You Don’t Need to Know What A Foot or Ankle Injury Is to Know You Need Help
You are not a podiatric expert, and you are not expected to be. But you are expected to get help for an injury when you need it.
If an injury is so bad that you are having trouble figuring out whether it’s a bad sprain or a full-on break, then you definitely need help.
Your reaction to either situation should be the same: Stop what you’re doing immediately, take weight off the affected leg, and contact us right away! You don’t have to tell us exactly what it is; it’s our job to tell you.
Regardless of the condition, it will clearly require proper treatment. A sprain is not “less troublesome” than a fracture – at least not in all cases. If either one doesn’t heal correctly, it can cause lasting problems down the road. This may mean chronic pain, ankle instability, or even arthritis.
So with that cleared up, let’s actually dive into ways you might be able to tell a fracture from a sprain.
Differences between a Fracture and an Ankle Sprain
Before going any further, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page with what these injuries comprise.
- A fracture is a broken bone. The break can take several different forms, ranging from a simple split in the bone to the broken pieces shifting out of alignment, or even the bone shattering into multiple pieces.
- A sprain is an injury to the ligaments, the bands of tissue that connect bone to bone and often add control and stability to joints.