Anything I can do to help it other than what I’m doing?

    • ANSWER:
      wow i swear this is EXACTLY what happened to me. i messed up my ankle in january and they thought it was just a sprain and that i’d be fine, that was 10 months ago and after 3 months of pt my doctor realized that i needed surgery. it’s called a modified brostrom procedure and it is for chronic lateral instability of the ankle. some doctors can do it arthroscopic so you can get back to sports/activities soon. i waited too long and mine is more of a serious surgery.

      hope it gets better soon!

  49. QUESTION:
    how long would it take? (ankle injury)?
    A month ago I broke a bone above my ankle, tore some ligaments, and dislocated my left ankle about 90 degrees to the left. I went for surgery the next day and currently have 8 screws and a plate in there. I’m not positive which bone is broken because the doctor said it was the larger of the two, but then called it the fibula (smaller one). Still non-weight-bearing for the most part.

    In either case…would it be possible in the future to have 100% functionality to the point where i can be performing squats with 300+ lbs of weight? How long would it take to get back to this? I’m not too concerned with atrophy; what’s lost can be regained. Weight training is a substantial portion of my lifestyle, so i need to know!

    P.S. – I still have a skin-deep numbness that runs from my big toe to my ankle on the injured foot. If anyone knows why or has experience with an injury like this, i’d appreciate the info.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    How to get fit again after injury?
    I suffered a ligament and tissue injury in my right ankle and a week after recovering tore the cartilage in my right knee. I’m getting back into football (soccer) but I have tight hamstrings and I curious to know the best way to get back to full fitness, any ideas to help me?
    Plus I’m suffering from a constant stitch and I would be very grateful for the best stretches for running, mainly lower body as it’s football (soccer).
    Well not constant but it tends to be there when I’m running but not always.

    • ANSWER:
      I can help with your stitch problem:
      A stitch is mainly about how you breath when running or doing activities more than how you stretch before hand so you need to breath consistently and at a good pace, not short breaths.

      as for your injury i suggest you do light stretches and physiotherapy to heal the wound quickly.
      I don’t think you should be doing so much football and running around if the ligament, tissue and cartilage is still damaged or painful.
      Good luck with the injury i hope it gets better.


Joints Of The Feet

Surgical Removal Of Foot And Ankle Ganglion Cysts Ganglion cysts are the most common masses in the foot and ankle, and can often be difficult to eradicate since drainage usually results in an eventual refilling of the cyst. Surgery is often necessary for permanent removal of these compressible lumps. This article will discuss ganglion cyst treatment, especially surgical removal.

A ganglion cyst is essentially a benign, fluid-filled mass that develops near joints and tendons. While the exact cause is unknown, it is generally thought that a defect forms in the tissue surrounding a tendon or a joint that allows fluid from one of these areas to penetrate through into the surrounding tissue. This fluid becomes walled off by fibrous tissue that surrounds it, and the cyst forms. It is essentially a balloon of thick, jelly-like fluid that becomes thicker than the joint or tendon fluid from which it came. The cysts can start off small, and then quickly grow. It is also not unusual for cysts to grow and retract in size on their own. These cysts are generally benign, and cause few issues on their own. However, the location and/or size of these cysts can become problematic, especially in the foot and ankle.

Cysts can sometimes be located near sensitive structures, such as nerve tissue, and the simple presence of the cyst expanding against this tissue can cause pain. Additionally, if the cyst is especially large or irregularly shaped, or if it is wrapped around joints or tendons, the function of the foot can be affected. This can lead to difficulty in walking, or pain. It is because of the above reasons that foot and ankle ganglion cysts are typically treated.

Diagnosing ganglion cysts is usually done by an external exam, as they are either visible through the skin or can be felt under the skin surface. Ganglion cysts usually feel fairly distinct, and most physicians can make a confident diagnosis by feel alone. However, if the cyst has several bumps to it, feels unusual, or is deep or in an unusual location away from a joint or a tendon, the physician may prefer to get an MRI or ultrasound study to assess its size and appearance better.

The initial treatment of ganglion cysts can involve an attempt at drainage. Cysts usually can be drained, although smaller ones are sometimes difficult to accurately find through the skin. The old technique of hitting the cyst with a heavy book, like a Bible, is very traumatic, ruptures the cyst, and can create inflammation to the entire area. This treatment is not advised in modern medicine. The best technique for drainage is for needle and syringe drainage by a physician. The drainage is usually followed by an injection of a cortisone-like medication (corticosteroid) that reduces local inflammation and may scar the cyst origin to prevent regrowth. Unfortunately, this technique does not have a great chance of keeping the cyst from returning, as the cyst wall and the cyst origin remain in the body. The cyst typically regenerates its fluid shortly after drainage. Drainage and corticosteroid injection is safe and does work in some cases, especially for small cysts, and that is why it is attempted in the first place.

When the cyst returns and creates pain or functional limitation, that is the point at which surgery is considered. Surgical removal of cysts can be simple, or can be complex if the cyst is large or integrated into surrounding tissue. The surgical procedure for removing ganglion cysts involves making an incision directly over the area where the cyst lies, and careful separation of the cyst from the surrounding tissue without rupturing the cyst. Once the cyst ruptures, the fluid that remains can potentially become walled off again, and finding the exact ending margin of the cyst wall becomes more difficult once it is ‘deflated’. The cyst must be removed in its entirety, including all of the cyst wall and the original connecting tissue. If this is not done, the cyst may simply reform. The complete removal of all this tissue is not always easy, and sometimes even the slightest of remaining tissue not visible to the surgeon can allow for a return.

Removing cysts often requires identification of several different lobes, or branches of the cyst, if it is not in one smooth piece. This exploration often requires the surgeon to gently move around surrounding vital tissues, which could have cyst material wrapped around them. This can make for a difficult removal, increasing the risk of cyst return following surgery. It also places the surrounding vital tissue, like nerves, at risk for damage during the surgery. In rare cases, the expansion of the cyst has already damaged the surrounding tissue, and there may be lasting effects even after the surgical healing has completed.

In general, healing from removal of the cyst is successful and without complication. The skin heals readily, and deep scar tissue is not typically a problem as the cysts are usually more superficially located, aside from the base that stems from the underlying tendon or joint. An exception to this is cysts located along the back or sides of the ankle, where more tissue dissection is needed to reach the cyst. Weight bearing is usually immediately allowed, except for uncommon cysts on the bottom of the foot requiring an incision under the foot, and activity can usually be resumed in several weeks.

