Fractured Ankle X Ray

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How Can I tell wheater I broke or fractured my ankle with out getting an X-Ray?
    I hurt my ankle in basketball then I think I hurt it worse playing kick ball at a birthday party, then me and my friends were playing ding dong ditch and I probably hurt it more then I went to play basketball and I fell. lol I have soaked it and iced it,and its wrapped but it still hurts. What else can I do to help it?

    • ANSWER:
      Ankles are difficult to diagnose without an x-ray. Even if you can walk on it ....it can still be broken. You have to get an x-ray to be sure and if you don't it can hurt you in the long run. All that you can reaaly do is continue to ice it and keep it elevated.

  2. QUESTION:
    can an old ankle fracture show on a new x-ray?
    i went over on my ankle 4 days ago and had to go back to hospital today for an x-ray, the doctor has told me a fracture has shown on x-ray but this could be an old one. but the last time i fractured my ankle was 9 years ago would this still show on x-ray?

    • ANSWER:
      ya they can tell roughly how long ago it was broken somehow bc of how it has healed.. they did it for me

  3. QUESTION:
    Ankle X-ray didn't reveal fracture? Walked on it for 9 weeks in pain. Now MRI says Fracture. What now??
    I had a severe ankle sprain 9 weeks ago, x-rayed the day of the injury, told there was no breakage and to do the Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevate treatment. Was sent home with Tylenol for pain if needed. Swelling and pain were so bad I couldn't stand it. I used crutches for 2 weeks and still could not touch my foot to the ground. I went to another doctor, was x-rayed again, told that no breakage, but that stress fractures cannot always be seen and IF I wanted to wear a walking boot they would supply one. I took the boot and it did help walking, but the pain was still very severe. I was given Hydrocodone and taking that combined with Ibuprofen gave me a little relief. Called for refill of Hydrocodone, & my doc ordered an MRI. It shows I do have a fractured fibula. At 9 weeks, I still depend on Hydrocodone to function and it's still swollen. I'm seeing a specialist in 3 days. Why did the x-rays miss this and how can it be fixed after walking on it like this for so long?

    • ANSWER:
      To answer the X-ray side of things. Some fractures are too small to be seen through a digital imaging system. Even after several weeks there may not be enough repair to the fracture site to be seen yet. It the case of a stress fracture, the are many micro fractures through that part of the body. After force is applied to it the size of the fracture increase but is internal and would still be difficult to see through normal x-rays. After several weeks of pain, your doctor should have order a more extensive exam such as a MRI or CT to exam whether their was a stress fracture. A typical fracture takes 6 to 8 wks to repair. This in a situation where little to no pressure is applied to the area in question. Like a person who has had heat stroke, your will be prone to getting more stress fracture so take extra precautions. Always stretch out, where the appropriate protective equipment and stop if you start feeling ANY pain. Good luck and God speed in your recovery!

  4. QUESTION:
    Can the doctor tell if you have a hairline fracture in your ankle without having an x-ray?
    My dad doesn't want me to get an x-ray because it's bad for you.

    • ANSWER:
      Though it's true x-rays aren't dangerous in the context of diagnosing fractures, diagnosing hairline fractures is very difficult from x-rays. False-negatives (not identifying a fracture though one is present) are quite common. However, the doctor will have a much harder time identifying a hairline fracture with physical examination only.

      There are a couple manual tests he or she could perform and a couple alternative instruments he or she could use including a tuning fork or ultrasound. The tuning fork also presents many false-negative results however. Few people realize ultrasound can be used too...It's not just used on pregnant women. I know very few doctors who would bother though (it's much easier for them to simply send for an x-ray).

      When it comes down to it, you could have a hairline fracture that doesn't show on the x-ray and the doctor won't be liable so long as he or shes got that x-ray.

  5. QUESTION:
    My ankle x-ray showed no fracture but after 11 days, my ankle aches so much! Why?

    • ANSWER:
      A sprain can take several weeks (about 4-6) to finish healing. You can expect soreness, swelling, and pain for a little while after that. You should give it some more time, and if it doesn't feel any better you may want to consider seeing your doctor again. You should ice it, wrap it (if you aren't already in a brace or something for the sprain), elevate it (above your heart), and try to stay off of it. Good luck!

  6. QUESTION:
    i twisted my ankle and now its all swollen. i got an x-ray and it isnt fractured? what could be wrong?
    i have a full range of motion and it doesnt hurt- do you think my doctor will clear me to play volleyball tomorrow?

    • ANSWER:
      it's probably a bad sprain and he probably won't let you play

  7. QUESTION:
    I was told my ankle was broken, but my x-ray said questionable fracture. What does that mean?
    I'm supposed to give the x-ray to the orthopedic doctor. I'm hoping it means it may not be a fracture...

    • ANSWER:
      I think it means that you MIGHT have a fracture but not sure hope i helped Hope everything works out!

  8. QUESTION:
    fractured ankle!?
    i got a phone call from the people who did x-rays on my ankle, and they said i fractured my ankle! it just happened today, i tripped, and rolled my ankle forward.

