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how do i know if i have a broke a bone?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
X-Ray: Hello. The only way to really know if you have a break is with a radiographic study like an x-ray (unless there was a gross bony deformity). A medical history and physical exam of the area of injury is also required.

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If the xray is negative and there is still concern for a talar fracture, CT or MRI would be helpful.
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