When To Call A Professional
Call your doctor or go to an emergency room immediately if:
You have hurt your ankle and cannot walk on it
Your injured ankle is very painful or tender
Your injured ankle is obviously swollen, black and blue, or deformed
Also, check with your doctor if you have less severe symptoms that do not improve within three to four days.
If an ankle fracture is treated promptly and properly, the prognosis is good. Overall, about 80% of all sports-related ankle fractures heal without any long-term complications.
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Information Clearinghouse 1 AMS Circle Bethesda, MD 20892-3675 Phone: (301) 495-4484 Toll-Free: (877) 226-4267 Fax: (301) 718-6366 TTY: (301) 565-2966 http://www.niams.nih.gov/
National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC) 4200 Forbes Boulevard Suite 202 Lanham, MD 20706 Phone: (301) 459-5900 http://www.naric.com/naric/
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine 6300 North River Rd. Suite 200 Rosemont, IL 60018 Phone: (847) 292-4900 Toll-Free: (877) 321-3500 Fax: (847) 292-4905 http://www.sportsmed.org/
National Athletic Trainers' Association 2952 Stemmons Freeway Dallas, TX 75247-6196 Phone: (214) 637-6282 Fax: (214) 637-2206 http://www.nata.org/