As one can read, ganglion cysts are a common foot mass that may be somewhat difficult to be rid of permanently. On its own, a ganglion cyst is usually benign and without significant symptoms. However, treatment is needed when the cyst causes pain or a limitation in one’s activity. As a rule, one should always have a medical exam when a new mass appears on or under the skin. There are tumors that can be mistaken for cysts, and a physician can determine what the nature of the mass is. For foot and ankle masses, a foot specialist (podiatrist) is the best specialist to see first for evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Pain in legs,knees,joints,feet?
    Ive been having a lot of pain in my joints lately, and ive always had pain, eversince i can rememeber, but im 18 now, and its gotten much worse recently. My knees are in so much pain all day, and today, i got that “sleeping” feeling in one of my feet, but only at the tip of my big tow in the corner, and at the very back bottom of my heel…and my elbows have also been in a lot of pain, but only one of them is more painful and more often than the other. What could all this be? im very worried

    • ANSWER:
      you need to go see a physician it could be arthritis

  2. QUESTION:
    My Scene dolls -joints/ feet?
    Hey all!

    So, can anybody tell me which of the My Scene Doll series (original by Mattel) have bendable arm joints. And do they all have the original Barbie doll feet ( can they wear the Barbie doll shoes).
    I am getting a little obsessed with the My Scene dolls :)

    • ANSWER:
      http://myscene.everythinggirl.com has what you want to know.

      They can wear Barbie’s shoes and most of her clothes.

  3. QUESTION:
    64yr adult male of african decent, has swollen hands and feet. cannot make a fist and cannot bend fingers esp?
    at the interphalangeal joints. feet are swollen leading to the purchase of bigger shoes. there is numbness, parasthesia and pain sometimes radiates to upper limbs. there is also limited movement. what condition is this and which specialist should we see?

    • ANSWER:
      Any occurrence of oedema should be investigated as soon as possible as it could point to heart disease & other serious conditions.

  4. QUESTION:
    64yr adult male of african decent, has swollen hands and feet. cannot make a fist and cannot bend fingers esp?
    at the interphalangeal joints. feet are swollen leading to the purchase of bigger shoes. there is numbness, parasthesia and pain sometimes radiates to upper limbs. there is also limited movement. what condition is this and which specialist should we see?

    • ANSWER:
      Just like Pam mention, get off the computer and go to ER ASAP.

      It could be hypertension, heart problem causing edema to feet and hands. Or, kidney failure – these 2 illness has that symptoms.

      NEED TO GO SEE A DOCTOR!!

  5. QUESTION:
    Is casually wearing skateboarding sneakers bad for your feet or joints if you are a runner?
    Is casually wearing skateboarding sneakers bad for your feet or joints if you are a runner? ie. flat footed, no arch support, etc. I read in some blogs that they are designed specifically for skateboarding, which does not require the same amount of support for your feet (running and basketball sneakers in comparison assume you will have your body weight on one foot and provide better arch support and shock absorption for your feet and joints). Does anyone know if this is the case?

    • ANSWER:
      Not if you wear them for fashion, however, you shouldn’t run in them though because as you say they are designed to sit flat against a skateboard and if you are pounding the cobbles you will need good solid running shoes with good arch support.

      Your running performance will be better with good running shoes too!

      Best of Luck
      Kez x

  6. QUESTION:
    I get pains in my back, hands, feet & joints – pretty much everywhere! any ideas?
    First off it is important to point out that I am ONLY 19 years old. I feel sometimes that I have the body of an 80 year old with the pains I get.

    It started of a few years back after hurting my back by turning the wrong way. It wasn’t serious but it did give me pain for about a week. It never really recovered and I now have a stiff back and when I bend down or do stuff which requires alot of use for my back I can barely move with the pains I get. It has stopped me from properly exercising for the last few years!

    This continued and I learnt to deal. It didn’t affect my everyday life and every time i went to the doctor they gave me another guess with another medication to help it but nothing ever worked full time and i never got any referrals to a specialist.

    Now, over the summer i started getting sharp pains running through my hands, either to my thumb up through my hand or through my little finger up into my hand. i was again okay with this cause it only happened maybe once a day but now ive started getting them within my feet and the last 3 days i’ve been started to get pains within my knees. Like after you get a dead leg you get this dull ache and it’s starting to affect my walking.

    i feel like I’m 80 already cause my grandmother complains of the same pains! i haven’t been to the doctors for the knees, hands or feet but i was wondering if anyone had any innocent or non serious ideas to what these could be?

    Someone suggested growing pains but i am 19 and i haven’t grown in over 3 yrs. I also know that I really need to go to the doctors but I am having to delay it as I am about to move back to University so I won’t get for another week at least.

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like fibermalgia. Have the doctor put you on elivil, it worked miracles for me.

  7. QUESTION:
    Doubled jointed feet/toes?
    My daughter and both granddaughters do this, they walk on there toes and feet. They also can jump on them.It hurts me to watch them , but it is quite different. No person on my side of the family does this..Maybe it’s just doubled jointed toes and feet.. Strange!

    • ANSWER:
      I’m sorry, I missed the question… So I’m not shure what kind of answer you’re looking for, but I’ll admit, that does sound very freeky!

  8. QUESTION:
    If I have Athritis in my feet and joints can I join the Army Reserve?
    I want to join the Army or Air Reserve but I have Arthritis in my feet and ankle joints. I also have Eczema on the tops and bottoms of my feet. Will I be able to join??

    • ANSWER:
      The arthritis depends on how bad it is. The eczema will not be a problems as long as you can wear boots for long periods of time. Here is the DOD standards for enlistment on arthritis-

      Current or history of chronic osteoarthritis (715.3) or traumatic arthritis (716.1) of isolated joints of more than a minimal degree that has interfered with the following of a physically active vocation in civilian life, or that prevents the satisfactory performance of military duty is disqualifying.

  9. QUESTION:
    How many pounds of welding rod might I need for 40 feet of joints on 1/4″ mild steel?
    I’ve never welded before but I’ve got a large job ahead. I bought a welder, but no rods. This guy has 60 lbs of 3/32 + 40 pounds of 1/8th for 100 bucks. Should I go to the store, or buy from this guy?

