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Is it possible to develop a fracture after you sprain your ankle?

Is it possible to develop a fracture after you sprain your ankle?

Yes, after or during: Ankle sprains by nature and definition involve the ligaments that connect the bones together that make up the ankle joint. Ligaments can be stretched partially, tear partially or completely, or even pull off a piece of bone at the connection site (termed- avulsion fracture). If the ankle deforms enough during a sprain injury or afterwards, the ankle cn actually develop an overt 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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My ankle always seem to give out and I fall I fractured it 10 years ago and ever since it always feel like its constantly sprained am I re injuring it?

My ankle always seem to give out and I fall I fractured it 10 years ago and ever since it always feel like its constantly sprained am I re injuring it?

Chronic ankle injury: Given the history of fracture, your ankle probably has some degree of arthritis. Ibuprofen or alleve should help with this. More importantly you probably have a chronic ankle sprain as well. The best treatment for this is physical therapy with balance exercises. After an injury your ankle often loses the sense of its own position (proprioception) and balance retraining will help a lot. ...Read more

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My ankle hurts and feels like it needs to pop. I hurt it earlier. There is no swelling but could it be sprained or fractured anyway?

My ankle hurts and feels like it needs to pop. I hurt it earlier. There is no swelling but could it be sprained or fractured anyway?

Yes: Swelling may take some time to develop. In most cases, fractures will cause fairly severe and constant pain, with associated localized bony tenderness. Sprains can also be quite painful, but the tenderness will be localized over the ligaments rather than the bones. A physician evaluation/x-rays can help to answer your question. ...Read more

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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

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Symptoms of sprained ankle vs. A fracture to worry about?

Symptoms of sprained ankle vs. A fracture to worry about?

Sprain vs fracture: Best to get a radiography and evaluation. Your podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon will take care of this for you. ...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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How will I be out of sports with a sprained ankle (either a grade 2 or 3 sprain) and a fractured fibula with two subtle breaks?

How will I be out of sports with a sprained ankle (either a grade 2 or 3 sprain) and a fractured fibula with two subtle breaks?

It takes about: 6-8 weeks for bone to heal. Assuming it did heal in that time, I would recommend another few weeks before getting back int anything competitive. But, this all depends on your xrays and clinical findings. At the end of the day, its whst your treating doc decides. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


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