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Ankle Fracture (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

If a person has injured an ankle, contact a doctor or go to an emergency department. Seek medical treatment if for an ankle injury in the following situations.

  • A person cannot bear weight on the ankle.
  • The pain remains intolerable despite using over-the-counter pain medications.
  • Home care fails to reduce the pain.
  • The foot or ankle becomes numb, partially numb, or pale.
  • A gross deformity of the ankle bones is present (this may indicate an ankle dislocation)
  • Open wound or bleeding over the injured area
  • Bones or bone fragments visible outside the ankle skin
  • Inability to move the toes
  • Inability to move the ankle
  • Cold or blue foot
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2013

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