    • ANSWER:
      THE WAY YOUR QUESTION IS PHRASED IT CAN’T BE ACCURATELY ANSWERED, IE WHAT TYPE JOINT [BUTT, FILLET, LAP???], WHAT SIZE WELD??? RE Q # 2: WHAT TYPE RODS??? [6010, 6012,7014, 7024M LINCOLN, MC KAY, NASSA TEC???]… N/E WAY
      WITH A ‘STICK’ ARC WELDER YOU HAVE GREAT CONTROL OVER THE WELD SIZE BY 1) HIGHER OR LOWER AMPERAGE SETTINGS 2) THE ‘MANUAEL’ SPEED YOU USE. 3/32 RODS ARE NORMALLY ABOUT 8-10″ LONG, 1/8″ ARE ABIT LONGER. AT A MINIMUM YOU WILL NEED-AT LEAST- 40+ FEET OF ROD TO WELD A 40′ JOINT. MOST SUPPLYERS SELL RODS BY THE POUND (THERE IS ONE COMPANY THAT I KNOW OF THAT SELLS BY THE ROD & THEY ARE INCREADABLY INSANELY EXPENSIVE) USUALLY IN 25 & 50 POUND BOXES AS WELL AS IN ‘TIN’ CANS.
      RE THE 2ND QUESTION: IT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE A GREAT DEAL. ARE THE RODS cracked, old, OILY?? IF “YES” THEN I’D PASS THEM UP. I WOULD ALSO NIX EM IF THEY ARE LOW HYDROGEN (IE 7018, 8018). IF THE RODS ARE 1) NI-RODS 2) PHOSPHER-BRONZE 3)MCKAY STAINLESS STEEL THEN PLEEEEESE SEND ME THE GUYS PHONE NUMBER (AND I’LL BUY EM!!). CALL A LOCAL SUPPLYER AND SEE WHAT A HUNDRED POUNDS OF THE SAME TYPE RODS COST NEW. IF THE USED RODS ARE ABOUT 50% LESS THEN IT PROBABLY IS A OK TO GOOD DEAL. BE CAREFULL BECAUSE:
      STICK WELDING TAKES A CONSIDERABLE AMOUNT OF SKILL TO MASTER IN ALL ITS FORMS (‘TIG’ IS VERY SKILL INTENSE WHILE ‘MIG’ IS FOR POORLY SKILLED BUT ONCE YOU GET THE FEEL FOR IT YOU WILL SEE THAT- OVER ALL- IT IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR GENERAL ALL AROUND WELDING AS IT’S INEXPENSIVE, YOU DONT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT WIND/DRAFTS, NO ‘BURN BACKS’, NO WATER COOLERS NEEDED, NO HIGH PRESSURE TANKS (ARGON, CO2 ECT), NO ‘FLUX’ STUFF TO DEAL WITH (‘DUEL-SHIELD ECT) AND IT’ EASY TO POWER YOUR MACHINE, YOUR ‘BUZZBOX’ WILL PROBABLY LAST FOREVER IF YOU DON’T EXCEED THE DUTY CYCLE RATING, IT DOES NOT USE HIGH VOLTAGES
      SINCE YOU STATE YOU ARE A NOVICE I’D SUGGEST
      1) START OUT WITH 7014 1/8″ RODS, they are very good, VERY easy to use,
      all position rods (if you set the amps to around 180-200 you can even cut
      steel with em! but be very careful), these are called ‘contact’ rods, they
      have a iron powder in the outer coating. the number “1″ in 7014 is a code
      to tell you it’s a ALL POSITION rod, the number “2 ” tells you it’s only for
      FLAT position. 7024 is also a very easy to use rod but only in the flat
      position. for 1/8″ rods set the amps around 100-140, touch the rod to the
      spot you want to weld and “let the rod do the work” As you get the hang of it
      try other types of rods ie “freeze rods”, “fast fill” rods, “cutting” rods.
      2) Try to buy your rods from the same manufacturer, LINCOLN is a good choice.
      3) Your ‘buzz-box’, if it’ a Lincoln 225 (ac only) you have the THE BEST (sorry
      Miller & Hobart you have some great stuff but NOT in buzz-boxes), that
      machine (the 225) has a good duty cycle and should last till your kids have
      kids! Saddly….. the Lincoln 225 ac AND dc machine is NOT a good deal,
      it has extra features but they are at the expense of a lower duty cycle and a
      higher price.
      4) Don’t get sucked into: ” THE GIZEMOES” like special welding lenses (a # 8
      or #10 will work fine), special grounding clamps or electrode holders, welding
      rod ovens etc. They do have there place and sometimes they are needed
      and are invaluable, but give yourself a bit of time.
      5) SAFTEY can not be understated! Fire, electrical issues, burns are always
      possible, a “welding flash”( ie not having your helmet on when you strike the
      arc ect) is incredibly painful, it’s like rock salt thrown in your eyes and
      poked into them with a ice pick!!!
      6) if you need or want more info you can e- mail me at stevecarfaro@yahoo
      com regarding any type of metal/fabricating questions….even the hard ones
      like how to weld steel to glass…if only broken hearts could be welded too!!
      7) Good luck and “angels on your pillow” Steve C from Magna Oaks, Utah
      (former ‘blacksmith’ to many famous people)

  10. QUESTION:
    I have ache in testicle, joints (hand, feet) can also ache sometimes. headaches from time to time.?
    I have ache in testicle, joints (hand, feet) can also ache sometimes. headaches from time to time. This happened a few months ago, stoped for a month then came back. I have had an STD test and it all clear, also had a test for HIV etc and that to is all clear.

    Really worried, i have been to the Doctor a few times and he says im ok, but its not normal is it……

    My gf lives overseas so dont see her that much, i was over with her last week, and we had a good bit of sex (she dont know about how i have been feeling re aching testicle etc) after 4 days of been with her my pains came back. she is all clear also for sti’s etc….

    She has recently been getting a small bit of brownish vaginal discharge, and feeling tired also from time to time…..

    I am very very worried for both of us can anyone please help me.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:

  11. QUESTION:
    Painful joints in feet?
    In particular the balls of my feet, but they both feel pretty stiff generally and crack a lot! Basically, when I get up in the morning it takes a while to get over the snapping, cracking and stiffness, and it’s extremely painfull to go downstairs (not sure, but I think the tendons at the back are also affected). Once I’ve been walking for a while things improve, however as soon as I sit down for a few minutes they are stiffening up again. Anyone know what this might be, and if there is anything I can do to make it better? I’m 37, with 3 young children to run around after!

    • ANSWER:
      Ok, most joint pains are eased if you keep the affected area warm. You can get special foot straps from chemists that have heat patches built into them, which may help. Tiger balm is also awesome for joint pain.

      However, I would steer clear of trying to find out what it is over the internet. You’ll either scare yourself unnecessarily or miss something important. Go and see your doctor, let them find out for you.

