Sprain - When to See a Doctor

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You are in doubt about the seriousness of the injury or how to care for it.
You have pain, swelling, or redness over a bony part of your foot.
You injure an area that has been injured several times before.
You see redness or red streaks spreading out from the injury.
You have numbness in any part of the injured area.
When to See a Doctor
Your limb buckles or gives way when you try to use the joint.
You cannot walk more than four steps without significant pain.
You cannot move the injured joint.
The injured area looks crooked or has lumps and bumps (other than swelling) that you do not see on the uninjured joint.
You have severe pain and cannot put any weight on the injured joint.
When to See a Doctor for a Sprain
Source: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. www.niams.nih.gov

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