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i hurt my ankle in gym class (think i sprained it) 4 days ago. when should i see the doctor? i've been icing and heating it and when i walk without a brace i've been rolling the same ankle, i feel like its very weak. also the brusing has gone down but the

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Dr. Steven Anderson
Sports Medicine 41 years experience
It : It may be a good idea to see a doctor sometime in the next week. Ankle sprains, or suspected ankle sprains, where there is persistent swelling or instability warrant medical evaluation. An x-ray may be indicated to rule out a fracture. If a fracture or other diagnoses causing swelling and instability are ruled out, it may still be beneficial to see a doctor to help organize a rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation consists of measures to decrease swelling, restore joint motion, build strength, maintain general fitness, restore balance and position sense (or "proprioception"), and supervise a graded transition to running, pivoting, jumping, and/or sport-specific tasks. You are at greater risk of further or recurrent injury if you try to go back to full activity before completing the steps outlined in a rehabilitation program.
Dr. Soofia Khan
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 30 years experience
Usually, : Usually, an ankle sprain itself does not require a trip to the doctor. How to tell a sprain from a more serious injury such as a fracture (break). If any of the following occur, contact your doctor. •pain is uncontrolled, despite the used of over-the-counter medications, elevation, and ice. • inability to walk or cannot walk more than a few steps without severe pain. •the ankle fails to improve within five to seven days. The pain need not be gone, but it should be improving. Need to see your doc for evaluation and may require an x-ray to rule out a fracture. If a fracture or other diagnoses causing swelling and instability are ruled out, it may still be beneficial to see a doctor or physiatrist to order physical therapy rehabilitation program for functional restoration of joint motion, strengthening, return to work or clearance for gym.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
Have it evaluated.: R.I.C.E. Rest, ice, compression, elevation may help for an acute injury. Oral anti-inflammatory medication may help with the pain and swelling. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the proper diagnosis.

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