A 39-year-old member asked:
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how can you tell if you have an ankle sprain or a broken foot?

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
X-ray: Is next logical step....
Answered on May 10, 2016
Dr. Ashley Vanderloop
12 years experience Podiatry
Foot pain: Any foot & ankle specialist will be able to pinpoint the exact area of concern with an exam and if needed an xray. If you are concerned and in pain I recommend getting seen as soon as you can for proper diagnosis and treatment if needed.
Answered on May 10, 2016
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Sometimes not easy..: Often, telling this is not so easy, even for the expert. Swelling, bruising, pain and dysfunction can be very similar with both the fracture and the sprain. The absolute proof is seeing bone sticking out of the skin, but other than that, most physicians rely on some type of imaging evidence.
Answered on May 10, 2016

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Probably not: Ankle sprains show up after injury and are painful and swollen.
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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Perhaps there is : Further injury than what you describe.

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