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Dealing with broken ligaments and broken bones

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I fell off a 4 foot drop on Friday and hurt my ankle pretty bad. Very swollen all around ankle and on top of foot and above ankle. Very painful, very hard to walk. Bruising all the way around my ankle and on top of foot and above the outside of my ankle. I am worried about severe ligament damage. I am unemployed so can't rack up medical bills. With this severe of an injury when do you think I should see improvment or when should I go get it checked out. I don't even know where to go.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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replied January 27th, 2009
General Q and A Answer A5547
If you have broken ligaments or bones of the ankle you have to ask for medical attention. If you only have extended ligaments or torn muscle you may not need professional medical attention. But the problem is that you can never be sure about the precise diagnosis without professional medical attention.

You could consult an orthopedist about your condition.



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