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How is a fracture different from a hairline fracture in the ankle?
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Dr. Rudolf Zak
Podiatry
In brief: Fracture
A fracture is a fracture both would be treated by immobilization unless there is a through and through fracture with displacement than surgery might be necessary.

In brief: Fracture
A fracture is a fracture both would be treated by immobilization unless there is a through and through fracture with displacement than surgery might be necessary.
Dr. Rudolf Zak
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Dr. Matthew Enna
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No difference
A "hairline fracture" is a layman's term for a non-displaced fracture (a break in the bone, but the bone has not move out of position at all).
All hairline fractures are fractures, but not all fractures are hairline fractures, as fractures are often times displaced due to the force of the injury and/or due to the muscle pull of the surrounding muscles.

In brief: No difference
A "hairline fracture" is a layman's term for a non-displaced fracture (a break in the bone, but the bone has not move out of position at all).
All hairline fractures are fractures, but not all fractures are hairline fractures, as fractures are often times displaced due to the force of the injury and/or due to the muscle pull of the surrounding muscles.
Dr. Matthew Enna
Dr. Matthew Enna
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