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    i can't put any pressure what so ever on it. i've been doing the RICE method. but they said they can't get a cast on me until next week!
    give me tips please!
    how long do u think it will take for it to heal?

    • ANSWER:
      Hopefully, when your Dr. gets you into a cast, someone there will instruct you on using crutchess. The biggest caution is "Use your hands for support and not the tops of the crutches." The tops are padded so many people think that the padding is to ease the pressure on the armpits. The crutch tops are merely for alignment and not support, and the padding is to protect your ribcage where the crutche top contacts it. Meanwhile, stay off of it. There are many web sights in Google on the use of crutches, one is below. good luck.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can an Ankle Fracture be missed on an X Ray? More Info + Picture?
    I'm female, 16 years old and from the UK and generally healthy.

    3 (almost 4) days ago i went to A&E after having an ankle injury that stopped me weight baring and being able to move it.

    I rolled it Big toe first down a curb and swelling was almost instant, pain definitely was immediately after.

    I had x rays done after the Doctor in the hospital thought i had fractured my ankle. all of them came back clear, which i was pleased about. so he prescribed me some Co-Codamol and left me to hobble (which was and still is agonising).

    As i said its 3 days on and most of the muscular pain i had has gone, but i still have a deep aching feeling in my ankle at night and when i'm not moving it, and a sharp stabbing pain which is stopping me being able to bare weight.

    I'm on crutches for the moment, which i got my friends mum. i elevate it, ice it now and again and its rested most of the time.

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    http://s397.photobucket.com/albums/pp53/cashew1992/?action=view&current=Anklepic.jpg

    Could i have a missed Fracture??

    • ANSWER:
      Thats possible!
      My friend went to A+E and they said it was ok and the next day they went back and told her she had fractured it.
      I also broke my ankle and they had to do 3 xrays at different angles because at one angle it looked to be no fracture, and the other two you could see the fracture.

      I had the same stabbing feeling in my ankle, i think the best idea is to keep it elvated still and keep ice on it, like you are doing and then go to the doctors who can check it over and then refer you to A+E if necessary.

      Hope i helped,

  10. QUESTION:
    how can i tell without gettin an x ray or visiting a doctor, whether or not my ankle is fractured?

    • ANSWER:
      Almost impossible to tell without xray. People have had hairline fractures and still were able to walk on it. It most likely will be very swollen and bruised. Get an xray.

  11. QUESTION:
    sprained ankle 1 week ago. Swelling is 3x size of normal ankle. X-ray showed nothing but he wanted to put me?
    X-ray showed nothing but the doctor wanted to put me in an aircast. Right foot already in one for soft tissue injury one more week in this. He said the swelling is pretty good but they can't see a fracture. With this kind of swelling when would a fracture show up?

    • ANSWER:
      When some of the swelling goes down. You must sure be unlucky. Sometimes doctors put sprains in a cast to keep them immobile, and sometimes the sprain can be worse than a fracture. If you think about it a sprain is due to a stretching and/or possible tearing of tissue. Complete immobility is required to prevent stretching again and movement that would hinder the mend. 1st need is to decrease swelling. Then immobilization, best is to keep elevated and off it. Sounds like w/c time.

  12. QUESTION:
    My daughter apparently sprained her ankle. X rays show no fracture.?
    The injury occurred 6 weeks ago. She has worn an air cast, camp boot, and used crutches. At first there was some bruising below the ankle. For several weeks there was swelling of the toes and end of foot, and she could not wiggle her toes. There is still pain and occasionally warmth. The top of the foot and the arch bother the most. She still cannot walk on the injured foot. Would this be a ligament or tendon injury?

    • ANSWER:
      If the x-ray showed no fracture (break) then it's a sprain; there are 3 grades of ankle sprains;

      Grade I Ankle Sprain:
      Grade I ankle sprains cause stretching of the ligament. The symptoms tend to be limited to pain and swelling. Most patients can walk without crutches, but may not be able to jog or jump.

      Grade II Ankle Sprain:
      A grade II ankle sprain is more severe partial tearing of the ligament. There is usually more significant swelling and bruising caused by bleeding under the skin. Patients usually have pain with walking, but can take a few steps.

      Grade III Ankle Sprain:
      Grade III ankle sprains are complete tears of the ligaments. The ankle is usually quite painful, and walking can be difficult. Patients may complain of instability, or a giving-way sensation in the ankle joint.

      Sounds like she may have a grade 3 sprain. Maybe it's time to make a follow-up appt with the doc.

