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did I sprain or break my ankle

A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wenjay Sung
13 years experience Podiatry
Stairs: Stairs are usually the riskest way to sprain your ankle, so be careful at home and mind your steps. Use precautions when walking about and slow down.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
You may have one...: Ankle sprains can sometimes result in fractures in the foot, particularly along the 5th metatarsal (and just because you can walk on it, doesn't mean ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Depends: Often times a sprain can take longer to heal than a fracture. A sprain can have more problems after time than a fracture that is set and healed
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lorry Melnick
44 years experience Podiatry
Xray: A xray would show if there is a ankle fracture.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Oberman
30 years experience Podiatry
Need examination: And x-rays, possibly MRI to fully evaulate and diagnose. Then you can get proper treatment.
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vinay Pampati
16 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
X-ray : The only way to be certain is an X-ray or a physical exam by a doctor. Generally ankle sprains are not painful to touch over the boney aspect of the ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Lim
29 years experience Podiatry
Possible: It is possible you have a break or damage to the cartilage. You should get it evaluated by a podiatric ankle specialist. There are many conditions th ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Newman
31 years experience Podiatry
Listen to your body: If you have swelling, bruising, pain and difficultly walking on it you may have more than a minor ankle sprain. I suggest you see your doctor and have ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Both: A sprain of the ankle by definition means you tore, at least partially, some ligaments. Severity of the injury is determined by how many ligaments you ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
36 years experience Internal Medicine
Only an x-ray: Can tell, if its a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation.You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprai ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Exam ; x-ray: An x-ray will tell you if you have fractured your ankle or not. An exam by a doctor with tell you the extent of the sprain if not fractured.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Torres-hodges
22 years experience Podiatry
Xray: You need to have your foot examined and xrays would be able to tell if you have fractured anything. Go to the podiatrist!
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Xray to see fracture: You need to undergo a thorough anl/leg examination by a health care provider to see whether an xray is indicated.
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Chimenti
26 years experience Sports Medicine
Need eval: It is impossible to tell without evaluation and xray. Go see a doctor to find out. At the very least, with that much swelling, you have a severe sprai ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Eric Lullove
18 years experience Podiatry
Yes : A knee scooter or otherwise known as a "roll-a-bout" can be used to help ambulate. Get a prescription from your doctor.
A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: That question needs to be addressed to the orthopedist who is treating you. That doctor has access to x rays and other clinical data that is necessary ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Randall Yee
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Xray: An xray is the first test to determine if you have a fracture.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
need to rule out Fx: See a doctor or go to the er, have the toe x rayed and you will know. If the meantime rest, elevation and ice can be helpful.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
37 years experience Podiatry
Are you asking: Asking how to break an ankle or foot? Please re phrase question.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Janiece Stewart
19 years experience Sports Medicine
Not typical: This is not typical unless you were doing planks on an unusual surface. If you have weakness to the bone, ie low vitamin D or calcium, making your bo ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: This is very difficult to evaluate. It is very common to break (fracture) fingers, or tear ligaments in basketball. More than likely, if it continues ... Read More
A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
Pain/function: The ability to play sports with an ankle sprain depends on many factors: how much pain do you have? What is your function- can you run and cut with yo ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Seek medical: Evaluation. An x-ray can be used to see if there is a fracture.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kevin Strohmeyer
27 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes-good question: You might have additional injuries or related condtions involving your foot or toes. The symptoms may also be simply related to swelling which freque ... Read More
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