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What is the difference between an ankle sprain and fracture?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
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In brief: Many possible signs

Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle.
Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture.

In brief: Many possible signs

Twisting ones’ ankle can lead to a sprained ankle.
Often times, this may result in ligament or tendon injuries which may lead to ankle bruising, swelling, pain, and possibly instability. An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture.
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Dr. Douglas Mund
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Huge

A fracture means a bone is broken.
A sprain does not involve the bone but the soft tissues around the bones that support them - muscles tendons ligaments. A fracture requires casting or immobilization, sometimes surgery. A sprain may often heal on its own or with minimal anti-inflammatory medication or rest. A severe sprain can present similarly to a fracutre but there is no bone break.

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A fracture means a bone is broken.
A sprain does not involve the bone but the soft tissues around the bones that support them - muscles tendons ligaments. A fracture requires casting or immobilization, sometimes surgery. A sprain may often heal on its own or with minimal anti-inflammatory medication or rest. A severe sprain can present similarly to a fracutre but there is no bone break.
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