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I fell off the ledge of my van. My ankle twisted and popped,

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Hi, I fell off the ledge of my van. My ankle twisted and popped, it's super swollen on one side and bruised and swollen on the other. I can't put wait on it or turn it very well. I'm just wondering if I need to go to the hospital, or if it would be OK if I elevate and ice
JA: Any recent injuries? How long have you been dealing with the swelling?
Customer: It just happened 30 minutes ago
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have a previous injury in the same ankle when I fell of the inverted ladder in basic training 12 years ago. It swelled up and bruised then but I never saw anyone and still walked/ran on it, do this one seems quite a bit worse
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 12 days ago.

Hello I'm Dr Chip

Sounds like a severe sprain but with the bruising you may also have a fracture

There's no need for the ER right now--you can try the elevation and ice but unless it's much better by tomorrow you need to get it checked out with an x-ray and you may need an ankle brace and crutches

Please let me know if you need any more information

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