Ankle Sprains Cause Less Pain
Ankle sprains are one of the most common sports injuries. Because of the numerous tendons, ligaments and muscles in the ankles, a sprain can take a while to heal. Treating an ankle sprain at home is easy and usually requires no further attention than an ice pack and a wrap. However, should a sprain occur higher up in the ankle, you should seek medical attention to be sure that you don’t have a fractured ankle which is a more serious injury.
TIP: Look for pain higher up in the ankle.
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Broken Ankles Usually Can’t Bear Weight
Knowing the difference between an ankle sprain and a broken ankle is vital, as a broken bone can heal improperly if left for too long. Here are three signs to look for:
A broken ankle typically bears no weight
A broken ankle causes a large amount of pain when moved
Look for a large amount of bruising or pain to the bones on the side of the ankles
A broken ankle is also characterized by a noise (such as a “crack” or “snap”)