  13. QUESTION:
    what should I do about my ankle?
    In January, I suffered a fall while playing basketball. I felt a pain in my ankle that I have never felt before. It swelled up to monster size, and I could not walk on it for at least 3 days. I went to the doctor and he told me that it was a Grade 2 sprain, but he wanted to X-Ray the ankle to check for fracture. The X-Rays came back negative, and he told me it would be healed in about 6-8 weeks. It has been about 5 months now, and it is still slightly hurts. I can jog for only short distances on it, and I still feel frequent pain when in certain positions. I do not want to spend the time or money for a second opinion. My father told me that the initial X-Ray can hide a fracture, and it still could be fractured. The doctor just keeps telling me that this is normal. The other ankle is acting strangely too, like it has no energy to do anything. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      take a brown paper bag and tare it into strips, and emerge it into vinegar, wrap your ankle up and tie a plastic bag own it and allow the vinegar to completely dry,It will take away the swelling and fill as though it never happened. Trust me it truly works...if swelling is still their repeat the procedure one more time as above .I promise it truly works God Bless

  14. QUESTION:
    i had a x-ray of my right ankle as its been causing sever pain especially at night?
    findings of x-ray.....
    Ankle mortise is intact. There is presence of os sub-tibiale. Solid periosteal reaction seen of the distal tibia a the level of he interosseous membrane attachment. No acute fracture. No intra-osseous bony lessions... I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT ALL THIS STUFF MEANS IF ANYONE CAN GIVE ME SOME HELP/ANSWERS THAT WOULD BE GREAT...

    • ANSWER:
      Basically you have some extra bone growth at the far end of the larger leg bone next to the ankle.
      That would explain your having pain.
      My guess is that they will want to do surgery to correct this.
      *ankle mortise intact: the ankle isn't dislocated
      *periosteal reaction: formation of new bone due to injury or other cause
      *distal tibia: the end of the tibia (larger leg bone) closest to the foot
      *os subtibiale: a bone in the ankle that some people have and some people don't. You have it. It's not abnormal, but when looking at your ankle, the dr. wants to know whether you have one or not.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I fractured my ankle?
    At my soccer game yesterday the girl I was guarding had the ball and was running down the field with it. So, I ran in front of her to get it. I fell and i think i heard a small crack in my ankle. It's swollen and bruised. I can walk, but it hurts and I'm limping. I'm going to get an x-ray tomorrow but I would like to know if it's fractured or broken. It also hurts to be turned to the left.

    • ANSWER:
      Only an X-ray can tell you. You can't make an accurate assessment unless you can see the bone, which we obviously cannot.

  16. QUESTION:
    I played soccer and fractured my ankle. How long will it take to heal?
    Hey Guys I was playing soccer and someone pushed me and my ankle twisted.

    i went to the emergency room, did x rays and they said a chip is fractured and that that i wouldnt need surgery to do it,

    Today Is july 25th and My school starts on august 21st.

    I asked them how long it would take to heal but they said theywerent sure.

    Please help. At least give me a guess i dont care if your right or wrong
    thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Most fractures heal in about six weeks, if it is the type that requires a cast. Stress fractures heal at different rates, depending on much rest you give the area, so it is more difficult to give you a definite time.

  17. QUESTION:
    Fractured Ankle, how long am i out of commission.?
    I Sprained and fractured my ankle three days ago, I got x-rays and all that. However i don't see my Family doctor until the weekend, so I'm just wondering how long it generally takes for an Ankle to heal, I play basketball somewhat religiously so as you can guess this is really kind of bumming me out, I can't put even the slightest amount of weight on the ankle, and they're has yet to be a second where it doesnt throb with pain..

    • ANSWER:
      Your recovery time will depend on the extent of the fracture. Being able to bear weight on it and being able to play basket ball are two entirely different things.

      But here's a suggestion for keeping up your strength so that when you are allowed to start working out again you won't have lost as much ground. Get an ergometer (stationary bicycle) and work out on it with your bad ankle propped on a stool or chair. There have been studies that show that exercising the good leg while a bad leg is recovering for an injury produces similar (by not exactly the same) benefits in the muscles of the bad leg, even though it isn't being worked out. So you can keep your muscles in shape without injuring the bad ankle.

  18. QUESTION:
    Best treament for a possible fractured ankle?
    I twisted my foot almost a month ago now and it still is very sore and painful when I put trainers on for instance. I haven't had time to go to get an x ray and wondering if anyone would know apart from ice and rest, and slowly getting back into training..... what would be the best way to overcome this? possibly cream?? thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Quit your self medication and go to an orthopedics. He will advice U a better treatment.

  19. QUESTION:
    Do I have a fractured ankle?
    I have heard of fractures not showing up on x-rays when extremely swollen...but i don't know.. i don't want to take any chances...

    Three days ago I fell on my ankle.. it was immediately swollen and bruised and i couldn't sleep bc it was so painful.
    The next morning i went for an x-ray, they said to take an x-ray since it was so extremely swollen. they said it was just sprained, gave me crutches, and an air cast. that i would b able to walk on it in 2-3 days..

    so today, 3 days later, my ankle is still throbbing, i can't stand on it, can't walk and the bruise is all green/turning black and still swollen but not as swollen. i also fell in the shower today and now my ankle is having shooting pains...i can wiggle my toes (its difficult though) but i can't rotate it at all..

    What is wrong with it? Should I get another x-ray? Is this normal for a sprained ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      The same thing happened to me...

      Your ankle is going to look and feel worse before it gets better. The good thing is the swelling has gone down, but the throbbing for me continued for a week to a week and a half. Don't rotate your ankle it will only make recovery time much longer and falling in the shower didn't help either. Most likely all you do have is a sprained ankle, but the way that you're torturing it will not make it heal faster.

