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How to know if i sprain, fracture or break my ankle?

How to know if i sprain, fracture or break my ankle?

Need examination: And x-rays, possibly MRI to fully evaulate and diagnose. Then you can get proper treatment. ...Read more

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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Can't tell if i either sprained my ankle or broke it?

Can't tell if i either sprained my ankle or broke it?

Yes by visiting: your doctor and getting an Xray , some times event an MRI , see your doctor or go to ER ...Read more

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My ankle hurts really bad and I can't bear weight. So did I possibly break or fracture it?

My ankle hurts really bad and I can't bear weight. So did I possibly break or fracture it?

Ankle injury: Ankle fractures can occur as a result of an injury or traumatic event. Patients state that thay sometimes hear a pop. Pain, swelling and the inabilty to walk are signs of ankle injury. An xray can help diagnose a fracture. ...Read more

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Ankle kinda rolled, have i sprained or strained my ankle, how can I tell?

Ankle kinda rolled, have i sprained or strained my ankle, how can I tell?

GRADE I: We as doctors usually divide the severity of a sprain into "Grades", with Grade I being the least severe. This would most closely approximate a "strain." Sincerely, Dr. Latva ...Read more

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Did I sprain my ankle or tear a ligament? Do I just wait a few days?

Did I sprain my ankle or tear a ligament? Do I just wait a few days?

Both: A sprain of the ankle by definition means you tore, at least partially, some ligaments. Severity of the injury is determined by how many ligaments you tore and how severely you tore them. Ankle sprain rehab is important to speed recovery and prevent re-injury. Also, if you are having trouble bearing weight or if you have any deformity to the ankle you should get an xray to rule out a fracture. ...Read more

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I jammed my finger playing basketball and i don't know if it's broken, sprained or fractured?

I jammed my finger playing basketball and i don't know if it's broken, sprained or fractured?

Only an x-ray: Can tell, if its a small fracture and there is no obvious dislocation.You can have significant pain, swelling and limited range of motion with a sprain that can last 4-6 weeks. In other words, it can be a tough call. ...Read more

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How do I know i sprained, fractureed or broke my ankle?

How do I know i sprained, fractureed or broke my ankle?

X-ray: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. If fractured, you will need to be immobilized with a splint, cast, or rigid walking boot depending on the location of the injury. If fractured, it may need to be reduced in the office or possibly in the operating room. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I smashed my foot, did i break a bone?

I smashed my foot, did i break a bone?

Xray: You need an x-ray asap. If you have a broken bone, it is much easier to treat early on, otherwise it may heal in the wrong position which can cause other problems down the road. ...Read more

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I have a broken ankle or sprained ankle~, what to do?

I have a broken ankle or sprained ankle~, what to do?

Xray to see fracture: You need to undergo a thorough anl/leg examination by a health care provider to see whether an xray is indicated. ...Read more

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I sprained my ankle playing basketball 2 days ago. Swelling in foot ankle and all the up to halfway to my knee. Is it broken or sprained or a torn lig?

I sprained my ankle playing basketball 2 days ago. Swelling in foot ankle and all the up to halfway to my knee. Is it broken or sprained or a torn lig?

Any of the above: Any of the above could be present, if it was broken pain would be moreso and not get better, sprain would be slightly better in 2 days and probably same with torn lig. Should see your doc, & on examination it would be obvious what is the cause, in most cases. An xray would confirm a fracture. Keeping foot elevated, its normal to see swelling and bruising to extend upwards towards knee. ...Read more

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I broke my ankle and wonder can I use a knee scooter?

I broke my ankle and wonder can I use a knee scooter?

There are: A few devices these days one can use if unable to use crutches. There is a device called a roll-a-bout which sounds like your knee scooter. You may also want to check out freedomlegbrace.Com. The goal is in all cases o be not weight bearing on the foot. ...Read more

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When can I do cardio with broken fibula sprained ankle? I have airboot for another 3-4 weeks.

When can I do cardio with broken fibula sprained ankle? I have airboot for another 3-4 weeks.

Ankle fracture: Typically one has to wait 6 weeks for the fibula to heal. Before the airboot comes off a repeat xray has to confirm that the fibula has healed. Once that happens, then one has to be able to walk without any pain before a determination can be made about any cardio. If you access to the pool, one can start doing pool exercises much sooner since you are in semi-weightless environment. ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have a break, sprain or fracture in my ankle?

How can I tell if I have a break, sprain or fracture in my ankle?

X-ray: A break and a fracture are exactly the same thing - a broken bone. A sprain refers to a ligamentous injury. In the vast majority of cases an x-ray will be adequate to determine if an ankle fracture is present. ...Read more

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Yesterday i had a dance audition and hurt my big toe really bad ... I can move it but the pain is excruciating . Did i break , sprain or fracture it?

Yesterday i had a dance audition and hurt my big toe really bad ... I can move it but the pain is excruciating . Did i break , sprain or fracture it?

Have it evaluated.: To find out if it is fractured or not, you will need to have it professionally evaluated. You will need x-rays taken to determine if it is broken or if it is just a bruise or sprain. If not broken and if you have continued pain, you may need a MRI to see if you have a soft tissue injury. ...Read more

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What could I do to break my ankle or foot?

Are you asking: Asking how to break an ankle or foot? Please re phrase question. ...Read more

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Could I break or fracture my elbow from doing planks?

Not typical: This is not typical unless you were doing planks on an unusual surface. If you have weakness to the bone, ie low vitamin D or calcium, making your bone more susceptible to breaks with little trauma, it is possible. ...Read more

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Did I sprain or jam my hand rebounding the basketball? Hurts like h***

Did I sprain or jam my hand rebounding the basketball? Hurts like h***

Depends: This is very difficult to evaluate. It is very common to break (fracture) fingers, or tear ligaments in basketball. More than likely, if it continues to hurt, swell, or limit motion, you should have it checked and x-rayed. ...Read more

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I think I have a grade 1 high ankle sprain. This happened wednesday night. Can i play lacrosse tomorrow if i tape my ankle?

Pain/function: The ability to play sports with an ankle sprain depends on many factors: how much pain do you have? What is your function- can you run and cut with your typical speed and skill? Are you 90% or 70%? How important is this game? Reinjury may increase the severity and cause you to be out for a longer period of time. Yes, taping or a brace would be recommended if attempting to play. Think big picture. ...Read more

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I have broken right ankle or just a bad sprain, what to do?

I have broken right ankle or just a bad sprain, what to do?

Seek medical: Evaluation. An x-ray can be used to see if there is a fracture. ...Read more

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I broke my ankle 8. Days ago now top of foot bruised n swelling n hurts to touch right by my toes could i have broken more n xrays missed it?

I broke my ankle 8. Days ago now top of foot bruised n swelling n hurts to touch right by my toes could i have broken more n xrays missed it?

Broken ankle or foot: Depending on the severity of your ankle fracture and the mechanism of the injury (ie. how it happened) you could have swelling and bruising to the toes. Did you only have ankle x-rays? If so you might need foot x-rays also. Go back to the doctor you saw and get more information. If you went to the ER, then you might need the x-rays to take to your personal doctor. ...Read more

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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


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