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Fell about 9 feet yesterday and ankle feels sore. Wait or get an x-ray?
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: See a physician
This is a significant fall from a height and it's best to have a complete evaluation.
You have soreness in the ankle and an x-ray is a good idea. Not only of the foot but of the lumbar spine to ensure you have not sustained any compression fractures of the spine.

In brief: See a physician
This is a significant fall from a height and it's best to have a complete evaluation.
You have soreness in the ankle and an x-ray is a good idea. Not only of the foot but of the lumbar spine to ensure you have not sustained any compression fractures of the spine.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Walker Wynkoop
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Depends...
If you have only a small amount of pain/swelling and you can "walk it off", then ok to wait.
But, if soreness persists 7 days without 50% improvement , then get examined. A common error physicians make is to not be concerned if the pain persists after 7 days. There are "hidden" injuries that are missed. The minimum is a repeat xray. If the xray is ok, then get an orthopedic surgeon evaluation.

In brief: Depends...
If you have only a small amount of pain/swelling and you can "walk it off", then ok to wait.
But, if soreness persists 7 days without 50% improvement , then get examined. A common error physicians make is to not be concerned if the pain persists after 7 days. There are "hidden" injuries that are missed. The minimum is a repeat xray. If the xray is ok, then get an orthopedic surgeon evaluation.
Dr. Walker Wynkoop
Dr. Walker Wynkoop
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Get an xray
You do not want to delay in having a thorough evaluation following any fall.
Especially one from a height as there are a number of commonly fractured or injured locations in the body that must be addressed as soon as possible.

In brief: Get an xray
You do not want to delay in having a thorough evaluation following any fall.
Especially one from a height as there are a number of commonly fractured or injured locations in the body that must be addressed as soon as possible.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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