  12. QUESTION:
    What would cause pain all of the time in my joints and feet?
    I have been tested for arthritis, amongst other things, but I really ache alot. My feet hurt alot when I first get up, once I walk around for awhile they feel better. If I sit and then get up, they hurt until I walk around. My hips and back hurt as well. I am 37, and really need some ideas of what may be causing this. After a day of very simple work, I hurt so bad it takes my breath away. No pain pill seems to help. I have a few other things going on, but this is the main issue. Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:

  13. QUESTION:
    why my leg hurt me from joints?
    my hurt me 5 monthes ago the hurting coming from heel throwo the bottom of leg & coming up my feet joint & sometimes the pain reach to the knee ,this is my left leg .i`v been more than tow years run every day 40 minutes and another excersis but now ican`t even standing long time or walking too.

    • ANSWER:
      Try hot and cold water therapy. Take some pain killers. You can also try RICE therapy.

      Rest: Activity should be reduced, the injury should be splinted, and no weight should be applied to the injury.
      Ice: Ice packs reduce pain and swelling and should be applied judiciously for 20-minute periods to avoid ice burn or frost bite. Packs should be removed for intervals of 40-60 minutes before being reapplied.
      Compression: Compression should be applied lightly in the form of an elastic wrap so that it accommodates swelling. Anytime the wrap seems too tight or causes swelling below the wrap it should be loosened.
      Elevation: Holding the injured part above the level of the heart is standard treatment to reduce swelling.

      I would also suggest you to consult an orthopedic doctor…. he might advice you to get an X-Ray done… If the X-ray shows normal… he might ask you to get an MRI done….

      Sometimes the pain might also develop due to meniscus tear…. Better u consult an orthopedic doctor soon….

      Hope this helps u……… get well soon……..

  14. QUESTION:
    There is some dots type mark on my arms legs joints and on feet to?
    hi, i want to know cure of dots on my skin . First i thought its just temporary but after a week it grow again pls tell me what is the best way to clear them!

    • ANSWER:
      Not every question is appropriate and effective for Yahoo! Answer and yours is one of them.

      The problem here is that you call it “some dots”. In the field of dermatology, there are dozens of skin conditions with overlapping symptoms as general as “some dots type mark on my arms legs joints and on feet “. The point is that any response you obtain here is either spam or guesswork and nothing definitive (which is what you actually want). No one can honestly list you treatment options without knowing what it is.

      Your description is vague at best.

      No one can accurately diagnose your skin condition via cyberspace. Any advice you get here is never on par with that of a real doctor. If you want medical advice, then Yahoo! Answer is the last place you want to go and ask your question when you can see a pharmacist or doctor. The trade-off is huge: a medical physician versus a total random stranger with no knowledge of your medical history and skin condition. No honest person will tell you that s/he knows exactly what you have and give you the correct treatment protocol. That is what you call wishful thinking. If you do not know, then no one here knows, either.

      Bottom Line: Please see a board-certified dermatologist.

  15. QUESTION:
    Is there anyone who has had a surgery where they fuse the joints in the feet?
    I dont know the name of the condition but it is related to clubfoot. If you know the conditions name, or have had the surgery please let me know more.

    • ANSWER:
      I have assisted in a procedure related to your question, if this is not quite what you wanted or you want to know more email me at mcc_md@yahoo.com

      The middle part of your foot (called the “midfoot”) is made up of many small bones. On the inside of your foot there are two rows of bones; the first is called the “navicular.” Just past this are three bones called the “cuneiforms.” On the outside of the foot a single larger bone called the “cuboid” crosses the whole midfoot.

      Arthritis of the midfoot means the smooth surface that covers the end of the bones (the “cartilage”) has been lost and there are usually bone spurs around the joints. This often occurs from injuries or diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, but it sometimes happens without any known cause.

      Most often the joints where the midfoot joins the long bones that lead out to your toes (the “tarsometatarsal” joints) are involved, and this can sometimes push the front part of your foot to the outside and make your arch flat. Other joints in the midfoot can get arthritis as well.

      THE SURGERY

      If you have pain from the joints in the midfoot, it can usually be relieved by fusing the joints that are involved (making the bones grow together). This makes your foot only a little bit stiffer; because the joints in the midfoot do not move very much to begin with. When we fuse the joints, we also straighten out the foot and raise your arch as much as possible. The surgery is done through one, two, or three incisions on the top and inside of the foot. We hold the bones still with screws. These can come out after about 9 months, but only a very small number of patients are bothered by them enough to request it. Screw removal is a simple day surgery. Smoking keeps bones from healing well, especially in the foot. You should not smoke for at least 3 months. Also, if you take anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, Naprosyn, or aspirin you should stop them 5 days before surgery because they can thin your blood.

  16. QUESTION:
    Is running bad for women?
    I don’t normally run, but I want to start a walk/run program for beginners.
    I’m hearing a lot of rumors about it being bad for women to run.
    Not only just for the sake of your back, joints, feet, etc. But for your ovaries and uterus.
    Any thoughts or advice?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s a GREAT aerobic exercise! It is also a great stress reliever. I never heard that it can be bad for your reproductive system. Invest in a good pair of running shoes and give it a try!

  17. QUESTION:
    What does Varanus komodoensis mean? (Plus the roots of the words)?
    I have a project in which i need to know what Varanus komodoensis means.Yes i know its a Komodo dragon, but I need it pulled apart, like with anthropod from Greek ἄρθρον arthron, “joint”, and ποδός podos “foot”, which together mean “jointed feet”.
    Add the roots of the word, not the classification.

    • ANSWER:
      Kingdom: Animalia

      Phylum: Chordata

      Class: Reptilia

      Order: Squamata

      Suborder: Scleroglossa

      Family: Varanidae

      Genus: Varanus

      Species: V. komodoensis

  18. QUESTION:
    Disregarding the displacement caused by joints, how many feet of 2.375 inch OD double string tubing could be?
    cemented in a 8 5/8 inch OD, 36 lb/ft casing with 1,300 cubic feet of slurry?

    oil well related question

    • ANSWER:
      Yuupppp

  19. QUESTION:
    I have a weird rash all over me, and my joints hurt. My feet itch so bad. I feel like i have arthritis. Help?
    I thought I may be alergic to something. But now I hurt really bad. The bottoms of my feet itch, and I feel there are swollen. I have headaches. and I am really dizzy….what is wrong with me. I don’t want to go to the emergancy room if im just having an alergic reaction to my mothers laundry detergant…benydril doesn’t work.

    • ANSWER:
      There are two major types of arthritis that can cause a rash on your body. An allergic reaction can cause joint pains as well. Seeing that this can be serious you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Allergies to laundry soap do not cause joint pain, headaches or dizziness. There are a number of diseases that can cause these symptoms. None of them are anything to take lightly. So see a doctor ASAP.