      I advise

      1. Bedrest (watching tv, reading a book, etc. you don't necessarily have to sleep!)

      2. Water or other watery fluids

      3. Ice in a wet washcloth or plastic bag

      The best thing that you can do is to stay off of it, hobble around on one foot if you have to (hey i did it, it's not to bad : ) Get something to keep your mind off of it and enjoy yourself, as much as possible : )

      Good Luck and Happy Healing!

  20. QUESTION:
    Any facts about fractured ankle?
    Okay so today I fell, landed on my ankle, something poped, I got x rays and the doctor called back and said I had a small fracture on my lateral malleolus.

    Gas anyone ever had this? Please tell me what helped you relieve the pain.

    • ANSWER:
      I had this. The doctor called it a weber fracture. It's the outer ankle.
      There is not much you can do about the pain. Use analgesics. Once the leg is casted the pain relieves a lot. It takes about 10-14 days to get a weight bearing cast than you have to use the cast at least for 6 weeks.
      Don't try to take it off earlier because it doesn't hurt in the cast. The overall recovery time will be even longer. A friend took it off on her own after she could walk normally for 5 km in the cast. The foot got so swollen that we had to get her back to hospital.

  21. QUESTION:
    I fractured me ankle 2 weeks ago, how long will it take before I can walk again?
    I fractured my ankle and am now in a fiber glass cast. It's been two weeks and I have a week and a half before I return to the doctor for another x-ray. I would like to know if its possible for me to at least get a walking cast or a boot during my next visit to the doctor. Since it is a fiber glass cast and not a plaster cast I'm assuming the fracture is not that bad and is not out of place, so how long do you think it will take before I can start walking on it again?

    • ANSWER:
      Six weeks in a cast? That's too long unless it's really bad especially for a fracture don't you think? My case is four weeks in a cast and two in a walking boot. A boot isn't even bad, just like a normal shoe but "big" - so once your cast is off you'll be walking! I got two weeks to go in a cast and I get to walk again! Yay!

  22. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle cast?
    I fractured my ankle on Friday, then yesterday I went to the ER and they did x-rays and confirmed my ankle was fractured. They told me it should heal well and that surgery was highly unlikely, but they want me to have no weight baring and to use crutches. Monday I have to call an orthopedic doctor to get an appointment for a cast of some sorts to be put on.

    My question is, what type of cast will they likely put me in? I ask because there is absolutely NO WAY I can walk with crutches with no weight baring. I'm overweight as it is, and it's been nothing but torture since I have been trying. I know there are walking boots, but I'm afraid that the doctor will not allow that. This is horrible and seriously, I think I'd rather be dead right now than have to go through this.

    • ANSWER:
      probably going to put a cast that goes up to your knee

  23. QUESTION:
    What is wrong with my ankle?
    Three months ago, I suffered a fall while playing basketball. I felt a pain in my ankle that I have never felt before. It swelled up to monster size, and I could not walk on it for at least 3 days. I went to the doctor and he told me that it was a Grade 2 sprain, but he wanted to X-Ray the ankle to check for fracture. The X-Rays came back negative, and he told me it would be healed in about 6-8 weeks. It has been about 12 weeks now, and it is still slightly swelled up. I can not run or jog on it, and I still feel frequent pain when in certain positions. I do not want to spend the time or money for a second opinion. What should I do?

    • ANSWER:
      Sometimes, you have to buck up and pay the doctor for a legitimate diagnosis.

      Sounds to me like a heavy sprain. I've had them several times in my life. Once, I had both ankles sprained from falling down 14 feet into a building.

      They may take a long time to heal. Sometimes a damned long time. I suggest you visit the doctor to ease your mind. Still, ice your ankle if the swelling is still bad. Lay off it whenever possible.

  24. QUESTION:
    Can you discern a new avulsion fracture of the ankle from an old injury, based on the x-ray?
    It is a very tiny chip on the medial side of the lateral malleolus (I don't know what the specific location is called, but it's between the distal fibula and what I think is the talus--the talocrural joint?...that's if I remember the image correctly)

    So I am wondering if there is a way to tell if this is an old injury or if it happened recently, as I rolled my ankle the other day and it is still in a lot of pain. The ER doc didn't say it was an avulsion fracture, just that my ankle should heal if I rest it and ice it plenty. But he mentioned the chip, and upon closer inspection of my negative, I definitely see what he's talking about.

    Just curious if there is anyone here that has any unofficial advice. Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Little accessory ossicles are pretty common in the area, and, like old chips, tend to have more rounded edges. It's more an artistic interpretation than an objective finding that tells you the difference.

  25. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle, foot still swelling after 5 days?
    Hi,
    On Sunday, i fell 7m from a rock and fractured my ankle whilst rock climbing. I had to keep walking on it for like 5 hrs the day it happened, went to hospital as soon as possible, they put stitches in my shin and thought because of my ability to walk that it wasn't fractured. Ankle was swollen but foot wasn't.
    Next day, i got an X-Ray, they said it was fractured, and put my leg in plaster.
    After three days, the foot and toes have started to swell up, and they still are now? Is this normal? (the plaster doesn't cover the end of the foot, that's how i can see it)

    • ANSWER:
      You need to keep the leg elevated above the heart to keep the swelling down. "Toes higher then the nose" When the selling goes down then you can bring it down. However if it starts to swell again then you need to prop it up again.

