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Broken Bones

What are the signs of a broken or fractured foot or ankle bone?

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  • AJeanne Morrison, PhD, Family Medicine, answered
    The obvious answer is to get an xray.  The statement that "I can walk on it, therefore it isn't broken" is false.  Many people with ankle fracures can walk on the extremity and it is extremely important to know whether it is broken because one may have a non-displaced fracture and  walking may cause it to become displaced and require surgery.  Many times a person will have motion of the ankle even with a fracture.  Sometimes, special studies must be done such as a MRI, CT scan, or bone scan to determine whether a fracture exists.   
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