      Rusty
      editor

      http://arthritis-symptom.com/

  20. QUESTION:
    Joint inflammation/redness without pain?
    I’ve been getting redness, warmth, and apparent inflammation around my joint areas off and on for a while now. It happens unprovoked in my knees and elbows most often. However, when I exercise, ALL of my joints, (feet, ankles, knees, elbows, wrists, fingers, etc…) seem to get inflamed. & I’m not doing strenuous strength workouts or anything, just some cardio on the elliptical or my Gazelle (which, ironically, is known to be a great piece of exercise equipment for people with joint issues). Anyway, it doesn’t seem to matter what I do in particular, the redness and warmth appear around all my joints after about 20-30 minutes of any aerobic/cardio workout.

    I’ve also noticed some stiffness in my fingers and ankles/legs. It isn’t severe, and I’m not sure if it’s any worse than other people experience. Although, I’m only 20, so I don’t think it’s very common to be having trouble making a fist or walking with a normal gait. (But, it comes and goes, and these more striking examples have only happened a few times; it’s usually milder like having to walk up and down the stairs a little funny in the morning because of stiff knees, etc…)

    I’ve considered the possibility it could be rheumatoid arthritis… but I’m not in severe, or even mild pain at all. The trouble with inflammation and stiffness around my joints is uncomfortable but there really is no accompanying physical pain. Anyone have any ideas what this could be? Should I be concerned?

    • ANSWER:
      Shannon – Though you say you have no pain, you further state “trouble with inflammation around” your joints is “uncomfortable. I might suggest you get an annual physical exam from your MD, mention your findings to the MD, and inquire whether a lab test known as an ESR (Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate) might show inflammation even though you can’t feel pain or see the inflammation. The MD might also wish to order a test for Rheumatoid Factor.

  21. QUESTION:
    My Hip, Knee and Foot Joints (Right) have hurt bad for a long time including muscle in between – HELP!?
    So basically from the upper hip through the groin around to the rear end and down the back of my leg through the knee down the outside of the calf into the foot. The whole thing hurts and has hurt for a few years and just is getting worse.

    Doctor just took and reviewed xrays and it does not appear to be structural (some minor early arthritis).

    Any ideas or suggestions.

    • ANSWER:

  22. QUESTION:
    Blue feet, sore joints after swimming?
    I was at a pool party and someone pointed out to me something that has been happening to me for a while.

    Every time I swim in a pool, after a short period of time, my joints (particularly my knees and ankles) start to ache, and continue for several hours. I also have difficulty breathing, as my chest feels compressed. Another strange aspect is that my feet and lower legs turn blue, or a pasty white. This does not happen when I swim in the ocean.

    Is it a circulation problem, or a chlorine allergy? Or is there something else going on? Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      yea, either you’re not used to the pressure in the pool, but i think its a chlorine allergy, im a swimmer, and id ont have that problem, but most likely, ur allergic to something int he water.. most likely chlorine.

  23. QUESTION:
    Poor circulation – joints in hands in feet are a lot darker than usual skin colour?
    My fingers and toes and the joints on my hands and feet are way darker than my usual skin colour., The tips of my fingers and toes are red. I really hate it, they are constantly cold. Does anyone have the same problem? Any advice? My doctor only tells me to stay warm, stop smoking etc. I’ve never smoked and i always try and keep warm. Any treatments etc would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve been like that for 60 years. Find a cure and let me know.

  24. QUESTION:
    Perhaps a silly question: Running a dog….?
    With the excellent fall weather, I have been riding my bike outside rather then at the gym. I have been taking my aussie along, and she LOVES it.

    I had a friend warn me that running the dog on the road will break down her joints, feet and paw pads. Which makes sense, the same thing happens to joggers too.

    My question: Is there any sort of wrap, brace, boot, anything I can get to prevent my gal’s joints from breaking down? She is a competitive agility dog, and I want her able to compete well into her veteran years.

    • ANSWER:

  25. QUESTION:
    What experiences do you have of wearing Vibram FiveFingers and which would you recommend for everyday use?
    I have pain in my joints, feet, and lower leg in general and I hear great things about Vibram 5Fs and its comfort and that it promotes good stride. I also have heard that its quite durable. I want one thats best for everyday use, meaning walking and running around the house, to school, to buy groceries, walk around the block, light running in the park,etc. Before I go to a store and try some on, I’d like to hear your opinions and experiences. Some people say Sprint or Classic, others swear by the KSO.

    • ANSWER:
      Runners World: (Shoes)

      http://www.runnersworld.com/topic/0,7122,s6-240-400-0-0,00.html

      Road Runner Sports: (Cloths & Shoes)

      http://www.roadrunnersports.com/

      Springco Athletics: (All Track Products)

      http://www.springcoathletics.com/

      ConsumerReports: (Search for rated quality running shoes)

      http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/search.htm?header_health_search.x=29&header_health_search.y=12&query=running+shoes

  26. QUESTION:
    Pain in the joints in my feet, please help!?
    I’ve recently been playing football and the joints behind my big toe are really killing me on both feet! It is weird because ive only played for 3 days in these cleats and the pain has come..but in the beginning of the summer i played with the same cleats for an entire week and my feet were just fine. And the cleats are not to big or to small either, they fit just right so i know thats not the case!

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t know why you’re experiencing the pain, but it might be heat related, and that is causing inflammation in your foot. I would suggest indirect ice treatment. Wrap an icepak in a tea towel and apply it to your foot 15 min on and 15 min off.

  27. QUESTION:
    Can drinking soda cause pain in joints especially on foot?
    I have been having pain in my left foot and joints especially shoulder and elbow for months and I was drinking sodas (diet Dr. Pepper 7 glasses a day). I thought it was an early onset of gout, so I stopped to eat meat and the pain was still there. 2 months ago I came accross this article about how bad sodas were and I stopped dringing them and guess what…I have no more pain in my foot or joints! How could you explain this? Can anybody link sodas to painful joints? Thanx!

    • ANSWER:
      Phosphoric acid (in a lot of sodas) binds with calcium as it is expelled from the body. So, for every molecule of phosphoric acid expelled it takes a molecule of calcium with it.

      I had a devastating knee injury and had been an avid Pepsi drinker. After reading an article about this I tried it and was shocked at the reduction in pain. So, I went back to drinking them again to see if it was all in my head. Sadly, it was not. I avoid any drink (some flavored water too) that contains phosphoric acid and am much better off.

      Sorry!

