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Lump above ankle

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  • Posted By: vikes_4_life_42
  • August 17, 2007
  • 11:18 PM

Sorry, I accidentally posted this when I wasn't finished typing and couldn't figure out how to delete that post. My apologies to the mod(s)!!

3 weeks ago I was water skiing and ended up getting the rope wrapped around my ankle (it was wrapped around 2 or 3 times). I was drug underwater for awhile (I would guess about 50-60 feet) before they were able to get the boat stopped. When I was able to get my skiis off and unwrap the rope, the area around my ankle was immediately swollen and blue. There was also a large white streak across my leg, as well as a blue one below it where the ropes were crossed. It didn't hurt at all until I was in the boat. I iced it immediately (using ice cubes wrapped in a towel) and walked on it to get to the car. The area was extremely swollen, but mostly on one side of my ankle. We decided against going to the ER, and instead waited until the morning to go see a doctor. I didn't sleep at all that night because it was so painful, even though I used meds. I iced it a few times (20 mins at a time), but found that it made the pain worse. They took x-rays and said it was just sprained, and gave me a cream to treat my rope burn, and put a pain patch on my ankle. I was also on crutches for a week. Since then, I have been the the doctor twice, where they have just put more pain patches on. The swelling moved down into my foot and toes about 2 weeks ago, and has mostly gone away now. Now there is a large lump right below where the rope was wrapped (and right above my ankle). It is very hard and almost has a numb feeling to it (if that makes any sense at all). I can't see my ankle bone at all on one side. I think it's more than just swelling because it is so solid. Volleyball practice started earlier this week and I decided to play (even though it is still painful and there is a large bump). I have it taped. So my question is, what is this bump, how long will it take to heal, and should I get it checked out again? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

EDIT: I still do not have full range of motion in my ankle either, and also my achilles tendon hurts/feels tight when I move my ankle.

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  • it could be a hematoma, that is when so much force is put on a bone that it leaches out calcium, and it ends up as a hard swelling on the bone, if it is it would be pretty tender to touch and feel a bit like a sting when you press on it. Try not to knock it as this will make it worse it will subside in time if it is a haematoma. keep in mind i don't have any medical training so if it does not feel right go back to a doctor and complain.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2007
    • 10:31 PM
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  • Just an update...It's been over 5 weeks since the accident and there is still a large bump. It isn't painful at all anymore and I got mostly my full range of motion back. How long do you think I should wait until I get it checked out? Exactly what kind of doctor should I go to? It just really worries me because it is really hard when I press on it...it's like as hard as a bone. I still can't see my ankle bone on one side of my foot either. The whole side of my ankle (on my left foot, its the side facing inward....if that makes any sense) is smooth from about 6 inches up from my heel, all the way down to my heel. You can't even tell I have an ankle bone. Oscar77, Thank you for your reply. I will definately look into that.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 2, 2007
    • 06:49 PM
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