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A 37-year-old member asked:

Broken ankle or just a sprain, what's the difference?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 22 years experience
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, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture.
Dr. Michael Genkin
Podiatry 12 years experience
There are many: Sprain is an injury of the ligaments and the broken ankle is an injury of the bone as well as surrounding soft tissue. In addition, healing times and recovery is different.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do I know if i my ankle is broken or just a sprain?

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Dr. David Trettin
Orthopedic Surgery 33 years experience
Exam and X-rays : More severe ankle sprains can be difficult to differentiate from ankle fractures.The mechanism of injury can be very similar and some ankle fx. Pts can weight bear some and some bad ankle sprain pts. Cannot. A good physical exam to rule/ out other ankle injuries( peroneal tendon injuries, talus, 5th metatarsal base fxs, etc.) and x-rays will differentiate . Good luck!
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is a sprain versus a broken ankle?

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Dr. Mak Yousefpour
Podiatry 18 years experience
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 sprain, when when you break your ankle, a bone in your ankle is broken.

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