When to go to the doctor???

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Hello.

I was walking down a VERY steep driveway on Monday (just two days ago) when I fell and my ankle turned in. It immediately started hurting and swelled up. It wasn't horrible at first. But the more I use it the worse it gets. Now my heel hurts and I have some tingling in the toes and heel that is unnerving.

I've sprained my ankle before... not too long ago actually, but it wasn't this bad, and I was able to treat it at home without any problems. I'm wondering if these are all normal symptoms for a sprained ankle and if I should just wait a bit longer before going into the doctor. I don't want to overreact and go in just have them send me home without helping me at all. I'm also worried because I have a business trip coming up on Saturday and I can't be in complete agony and unable to walk while I'm out of town!

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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    Go to the doctor now. Even if something seems minor, you should get it checked out because ankles are no joke. I don't know about where you are, but here, if the injury is bad enough, even urgent care can give you a boot, and then send you off to an ortho. And that brings be to point number two: See an ortho! Don't just go to a regular doctor, you need an orthopedic doctor! They'll know much better what's going on and how to treat it.

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    Don't wait, I waited 7 years after severely rolling my ankle, went in because I developed planter fasciitis. I have torn ligaments and other issues that will not correct itself, it requires surgery. I've realized ankles are no joke. Besides if it's nothing serious you will at least know.

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    Update:

    I was booted on Thursday, and had to go on a VERY stressful trip that required lots and lots of walking (which I wasn't aware of when I left). I'm in so much more pain than I was before. I can't put any weight on my foot without being in agony. I have pain in my heel, my ankle, and right above my ankle.

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    Go immediately to emergency and gave an x ray. If no broken bones detected and after a few weeks of nor getting better see an orthooeadic specialist and ask for MRI scan. Normal doctor told me mine would just take time to heal bearly 2 years ago. 12 months later MRI showed osteochondral lesion of the talus. Sitting here now with a foot full of staples having been operated on by ankle specialist. 2 lesions one in talus and another on tibia, repsir to ligaments and tendons and metal plate inserted!!!! DO NOT WAIT!!!
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