Do I need an x-ray for a twisted ankle?

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A twisted and sprained ankle definitely needs to be checked with an x-ray. Depending on the severity of the injury, different bones are at risk of fractures. At the very least, your ankle and foot need to be imaged. All the bones of the ankle need to be checked for fractures. Occasionally, an x-ray higher in the leg may need to be taken.

Foot x-rays are also necessary to ensure no broken bones are present. Several tendons cross the ankle and attach to bones in the foot. When you sprain your ankle, these tendons pull in an awkward way that pulls on the bones. The sudden tension can cause the bones to break. All fractures of the foot and ankle need to be addressed immediately. If you sprain your ankle, or injure your foot or ankle in any way, call Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider to have it evaluated immediately.
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Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.