What is the difference between a sprain and a fracture?

The key difference between a sprain and a fracture is where the injury takes place. A sprain is a common injury that can happen to the ligaments that connect bones to each other. “Fracture” is simply another word for a break and refers to instances where bones are cracked or broken.

There are other differences as well, though. Sprains happen when ligaments are stretched beyond their intended range, with severe ones completely tearing the soft tissue. Fractures happen in response to physical trauma, either via a single event or as an accumulation over time (like with stress fractures).

The reason people wonder about the difference between these two injuries is the fact that they share common symptoms. In both cases, there may be swelling, bruising, and pain. Further, both happen relatively often during sports and other physical activities.

Our professionals at Foot & Ankle Associates of Florida can provide additional information, accurate diagnoses, and effective treatment plans for either of these common injuries. Call us at 407-339-7759 or 352-589-9550 (for Lake County) to speak to one of our friendly staff members. We can help you set up an appointment, or you can request one via our online form right now.