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What should you know about an ankle sprain or a broken ankle?

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You’ve injured your ankle and can’t put your weight on it. It hurts and is tender to the touch, bruised, and swollen. It could be a sprain, or it might be broken.

The symptoms of an ankle sprain are a lot like a fracture, but you’ll need to know which injury you have so you can heal the right way.

From: Ankle Sprain vs. Broken Ankle WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sprained Ankle,” “Ankle sprains: what’s normal, what’s not.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sprains, Strains & Fractures”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain”

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists: “The Difference Between a Broken and Sprained Ankle.”

Emory Healthcare: “Is it a Sprain? Or a Fracture?”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Sprained Ankle,” “Ankle sprains: what’s normal, what’s not.”

American Podiatric Medical Association: “Sprains, Strains & Fractures”

Mayo Clinic: “Sprained Ankle.”

American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society: “Ankle Sprain”

Southeast Orthopedic Specialists: “The Difference Between a Broken and Sprained Ankle.”

Emory Healthcare: “Is it a Sprain? Or a Fracture?”

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on March 14, 2019

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