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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 kind of doctor should I see if I have a sprained ankle?
A family doctor can be a good person to treat your sprained ankle. Doctors who specialize in family medicine typically have a broad range of medical knowledge and can provide services including treating minor injuries.
If your family doctor determines that your injury is especially serious or complex, you may be referred to another type of specialist, such as an orthopedic surgeon. Family doctors often work together with specialists to optimize their patients' care.
What is posterior impingement in the ankles?
When tissues in the ankle joint become trapped between the bones, this can cause pain. Pain in the back of the ankle, especially when the toes are pointed, may be due to posterior impingement.
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