Which specialist consultations are helpful in the management of ankle sprain?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Craig C Young, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Consultations are seldom indicated unless the physician suspects that the ankle or a fracture is unstable. Most ligamentous injuries and fractures heal well after 4-6 weeks of guarded weight-bearing and guarded motion, along with a progressive rehabilitation program (as previously outlined). Surgical intervention by an orthopedic or podiatric surgeon may be warranted in these situations. The clinician simply has to determine a comfort level in treating a particular condition. Once that level has been exceeded, consultation with the appropriate specialist is indicated.


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