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what is the difference between a strained tendon and a torn tendon of the inner ankle? difference in symptoms n treatment methods?

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Dr. Mark Galland
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Graded 1 through 3..: Sprains & strains are graded based on the # of fibers w/in the structure that are stretched/ torn. This is by no means an exact # of fibers, but a grade 1 = fiber stretch, grade two = partial/ moderate disruption, & grade three = complete disruption. Symptoms of each are very similar but severity varies. Rice is the beginning treatment regardless of grade. Severe inj often need pt, sometime surger.
Answered on Mar 18, 2018
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Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
See below: A strained tendon is just that, it has been stretched passed its normal length. Atorn tendon is an actual tear in the body of the tendon. Symptoms are similiar, swelling pain, instabitlity. Treatments are similar with rest and immobilization and possible surgery.
Answered on Mar 22, 2013
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