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Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

It depends...: Some sprains are severe, involve multiple ligaments and create joint instability, possibly requiring surgery. Some are very mild and only involve rest. The same variability occurs with fractures. Some fractures are unstable and require hardware fixation. Some fractures only require brief immobilization. The key is an accurate diagnosis, very specific treatment advice and often rehabilitation. ...Read more

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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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How can I tell if I have an ankle sprain or break?

X-rays are standard: To determine if there is a fracture. While some fracture lines can be hard to detect, most times if the x-ray taken after an injury is clear, it will be considered a sprain of the ligaments--especially if the ligaments are painful to the touch. ...Read more

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How much swelling occurs with an ankle sprain compared to a break?

How much swelling occurs with an ankle sprain compared to a break?

Can't tell: The amount of swelling may not be different. It often depends on the amount and type of injury ...Read more

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Would a plaster cast be needed for my ankle sprain? It's been 6 weeks it's swollen in pain but my initial X-ray show no breaks

Would a plaster cast be needed for my ankle sprain? It's been 6 weeks it's swollen in pain but my initial X-ray show no breaks

Unlikely: A plaster or fiberglass cast is commonly used for broken ankles. Although you may not have a broken ankle, you may have tearing of the ligaments or tendons in your ankle. If you are still having pain and and an unstable feeling in the ankle 6 weeks after your injury, you should be evaluated by a physician. It is possible you would benefit from exercise therapy or visiting a physical therapist. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain for 6 weeks now and it's still swollen and I'm still in pain. And when I sprained it I heard a crack got a X-ray no break there any sugg?

Ankle sprain for 6 weeks now and it's still swollen and I'm still in pain. And when I sprained it I heard a crack got a X-ray no break there any sugg?

See your doctor: Hi Peter, Sorry your ankle is hurting. The one thing I'd like to share is that an initial xray is not foolproof. You can have a break that isn't visible at first. Ongoing pain could be that your ankle needs more rest, but most physicians would recommend repeat imaging to be on the safe side. It may be a tendon rather than a bone that is injured. Good luck, hope it's better soon. ...Read more

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What is a high ankle sprain?

What is a high ankle sprain?

involves the t-f lig: The ligaments that attached to the front ; back of the tibia; ; fibula that keep them from spreading causing a widening of the ankle mortise. Grade 1= moest minor ; grade 3 is a complete tear ; is often surgical.Isurgical . In the illustration they r the ant inf ; post inf t/f ligaments. ...Read more

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What is a medial ankle sprain?

What is a medial ankle sprain?

Location of injury: A medial ankle injury is a soft tissue injury to the inner side of the ankle corresponding to the same side as that of the big toe. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is an injury that results from excessive stretching of a ligament, which is a tough band that connects bone to bone and holds joints in place. Rapid swelling and pain ...Read more