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Ankle FAQ

Question:

What is the difference between a broken ankle and a sprained ankle?

Answer:

A broken ankle is exactly that - a bone in the ankle is broken or fractured. The bone will need to heal and this is done by immobilizing it with a cast or brace. In some cases, surgery may be needed to fix or stabilize the break. Nirmal C. Tejwani, MD, et al. Are Outcomes of Bimalleolar Fractures Poorer Than Those of Lateral Malleolar Fractures with Medial Ligamentous Injury? In The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. July 2007. Vol. 89. No. 7. Pp. 1438-1441.

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