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Ankle Sprain (Definition)

Ligaments attach the foot to the leg. Ankle sprain is an injury where the foot turns over on the leg and these ligament(s) get stretched out. Important in diagnosing is to determine if it is just a sprain where the ligaments are stretched versus a tear where ...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 if better: If the ankle injury is fully healed, there may be no symptoms. If the injury still has not fully resolve, the patient may have symptoms such as pain, swelling, and instability sometimes an ankle brace may be helpful to curtail symptoms. ...Read more

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Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

Which is worse: an ankle sprain or break?

Depends: Often times a sprain can take longer to heal than a fracture. A sprain can have more problems after time than a fracture that is set and healed ...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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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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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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Sprains And Strains (Definition)

Sprains and strains are conditions in which a person has problems with his muscles (strains) and joints (sprains), such as pain, swelling, fractures, restricted movement, or joint instability, due to trauma or excessive exercise. The treatment ...Read more


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Sprain (Definition)

Sprain is also known as Sprains and strains. 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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