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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Ankle Swelling Advice

I hurt my right knee a while back. Since my right knee was injured, my automatically put all my weight onto my left leg. I've been doing it for so long that now I have fluid in my ankle. It's the size of a silver dollar. I asked a Dr if I can have it drained but he rejected because it's small. It hurts when it's cold and it seems like it's growing. I don't want arthritis to go to my ankle. Should I get another doctor's opinion or am I stuck with it?

Dr Blake's response: 

Fluid like this can be from stress produced by limping. Drain it, but still limp, and all the fluid comes back. It can be a separate problem, like a ganglion cyst, which can be easily drained. See my blog for treatment of ganglion cysts at So, I would definitely get another opinion, and if it is causing disability of any sort, see if you can get an MRI. I have attached a video on contrast bathing that can help with the swelling. Do it for 10 straight evenings and see if the swelling subsides.

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