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Ankle Pain

Posted by Diane Linden on February 17, 1999 at 22:00:58:

Hello Dr. Stoll....About a week and a half ago I banged my ankle into the end of a barbell, the pipe end...twice! The first tinme was the worst. There is no bruise or swelling. A few days later I had sharp pain where I hit it, now I not only have that but pain now radiates to the back of the ankle where the bottom of the calf is. Should this pain be still going on? What do you think I could have done? Thank You


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Re: Ankle Pain

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 18, 1999 at 11:36:28:

In Reply to: Ankle Pain posted by Diane Linden on February 17, 1999 at 22:00:58:

Hi, Diane.

How hard did you do that?

This sounds like a periosteal bruise & it will take about 6 weeks to be gone.

I you hit it hard enough you may have a cortex fracture and an x-ray would be necessary to diagnose that. Even this kind of fracture would require no treatment but you would at least know how long to expect pain.

Walt


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Re: Ankle Pain

Posted by Diane Linden on February 18, 1999 at 21:03:59:

In Reply to: Re: Ankle Pain posted by Walt Stoll on February 18, 1999 at 11:36:28:

Thank you Dr. Stoll for the immediate reponse. The first time I slammed into the barbell with my ankle I hit it hard. Today, I did notice bruising, and I walked up to the barbell end and rested my ankle against it and sure enough it's the same spot. My husbands desk is right next to these wights (50 lbders)and I walked in there to tell him something and the final step, BAMM!!! They were partially covered. Ten mins. later I went back in, bang again, but not as hard. Im a klutz! :-) This was about 8 days ago I think. The ankle pain is not at all severe, but I do get seconds of pain that comes and goes. I dont believe anything is broken, but I did notice when I rub it to soothe it and pull up on the skin, it hurst worse. What would cause this? Again, thank you.


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Re: Ankle Pain

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 19, 1999 at 13:56:01:

In Reply to: Re: Ankle Pain posted by Diane Linden on February 18, 1999 at 21:03:59:

Dear Diane,

Answer is the same.
If this were me, I would just try ot ignore it & wait the 6 weeks it is likely to take to resolve itself.

Remember, bones in that area of the body are shells of hard bone filled with spongy material that is crushable.
When I said that the "cortex" of the bone might have been cracked-----------that is part of the shell. The rest of the bone acts like a splint so no cast is needed.

Walt


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Re: Ankle Pain

Posted by Diane on February 19, 1999 at 19:21:26:

In Reply to: Re: Ankle Pain posted by Walt Stoll on February 19, 1999 at 13:56:01:

Ok Dr. Stoll, I will wait it out. Will a heating pad help at this point? I have no pain during the day, only at night. Diane


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Re: Ankle Pain (addendum)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 20, 1999 at 11:18:13:

In Reply to: Re: Ankle Pain posted by Diane on February 19, 1999 at 19:21:26:

Hi, Diane.

First 24 hours after injury: ICE!

After that: HEAT.

Walt

DON'T FORGET ARNICA.



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