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difference between a sprain and a broken ankle

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 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience in 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 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Both: Actually, both a sprain (ligament tear) and a broken ankle (fracture) are quite painful. Some would rate severe sprains as more painful, so it is diff ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Both hearts: The symptoms of both pain and deformity discolored skin, but when you examine the person with broken bones he will have tenderness were the bone broke ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Bernstein
31 years experience in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Broken ankle: Sounds like you need to see an ankle specialist. You should not be swollen at this point. You may need the hardware removed as well as repair of you ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience in Podiatry
Need an x-ray: To be sure which it is you should get an x-ray
A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. J.Milo Sewards
20 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
Ligaments vs Bone: A twisted, or sprained ankle is an injury to one or more of the ligaments that connect the bones of the lower leg and foot. A broken ankle is a fract ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
6-8 weeks: While the bone usually heals in 6-8 weeks patients often continue to have symptoms beyond that time. This is due to the soft tissue injury that also o ... Read More
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