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How do you know the difference between a sprained or fractured ankle?

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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry
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In brief: Have it x-rayed

You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain.
Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment.

In brief: Have it x-rayed

You will need and x-ray to see if you have a fracture or if it is just a sprain.
Have it evaluated by your physician to get the appropriate treatment.
Dr. Payam Rafat
Dr. Payam Rafat
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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry

In brief: X-rays

The best way to determine if you have a sprain or a fracture is a full examination by a specialist and radiographs.
Even an ankle sprain can require as much attention as a fracture!

In brief: X-rays

The best way to determine if you have a sprain or a fracture is a full examination by a specialist and radiographs.
Even an ankle sprain can require as much attention as a fracture!
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
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Dr. Bennett Burns
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: XRAY!

We use the xray to tell, but there are criteria developed in ottowa that help predict if its a fracture.
Less likely to be a fracture if 1) able to put weight on leg immediately after injury 2)no tenderness 3 cm up the posterior aspect of the fibula (lateral side) 3) no tenderness at the lateral border of the foot. Standard disclaimer, though- if unsure or it feels"bad", get it checked.

In brief: XRAY!

We use the xray to tell, but there are criteria developed in ottowa that help predict if its a fracture.
Less likely to be a fracture if 1) able to put weight on leg immediately after injury 2)no tenderness 3 cm up the posterior aspect of the fibula (lateral side) 3) no tenderness at the lateral border of the foot. Standard disclaimer, though- if unsure or it feels"bad", get it checked.
Dr. Bennett Burns
Dr. Bennett Burns
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