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Broken Ankle

Swelling and Bruising Buys This Ankle at Least an X-ray

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Updated July 26, 2010

Broken Ankle
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The swelling around this ankle and the discoloration or bruising near the bottom of the frame would make anyone concerned. Ice, elevation and compression would help keep the swelling down until an x-ray can be obtained. Without the x-ray there's no way to be sure this ankle is broken.

Keeping an ankle immobilized is difficult because of the shape of the foot. Using a pillow splint is a simple way to keep it still and can be the most comfortable option -- if it's possible for a broken ankle to be comfortable.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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