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What are the differing symptoms between ankle fractures and ankle sprains?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
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In brief: Same symptoms

Pain, swelling, bruising, and ankle instability.

In brief: Same symptoms

Pain, swelling, bruising, and ankle instability.
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry

In brief: Xrays

The most telling way to differentiate the two is with a series of ankle x-rays to visualize the fracture or lack thereof.
Sometimes, if there remains suspicion in the presence of 'negative' films or if a stress fracture is suspected, specialized exams may be ordered to see if a fracture exists.

In brief: Xrays

The most telling way to differentiate the two is with a series of ankle x-rays to visualize the fracture or lack thereof.
Sometimes, if there remains suspicion in the presence of 'negative' films or if a stress fracture is suspected, specialized exams may be ordered to see if a fracture exists.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Sports Medicine

In brief: Pain location/ xray

Obviously the precise location of the pain whether over the ligament or bone will help make the diagnosis but the key would be an xray which will show a potential fracture if one is present.

In brief: Pain location/ xray

Obviously the precise location of the pain whether over the ligament or bone will help make the diagnosis but the key would be an xray which will show a potential fracture if one is present.
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
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