Did he tell you to see an Orthopaedic Surgeon?
no he didn’t but he was the Orthopaedic surgeon at the hospital
He may be an ER Ortho., but I would still see an Ortho who specializes in sport related injuries or a foot and ankle specialist. Again, this guy may be an Ortho. and I am sure he could do a hell of a good job if you got your leg crushed in a car accident. However, your case to him probably does not rank very high on his scale and thus he really doesn’t consider your injury to be severe.
I AM NOT A DR!!! However, I am in a profession that deals with rehabbing orthopaedic injuries every day and I am telling you, if you walk around on that ankle that little piece of bone you pulled off from the fibula is not going to reattach by itself. If you walk around on it, you will disrupt the calcification that needs to occur between the piece that was avulsed and the fibula (ie. it will not heal correctly and you will continue to have problems).
Just my 2 cents. It’s your ankle do what you like.
I would agree with everything you said.
I’ve had 2 bad ankle sprains and one hairline fracture. I’d say run (well not literally) to the doctor now.
If/when you return to playing basketball, wear an ankle brace solid support (usually plastic lining like ACE or SWEDO has). Don’t get ones that are only cloth with no solid support. They’re garbage. When you walk around with a fully cloth one on, you’ll feel as though your ankle is much more stable but if a lot of force is applied to your ankle, the cloth won’t stop it from srpaining.