ankle pain

by Vanessa
(Clovis California)

I was wrestling with my niece when both our ankles hit. It bruised right away but didn't hurt. 3 days passed and now I can't stand on it and it hurts to move it in any direction. But I don't want to go to the doctor if it's nothing.

Hello Vanessa,
Ha, I would love to see an aunt and niece wrestling! Did you put it on Youtube?

Apologies, that was silly, and you may have a serious problem. I doubt from what you describe that you broke any bones, but it is a possibility, and if the swelling and pain continues for more than a week, then an xray should be considered.

More likely you have a contusion, and the treatment of choice is ICE; ice, compression and elevation.

Ice it several times a day, where a compressive bandage and keep it up.

I always add, do the alphabet exercises which you can find using the search function at Chiropractic Help. It's the best way to reduce the swelling.

A simple contusion is self limiting and should improve within a week; if it's not, then see your chosen health care provider.

I hope this contributes.

Dr B

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