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Doctor insights on: Symptoms Of Ankle Sprain Vs Break

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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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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?

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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What symptoms does someone with ankle sprain always have?

What symptoms does someone with ankle sprain always have?

None: They vary among patients depending on onset of injury, severity, etc. Most commonly, swelling and pinpoint pain over the ligament is seen. 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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What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

What are the symptoms of peroneal nerve compressed? Can it occur from ankle sprain? Fibula possibly moved and pinched nerve.

Nerve impingement: Unlikely, that the fibular bone moved to pinch a nerve. The peroneal nerve (superficial peroneal nerve) is located in the skin and can be impinged through swelling resulting from an ankle sprain. The bone, ligaments, muscle, tendons are deeper than the skin, but the swelling associated with injury can cause shooting pain, burning, tingling, and numbness. Hope this helps. Read more

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Would a plaster cast be needed for my ankle sprain? It's been 6 weeks it's swollen in pain but my initial X-ray show no breaks

Would a plaster cast be needed for my ankle sprain? It's been 6 weeks it's swollen in pain but my initial X-ray show no breaks

Unlikely: A plaster or fiberglass cast is commonly used for broken ankles. Although you may not have a broken ankle, you may have tearing of the ligaments or tendons in your ankle. If you are still having pain and and an unstable feeling in the ankle 6 weeks after your injury, you should be evaluated by a physician. It is possible you would benefit from exercise therapy or visiting a physical therapist. Read more

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Ankle sprain for 6 weeks now and it's still swollen and I'm still in pain. And when I sprained it I heard a crack got a X-ray no break there any sugg?

Ankle sprain for 6 weeks now and it's still swollen and I'm still in pain. And when I sprained it I heard a crack got a X-ray no break there any sugg?

See your doctor: Hi Peter, Sorry your ankle is hurting. The one thing I'd like to share is that an initial xray is not foolproof. You can have a break that isn't visible at first. Ongoing pain could be that your ankle needs more rest, but most physicians would recommend repeat imaging to be on the safe side. It may be a tendon rather than a bone that is injured. Good luck, hope it's better soon. Read more

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One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

One week post ankle sprain. Swelling pain and bruises still there. New symptom is burning sensation. Is this normal? What causes this?

Likely normal: It can take a few weeks before the swelling and bruising completely subside. The burning sensation is likley sign of local nerves being under pressure from the excess blood and swelling in and around the ankle joint. This should also subside as the other symptoms due. If the burning sensation, swelling, bruising are worsening would suggest seeing your doctor. Read more

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It has been 8 days, I have a medial and lateral ankle sprain, unsure of grade but def 2/3. Swelling ankle like a golf ball, bruising and pain in my shin. My ankle is stiff, X-ray show no break, tried stretching did not work, is this normal?

It has been 8 days, I have a medial and lateral ankle sprain, unsure of grade but def 2/3. Swelling ankle like a golf ball, bruising and pain in my shin. My ankle is stiff, X-ray show no break, tried stretching did not work, is this normal?

Yes: The ankle will swell for quite some time. Ice several times daily, elevate the extremity and if you can safely take it, ibuprofen will help. Once you can begin range of motion this should help with swelling as well. If you are not in one I would recommend a pneumatic cam walker and ask your physician for consult for physical therapy. The therapy will be most important. Read more

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What is a high ankle sprain?

What is a high ankle sprain?

Involves the t-f lig: The ligaments that attached to the front ; back of the tibia; ; fibula that keep them from spreading causing a widening of the ankle mortise. Grade 1= moest minor ; grade 3 is a complete tear ; is often surgical. Isurgical. In the illustration they r the ant inf ; post inf t/f ligaments. Read more

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What is a medial ankle sprain?

What is a medial ankle sprain?

Location of injury: A medial ankle injury is a soft tissue injury to the inner side of the ankle corresponding to the same side as that of the big toe. Read more

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What is a grade 4 ankle sprain?

Severe sprain: With tearing of multiple ankle ligaments. Possible tendon rupture, possible avulsion fracture, with associated severe pain, swelling and limitation of motion. Often associated with large hematoma formation. Read more

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What to do to heal a ankle sprain?

R.I.C.E.: Rest the ankle, ice the ankle, compress the ankle (with ace bandage), elevate the ankle above the level of your heart. But see a doctor first to make sure u don't have an avulsion fracture or compromise of the blood flow. Read more

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How is a high ankle sprain treated?

How is a high ankle sprain treated?

5 stages of treatment: High ankle sprains are much less common but are more disabling than your traditional lower ankle sprain Treatment is carried out in stages 1 - Injury Protection: Pain Relief & Anti-inflammatory 2: Regain Full Range of Motion 3: Restore Muscle Strength 4: Normalise Foot Biomechanics 5: Restore High Speed, Power, and Agility http://physioworks. Com. Au/injuries-conditions-1/high-ankle-sprain Read more

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What is a second-grade ankle sprain?

3 grades: 1=mild, , no ligament disruption. 2=some disruption but not complete ; needs orthopedic care, cast or boot. 3= bad, , complete disruption, may need surgical attention. 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


Dr. Wenjay Sung
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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

An injury that occurs when the ankle rolls, twists, or turns ...Read more