When to Seek Treatment
A torn or stretched ankle ligament can occur from simply walking down the street or when playing vigorous sports. The damage can range from mild to severe. A complete tear of the ankle ligament can cause your ankle joint to partially dislocate. This might sound like a pop and can be as painful as an ankle fracture. Immediate medical attention is required to determine the extent of your ankle injury.
Orthopaedic Care Within 24 Hours
In many cases, an orthopaedic provider may see you the same day you call for an appointment or within the next 24 hours.
Visit Duke Orthopaedics Urgent Care
Our convenient orthopaedic urgent care locations in Durham and near Cary and Morrisville are open seven days a week. Experience fast service with no long waits and no unnecessary exposure to sick people.
Ankle Instability Increases Your Risk for Chronic Ankle Pain
Mild ankle injuries benefit from medical attention too. Ankle sprains that don’t heal properly can weaken your ankle over time and lead to chronic ankle pain. Ankle instability can put you at increased risk for chronic ankle pain and ankle arthritis. Duke foot and ankle experts use a variety of imaging techniques to evaluate your ankle injury, including X-rays to look for broken bones, and MRI and ultrasound to evaluate the health of your soft tissues, including ankle tendons, cartilage and ankle ligaments.