Question by  outsiter (25)

How to tell if you have a broken ankle?

I think I broke my ankle.


Answer by  toomanysnakes (20)

The symptoms of a broken ankle are swelling, discoloration, feeling of crepitus (a fine crackling sensation upon movement), and pain. If you have any of these symptoms, it is possible you have a broken ankle, but it could also be a sprain. It is not possible to determine the presence of a fracture without an x-ray.


Answer by  soapjunkie (581)

If you cannot wiggle your toes, have severe ankle pain, have significant bruising and swelling, inability to walk or put weight on your ankle, or even a bone protruding through the skin, then it could be a broken ankle. Please consult your doctor or local emergency room for treatment.


Answer by  Melissa101010 (4405)

Usually if you have broke your ankle you will be able to see the bone poking out the side of your foot. You will have a lot of pain, swelling, and tenderness. It sometimes gets warm to touch. You should go to an emergency room and get an xray to see if it is broken.


Answer by  Kozmo (286)

If it's broken, the pain is so severe I couldn't even take one step on it. A sprain being painful, you can put some pressure on it. The only way to tell is to have an X-ray. But if you cannot get there right away: ice on 20 minutes, off 20 minutes and Advil reduces the swelling.

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