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Why is my ankle black and blue?
If your ankle is black and blue, it is a sign that damage has occurred to the soft tissues (i.e., muscle, tendon, skin, fat) in your ankle. The black and blue appearance of your ankle occurs because tiny blood vessels within the soft tissues (called capillaries) have been torn. When these tiny vessels are damaged, blood is allowed to escape the vessels and leak into the tissue. This black and blue appearance (a.k.a., bruising) can linger for several days, but will usually go away on its own. The bruising may change colors over several days because of chemical processes that are happening in the area. There is no need for concern regarding the changing color of a bruise.
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What should I expect after having a surgery for an Achilles tendon tear?
After either type of surgery, you will likely wear a cast, walking boot or similar device for 6 to 12 weeks. At first, the cast or boot is positioned to keep the foot pointed downward as the tendon heals. The cast or boot is then adjusted gradually to put the foot in a neutral position (not pointing up or down). Many health professionals recommend starting movement and weight-bearing exercises early, before the cast or boot comes off. Your total recovery time will probably be as long as 6 months.
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What is an inversion ankle sprain?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
An inversion ankle sprain, the most common type of ankle sprain, occurs when the lateral or outside ankle ligaments are stretched. This injury can occur in practically any situation from landing on an opponent's foot during a basketball game to merely stepping off a curb. Either of these situations can cause the foot to roll onto the outside of the ankle and stress the ligaments. Common symptoms include pain in the outer part of the ankle, swelling, ecchymosis (bruising), tenderness, and decreased range of motion.
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