Preparing for your appointment

Schedule an appointment or get emergency medical care for suspected sprains that don't respond to self-care strategies or that cause continued pain or instability. If your sprain is severe, you may be referred to a doctor who specializes in sports medicine or orthopedic surgery.

What you can do

You may want to write a list that includes the following:

  • Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
  • Information about medical problems you've had, especially past ankle injuries
  • All the medications and dietary supplements you take
  • Questions you want to ask the doctor

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:

  • How did the injury occur?
  • Which direction did your foot turn when you injured it?
  • Can you bear weight on that foot?
  • What self-care treatment have you used?
  • What effect did the treatment have?
  • Have you injured your ankle before?
  • How was that injury treated?
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References
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  4. How to care for a sprained ankle. American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. http://www.aofas.org/footcaremd/how-to/foot-injury/Pages/How to Care for a Sprained Ankle.aspx?PF=1. Accessed May 25, 2017.
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