  26. QUESTION:
    Please help i have a fractured ankle?
    okay so it's not for sure that i have a fractured ankle because the doctor said on my x-rays you can see a little streak but that may or not be a fracture and if it is a fracture it would be just a little one..okay so today is the 6th day...today i woke up in the morning and my foot isnt swollen anymore its just a little like just where the ankle is and it reallyy itches..does that mean its getting better? i am on crutches and the doctor said tostay on them for 2 wees and go back and do another x ray

    • ANSWER:
      yeah, don;t worry, try rotating it gently in a few days time and putting soft weight on it to strengthen it up again

  27. QUESTION:
    Do I need to get an x ray for my ankle?
    I was walking to trash can at 7:45 this morning and I slipped on some ice and fell off the curb. My foot twisted in and the outside of my ankle touched the ground. It hurt at first, but after a few minutes, I was able to get up and walk on it, painfully, but walking. When I got home a few hours later, I laid in bed and did the RICE treatment. Now, it is about 10 hours later and my ankle has severe pain. I can not walk on it and it is still swollen, even after ice. Is it possible that I fractured something? Is this more than just a sprain?

    • ANSWER:
      No way to know if it's fractured without an x-ray. See a doctor - he or she will decide if an x-ray is necessary.

  28. QUESTION:
    How would I know if I fractured or broke my ankle?
    The pain only happens at night and it's to the point where it's not letting me sleep.

    I'm able to walk on it but I keep thinking there's something more wrong than there really is. The swelling has gone down a bit but the pain is oh so there.

    Should I go get an x-ray this morning with a doctor? Or should I wait it out another day? This pain has been around since Saturday night.

    • ANSWER:
      Is this because of an injury?

      If there's still pain, then I would go see a doctor. Especially if their was an injury and swelling. It might just be a bad sprain. But either way, you should not be walking on it. Sprains actually take longer to heal than a break. RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Also, it's possible that you may have also torn something.

      It is possible to have either a break or sprain ad still be able to walk on it, but with pain!

  29. QUESTION:
    sprained or fractured ankle?
    im 13 years old + a girl. i had a taekwondo test last saturday and while sparring something happened to my ankle and i fell down. while i was going down i thought i heard something softly pop or crack but i don't know. but it hurt when i walked on it but i kept sparring after i put ice on it. when i got home i put ice on it and elevated it and the swelling went down, but the next 2 days its still swelled and the whole side that i hurt is discolored. my mom is taking me to my doctor tomorrow to see what we should do but i wanted to ask yahoo before i go. my dad says walking + no crutches is the best is that true? do you think he would want me to get a x-ray? do you think it could be fractured but i don't know it? do you think it is just sprained? state what you know to give me an idea!

    • ANSWER:
      If you were willing to walk on it the day it happened you probably just sprained it. But since you heard a crack it could be broken. I just broke my ankle two weeks ago and I knew the second I fell it was broken. Most people know if they have broke something

  30. QUESTION:
    CT scan for a fractured ankle?
    My 11 year-old son has fractured his ankle and the podiatrist we consulted said it was Salter Fracture Type 1. The doctor has done x-rays in the office, but also ordered a CT scan. I would like to know if the CT scan is really necessary and if the radiation exposure risk is justifiable in the case of a small fracture?

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  31. QUESTION:
    Can you have a bone fracture that doesn't show up on an x-ray?
    If there is ankle pain especially when standing, or when heavy blankets cover the foot, can there be a fracture not found by an x-ray?

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  32. QUESTION:
    how to read an x ray of your foot? cast for a fractured foot?
    soooo, i got x rays on my foot yesterday cause on wednesday i hurt it. & its been inflamed & bruised & lots of swelling from then til now. (its saturday) and i got my x rays on a CD cause i was really curios. but i wont no whats wrong til monday. so im looking at it & theres like a white cloud over where i hit my foot. (my ankle. close to my talus) like its hard to see anything cause its a bunch of white. but i do see this like thin white line.

    anyone no how to read an xray or no anything about what i said?

    also if i have a hairline fracture or a fracture whats the treatment?
    like an air cast? a plaster cast? a splint? or just an ace wrap.

    • ANSWER:

  33. QUESTION:
    Is my ankle fractured or is it just a bad sprain?
    Hey Guys,
    On Monday I was just walking round college when my ankle gave way. It was immediately very painful and swelled up straight away with some bruising. I was able to walk on it with some difficulty. I just assumed it was a sprain and iced it for the next few days. On Thursday I was again walking round college and my ankle gave way again, this time it was a lot more painful and harder to walk on. Today it still hurts to walk on but not terribly however there is a lot of tenderness on the knobbly bit of my ankle on the outside with some bruising and it is still quite swollen. I went to the college health centre on friday who gave me a strapping and told me to get an X-ray tomorrow morning. Should I just leave the ankle as it is or should I get an X-ray in case there is a fracture?
    Just one more thing, my ankle hurts even if i'm not walking/standing on it..is this a sign of a fracture or can sprains be like this too?

