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Dr. Peter Ihle
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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more


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I sprained my ankle 4 days ago and it is still quite swollen and very bruised. Wondering if I should get it checked for a hairline fracture?

I sprained my ankle 4 days ago and it is still quite swollen and very bruised. Wondering if I should get it checked for a hairline fracture?

Have it evaluated.: Pain due to trauma may be due to fracture, sprains, arthritis, muscle, nerve or tendon injuries. Have the foot evaluated so that you may get the appropriate care. ...Read more

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How can you differentiate between a hairline fracture and a muscle sprain in the ankle?

How can you differentiate between a hairline fracture and a muscle sprain in the ankle?

Get an X-ray taken: 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. ...Read more

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Sitting then jumped up on rock on accident ankle folded like acute angle can barley walk bad swelling been doing rice- sprain, hairline fracture, or?

Sitting then jumped up on rock on accident ankle folded like acute angle can barley walk bad swelling been doing rice- sprain, hairline fracture, or?

Possible sprain: 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. ...Read more

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I have constant pain and weakness in my foot and part of my ankle is sunken in. Help! I have been under the care of a podiatrist for 2 years. I have had 20+ sprains and strains since I was 10. I am 26 now. I had a hairline fracture 2 years ago and receive

I have constant pain and weakness in my foot and part of my ankle is sunken in. Help! I have been under the care of a podiatrist for 2 years. I have had 20+ sprains and strains since I was 10. I am 26 now. I had a hairline fracture 2 years ago and receive

I: I think it's time for a second opinion. You're incredibly young to have all this going on in your foot & ankle, and I would also get an MRI to see exactly where the tears and damage is. I would strongly discourage you from any "exploratory surgery" in an effort to "fix" what's wrong. I would get an accurate diagnosis first.

I'm also concerned about those cortisone injections you were getting for a stress fracture. I've never heard of giving cortisone for a stress fracture. In fact, quite the contrary, steroids tend to delay healing of fractures, and they come with the risk of tendon rupture, which you apparently had.

Please get a second opinion before proceeding any further. Preferably with either a foot & ankle orthopedist or a podiatrist certified in foot & ankle surgery by the american board of podiatric surgery.

Good luck! ...Read more

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How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?

How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?

No difference: A "hairline fracture" is a layman's term for a non-displaced fracture (a break in the bone, but the bone has not move out of position at all). All hairline fractures are fractures, but not all fractures are hairline fractures, as fractures are often times displaced due to the force of the injury and/or due to the muscle pull of the surrounding muscles. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms of ankle bone hairline fracture?

What are some of the symptoms of ankle bone hairline fracture?

Hairline fracture: Pain over bony area of injury, worsening pain on standing or working ankle, swelling, . ...Read more

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What are some signs of a hairline fracture in your ankle?

What are some signs of a hairline fracture in your ankle?

Pain & Swelling: The symptoms of a hairline/occult fracture include persistent pain, swelling and difficulty walking and standing on the ankle. These can also be small enough that they are not revealed on normal x-rays. If these persist longer than your doctor indicated for a sprain, additional testing such as an MRI or bone scan might need to be considered. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had a hairline fracture in my ankle 6 months ago, now it feels as if my knee is deformed I can feel heavy grinding and I'm starting to feel pain aroun?

Had a hairline fracture in my ankle 6 months ago, now it feels as if my knee is deformed I can feel heavy grinding and I'm starting to feel pain aroun?

Possible knee injury: You may have injured the knee at the same timer. It could also be from altering your gait.
Knee X-rays should be helpful to see what is wrong. ...Read more

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Are over-the-counter ankle braces good enough if I have a hairline fracture?

Are over-the-counter ankle braces good enough if I have a hairline fracture?

Typically yes: Non displaced fractures are usually stable and if a lace up brace provides good pain relief, then it is typically acceptable. Pain with any fracture should be respected and could signify a more significant injury. ...Read more

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How long does a hairline fracture in the ankle take to heal?

How long does a hairline fracture in the ankle take to heal?

