How does "rolling" one's ankle damage the foot?

I completely rolled my left ankle yesterday.. I missed the last step on a staircase, and my ankle "rolled" completely to the left side first, and then the right, before I found my balance. Just below my left ankle, slightly forwards - that section of skin is VERY tender. No shading of skin (internal bleeding), nor black-and-blue / purple. The impacted area is roughly the size of an ankle. What did I damage? How long should I wait before possibly having it x-rayed / MRI scan?

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  • 2 years ago

    It's quite likely that you have broken at least one bone in your foot. Do not delay: go for an X-ray as soon as possible.

  • 2 years ago

    The problem with rolling your ankle is that it can put too much strain on the muscles or ligaments and either tear or displace them. I've never had that happen, but I imagine it'd be super painful and you'd know something was wrong. I've rolled my ankles so many times during cross country races, but somehow managed to never injure myself from it. If in doubt, have it checked out.

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