    • ANSWER:
      get an x-ray. it is better to be safe than sorry.

      feel better :)

  34. QUESTION:
    Do i have a fractured tib/fib??...ankle?? PLEASE HELP I'M CRYING!!!?
    So on the 2nd i was in a car accident and got pretty banged up. Yesterday i went to get my shin area x-rayed because it's still pretty sore and i thought i had a hairline fracture.... they said it looked good. Today it swelled up a lot and it hurts really bad. My ankle is swollen now and you can't even see the ankle bone.... she stopped the x-ray right before my ankle...sometimes it feels like my bone is snapped in half and sometimes it doesn't hurt at all.... i'm worried that there still may be something wrong. You can't see any bruising but is my bone just bruised? Or could my shin hurt too even if it's my ankle that is fractured....hairline fracture??

    • ANSWER:
      To everyone who is telling you to go and just tell them what x-rays you want... it doesn't work like that. You have to have an order from a doctor in order to get x-rays. It's like a prescription - just like you can't walk into the pharmacy and get drugs without the order from a doctor.

  35. QUESTION:
    Could my sprained ankle actually be a stress fracture?
    I hurt my ankle about 3 weeks ago. When ever i landed i hurt a popping noise in my ankle. I went to the doctor and he said it was just a minor sprain and I would be back to normal in a bout a week. My mom was saying there could actually be a stress fracture and it just wasn't visible on the x ray. My ankle now has a full range of motion again but it still hurts if I run and jump around on it. So do you think its possible that I could have a small fracture/stress fracture?

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  36. QUESTION:
    Got x-rays on my ankle yesterday ... forgot what the dr said .. but there was like a dark white line on my?
    ankle in the x-ray ... and i don't think it's a fracture, since it wasn't broken off, but it looked cracked ... is it a sprain or pulled ligament? how long should i stay off of my ankle?

    • ANSWER:
      I would stay off it for a couple of weeks and then test it out and if any pain comes back them rest it a bit longer
      I'm no doctor but dark white is grey

  37. QUESTION:
    Is it physically possible to walk on a fractured ankle with only moderate pain?
    I'm a 14 year old. just getting that out there :) I fell on my ankle 3 months ago, and when I fell, I heard like a crack. and I felt weird. like, it was a dream, like my vision was blurry, i guess. not sure how to describe it. it hurt like a MOFO! and then I snapped out of it, but I felt physically sick to my stomach.. that went away a minute later. I crawled over to my bed, I couldn't budge my ankle, and it was all swollen. it was a little stiff the next day, but I could walk on it, with moderate pain. I went to my doctor that day. he said I had a "high sprain." okay, so it hurts, like if I'm standing on it for too long, or walking for like 30 minutes.
    so, it's 3 months later (present) and it still hurts. so I go to another doctor. he says that at my age, it should have been better 2 - 3 weeks after it happened. he said it was probably either fractured or I tore a ligament. I haven't had an x-ray, going on Friday. ( July 15th)
    ( i kicked a desk last year, and I fractured a little bone in my foot, I didn't know it was fractured until 4 months later. but I had been playing softball and running on it, and it only hurt sometimes )

    that's why I was wondering if it is physically possible for me to have fractured my ankle and still be walking on it with moderate pain.

    * when I rotate my ankle it cracks, but that's the normal joint cracking. and it makes this grinding/popping noise.
    ** my ankle foot also gets numb sometimes. if that's even related.

    thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      Yeah. I tore my ligament (and I knew it) but I still played soccer ( and it hurt) and this was around 3 years ago? They gave me crutches but I didn't use them.Then I broke the same ankle and they forced me into a cast but when I got a walking cast I never used it. So now I have to go to physiotherapy and stuff. -.- But yeah you can definitely walk on a broken ankle. Heck, I played volleyball with two broken fingers ( they are bent so I know for sure that they were broken at some point and never healed properly) :D Good luck at your X-Ray ( I've had a lot of those LOL ) :P

  38. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle: Healed or Not? Please answer...I want help! Thanks...?
    I fractured my ankle on October 4. I was in a fiber glass cast for 3 weeks...then I was put into a aircast for 3 weeks. I was on crutches the whole time. I went to the doctor one week ago and she told me to get off the crutches and still walk. I was (and still) in pain and was told it was just "kinks" that I had to get out from being immobilized. I agreed with the DOCTOR and started walking on it. I fractured my ankle and severely sprained a ligament (NO SURGERY) and pulled a muscle in my lower leg. Today, one week later, it still is not better. It hurts to move, wiggle, and put pressure on. I have been moving it around with exercises each day. No improvement and it hurts as the day progresses...still! I can walk on it and the pain is bearable. However, when ever i move, wiggle, or step on my ankle...it CRACKS. Not painful or anything but it constantly cracks. Why? Is it healed? She said the x ray looked much better and it is healed. It is not dislocated. The doctor said that I should be able to walk by next week in a sneaker! How? Will I need a brace for soccer( how i fractured it)??The doctor said I will definately need Physical Therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      One cannot say for sure if it is healed (or healing) without looking at comparitive x-rays. However, you are still in a phase of healing where if you put too much stress on it, it will go back to inflammation, putting you in a chronic state. I would adjust how you walk by walking without the crutches when it is not bad, but use the crutches when the pain gets sharp and starts to progress. You can still put some weight on it with the crutches, you use them enough so that you avoid sharp pain.

