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Doctor insights on: Ankle Sprain Vs Fracture Symptoms

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Dr. Peter Ihle
1,161 doctors shared insights

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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Can a grade 1 ankle sprain lead to a fracture?

Can a grade 1 ankle sprain lead to a fracture?

No: A grade 1 sprain is a minor injury to a ligament. With conservative treatment (rest, ice, and elevation), the symptoms should subside in 7-10 days. If they don't, see your doctor, because there could always have been a fracture present from the initial injury. X-rays or other imaging might be necessary. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What are the signs of an ankle sprain or fracture?

What are the signs of an ankle sprain or fracture?

Pain, swelling, ...: The signs of ankle sprain and a fracture can be very similar, and if the sprain (tearing of muscle fibers and tendon fibers) is bad enough, the treatment may be the same, and a bad sprain could take even longer to heal. If ia non-displaced fracture (inside ankle=medial malleolus, outside = lateral, posterior=heel), there will be swelling, pain, heat, very tender. Ice, elevate, immobilize-ortho. ...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 from a fracture. ...Read more

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

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

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10 weeks into recovery of high ankle sprain I found out I had stress fractures. For 4 weeks I have to rice. How do I go about exercise after this time?

10 weeks into recovery of high ankle sprain I found out I had stress fractures. For 4 weeks I have to rice. How do I go about exercise after this time?

Ask you treating Dr: There are a lot of variables in your description. This should have been explained in detail by your doctor with an opportunity given to you to ask all questions. ...Read more

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I had a high ankle sprain(2) and I did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. Then, I did 6 weeks' exercise. I found out that I had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. Why didn't it heal?

I had a high ankle sprain(2) and I did rice for 4 weeks/crutches. Then, I did 6 weeks' exercise. I found out that I had a stress fractures and went back to rice for 4 weeks. Why didn't it heal?

MRI: If a high ankle sprain that does not get better, need to see if there is a tear of the ligament(s) that hold the 2 leg bones together. This is often referred to as a syndesmotic injury. An MRI can visualize this. This is often a problem that needs to be fixed with a surgical procedure. ...Read more

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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)?

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 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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Ankle sprain but have fracture clinic nxt tues. Walking on it after day 1 will it make it worse?

Ankle sprain but have fracture clinic nxt tues. Walking on it after day 1 will it make it worse?

Does it hurt to : Walk on? We don't know the severity of your strain and it sounds like a fracture has not been ruled out yet. The bottom line is that it would risky for any of us to clear you to walk on this without having a good understanding of actual injury. ...Read more

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Hi- I have a grade 3 ankle sprain s/p 56 hours. X-rays negative for fracture. I am wearing a cast boot and walking FWB. Should I do NWB?

Hi- I have a grade 3 ankle sprain s/p 56 hours. X-rays negative for fracture.  I am wearing a cast boot and walking FWB. Should I do NWB?

Not necessarily: In general, you would want to stay off it to try to limit the swelling. Once you get beyond that, there is usually no contraindications to weight bearing as tolerated in a cast. The ligaments involved are not so much involved in weight bearing as they are in stabilizing the ankle and so would be protected in a cast. Discuss your specific case with your doctor. ...Read more

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For a severe ankle sprain/possible fracture, would I need an X-ray? I hurt it a while ago and it's gotten worse. Regular doctor or speaclist?

Go to ER first: They will evaluate, and advise you after evaluation as to the availability of equipment (x-ray) on the spot. ...Read more

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Had a severe ankle sprain with MASSIVE swelling > 6 wks ago. Pain not improved. No fracture. Still, mod swollen. Now pain in arch too. What is this?

Had a severe ankle sprain with MASSIVE swelling > 6 wks ago. Pain not improved. No fracture. Still, mod swollen. Now pain in arch too. What is this?

See details: This is a severe sprain with the possibility of a fracture. Have the ankle evaluated and x rayed. Severe sprains are best tested with immobilization. ...Read more

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Ankle sprain/avulsion fractured talus — 1 wk later still slight swelling, pain if bearing weight — foot turns purple & throbs when standing. Normal?

Ankle Injury: If you have an avulsion fracture of the talus it depends on the size of the avulsion. Not seeing your xray it is tough to recommend treatment. However, you need to get on crutches and be non weight bearing. When you stand the swelling has nowhere to go and stays in your foot. That's why elevation above the heart is essential. Also, ice the ankle when you get the swelling down and keep it elevated. ...Read more

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Dr. Howard Schneider
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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