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What could I do to break/sprain your ankle at home?

What could I do to break/sprain your ankle at home?

Try: Jumping out the window. That always works for me. To be serious, dr. Sung's advice to be careful on stairs is very important, but sometimes a simple mis-step is enough to twist/sprain/break your ankle. Only an x-ray can determine if you have a break though. Ice, rest, elevation, and if you're not much better in 24 hours, go see a podiatrist or orthopedist. ...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 to do if i sprained my ankle, and i'm trying to tough it out. Can it turn into a break if not treated?

What to do if i sprained my ankle, and i'm trying to tough it out. Can it turn into a break if not treated?

You may have one...: Ankle sprains can sometimes result in fractures in the foot, particularly along the 5th metatarsal (and just because you can walk on it, doesn't mean it didn't break). Have it checked out properly by a foot/ankle specialist. If not, you risk having an undetected injury and it could compromise not only your healing but can affect other components of your gait and overall activity level. ...Read more

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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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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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If I sprain my ankle, does this mean its more likely to break down the road?

If I sprain my ankle, does this mean its more likely to break down the road?

Relationship: There is no long term between ankle sprains and an increased rate of ankle fractures in the future. ...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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My sprained ankle has gotten a purple color and it hurts. Did I sprain it or break it?

My sprained ankle has gotten a purple color and it hurts. Did I sprain it or break it?

It could be both?: Color skin changes are natural sequance after sparing or braking your ankle, get an xray to find out if is broken. ...Read more

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I've sprained my ankle severely 6 times in last 10 years. This time with fibula break. Why does this keep happening?

Ankle instability: Possible collateral ankle ligament tear, muscle weakness or dysfunction. Might need long term support or immobilization with a brace. Would need to be examined and evaluated in an office setting to determine cause and to treat appropriately. ...Read more

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


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