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Ankle pain after fall, advised to keep foot up. Is it broken or sprained?

I am 12 years old and I fell at the top of the stairs at school in an awkward position and now my ankle really hurts. My school nurse said that I should keep my foot up and I am doing that but it still is seriously hurting. Is it broken or sprained? Another thing, my mum is away in Beijing and won t be coming back until thursday and my dad is in New Zealand and I cannot pay for a doctor appointment.
Asked On : Thu, 20 Sep 2012
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Hi..pipparo.. If in case there is excessive swelling in the ankle, change in the color of the skin, and intensive pain while using the leg movement or standing on feet then suggestive of fracture.. if the above symptoms are absent theh, it can be a ligament sprain... only anagesics (paracetamol)is enough..

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