I fell on the ice today, and heard a loud snap. I sounded much like a branch breaking (splintering). When the ER doc examined my ankle, he knew right away that it was broken and they began sx prep. When the x-rays were reviewed, they were not able to see a fracture. Is it possible that there it is fracture, and not just a sprain?
I had a severe sprain in my other ankle a couple years back, and this new injury feels completely different! I have never had such pain (other than birthing a child)!
Ankle injuries are quite difficult--let's say that up front. Having said that, it can take a long time to recover. With regard to fractures and what you are feeling:
Hairline fractures can skip detection in the first week or two after an injury. Although most significant fractures are seen on first exam, it might take a second Xray later to be sure you do not have a hairline fracture. In some cases, an MRI is even necessary. Usually, however, each ligament or tendon injury is of a slightly different character depending on what joint or limb is involved. This produces different symptoms for different injuries. Also, keep in mind a torn muscle might also be involved. Needless to say, it can be quite painful. Keep in touch with your doctor as how you progress will determine what treatment is recommended.
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