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What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

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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 fracture of one or more of the bones of the lower leg. One can usually recover from a sprain within a few weeks, while a fracture usually takes about 8-12 weeks to heal.
Answered on Mar 4, 2014
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glenn Aufseeser
8 years experience in Podiatry
Sprain vs twisted: I believe they are interchangeable.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
48 years experience in Orthopedic Surgery
To me the same: The result of both are the same. Twisted ankle use as layman term while sprain use as medical term.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Haffner
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None: Fractured and broken are synonyms.
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Dr. Joel McClurg
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Big difference: Sprains are stretching or tearing of tissues holding bones together, while fractures or breaks are actually failures of the bone itself. Sometime you ... Read More
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