  28. QUESTION:
    Are you required to undergo major surgery before doctors can certify you disable or is it up to the patient ?
    I have Degenerative Arthrosis on my knees & feet & Ive being offwork for over a year, but I havent being certified disabled by my doctors. As much as I would like to go back to work & make my regular little k a year working,(wich at least would be more than the zero [FAQ-QUESTION].00 Im doing now) the pain Im going thru is too much & it doesnt allow me to stand or walk for more than a few minutes without having to sit or lay down or without having my knees & feet to sweell.To make this worst my lower & middle back is hurting a lot since almost a year now.Not to mention my right hand, because all the strees I put into it when I have to use the cane or crutches to walk.

    My question is if Im required to have a knee & feet joint replacement, or an arthroscopy on my knees or any type of risky surgery, before I can apply for SSD or SSI or that the doctors can say Im disable ?

    Is this up to the patient to undergo this major surgeries,or is it the doctor’s call ? Im very afraid of major surgery.
    im still looking for more answers and insights

    • ANSWER:
      no you are not required to get surgery, that is always YOUR choice, you need to talk to your DR and get him to write a letter stating your disability and the % it affects you. then go apply for benefits. to help with the wrist pain, try a walker instead of a cane, then you use both hands

  29. QUESTION:
    Nike Shox for Everyday Use?
    How do Nike Shox compare with regular running shoes or hiking shoes for everyday uses (No running)? I spend a LOT of time on my feet (also bike a lot and go to the gym 3 days a week) which causes slight joint/foot pain, will shox help reduce this?

    I’ve heard they’re not very good for running but great for everyday uses, is this true?

    They’re expensive and I don’t want to buy a pair, just to find out they’re uncomfortable…

    • ANSWER:
      buy nike air perfect for everyday use

  30. QUESTION:
    If your a strong athlete and you’ve had stay off exercise for a week will you get weak physically?
    I’m 15 years, 32 days and I have problems with my joints because I’ve pushing 190kg in the gym and lifting other big weights for other muscles of the human body more often and now leg, arm, hand and foot joints feel irregular. So if I have to stay off exercise for a week, would I become a weak athlete straight away or weaker?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s nice to see your hitting the gym at such a young age. Here’s the thing. When you work out for to long, like.. lets say you work out 4-5 days a week, for “X” amount of months. Taking 1 week off isnt going to hurt you, in fact, since you will give your muscles time to repair themselves, you will actually get bigger. BUT the most important thing is to EAT HEALTHY. I cannot stress how much diet plays a role in bodybuilding. 80% of where your muscle comes from is from your diet. Remember to stretch each time you workout, maybe take some joint pills to help lubricate them, and drink 1 gallon of water a day.

      Also, work your stabilizer muscles, your shoulders take alot of the weight, so make sure you work them out, stretch them and do rotator cuff excercises. Make sure you are doing the workouts correctly, remember, dont try to push as much weight as you can, Quality over Quantity. If you do injure yourself, ice the injury and try to take a week or 2 off so you can let it heal. Hope some of this helps

  31. QUESTION:
    Sore foot (joints on toes)?
    I’ve been having this same pain for about 3/4weeks now. I first noticed it on holiday in New York. I stepped in a pretty deep, icy cold puddle and was walking around in it for the next few hours or whatever length of time it took to dry. It’s mainly around my big toe that I feel the pain and it hurts when I walk and even when I curl my toes.
    Any ideas?

    • ANSWER:
      I know this is going to sound weird, but go see a chiropractor. As a chiropractor (awaiting my license) I have seen many patients(in my internships) with similar symptoms. An adjustment to your toes can make all the difference in the world.

      I wish you the best

  32. QUESTION:
    I am suffering from after effect of Chikunkunya like swelling in feet, pain in joints etc.?
    I had Chikunkunya about 10 days back and now running normal temperature but
    the after effect is troubling me. Please suggest some medicine.

    • ANSWER:
      The fever is usually gone within 5-7 days, unfortunately, the swelling and pain in your joints can last much longer. The only treatment are analgesics. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as, ibuprofen/motrin and naproxen, (however, avoid aspirin.) You can get such pain relievers over-the-counter. If you need something stronger, see your doctor.

  33. QUESTION:
    Will you help to put a smile on my face and show your appreciation to Allah s.w.t?
    Everyone simply look down at your hands….
    Now look down at your feet…
    Have any of you ever broken a finger or a toe?
    Have you ever torn a ligament in your hand or foot?
    Recently as a mechanic, I’ve had some injuries to my hand that made it almost useless for a while. Also I recently lost a big toe nail do to the toe getting smashed. Now these two are just very very simple injuries that only took a tiny bit of my abilities away and for only a short while. Now back to my question, help me to put a smile on my face and show your appreciation to Allah s.w.t. and make thikr for every fingernail, toenail, hand joint, foot joint, finger, toe, and whatever else you can think of with many many SubhanAllah’s, Alhamdulillah’s, and Allahu Akbar’s please.
    Also you don’t have to write them out, just say what you did/thought.
    Jazakallah Hair
    As salam wa laikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu

    • ANSWER:
      Jazakallah khair for that reminder.
      B,t.w. I do make a qu’rani dua ever morning after fajr esp. 2 keep my body parts intact.
      Soorah Al-Room, Ayat 30. Read it 3 times and blow air on ur body.

  34. QUESTION:
    Biology S.o.S 10 points to best answer?
    Question #11

    When washing the dishes, you most likely used an animal from the _____ phylum.

    Porifera
    Cnidaria
    Nematoda
    Mollusca

    [] Question #12

    _____ means “jointed feet.”

    Annelida
    Nematoda
    Arthropoda
    Echinodermata

    [] Question #13

    Pearl earrings come from _____.

    echinoderms
    arthropods
    mollusks
    sponges

    [] Question #14

    Cnidaria, like jellyfish, have two basic body plans. The free-floating jellyfish structure is in ( medusae, pupa, or cephalopod ) form, while the coral is in ( bivalve, larvae, or polyp ) form.

    [] Question #15

    Mollusks’ group of organs is called a _____.

    visceral system
    visceral mass
    water vascular system

    • ANSWER:
      # 11 When washing the dishes, you most likely used an animal from the _____ phylum.
      Porifera

      #12-Arthropoda_____ means “jointed feet.”

      #13 Pearl earrings come from _____.
      mollusks

      #14 Cnidaria, like jellyfish, have two basic body plans. The free-floating jellyfish structure is in ( medusae) form, while the coral is in ( polyp ) form.

