Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
I had the opposite problem when I fractured my ankle. Went to the ER and was told that based on the x-rays, I'd fractured my ankle (actually the lower part of my shin bone right where it joins the ankle). Went to the follow-u ortho appointment and was told that based on THEIR x-rays, I'd just sprained my ankle (was told the ER was easily mistaken because I have a bone spur whose shadow makes it look like a fracture...ummmm...what?). Was put in a walking cast for two weeks, but after a week I got tired of it (had to walk a lot with my job) and just started wearing my lace-up riding boots, laced up tight (I ride in Ariat Terrains). Now, two years later, I am convinced the ER was right and the ortho was mistaken because I still have issues with that ankle (sprained my other ankle in high school so bad I nearly chipped off bone and never had another problem with it once it healed).
Point is, second opinions are usually a good idea.
I'm surprised the ER isn't requiring a follow-up visit with your regular doctor. Every time I've gone to the ER (admittedly only twice lol), I've had to have a follow-up with my regular doctor within ten days.
As for getting a second opinion, I'd call your regular doctor and tell them the situation. See what they suggest.
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