What you shoulddo

If you think you may have broken your ankle, go to your nearest accident & emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible.

Ifit feels like only a minor fractureand it is not an emergency, it may be more appropriate to go to a minor injuries unit .

Try to avoid putting any weight on the ankle. Ask a friend or relative to drive you to hospital and support your weight as you walk on your other foot.

Raising the leg and applying an ice pack (try a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) can help reduce pain and swelling while you make your way to hospital. You can also take over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol ,to help relieve the pain.

Call 999 for an ambulance if the anklelookslike it might bedislocated, or you can see bones poking through the skin.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018