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What are some of the symptoms of a broken or sprained ankle?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Varies: Symptoms of a broken ankle and a sprained ankle are very similar. They both include pain, swelling, bruising, and limited walking. A broken ankle has the additional symptom of severe pain on weight bearing and thus typically one with a broken ankle will not put any weight on that foot or ankle.
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 16 years experience
Ankle fracturesprain: Both have pain and a history of injury. A fracture is most commonly confirmed on x-rays.
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Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Symptoms: Both may present with swelling, pain, ecchymosis (black and blue color changes), and difficulty walking or putting weight on the ankle. An x-ray is useful to determine the diagnosis.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What's the different symptoms from a broken or sprained ankle?

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Dr. Thomas Inwood
Podiatry 37 years experience
Broken: They can have very similar symptoms but it depends on the severity of the fracture and the severity of the sprain. This not a simple question at all. There are classification systems for fractures and sprains and both require x rays and /or ct or MRI imaging to determine what is really going on. See your podiatrist for assistance.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What are the signs of a broken or sprained ankle?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 62 years experience
Ankle injury: Pain especially increasing with weight bearing, swelling of the ankle, bruising of the skin, loss of function, decreased range of motion are some of the signs. This type injury requires an examination and often an x-ray to determine the proper treatment.
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A 19-year-old member asked:

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

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Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Can't walk if broken: You can still walk on a sprained ankle, although it may be very swollen and even feel unstable if the sprain is severe. A sprain means that you have torn ligament fibers. With a broken (fractured) ankle the bones are unstable. The sharp, broken edges pull on the sensitive tissues surrounding the bone and cause extreme pain. With this combination it is usually too painful to stand, much less walk.
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A 47-year-old member asked:

What are all symptoms for a sprained ankle please?

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Dr. Vadim Glukh
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 25 years experience
Ankle sprain: Can result in the swelling, bruising, pain around the ankle, at one side of the ankle or both. If no fracture occured, pain is controlled well with ice, elevation, compression. However the osteo-chondral defects stemming from the subtle cartilage and bone injury may also result from a high grade ankle sprain. Proper evaluation by a foot and ankle physician is crucial for your speedy recovery.
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A 46-year-old member asked:

How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 27 years experience
X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016

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