I heard a “pop” when I twisted my ankle. This means it’s broken, right?

Not necessarily. Although it may seem strange, a popping sound is more commonly associated with an ankle sprain than an ankle fracture, leading many people to start their course of treatment quite literally on the wrong foot. 


Here are just a few ankle injury side effects that can be both sprained ankle and fracture symptoms:

  • A “snapping” sound. It is common to hear a snapping or popping sound when one of the body’s joints is injured. A “pop” can indicate misalignment in an ankle, a knee, or a shoulder, without the presence of a fracture. 
  • Pain. Many people assume that overwhelming pain indicates a broken bone in the ankle. However, since some sprains can cause more pain than fractures do, pain level is an ineffective way to diagnose the injury.
  • Sensitivity. Being unable to stand, walk, put weight on the injured foot, or even touch the skin at the injury site can be signs of either a sprain or a break. 
  • Swelling. Both breaks and sprains can cause swelling in the ankle and leg.
  • Bruising.While both a fracture and sprain can cause bruising, many patients with fractures won’t notice a bruise until their cast has been removed.

The best way to determine the extent of your injury is with a physical examination and an X-ray to check for signs of fracture. If you are suffering from a severe ankle injury in Philadelphia, the caring and competent podiatrists at Healthmark Foot & Ankle Associates can diagnose and treat your injury today at either of our convenient locations. 

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Athlete's Foot

Also called “tinea pedis”, athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that commonly appears between the toes and sometimes on other parts of the feet. It causes an itching, stinging sensation and is contagious. See a doctor if your condition doesn’t improve or gets worse.


One complication of diabetes is a tendency to foot problems. Diabetics can be afflicted with diabetic neuropathy and peripheral vascular disease, two serious conditions. Also, when a diabetic acquires one of the more common foot problems like athlete’s foot or bunions, they are more likely to become infected and/or lead to serious complications.

Plantar Warts

Warts can come in all different shapes and sizes, especially on the foot and toes. Warts are very hard to treat, but a proper medical diagnosis and consistent treatment can help you get rid of this painful, ugly virus.

Ankle Sprain

An estimated 25,000 people experience an ankle sprain each day, making this injury one of the most common. Anyone of any age can sprain an ankle, whether playing sports or just walking on an uneven surface. Because a sprain can be more serious than you first think, you need a doctor to diagnose this injury.


Gout is a painful form of arthritis that can be found in joints throughout the entire body. Gout is commonly found in the foot and can create terrible discomfort for the toes. If you think you are experience gout or any other type of arthritis in your foot, ankle, or leg, contacting a podiatrist is the most important decision you can make to fix your joint pain.

Flat Feet

The condition known as flat feet, sometimes also called “fallen arches”, is a common problem. Although usually painless, this condition can cause problems with your knees and ankles. If your flat feet are causing you pain, you should have this condition checked out.


When the toe is permanently bent in a claw-like position, it is called hammertoe. Usually appearing in the second toe, hammertoe is often caused by ill-fitting shoes. This condition can and should be treated by a podiatrist as early on as possible to avoid surgery.


If you suffer from bunions, you know how painful they can become. These bony enlargements, usually occurring at the base of the big toe, can cause the big toe to turn inward towards the other toes. Whether caused by genetics, arthritis or years of ill-fitting shoes, bunions can be treated successfully.


Caused by pressure or rubbing on the skin, corns are usually formed when shoes fit improperly. While very annoying, corns can be treated very successfully. Seeing a podiatrist should be the first step to relief.

Heel Spurs

When a hook of bone forms on the heel bone, it is called a heel spur. This condition is sometimes linked with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue in the arch of the foot. Heel spurs can be painful, but there are many successful treatments.

Sclerosis - Scleroderma

This disorder results in the hardening and inflammation of many organs in the body. In most cases of scleroderma, the indications of the disease are seen on the skin; with symmetrical skin-thickening, discoloration, and/or lesions.

Platelet-Rich Plasma

Platelet-Rich Plasma is an increasingly popular treatment used at Healthmark Foot and Ankle for healing and recovery from injury.