      #15 Mollusks’ group of organs is called a _____.
      visceral mass

  35. QUESTION:
    Which doctor to consult to?
    Hello to the people who are reading this. I stay in india. I have a problem for which i need a solution from you people. I have met many doctors for the past 2 years since the beginning of 2009. Still i haven’t been cured of the health problems i am facing till now. I guess the disease i have has not been diagnosed properly. That’s why i turned to you people who could help me to consult from the right doctor. Here are the health problems i am facing
    1. No clear vision at night under lights(grainy vision)
    2. Not able to make sense at times what i speak
    3. Confusion and difficult to concentrate
    4. Physical fatigue ( after walking,running or climbing a very small distance)
    5. No sexual desire
    6. Bone pain(knee joints,foot and arms)
    7. Feel sick frequently(fever and cold)
    8. Unexplained weight gain
    9. Pink or pale stretch marks around lower abdomen especially around the belly button,under armpits, biceps and triceps, inner thighs.
    10. As a result not loosing weight easily.
    11.Sweat unnecessarily at night and a very bad odor under armpits.
    as i checked the above symptoms online i found out that the above problems might be due to cushing’s disease. This disease may be caused by many factors. Which doctor can i consult who could diagnose me properly

    • ANSWER:

  36. QUESTION:
    How do you treat a chronic foot ulcer that is Sickle Cell related?
    The Ulcer is abt 2cms across and has been on the foot joint on the exterior side. Its been a year since it formed. No signs of healing despite use of Bactroban & daily cleaning using water only at home.

    • ANSWER:
      The patient needs to see a wound care specialist as soon as possible.

      Wounds should not persist for a year, even on someone with sickle cell disease.

      In fact, someone with sickle cell disease should be treated more aggressively that a non-sickle cell person.

      Year long use of Bactroban will cause the Staph on the skin (MRSA or non-MRSA) to become resistant to the antibiotic. In addition, using just water to keep it wet can slow down the growth of new tissue, preventing healing.

      The real danger here is not so much Staph bacteria, other organisms can take hold like Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

      2 centimeters is a fairly large wound to be around for a year. You may need some debridement of the area, special wound care and some of the newer wound packing materials to stimulate new skin growth.

      Good luck!

  37. QUESTION:
    How do I make a large frame look smaller?
    I’m 5’5, 21-years-old, 133 lbs but with a large frame (wide shoulder, wide hips, large joints, big feet, wide ribcage). I’m quite slim for my frame and have something like 22% body fat. However, I feel big and gangly in clothes, because most of them seem designed for small built women. How do a visually reduce the size of my bone structure?

    • ANSWER:
      It sounds like you are uncomfortable with your body structure and not with your actual size. As humans we all come in unique shapes and sizes, but as humans, we all have personal attributes that we are less than happy with. With that being said, there are lots of ways to balance your proportions.

      You don’t have to wear all black to slim yourself. To visually slim wide shoulders, avoid boatneck collars and any shirt that has a collar that spreads horizontally. Opt for a collar that elongates your neckline which will reduce the broadness of your shoulders. Try deep v-necks, deep scoopnecks, and turtlenecks and cowlnecks. These draw the eye vertically. Also avoid epaulets, shoulder pads and puff sleeve tops, jackets or dresses. These will only emphasize the shoulders. Babydoll tops are universally flattering (they are my favorite cut!!!). They cinch in under the ribcage (at the slimmest part of the torso) and flare out to cover any problem areas in the midriff or hip area.

      Find a cut of pants in a Mid-rise with a straight leg or a wide slight flare. This will balance out your hips without making you look wider. Also try knee length pencil skirts and A-line skirts. Invest in a great fitting pair of jeans (or two). This will require a lot of dressing room fittings (it happens to all of us!).

      Enhance your stance with heels. They can do so much for your posture and attitude. Try knee high boots to tie a skirted or dress look together. Try round toe boots and shoes to give your feet a more compact appearance. Hosiery is big this season, so have fun with textured, patterned, or fun colored tights or leggings with boots for additional coverage and warmth under skirts and dresses.

      That’s just a start, but I hope that helps!

  38. QUESTION:
    Growth on joints (hands and feet)?
    This question is for my dad since he hates going to the doctor…. Anyways, my dad recenty showed me a large growth on the larger joint leading to his big toe. He says he has had it for over a year. Now he has these growths formng on his knuckles on his hands (about pea sized). He says his hands ache and are stiff and his feet hurt a lot. Do any of you know what this could be? Any remedies? What treatment would a doctor suggest?

    • ANSWER:
      Idk

  39. QUESTION:
    What can I do to prevent my feet from swelling after extreme physical activity?
    About a day ago, I hopped on a bus to return from marching band camp. When I got off the bus, I noticed that my shoes no longer fit and my feet were severely swollen, along with my knees and ankles. When we march, we do a drag step in which I have to stand as high as I can on the balls of my feet in order to move backwards, putting a lot of stress on the joints in my feet and legs. Normally this wouldn’t be a problem for me, but this year’s show involves numerous pictures with a very large step size, and at the end of each picture we practice, we are to remain frozen in position with our heels off of the ground and our weight distributed on the ball of each foot. Cleaning each picture can take a long time, thus forcing me to stay in such a position for minutes which can accumulate into hours.

    Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening before or after I hit the field, or am I doomed to just take the pain and deal with it?

    • ANSWER:
      well when it happens there is really nothing you can do to prevent it but when it happens elevate your feet (lift your feet off the ground and put it on a pillow) and put ice on it after a while (not long) the swelling should go down.

  40. QUESTION:
    Why does my balls of my feet and toes throb with pain?
    Hi, well i have a problem by walking on my toes. And ever since ive been running alot lately ive had constant throbbing in my toes and around the joints of my feet and i can barely walk. Im almost positive i have tendonitis in my joints and how long does it take for tendinits to recover?

    • ANSWER:
      You should definitely make an appointment to see your local podiatrist to get your feet evaluated. Being that you’re a runner and running with pain, you’ll need some type of custom orthotic (inserts) which will help balance our your feet while running. This will help prevent injuries. Until you are able to see a podiatrist, back off on running, ice, rest, and Advil/Aleve for the pain. If it is tendonitis, it usually takes several weeks to recover. Hope this helps!

  41. QUESTION:
    What type of joints are each of these on the foot?

    http://www.southwest-ortho.com/images/feet/foot-bones-joints.jpg

    what joint (from the list below) is each one

    -immovable joint
    -hinge joint
    -ball & socket joint
    -pivot joint
    -gliding joint

    • ANSWER:
      You do not have a ball and socket joint on your foot. These are found in your hip and arm. Hinge joints in the foot are on the top part of your toes, although you usually cannot isolate these joints. The hinge joint can only move like your knees. Immovable joints are the ones in your skull, I do not believe you have any in your foot. Most of the joints in the foot are gliding joints.

