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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
24 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Xray: If you hurt to touch over the bone, it would be more likely that you have a fracture. An xray will tell you for sure.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience in Podiatry
Many possible signs: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swel ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Tepper
40 years experience in Podiatry
X-rays: An x-ray would confirm whether a bone is broken. An MRI would be needed to determine in a ligament were torn (sprain). Stress x-rays could be done t ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mak Yousefpour
17 years experience in Podiatry
Bone involvement: When you sprain your ankle there is no bone involved. Usually the ligaments and sometimes in severe cases the tendons of your ankle are hurt during a ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
See below: A sprain is the over pulling of tendons & ligaments. A fracture is the breaking of a bone.
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
28 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
No difference: Sprain by definition means torn or damaged ligaments. There are grades of sprains from mild stretching of ligaments to tearing to tearing of more tha ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
They are...: A fracture is a broken bone.A sprain is soft tissue damage, such as ligaments, muscle or tendons.
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Latva
41 years experience in Podiatry
ANATOMY: Bone and ligament are two totally different things anatomically. Ligaments are soft tissue structures holding any two bones in place, like a piece of ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Graded 1 through 3..: Sprains & strains are graded based on the # of fibers within the structure that are stretched/ torn. This is by no means an exact number (of fibers), ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
About the same: A twist is considered to be a mild strain where a sprain is more severe
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vadim Glukh
22 years experience in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Ankle is: "high" refers to the degree of the sprain, the severety, not the height.
A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Go to your Doctor: I am sorry to report but there is nothing in your question upon which to base an answer. But, I do know that anatomy after an injury can in no way be ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Mund
45 years experience in Rheumatology
Huge: A fracture means a bone is broken. A sprain does not involve the bone but the soft tissues around the bones that support them - muscles tendons ligame ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kirt Kimball
46 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Significant: A broken thumb implies fractured bone. A dislocated thumb implies on of the joints in the thumb has dislocated (no longer in correct position). To d ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
To me the same: The result of both are the same. Twisted ankle use as layman term while sprain use as medical term.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience in Podiatry
Both hurt: Both can be extremely painful and both don't have to. Tendons don't fracture but rather tear or rupture. The mechanism of the break or tear may play a ... Read More
A 71-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
38 years experience in Dentistry
Damage: A sprain is soft tissue damage and will heal on its own. A broken finger is hard tissue damage(the bone) is fractured/broken, tissue may appear bruise ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Either: You need an exam and x-ray to tell the differance.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Stable Fx will heal: Effective fracture healing requires a healthy stable environment both locally at the fracture site and systemically (good nutrition). Simple immobiliz ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Howard Fox
41 years experience in Podiatry
Fracture: For sure. In fact, some ankle fractures can be devastating, while others can be minor. Sometimes, "sprains" are really partial tears of the ligaments ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
I am sorry but: There isn't enough info here to even take a guess. However, the way to determine if there is a fracture is with an x-ray (plus a medical history ; phy ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Pain-swelling-motion: An ankle that is sprained will be somewhat stiff and painful from swelling, and have varying degrees of decreased motion and ability to bear wright wi ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Depends: It depends on the location and severity of the fracture, and initial treatment.

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