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Sprained Ankle, or Fractured Ankle?

Sprained Ankle, or Fractured Ankle?

A very common injury we see at Xpress Urgent Care is sprained or broken ankles. Especially in the summer time, as patients go on all kinds of adventures. If you injure your ankle, you might not be able to tell if it is sprained or fractured. Of course, once you get to our office, we can conduct an X-ray to determine what has happened. But in the mean time, here’s what you should know.

 

Sprained Ankle:

This happens when you damage the ligaments in your ankle.

Ligaments are the tough, stretchy bands that hold your bones in place and help keep the joint stable. They’re meant to stretch and move, but only to a point. A sprain means that a ligament is torn or stretched beyond its limits.

 

Ankle Fracture:

This happens when at least one of three bones in your ankle breaks.

If just one bone is broken, you may not realize how bad the injury is. But if multiple bones break at once, you will lose stability in your ankle and may not be able to walk.

An ankle fracture can also lead to ligament damage.

 

Did you hear a sound when you hurt your ankle? A sprain may occur silently, or in severe cases there may be a popping sound. With a fracture, you might hear a crack.

While swelling is a symptom of both injuries, if your ankle looks clearly “off,” it’s most likely because a bone is broken.

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