  42. QUESTION:
    my joints and my feet- why?
    i really want to start exercising now that i have realised that my BMI has increased after lack of exercise during the exam period. however, i’m only 17 and i think there’s something wrong with my joints. there are times wen i’m exercising and i can hear my joints clicking. its weird. sometimes, it feels like there is a ‘bubble’ in the joints wen i’m doing sit ups and i have to move about to let it ‘release’. also, my feet hurt wen i stand for long. i know some people can stand longer than me – but no matter what i have on my feet, even when i’m bare footed, it hurts after a while. is it because i have too much weight?

    • ANSWER:
      Lowering your BMI can certainly help your feet and any other part of your body with joints.

      You can have a lot of fun and monitor your BMI by getting a Wii Fit…they have some balancing games and yoga poses that can help to get you started and improve balance and strength.

      I know these XboX additions are hard to come by, we managed to come across one purely by accident, but it has been used for hundreds of hours and my entire family loves to watch their weight and BMI go down with continued use..!

      You can always see a physician, or a nutritionist if you want to reduce weight before starting something new, but doing something is better than nothing when it comes to building endurance.

      Good Luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    best trainers for long distance running?
    Hi
    I’m a running novice but am taking up long distance running in the hope of doing a half-marathon in several months time.
    I need to buy some trainers but have no idea what sort of price range i should be looking at or what sort ot qualities the trainers should have.
    Can anyone recommend some. (the cheaper the better but at the same time i don’t want to mess up my feet/joints)

    • ANSWER:
      A decent pair of ASICs and they cost about 100 but if you’re lucky you might be able to get last seasons ones in the sale at half price.
      Speak to the sales person in a sports shop.
      Also you should build yourself up for a half marathon by running a 10km race first.

  44. QUESTION:
    I am number one NOT pregnant. Just want to know if the warmer weather could be the cause of my swelling?
    I have noticed that my hands and feet are sweating a lot lately and swelling. Some discomfort in my hands joints and feet. What’s up? I look like a blow fish! Smiles

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, warmer weather can cause swelling of hands and feet. Lowering your salt/sodium intake will help some. Keep your feet elevated and/or stay active as much as possible. Since you mention sweating and joint discomfort in your hands and feet, you might want to have a blood test for your thyroid function. You could also possibly have an electrolyte imbalance.

  45. QUESTION:
    What kind of flute should I buy?
    I’ve been playing flute for about 4 years and I think its time to upgrade to an open hole. I would like to spend under 700 dollars and was just wondering what brand would be the best? I’m looking for a gold lip plate, B foot joint, and solid silver head joint. I’ve looked at Yamaha, Gemeinhardt, and Jupiter so far.

    • ANSWER:
      You best bet NEW is the Jupiter 611 – and that is over 0. The kind of flute you seek, in a GOOD brand, seldom comes up used, because teachers make sure that as owners of these move up to better flutes, their next student in line is there to purchase it. Do NOT buy anything off ebay, and be VERY wary of used instruments – have a professional flutist choose for you. I have about 12 flutes here in my studio that I have bought and am in the process of getting fixed and resold to students – but they are all either beginner flutes or beyond what you wish. Every good teacher does the same thing – so perhaps you can contact flute teachers in your area – and if you are not currently taking private lessons, START!

  46. QUESTION:
    Foot Joint of Flute gets really stuck. What will make it so it doesn’t stick?
    My foot joint of my flute gets really stuck in the middle joint. I want to know what will make it so it won’t get so stuck.

    • ANSWER:
      HI Sarah,

      I know exactly what the problem is.

      When the joints are very tight and the foot is hard to put on and off the body… The problem is that one of the ends has been bent out of round. Take a close look and you will probably see that the ends are not completely round which is causing the problem.

      This is nothing you can correct yourself but it not a very serious adjustment and should not cost very much. You must carry it to the repair shop and have the technician make the adjustment. Should take him/her about 5-10 minutes to do and you might even be able to wait for the repair… not sure though… as this is busy time for instrument repair techs.

      I have to warn you…… If you do nothing about getting this corrected, you are going to have other issues…. and those being either leaking keys or bent keys… which WILL be pretty expensive to repair. AND in this case…. not only will your flute be hard to put together… it will be hard to get any of the low notes out as well. :(

      Just get that flute in the repair shop soon and all will be good for school to start. :)

      Thanks for reading.

  47. QUESTION:
    how i remove the blackness of finger joint and feet?
    any home remedy

    • ANSWER:
      Darkened skin over joints may be due to hereditary causes or underlying acanthosis nigricans due to diabetes mellitus, other endocrinopathies, drugs, obesity etc. You need a consultation with a dermatologist for a proper work up and subsequent management.

  48. QUESTION:
    swollon painful joints on my feet?
    i woke up today and i stood out of bed and my feet hurt, just the knuckles of my toes, only there. i was wondering if anyone had any insight, i drink alot of caffeine, water, powerade, work 70 hour weeks at a factory on my feet, i smoke and take 2-6 excedrin, 2-6 ibuprofen and 2-4 motrin a day (my sister-in-law said that isnt healthy, didnt know if it might matter) i dont drink and i eat pretty bad, alot of fastfood 2-5 days a week and im 20-30lbs overweight. wont be on f;or another 13 hours, might as well answer any possible question early lol

    the pain is like my knuckles are bigger, like all my weight is on them and they are tender, its not a sharp pain, kinda like a sore shoulder

    • ANSWER:
      I take FlexNow. It’s a natural supplement that has helped take away the major pain I felt almost everyday after working on the computer all day. I don’t feel my back, neck, or shoulder pain anymore, and I don’t miss that feeling. I’ve heard the same thing about taking pain relievers such as Motrin, and that’s why I try to steer clear (probably what you’re sister’s warning you of). I’d say try FlexNow. You don’t have anything to lose right?

  49. QUESTION:
    I am having exercise related pain originating from left lumbar region since the last 20 years.?
    The pain radiates to nape of my neck and to eyes.it also goes to my arms,knee joints and feet.i stopped weight training since.The pain subsided.Then I went for pranayams and stretching exercises since the last 4 years.But since last two months the pain has recurred.I feel the cause is kapalavati pranayam.If any body knows what disease I am suffering from and its remedies.I am now 42 years

    • ANSWER:

  50. QUESTION:
    Why does my dog chew on her feet?
    She just nibbles and nibbles at the joint of her foot. It’s not like she has been left alone for long, or just been in trouble. It’s just out of the blue. she’s starting to get a bit thin of fur around the joints she is chewing on.

    Any idea why? Or what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Tanya O has it correct.

      My big fat black lab chews his paws constantly and it’s allergies.

      Is she chewing the actual paw or it seems as you described it, shes chewing the bend where the back of the paw meets the leg?

      Good Luck