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When should you call your doctor about an ankle sprain?

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Usually, an ankle sprain itself does not call for a trip to the doctor. If the following happen, you should contact your doctor:

  • Your pain is severe or uncontrolled, in spite of over-the-counter medications, elevation, and ice.
  • You cannot walk or cannot walk without severe pain.
  • Your ankle fails to improve within 5-7 days. The pain need not be gone, but it should be improving.
  • A follow-up visit 1-2 weeks after the injury is advisable to help with flexibility and strengthening exercises.

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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