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If ER says ankle is sprained and not broken should I go to the orthopedist anyways?

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In brief: Yes

You need to follow up after the injury to make sure of proper healing.

In brief: Yes

You need to follow up after the injury to make sure of proper healing.
Dr. Arnold Beresh
Dr. Arnold Beresh
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Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Broken ankle?

Sprains may also require treatment by an orthopaedic surgeon so yes you should keep your appointment.

In brief: Broken ankle?

Sprains may also require treatment by an orthopaedic surgeon so yes you should keep your appointment.
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: Not necessarily

As long as it is truly "a sprain" and you are showing improvement the vast majority of these injuries resolve uneventfully but can take several months.
If you are not improving, question the diagnosis or are uncertain of a proper treatment plan see the orthopaedist.

In brief: Not necessarily

As long as it is truly "a sprain" and you are showing improvement the vast majority of these injuries resolve uneventfully but can take several months.
If you are not improving, question the diagnosis or are uncertain of a proper treatment plan see the orthopaedist.
Dr. Robert Leland
Dr. Robert Leland
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Dr. Rowan Paul
Sports Medicine

In brief: Yes

Ankle fractures may take 2 weeks to show up on xray so initial er films may be erroneously negative.
A primary care sports medicine physician, rehab doctor or orthopedist are the most qualified to diagnose the different types of sprains, rule out hidden fractures and prescribe a rehab program that will speed healing and more importantly prevent a common scenario or repeat same sided ankle injury.

In brief: Yes

Ankle fractures may take 2 weeks to show up on xray so initial er films may be erroneously negative.
A primary care sports medicine physician, rehab doctor or orthopedist are the most qualified to diagnose the different types of sprains, rule out hidden fractures and prescribe a rehab program that will speed healing and more importantly prevent a common scenario or repeat same sided ankle injury.
Dr. Rowan Paul
Dr. Rowan Paul
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