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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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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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Broken ankle or sprain, how can I tell?

Broken ankle or sprain, how can I tell?

Get Akle : Checked. A simple x-ray can determine if there is a fracture or not. See podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon for diagnosis and treatment. If fracture immobilization is a must. ...Read more

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What is a sprain versus a broken ankle?

What is a sprain versus a broken ankle?

Bone involvement: When you sprain your ankle there is no bone involved. Usually the ligaments and sometimes in severe cases the tendons of your ankle are hurt during a sprain, when when you break your ankle, a bone in your ankle is broken. ...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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Is a broken ankle very painful? Or can it be only mildly painful and fool you into thinking it was a sprain?

Is a broken ankle very painful?  Or can it be only mildly painful and fool you into thinking it was a sprain?

It can fool you: Amont of pain can't be used to distinquish thextwo or amount of swelling xray only reliable way of differentiating. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of broken ankle bones compared to just a bad sprain?

What are symptoms of broken ankle bones compared to just a bad sprain?

Both hearts: The symptoms of both pain and deformity discolored skin, but when you examine the person with broken bones he will have tenderness were the bone broken were is no ligament, of course the x-ray will help. Good luck. ...Read more

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3 years go=broken ankle & screwes sprained my akle playing tennis in auguet and it's still swollen. Had me in a cast. Is this normal?

3 years go=broken ankle & screwes sprained my akle playing tennis in auguet and it's still swollen. Had me in a cast. Is this normal?

Possibly: I think you're saying you had screws placed for a broken ankle 3 years ago, and now you've sprained your ankle last august and it's still swollen. I actually warn my patients that after bad ankle injuries (in your case, 2 of them), the swelling may actually never go away, but as long as your ankle is functional and painless and strong, i would not worry about some persistent swelling. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a twisted ankle and a broken ankle?

Ligaments vs Bone: A twisted, or sprained ankle is an injury to one or more of the ligaments that connect the bones of the lower leg and foot. A broken ankle is a fracture of one or more of the bones of the lower leg. One can usually recover from a sprain within a few weeks, while a fracture usually takes about 8-12 weeks to heal. ...Read more

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When will a broken ankle typically heal?

When will a broken ankle typically heal?

Weeks to months: A broken ankle can take a variable amount of time to heal. There are a number if things that factor into how long it will take. One of the most important is what type of ankle fracture you have. ...Read more

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Dr. Benjamin Taylor
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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


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