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How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

Have it x-rayed: You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain. Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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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


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Is it safe to run on a sprained or fractured ankle?

No: Get ankle examined and treated properly. Continuing to run before this heals may lead to oprlonged healing or even permanent damage. ...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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How do I figure out what is worse- sprained ankle v. Fractured ankle?

How do I figure out what is worse- sprained ankle v. Fractured ankle?

It Depends: A sprain is a tearing of the ankle ligament which can be very painful and take longer to heal in some instances than a broken bone. But there are certain ankle fractures which make the joint unstable that can need surgical repair. In either case proper evaluation by a foot and ankle specialist is recommended to avoid long term problems. ...Read more

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I have trouble walking from a sprained and fractured ankle. What can I do to speed up the rehabilitation?

I have trouble walking from a sprained and fractured ankle. What can I do to speed up the rehabilitation?

Listen to your body.: If this is a recent injury, you need to be immobilized either in a cast or walking boot. Once the fracture has healed on xray or is stable. Your doctor could order physical therapy. In order to speed up healing: rest, elevate, ice, ace wrap, and immobilization. The fact that it hurts means stop walking! check with your doctor to make sure the fracture is healing properly. ...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 form a fracture. ...Read more

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What work outs can I do with a fractured ankle?

What work outs can I do with a fractured ankle?

Depending on...: The type of fracture, that is up to your doctor. If you were my patient, and the fracture was significant enough, you are not working out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks without surgery. If you have surgery, then a minimum of 6 weeks before physical therapy. Safely, swimming is the only workout exercise i would allow. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do with a fractured ankle?

See below: You can do all the exewrcises for the upper extremities and if it a walking cast you can use the stepper.Can do all sort of isometric exercises.Sitting down you can do quad estrengthening.Do you have a cast or a boot?Againg all depend of your fx type and ibstructions given by your physician. ...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. 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