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Dh hurt his ankle 2 weeks ago playing sport. Heard a crack and could barely walk for about 48 hours. Lots of swelling which he has continually iced and he has been taking anti inflammatories. An x ray at local minor injuries unit didn't show a break. We are now 13 days down the line. Still swollen and bruised and as soon as he has been on it for a few minutes he is getting dull aching and it's very uncomfortable. I thought a sprain or ligament damage would have eased considerably by now?
Get him Xrayed again. Break might have been missed first time round. My friend's broken wrist was missed until she returned to Dr with continued pain and swelling. Sent to hospital, re-Xrayed and li and behold fractured. Dug out original Xray and break was clearly visible but had been missed for some reason.
It is possible for Drs to miss fractures. DD had a fractured femur which was missed and only diagnosed 4 weeks later when the x-rays were re-visited by a Consultant. Not saying that your DS has broken anything as I am no expert on soft tissue damage, but it is always possible for Drs to be wrong - they are only human.
It's completely normal for a sprain, but it's also not that unusual for an initial X-Ray to look completely normal, even when reviewed by a senior radiology consultant in retrospect if the fracture is still perfectly aligned. With a bit of time and movement the ends of the fracture can become displaced, making it obvious.
Thanks for all your responses. He is quite a keen sportsman and has had various knocks and sprains over time that have all healed quickly which is why I was wondering. TheAccidental...at what point would you start to consider asking to be xrayed? Tia.
If he wants to speed up the recovery though he should either see a Musculo skeletal Podiatrist or a physio. Ankle sprains take a long time precisely because they are weightbearing. It should gradually return to normal especially if he does some proprioreception exercises (Pod or Physio can give them to him).
Serious ankle sprains can give symptoms up to 12 weeks post injury, however if he is 2 weeks into that it and seeing no improvement I would be inclined to contact the GP requesting either a second X-ray to look for calcification ( mending) around the break if there is one, and physio if there is not.
In my experience serious ankle sprains can give symptoms up to 12 months after the injury. I regularly see patients several months after the original injury with similar symptoms as your DH with no fracture.
twice my youngest daughter has been sent away from a&e with broken bones (one of which has seriously affected her walking and she will have to have an operation) but i think its easier to miss on small children than adults but even a small break can cause great pain. always best to get a second opinon if your not convinced
Thanks again for all the responses. He certainly doesn't want to waste the hospitals' time so would only go if he was really concerned. Anyone have any idea what the crack he heard could have been? Loud enough for his friend nearby to also hear...
Even hearing a crack doesn't automatically indicate a fracture - was an emergency nurse practitioner & lots of patients with ?fractures would report that but be badly sprained. Would definitely be worth requesting repeat X-ray either via GP or returning to A&E as if there had been an undisplaced fracture (easiest to miss) there would be clear signs of it now healing showing the fracture site. Hope he's better soon, annoyingly sprains can take a lot longer to heal than you'd expect xx