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Is swelling in the ankle a symptom of a fracture or sprain?

yesterday i jumped off the last step and landed on an uneven surface. my ankle was inverted and on my way down i heard 3 loud quick cracking sounds. I had severe pain and decreased ROM. I did RICE and the pain went down significantly. its now the next day and my ankle is really swollen and slighlty bruised. but i can still walk on my ankle and the pain is practically gone. except for when i move my ankle a certain way. i dont know if i should spend the time and money to get an xray or just wait it out? could it be sprained or fractured with little pain with weight bearing???
Wed, 8 Aug 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

The swelling can happen both due to fracture or sprain. You need to have an MRI scan for proper diagnosis.

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