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When do I need follow-up care for an ankle sprain?

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Follow-up for ankle sprains is needed only if the ankle is not healing well. This could indicate there is a previously undetected fracture or torn ligaments. Go to a doctor for follow-up care if either of the following is true.

  • Your ankle continues to hurt after 2 weeks
  • Any swelling persists or worsens

From: Sprained Ankle WebMD Medical Reference

Author: Howard A Blumstein, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Surgery; Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  


SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Ankle Sprain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Ankle Sprain."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sprained Ankles."

UptoDate: "Ankle Sprain."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

Author: Howard A Blumstein, MD, FAAEM, Assistant Professor, Surgery; Medical Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Editors: Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM, Research Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD, Senior Pharmacy Editor, eMedicine; Anthony Anker, MD, FAAEM, Attending Physician, Emergency Department, Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, VA.  


SOURCES:

eMedicineHealth: "Ankle Sprain."

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Ankle."

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: "Ankle Sprain."

HealthyChildren.org: "Sprained Ankles."

UptoDate: "Ankle Sprain."

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on May 31, 2018

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