Ankle dislocation can be a serious condition that requires evaluation by a joint specialist
such as an orthopedic surgeon
, and I recommend that you seek formal evaluation by your doctor
or a healthcare professional. During an ankle joint injury, multiple tissues can be damaged, including bone, ligament and tendons. X-rays confirming that absence of fracture is reassuring for bone health of the ankle, however, a joint dislocation can lead to tearing of the ligaments holding the ankle joint together to varying degrees. With minor tears, ankle immobilization and rest are often sufficient, though the degree of ligamentous stretching and tearing will determine the duration of time required for non-weight bearing status and joint rest. In certain cases, surgery may be required to repair the joint because although no fractures exist, the ligaments are too damaged to keep the bones of the joint in the appropriate positions. Therefore, it is important that you see an expert in joints to ensure that the appropriate treatment steps are being employed for the optimal healing of your ankle. Until you undergo formal evaluation, it is important that you avoid strenuous use of the injured ankle, as this may lead to further damage.