Your ankle can be forced out of its normal position (dislocated) after a crash, in a fall, or when playing sports.
When the ankle is dislocated, damage can happen to the bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. You may need more treatment.
The doctor put your ankle back in its normal position and may have put it in a splint or cast. This will keep your ankle stable until your follow-up visit.
You may need surgery because a dislocated ankle is often also broken.
It may take weeks or months for your ankle to heal, depending on how bad the injury is.
You may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after having sedation. It can take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects of sedation include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & David Messenger, MD & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval, MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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