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What is the difference between a sprain and a break?


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A sprain and a break affect completely different structures within your lower limbs. Sprains are soft tissue injuries. They occur when the ligaments that stabilize your ankle or other foot structures are stretched beyond their normal flexibility, damaging them. In some cases, the connective tissue may even tear. A broken bone affects your hard tissue. Damage strains the bony structure beyond what it can support, so it cracks. Both of these are common problems for athletes and other active people. Typically they occur suddenly and painfully, and need professional intervention to heal correctly.

If you’re concerned you may have developed a sprain or fracture, don’t continue using that foot and simply hope the problem will improve with time. Failing to treat the issue can result in chronic instability and discomfort. Instead, contact Dallas Podiatry Works in the Dallas and Plano areas for expert care. Call either of our two offices—(972) 566-7474 for the Dallas location, or (972) 943-3323 for the Plano office—or fill out the online contact form to reach us.

Dr. Joel W. Brook
Dr. Joel Brook is a board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon at Dallas Podiatry Works in TX.