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How can you tell if an ankle is sprained?

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Dr. Wenjay Sung
Podiatry 14 years experience
Ankle sprain: Swelling and pain are the first signs of an ankle sprain. It is more common to sprain the outside part of the ankle rather than inside, back, or front. Swelling generally occurs around the area of sprain and bruising may be present too. Getting it checked out by your pcp or referred for further evaluation for severity and treatment.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What can you do to tell if you've sprained your ankle?

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Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry 38 years experience
Pain and swelling: A sprain is an injury, so pain and swelling will be present.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How can you tell if ankle is sprained or broken?

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Dr. Mark Galland
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
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!
A 46-year-old member asked:

How to tell if you have a sprained ankle or if it's broken?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
X-ray & med eval: The only way to definitively differentiate is with an x-ray and a medical evaluation.
A 43-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if my sprained ankle is serious?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
Listen to your body: If you have swelling, bruising, pain and difficultly walking on it you may have more than a minor ankle sprain. I suggest you see your doctor and have x-rays taken.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if I have a broken or sprained ankle?

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Dr. Scott Shields
Podiatry 29 years experience
See your podiatrist: You can have a sprain that hurts too bad to walk on and you can have a mild fracture that you can walk on. Protect your future and see your podiatrist who will examine and x ray it and get you back to activity.
Dr. Matthew Wilkin
Podiatry 24 years experience
Get it an X-ray and have it looked at by a podiatrist and then you will know for sure.
Sep 14, 2013

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