About three months ago, I broke my fibula right at the ankle on my left side. The doctors said that it was a stable break, and took the boot off on May 3 (exactly six weeks after the break). Two days ago, about a month after having the boot removed (though the break was still easily visible on the x-ray and I still experience regular pain and swelling in the area of the break as well as the visible deformity that appeared at the time of the break still being there), I tripped in a hole in the ground and rolled my ankle really sharply. It swelled up the first day and there's been swelling since, there is some light bruising, and radiating pain--throbbing, aching, burning and stinging--up to my knee and down into my toes. I can walk on the inside of my foot (if I put weight on the outside of my foot, it hurts bad enough that I have to raise my foot immediately as a knee-jerk reaction). My question is: do I have any reason to believe that this is anything more than aggravating an already existing injury?
A stable fibula fracture three months ago should have healed better than this. The fact that the fracture was still visible on x-ray is normal, but the continued pain isn't, and your reinjury really concerns me. Did you see an orthopedic specialist? Do you ever get physical therapy or a specific exercise program?
Definitely, go back to the doctor who treated your initial injury as soon as possible.
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I've already called and scheduled another appointment with the clinic that dealt with the initial injury, but their first available appointment is a month out. As for physical therapy, they showed me some stretches, and I do them everyday, that is, until this most recent twist.
With the appointment not being until next month, I'm left with the quandary of whether or not I should be seeking more urgent care or waiting a month to see the doctor.