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The Difference Between a Fractured, Broken, and a Sprained Ankle

There is no difference between a fractured or broken ankle but many people, even sports coaches, do not know this.  A break or a fracture constitutes the loss of bone integrity, and this is true whether there is a hairline crack or the shattering of an ankle bone. To distinguish between a fractured/broken or sprained ankle, an X-ray is needed. Fractures and breaks indicate problems with bones while sprains refer to injuries to ligaments – bands of cartilage that attach bones. You can break a bone and stretch or tear a ligament. Broken/fractured and sprained ankles hurt. If you have injured your ankle, consult with a qualified podiatrist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with one of our podiatrists from Cascade Foot Clinic. Our doctors will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.

Causes

The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis

Symptoms

Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.

Diagnosis

Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.

Treatment

Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Bend, OR. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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