Ankle Sprain - When to Call a Doctor

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • Your pain is getting worse.
  • Your swelling is getting worse.
  • Your splint feels too tight or you are unable to loosen it.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if you are not getting better after 1 week.

If your pain is mild and you are able to put some weight on your foot, you may follow the recommendations in the Treatment Overview and Home Treatment sections of this topic. Early treatment followed by rehabilitation exercises help your ankle heal properly. If treatment recommendations are not followed, your ankle may stay weak and unstable.

Who to see

For evaluation, diagnosis, or treatment of an ankle sprain, you may see:

For further treatment, you may be referred to:

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