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When to Call A Doctor

Call your doctor or go to an emergency room immediately if:

  • You have injured 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.

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