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Do I need an x-ray of my ankle if just after injuring it, I have pain when I press on the “ankle bone” (medial or lateral malleolus) and am unable to walk due to pain?


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Of all the sports injuries available, a twisted ankle is one of the most common. The majority of the injuries do not require an x-ray, even if it swells up like a balloon. But if you have bony pain and are unable to take a few steps after injuring your ankle, you should probably check it out.


1. Stiell IG et. al. Multicentre trial to introduce the Ottawa ankle rules for use of radiography in acute ankle injuries. BMJ 1995;311:594-597. 2. Bachmann LM et al. Accuracy of Ottawa ankle rules to exclude fractures of the ankle and mid-foot: a systematic review. BMJ, Feb 2003; 326: 417. 3. https://health.costhelper.com/sprained-broken-ankle.html


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