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ankle sprain or hairline fracture

A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Orthopedic: consultation: this is a serious injury. You will need the ankle placed in an acrylic cast with follow up x-rays.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew Zwerling
51 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
It all depends: Jody - it is certainly possible there is a small fracture. Only a clinical exam and xray will tell for sure. But 4 days is a very short time for it ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Okamoto
28 years experience in Family Medicine
Need an exam: It is unlikely that you fractured your ankle, however given your history it can’t be ruled out! I would see your Dr and get a thorough exam - probabl ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Newman
31 years experience in Podiatry
Get an x-ray: This is a starting point. Sometimes additional studies such as a bone scan or MRI can show small cracks in the bone too small for normal x-rays.
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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 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Kayvanfar
32 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
See orthopedic surg: Please see an orthopedic surgeon. Most likely need to be on crutches for a number of weeks. May need to wear a cast or boot as well. Some taler fr ... Read More
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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 female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
Hard to say: This may need surgery but it depends on your orthopedic surgeon as to what's the best course for you. Either way you'll need a cast.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Callahan
23 years experience in Podiatry
Depends: It really depends on the type of ankle fracture you have but in general a cast is better for most fractures to best immobilize the bones so the fractu ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amir Khan
Dr. Amir Khan answered
26 years experience in Sports Medicine
Depends: Depends on 1) which metacarpal and 2) the degree of displacement involving the angulation, rotation and shortening. You must be evaluated by an orthop ... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. DAVID HESTER
22 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Trimalleolar fractur: A trimalleolar ankle fracture by definition is an unstable ankle fracture that requires operative fixation. It includes the the distal fibula( lateral ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
U can't make it heal: the body is programed 2 due this all by itself. If healthy, proper diet NO SMOKING! !! & adequate calcium intake U will heal. Fractures of the j ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience in Podiatry
Non-union: May require surgery with internal fixation.
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 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ki-Hon Lin
24 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Possibly: This will depend on the exact location and extent of the fracture, but yes, for many hairline fractures, it is safe to weight bear, especially if you ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience in Sports Medicine
Fracture: Hairline fracture implies a mild break in the bone without displacement or angulation. While this still hurts the pain is generally not as bad as if t ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allan Evangelista
18 years experience in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Yes and no.: It will depend where the broken bone is and the stability of the hairline fracture. If it is in an unstable region, a cast (and possibly nonweight-bea ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Degirolamo
19 years experience in Podiatry
It's possible: It's possible but more likely to occur around the heel and ankle. Make sure you get an x-ray to make sure you don't have a broke bone. Sometimes peop ... Read More
A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Uyeda
44 years experience in General Surgery
You should: consult with a sports medicine specialist.
A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ali Elkhalil
21 years experience in Podiatry
Pain: can be arthritis and compensating to other side causing pain. It is common issue with plantar fasciitis patient will favor the other side and then th ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Haffner
33 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
A fall: The most common cause of a broken wrist is a fall onto your outstretched hand.
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
ANKLE FRACTURE: Management of an ankle fractue may involve a cast, brace, or surgery depending on the fracture pattern.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
See below: Elevation and non-weight bearing of the foot.

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