      Cracking is not uncommon after this type of injury, as long as the crack itself is not painful, do not worry about it.

      If not better in another week by modifying your use of the crutches, I would see the doctor again.

      Contact the doctor either way.

  39. QUESTION:
    do you need to get injected by something before you get your x-ray?
    anyway, while I was playing in school. I accidentally landed on my teammates foot when I jumped. I landed on one foot and it wasn't flat on the floor. I had pain in my ankle and I'm planning to get an x-ray if there's a fracture. so do I need to get injected by something before I get my x-ray?

    • ANSWER:
      Nope! X-Rays are intended to show up damage to bones.

  40. QUESTION:
    I stress fractured my ankle and have some questions:?
    I can walk completely fine, I only experience a sharp pain when I run. However, the x-rays he took show that I have a stress fracture. How is this possible when I can walk fine if it is fracture?

    • ANSWER:
      ask the doc.
      also, it is possible. one of my friends broke his ankle and felt no pain till the next day(then again he was drunk as fuck)

  41. QUESTION:
    what exactly is an ununited avulsion fracture as pertaining to the right ankle?
    I would like to know as this is what it says on my ankle x-ray report...

    • ANSWER:
      A bone fracture which occurs when a fragment of bone tears away from the main bone. If it is the outside bone, fibula, that is common and should be o.k. over time.

  42. QUESTION:
    do i need to go to the hospital for a fractured ankle?
    well yesterday i was playing basketball and rolled my ankle. i thought it was a sprain cuz it swelled up. so i iced it and rested and then i woke up today and notice it bruised on both sides of my ankle. and still very swollen. i have come to the conclusion it might be fractured since my friend fractured his ankle and it looked the same. so my question is do i have to go to the hospital? or can i just use the brace they gave my friend. because from what he said, all the hospital did was x-ray and then gave him the brace and told him to stay off of it.

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  43. QUESTION:
    What is the treatment for an ununited distal fibula fracture at ankle level?
    Fracture occured April 2, 2006 and was treated for 6 weeks with cast and four weeks with walking boot. I was told on July 5, 2006 with an x-ray that the fracture is not healed. Does anyone know what the next step would be?

    • ANSWER:
      seek an orthopaedic doctor, especially one who specializes in feet and ankles. it is uncommon for a fracture not to heal after 3 months. they may have to surgically repair it if it cant heal on its own

  44. QUESTION:
    Ankle still fractured?
    I broke my ankle 14 weeks ago, and had the plaster removed 8 weeks ago.I was not given an x ray when my plaster was taken off, the doc said it was healed by looking at it. I was still in a lot of pain so went for an x ray I have found out that my ankle is still fractured can anyone give any advice as to what will happen next please?

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  45. QUESTION:
    fractured ankle questions?
    Was wondering if having a boot caste put on for a very light fracture is normal when there is very little swelling,, Or if I may end up with a full ankle caste evutally? Basically there was a bone doctor on call the day I ended up in the Er he went over the x-ray and came in and saw me, had a boot caste put o instead of a split and said he would have it x-rayed in a few weeks, is that normal? has well.

    From what the doctors said its a very small fracture so was wondering how long it may take to heal, that swelling is already gone, and wasn't that major when I went in., Basically cleared up the day after

    Sorry for any typos or errors, been a long day/.
    So having a boot caste is not out of the normal, the nurses even showed me how to keep it tight has the swelling adjusted/ thank you all for your answers and correct me if I am wrong, these air castes are wonderful.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi!

      Yes, having a cast is almost always necessary to protect a fracture, and having a cast is a very solid 'armor', though it's much warmer and itchier, but it does its job. Like Gracinda, I'm an occupational therapist too, and I mould a lot of splints for patients with fractures.

      Fracture healing rate depends on age, sex, existing medical conditions, nutrition and lifestyle - but standard is anything from 4 - 8 weeks, give or take 2 weeks. Good to hear that the swelling is gone - check if the cast is too loose by now, if it is, that means it's not fitting very well, go back to re-cast or change it into a splint in that case. (a loose cast means poor positioning for optimal fracture healing).

  46. QUESTION:
    Fractured ankle...? PLEASE help!!!!!?
    I think I may have fractured my lateral malleolus, it's very swollen even after 2 weeks of rest, ice, compression, and elevation. I have some health insurance issues right now, so I'm hesitant to seek medical care I can't pay for. Is there any way (other than x-rays obviously) to tell whether I have fractured my malleolus or whether it's just an ankle sprain? I can walk and run with some pain. thank you, please help!!!!

