At any given moment, injuries can occur. Distinguishing between typical injuries such as ankle sprains and fractures is crucial. It is essential to discern as each can result in similar symptoms like discomfort and limited movement. Accurately identifying is vital for effective care and recovery. Let’s explore the elements that can assist you in distinguishing between a sprain and a fracture.

Identifying Sprains

A sprain happens when the ligaments, which are strong tissue bands connecting bones and supporting joints, get stretched or damaged. Sprains commonly occur in areas such as ankles, wrists, and knees. These are a few attributes of a sprain:

·         Inflammation often leads to swelling in the specific area of injury caused by sprains.

·         Bruising can occur a few days following an injury, with the extent of the bruise determining the severity.

·         The location of the injury often experiences discomfort, which may worsen when the affected area is in motion.

·         A sprain can restrict the movement of a joint and cause pain and instability, resulting in a limited range of motion.

·         The affected region may experience sensitivity when touched or applied pressure to.

Identifying Fractures

A fracture, also called a broken bone, happens when the bone’s structure is compromised. Fractures can vary in severity from small cracks, or hairline fractures, to total fractures. Below are a few signs that may suggest a fracture has occurred:

·         Deformity can result from fractures, leading to noticeable changes in the appearance of the affected bone, such as misalignment or abnormal positioning.

·         Fractures typically cause intense and immediate pain even when the person is not moving.

·         Just like sprains, fractures result in swelling and bruising in the vicinity of the injured region.

·         Fractures can create difficulty or even prevent weight bearing on the affected limb.

·         In certain cases of severe fractures, the bone may extend through the skin, resulting in what is called an open fracture.

Professional Medical Assistance

The ability to distinguish between a sprain and a fracture can help you find the right medical attention and start the appropriate treatment. Sprains typically cause damage to ligaments and exhibit symptoms like swelling, bruising, and tenderness. Fractures involve broken bones, often leading to deformity, intense pain, and the inability to put weight on the affected area.

A professional assessment is necessary for an accurate diagnosis. The best way to address concerns about a possible sprain or fracture is to see a doctor specializing in foot and ankle care.

At Bay Podiatry Associates, Dr. Argirios Mantzoukas, our board-certified podiatrist, treats a variety of conditions, such as diabetic wounds, bunions, hammertoes, heel pain, nerve pain, plantar warts, dry skin, and calluses. We provide excellent service for patients in the Bath Beach, Kings County section of South Brooklyn. Contact our office at 718-266-1986. Our office is at 8635 21st Avenue, Suite 1C, Brooklyn, NY, 11217.

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