A member asked:

How can you tell if i fractured or broke or just sprained my ankle?

6 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Mark Galland answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

X-ray to be sure: Unless there is an obvious deformity you may not be able to tell the difference with the naked eye. While a sprain is an injury to the ligaments of the ankle, and a fracture is damage to the bone; strains of muscles and tendons are also possible. In any case, common symptoms may be pain, limited strength/ motion, swelling, and/ or bruising. Have an x-ray to be sure!

Answered 10/12/2019


Dr. Payam Rafat answered

Specializes in Podiatry

X-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment.

Answered 3/31/2014



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