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  47. QUESTION:
    What can a doctor do about a sprained ankle?
    hi, i am 13 years old and i either sprained or fractured my ankle about 13-14 hours ago. the swelling was about an inch and a half above normal and is currently about an inch above normal. it is an inverted sprain and i have it elevated with ice and an ace bandage. it looks like its a grade 3 sprain or a minor fracture, i cant walk and am in constant pain, besides an x ray, what will the doctor do for me?

    • ANSWER:
      Your doctor isn't going to x-ray it most likely, just a wrap and tell you to do what your already doing. Since the swelling is already going down and you're doing all you should do, I would say just to keep off it and maybe take some pain reliever.

  48. QUESTION:
    How long will it take to heal my sprain ankle?
    I got a sprain ankle about 3 weeks ago. The x-ray showed no fracture and it was eventually going away but then just yesterday, i twisted my ankle again at the same place :( I'm using the Ace wrap when i go out but cannot avoid a lot of walking everyday for going to class and everything. So do you have any idea how long it will be for my sprain ankle to heal completely and i can run again?

    • ANSWER:
      A spain just takes time to heal,I would have to say at least a good 3 weeks,you can ice it down and help with the process and yes you will be able to run again,it just has to heal.

  49. QUESTION:
    Should I wait to walk on hairline fractured ankle?
    Ok. I am a 14-yr-old male. I was playing football a little more than 3 weeks ago (3 weeks 4 days) and during practice I got hit from the side. I went to catch my balance and my ankle twisted. I went to the hospital that night and they originally said that I sprained my ankle and I should be good to go in a few days; just ice and elevate it, etc. So the next day I got a call from the hospital saying they read the x-ray wrong and to come back, that my growth could be stunned. At this point I'm freaking out. We go back to the hospital and they tell me I have a hairline fracture in my ankle. Apparently they're hard to see so they missed it the first time. Since then I've been in a half-cast splint thing wrapped around with ace bandages and some cotton wrapping with crutches. I have yet to go to an orthopedist because of extenuating circumstances (I know. I should've seen an orthopedist by now). Anyways, here's the question:

    My ankle feels fine (to me anyways). Besides the fact that a few people tripped over my ankle, I haven't bore any weight on it. I know from research that hairline fractures take at least 4-6 weeks, but should I try to walk on it or wait? The coach for basketball is letting me try-out once I get better so I'd really like to know. Thanks.

    PS. I would prefer a doctor (more specifically an orthopedist) to answer, but if you aren't one, still feel free to answer.
    If I'm not supposed to walk on it, how long should I wait before I can?

    • ANSWER:
      i wouldn't walk on it especially in the splint, because they are not designed to be walked on. you should really see an orthopedic they would have probably put you in a fiberglass cast or a walking boot.

  50. QUESTION:
    Should I wait to play on my fractured ankle?
    About 8 weeks ago (November 16, 2010), I fractured my ankle in football practice. I was in the midst of running and was hit in my right shoulder girdle. Due to my force of motion and the force acting against it, the result was a plantarflexion in my left ankle to the point where I fell. I was unable to bear weight on the afflicted ankle, and within 2-3 hours, I was taken to the emergency room.

    My original diagnosis was that I had sprained the ankle; they gave me a splint and crutches and told me I would be able to walk fine by the following Monday (the event happened on a Tuesday). However, the next day I received a phone call from the hospital saying that they read the x-rays wrong and needed me to come back to the hospital because I had fractured it (you could only imagine how I felt!). So I came back, they apologized, and the put me in a fiberglass splint to accompany the crutches they had given me the previous day.

    Due to extenuating circumstances, I did not get to follow up with an orthopedist until almost 5 weeks later. Once I had seen the doctor and had taken x-rays, he assessed that I had a hairline fracture of the distal tibial epiphysis (I later researched to find out that it was a vertical fracture in the central third of the distal tibial epiphysis). He took off the fiberglass cast and put me in a walking boot. He then told me I would have to use both the walking boot and the crutches for 2 weeks with partial pressure (making 7 weeks), and then I would only use the boot as support for full pressure (making 9 weeks total).

    So here is my dilemma...

    I stopped wearing the boot half-way through the full pressure stage of the walking boot (end of week 7). The first couple of days I had a slight (barely noticeable) limp, but after walking on it a little more, the limp started to fade. I found out I could jump on it with slight, barable discomfort, but I couldn't stand on my toes with just that one foot (however, I could stand on that one foot fine).

    Furthermore, there was one tiny detail I forgot to mention. I've been waiting to play on my basketball team the entire season (technically, I didn't even try out yet). The coach said he would wait until my ankle is better and I give him a doctor's note clearing me to play. I figured if I got an ankle brace and sort of self-rehabilitated my ankle, it would be okay.

    Do you think this is okay to do? Should I put the boot back on? Or would that reverse the rehabilitation I've already gone through? And what should I do about the basketball dilemma? I appreciate your input (and apologize for making this so long. ha)

    By the way, I am a 15 year old boy (though I was 14 when the fracture happened) if this helps.

    • ANSWER:
      You should wait. Give it more time to heal.