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What is the main difference between a broken foot and a sprained foot?

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Dr. Joel McClurg answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Sprains are stretching or tearing of tissues holding bones together, while fractures or breaks are actually failures of the bone itself. Sometime you can have one or the other or both in the same injury.

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Dr. Zarko Kajgana answered

Specializes in Foot surgery

The major difference is that that in a fracture a bone is actually broken into two or more fragments, while a sprain involves that straining of the soft tissues of an area.

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Dr. Christopher Hendrix answered

Specializes in Podiatry

Sprain is a painful injury that does not involve a fracture. Broken foot involves compromise of integrity and alignment of bone(s). -h-.

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Dr. Steven Sheskier answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

"broken" usually refers to the presence of a fracture or crack in a bone while "sprained" refers to an injury to the ligaments that hold bones together. There are 27 bones in the foot available to be "broken" and 27+ ligaments that can be "sprained".

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Dr. Steven Bernstein answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery

Fractures and sprains are very different conditions fractures involve the bones and sprains involve the soft tissue such as ligaments each are unique.

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