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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!
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 39 years experience
Take a x-ray: A plain X-ray often will help tell the difference between a soft tissue injury ("sprain") and a fracture. AN X-ray coupled with an exam usually is sufficient. At times there is still a doubt and there are other radiology test that can help determine if there is an "occult' or compression fracture. These tests include: MRI, CT scan and bone scan.

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A 46-year-old member asked:

How do I know if my ankle is broken, torn, or sprained?

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Ankle pain: Swelling and pain are the first signs of an ankle sprain. It is more common to sprain the outside part of the ankle rather than inside, back, or front. Swelling generally occurs around the area of sprain and bruising may be present too. If a tendon is torn or broken, less likely to be able to walk without severe pain. See a physician for full evaluation to get the best diagnosis. Hope helped!
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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.
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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