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A 48-year-old member asked:

is my ankle broken or just sprained? how do i tell the difference?

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Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Xray: If you hurt to touch over the bone, it would be more likely that you have a fracture. An xray will tell you for sure.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Xrays: The typical test to rule out fracture is with xray.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is my ankle broken, if I sprained it last week and it is still swollen?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery 19 years experience
Get an Xray: Getting an x-ray is the best way to tell if you have a broken bone. Sometimes, additional tests such as ct scan or MRI may be necessary. Swelling after a sprain can still last for weeks, but additional exam and testing is the best way to tell the difference.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What's a good way to check if my ankle is broken or sprained?

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Dr. David Hettinger
Podiatry 36 years experience
Go to a podiatrist: A podiatrist can take x-rays if indicated and treat you with a variety of modalities based on the findings of the history of the injury and physical exam. Sometimes there can be damage to areas away from the ankle that a podiatrist will know to look.
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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Podiatry 14 years experience
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Jun 3, 2013
A 45-year-old member asked:

In what way can I tell the difference wether mu ankle is broken or sprained?

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Dr. Arnold Beresh
Podiatry 41 years experience
Get an x-ray: Uou should see a podiatrist for an x-ray and exam.
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A 26-year-old female asked:

Im not sure if Ive broken my ankle or just very badly sprained it. ?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Dr. exam needed: Dr. needs to examine any ankle that hurts a lot or is very swollen. A simple ankle sprain should be better after 1-2 weeks. If not better, a primary care doctor, sports medicine doctor, or orthopedic doctor can evaluate to see if there is something more serious than a simple sprain. X-rays may or may not be needed at the first visit. One should avoid using the ankle too much until seen by Dr.

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