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What is the difference between an ankle fracture and an ankle sprained?

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Dr. Mark Diamond
45 years experience in Pediatrics
They are...: A fracture is a broken bone.A sprain is soft tissue damage, such as ligaments, muscle or tendons.
Answered on Mar 30, 2014

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