Hairline ankle fract: With appropriate care, 6 to 8 weeks is typical. ...Read more

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Numbness around ankle and side of foot and toes. Not hot or blue. Hairline fracture 7yrs ago. Been lily that all day.

What side of ankle: You could have a compression of either the sural nerve on the outside of the ankle or you could have posterior tibial nerve compression on the inside of the ankle.

Either way it is not normal and you should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Hello I took my full leg cast of 5 days ago (due to a hairline fracture in my tibia) I have been walking with a limp and saw my ankle got swollen?

Hello I took my full leg cast of 5 days ago (due to a hairline fracture in my tibia) I have been walking with a limp and saw my ankle got swollen?

PT may be in order: Physical therapy can address the gait issue with limping as this is likely related to muscle weakness.In addtion they can do soft tissue massage to alleviate the ankle swelling. This can occur when muscles are weak and do not provide enough pumping action to return blood to the heart. Check in w/your Orthopedist or Sports MD to get a prescription &/or agreement on next steps to get your gait normal ...Read more

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If I have a hairline fracture below my big toe will I need a cast that comes up to my ankle or a cast that comes up to my knee or will I need one at all?

Not at all: Typically nondisplaced fractures of the toes can be treated with a post-op walking shoe or nothing at all depending on the amount of pain you are having. ...Read more

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How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

How to tell if you have a muscle sprain or hairline fracture in pinky finger?

Xray: Xray could pick up a fracture but not always. Could be hard to differentiate. Either way should get better with immobilization, ice. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have a hairline fracture or just a sprain?

How can you tell if you have a hairline fracture or just a sprain?

Fractures: The best way to evaluate for a fracture is with radiographs (xrays) and a physical exam by your local orthopaedic surgeon. 99% of fractures can be identified this way. The other 1% may need a CT scan or MRI to identify if there is a fracture. ...Read more

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How can I tell if my heel was sprained or has a hairline fracture?

How can I tell if my heel was sprained or has a hairline fracture?

Advanced imaging: Start with a physical exam from a podiatrist. A hairline fracture may or may not be seen on x-ray but a bone scan, CT scan, or MRI can help.
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I have a foot/ankle sprain that hasn't healed after 3 months no fracture I'm worried what's wrong?

I have a foot/ankle sprain that hasn't healed after 3 months no fracture I'm worried what's wrong?

Have it evaluated.: Swelling may last a long time following a foot or ankle injury. An x-ray can show if there is an underlying fracture. The x-rays may be falsely negative initially in cases of small stress fractures. You may have a soft tissue injury if it is just a sprain and may have damaged the muscle, tendon, or ligaments in the area. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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How long will I be out of sports with either a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain and two nondisplaced fibula fractures (I hurt my ankle 4wks ago; I'm 17 yrs)?

How long will I be out of sports with either a grade 2 or 3 ankle sprain and two nondisplaced fibula fractures (I hurt my ankle 4wks ago; I'm 17 yrs)?

Minimally 12 weeks: Without a complete history of your injury and sports activity, the non-displaced fractures will take a minimum of 6-8 weeks to heal (assuming there are no complications in healing) and in general soft tissue injuries such as the an ankle sprain will be longer about 12 weeks (= 3 months). Again, that is assuming that you are compliant with treatment regimen prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the best clues of a fractured fibula? I'm having a hard time telling if I broke mine or just have a high ankle sprain.

What are the best clues of a fractured fibula? I'm having a hard time telling if I broke mine or just have a high ankle sprain.

Talk to your doctor: If you had injury to the region of the fibula and pain persists, you need an X-ray. Talk to your doctor as the longer you wait, longer it will heal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

Many possible signs: Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle. Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more

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Could your ankle sprain turn into a fracture if not treated?

Ankle fracture: No, an ankle fracture generally needs increased traumatic effect or increased impact injury to break a bone. Not treating an ankle sprain can lead to instability and chronic pain, but not an ankle fracture, unless there is further injury. ...Read more

Dr. Janice Alexander
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more