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How to tell the difference between a muscle tear and a sprain with regards to your ankle?

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Dr. Eran Kessous
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In brief: Muscle vs ligament

There are no muscles in the ankle joint/apparatus.
There are only ligaments and tendons immediately around the ankle. Ligaments and tendons can tear partially or completely rupture. A "sprain" refers to ligament or a tendon injury, and a "strain" refers to a muscle ingury. Regarding the ankle: considering what i stated above, there is no strain, only sprain.

In brief: Muscle vs ligament

There are no muscles in the ankle joint/apparatus.
There are only ligaments and tendons immediately around the ankle. Ligaments and tendons can tear partially or completely rupture. A "sprain" refers to ligament or a tendon injury, and a "strain" refers to a muscle ingury. Regarding the ankle: considering what i stated above, there is no strain, only sprain.
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