At first, the ability to determine an ankle sprain vs. ankle fracture might be difficult. Let’s talk anatomy to clear things up.

The ankle connects the tibia and fibula of the lower leg with the talus on the top of your foot. Between these three bones are ligaments that hold the bones in place and allow for some elastic movement. Furthermore, tendons attach muscles to the bone, so you can move your foot around and keep the joints stable.

An ankle fracture is a break in one or more of these bones. An ankle sprain is damage to the ligaments. It happens when the ligament stretches beyond the elasticity it’s used to. You’ve probably pulled the muscles and tendons past their limit as well.

Did that help? We hope it did! If you need to make an appointment with the McDowell Orthopedics & Podiatry Group for an ankle sprain or fracture, call (916) 961-3434 to reach our office in Carmichael, CA.

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