Is it possible to break your ankle and still walk on it?

Many people assume that if you can put weight on the ankle then it isn’t broken, however, it is possible to walk on a broken ankle, particularly with a less severe fracture. If you’re concerned your ankle may be broken, we recommend contacting your doctor, who can conduct an examination or order and xray if necessary.

What would be the best test to determine an ankle fracture?

X-rays. Most ankle fractures can be visualized on X-rays. The technician may need to take X-rays from several different angles so that the bone images won’t overlap too much. Stress fractures often don’t show up on X-rays until the break actually starts healing.

Can you fracture your ankle without knowing?

Can I really break my ankle and not know it? It may sound strange, but the answer is a resounding, Yes! While it seems like a broken bone is something you should be able to detect, the truth is that other ankle injuries share similar symptoms.

What is the best way to find out if you have a sprain or a fracture?

Where is the pain? If your ankle hurts or is tender to the touch directly over your ankle bone, you probably have a fracture. If the pain is in the soft part of your ankle, it’s more likely a sprain.

Can you wiggle your toes with a broken ankle?

Most believe that if they can wiggle their toes or move the ankle around that an ankle fracture has not occurred. The reason this is not true is because the nerves and muscles that allow the movement of the ankle have not been affected by the fracture.

What happens if a fracture is left untreated?

When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.

How do you tell if a bone is bruised?

What are the symptoms of a bone bruise?

  1. Pain and tenderness in the injured area.
  2. Swelling in the area and soft tissues around it.
  3. Hard lump in the area.
  4. Change in color of the injured area.
  5. Swelling of an injured joint.
  6. Stiffness of an injured joint.

What part of the body is damaged by a sprain?

A sprain is a stretching or tearing of ligaments — the tough bands of fibrous tissue that connect two bones together in your joints. The most common location for a sprain is in your ankle. Initial treatment includes rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Can a hairline fracture heal without a cast?

Technically speaking, the answer to the question “can broken bones heal without a cast?” is yes. Assuming conditions are just right, a broken bone can heal without a cast. However, (and very importantly) it doesn’t work in all cases. Likewise, a broken bone left to heal without a cast may heal improperly.

What’s the best way to tell if your ankle is broken?

The definitive test for a broken bone is an x-ray. There’s a fine line between a fracture and a sprain, so an x-ray is often the only way to tell the difference.

When to see a doctor for an ankle injury?

If you have an ankle injury with swelling, pain when putting weight on it, or deformity, you should see your primary care physician or foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeon for further evaluation.

How often do you go to the ER with a broken ankle?

More than 1 million people visit emergency rooms each year with ankle injuries. But how do you know if your ankle is broken (fractured) or just sprained? Common folklore says that if you can move it, it isn’t broken, but that is not always the case.

What’s the difference between an ankle sprain and broken ankle?

Ankle Sprain vs. Broken Ankle Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on March 06, 2021 In this Article What’s an Ankle Sprain?