I use crutches after injured ankle, and foot becomes very red and purple and my foot begins to throb?
Last week I injured my left ankle from a heavy wood pallet fell off a stack of pallets and hit me on my left ankle. After the blow my ankle became very swollen and bruised. After the injury I was taken to the ER where the Dr did an X-ray of my ankle and said my ankle had a very bad Sprain. Well 9 days later my ankle is still bruised and swollen but my main concern is I am on crutches and everytime I use my crutches my injured ankle and foot becomes very red and purple and my foot begins to throb. My question i guess is is this normal for my ankle and foot to turn colors like this and does this sound like a broken ankle or a sprained ankle?
actually i am doubting the truth that your problem was only sprain of the ligaments but i suspect also fissure or fracture, any way you should do an xray from ap and oblique views of the ankle,the coloration should have had subsided with ice application , rest and elevation,,,..
i recommend also an ankle splint, complete rest and elevation.. you can use antibruising creams and reparil tablets for the swelling twice daily.
In my opinion this sounds like broken ankle, notice that bone cracks can not be detected by x ray until one week after initial injury so I recommend another x ray and a cast
from the severity of the symptoms,it is less likely that this could be only a sprain.
A bone around the ankle may surely have been fractured.
Get a repeat Xray or a CT scan to confirm.
Only using crutches will not help.
you should be getting a plaster boot applied with strict non weight bearing and leg elevation.
take anti inflammatory and analgesic fibrinolytic tablets like trypsin,chymotrypasin,serratiopeptidase.
Fracture is the main suspect for this, it can affect also the blood supply, repeat the x ray and do doppler on your foot
Get well soon 🙂