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What is the main difference between a broken foot and a sprained foot?

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: Bone vs ligament

"broken" usually refers to the presence of a fracture or crack in a bone while "sprained" refers to an injury to the ligaments that hold bones together. There are 27 bones in the foot available to be "broken" and 27+ ligaments that can be "sprained".

In brief: Bone vs ligament

"broken" usually refers to the presence of a fracture or crack in a bone while "sprained" refers to an injury to the ligaments that hold bones together. There are 27 bones in the foot available to be "broken" and 27+ ligaments that can be "sprained".
Dr. Steven Sheskier
Dr. Steven Sheskier
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In brief: Broken vs Sprain

The major difference is that that in a fracture a bone is actually broken into two or more fragments, while a sprain involves that straining of the soft tissues of an area.

In brief: Broken vs Sprain

The major difference is that that in a fracture a bone is actually broken into two or more fragments, while a sprain involves that straining of the soft tissues of an area.
Dr. Zarko Kajgana
Dr. Zarko Kajgana
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In brief: Fx vs sprain

Fractures and sprains are very different conditions fractures involve the bones and sprains involve the soft tissue such as ligaments each are unique.

In brief: Fx vs sprain

Fractures and sprains are very different conditions fractures involve the bones and sprains involve the soft tissue such as ligaments each are unique.
Dr. Steven Bernstein
Dr. Steven Bernstein
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In brief: Fracture

Sprain is a painful injury that does not involve a fracture.
Broken foot involves compromise of integrity and alignment of bone(s). -h-.

In brief: Fracture

Sprain is a painful injury that does not involve a fracture.
Broken foot involves compromise of integrity and alignment of bone(s). -h-.
Dr. Christopher Hendrix
Dr. Christopher Hendrix
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Dr. Joel McClurg
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Big difference

Sprains are stretching or tearing of tissues holding bones together, while fractures or breaks are actually failures of the bone itself.
Sometime you can have one or the other or both in the same injury.

In brief: Big difference

Sprains are stretching or tearing of tissues holding bones together, while fractures or breaks are actually failures of the bone itself.
Sometime you can have one or the other or both in the same injury.
Dr. Joel McClurg
Dr. Joel McClurg
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