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Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Foot fracture or sprain if ankle tight?

Need X-ray: You need to get your foot/ankle checked and x-rays taken in order to determine if a fracture is present. If this is a recent injury, the tightness can be from swelling from both conditions. However, it is important to diagnose the correct condition so proper treatment can be rendered. ...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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What hurts worse a fractured ankle or Achilles tendon?

What hurts worse a fractured ankle or Achilles tendon?

Depends: There are so many variables like how bad the fracture or tear was that a comparison is not really fair. Let's say both are not good both can hurt and neither are fun to undergo. ...Read more

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What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

What joint is sprained with a high ankle sprain injury?

Sprain: Sometimes a high sprain is referred to the syndesmotic ligament of the tibia and fibula. More often than not it refers to the degree of the sprain ...Read more

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Is my foot broken, bruised or a torn tendion?

Is my foot broken, bruised or a torn tendion?

Go to your Doctor: I am sorry to report but there is nothing in your question upon which to base an answer. But, I do know that anatomy after an injury can in no way be diagnosed on the internet. One needs an exam, in person, and possibly an x-ray. ...Read more

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Can my sprained ankle be broken?

Can my sprained ankle be broken?

Possibly: A sprained ankle may initially have negative x-rays. With continued pain and swelling without improvement, an MRI might show a non displaced fracture. ...Read more

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Broken foot metacarpal casat or not?

Broken foot metacarpal casat or not?

Depends: Whether you get a cast, a brace or a stiff soled post-op shoe depends on the metatarsal bone that is fractured and whether or not it is displaced or inherently unstable. The mechanism of injury as well as the amount of swelling is a consideration ...Read more

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What would be worse a sprained ankle or a fractured ankle?

What would be worse a sprained ankle or a fractured ankle?

Fracture: For sure. In fact, some ankle fractures can be devastating, while others can be minor. Sometimes, "sprains" are really partial tears of the ligaments which aren't seen on standard x-rays. ...Read more

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Can you sprain a knee ligament?

Can you sprain a knee ligament?

Absolutely : Sprains of knee ligaments are very common, with the inside ligament, the mcl, leading the way. Acl tears often get the most attention, as they often require surgical reconstruction and athletes to miss 6-12 months of competition. A sprain, by definition, is a partial or full thickness tear of a ligament, a soft tissue structure connecting bone to bone. ...Read more

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Is cast or boot better for ankle fracture?

Is cast or boot better for ankle fracture?

Depends: It really depends on the type of ankle fracture you have but in general a cast is better for most fractures to best immobilize the bones so the fracture heals in place properly especially if you had surgical correction with orif. ...Read more

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Broken ankle or just a sprain, what's the difference?

Broken ankle or just a sprain, what's the difference?

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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I have a broken/fractured wrist or sprain?

I have a broken/fractured wrist or sprain?

Self- diagnosis : Not a good approach. Medical history, xray and physical exam normally can rule in or rule out a fracture ; provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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My toes are tingly...Ankle broken or sprain?

My toes are tingly...Ankle broken or sprain?

I am sorry but: There isn't enough info here to even take a guess. However, the way to determine if there is a fracture is with an x-ray (plus a medical history ; physical examination). Take care. ...Read more

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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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How can I recover from an oblique fibular fracture aka broken ankle?

Ankle fracture: Oblique fibula fracture is an unstable fracture. If there is no displacement then non weightbearing cast and crutches should be adequate. If there is displacement then surgery is required, to prevent deformity or loss of function. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a torn ankle ligament and a sprained ankle?

What's the difference between a torn ankle ligament and a sprained ankle?

Nothing: I think of them as the same ligament strain is stretch not torn ligament torn ligaments can heal in a way that leaves th joint unstable strained ligaments can heal at the correct length strain sprain tear all hurt a tear take 6weeks to heal. ...Read more

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Ankle pain, no injury. Start with heel pain on L, ankle, move to achilles, outer ankle bone, then L ankle can't bear weight. Then, R outer ankle bone?

Ankle pain, no injury. Start with heel pain on L, ankle,  move to achilles, outer ankle bone, then L ankle can't bear weight. Then, R outer ankle bone?

Pain: can be arthritis and compensating to other side causing pain. It is common issue with plantar fasciitis patient will favor the other side and then they get inflammation to the joint area ...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


Dr. Steven Bernstein
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Broken Ankle (Definition)

Ankle fracture describe a break or fracture of any of the bones of the ankle. This can be caused by falls, trauma, or twisting of the ankle. Patients with ankle fractures experience pain and swelling of the foot, and have difficulty bearing any weight ...Read more