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Sprain, Strain, Broken Ankle

Sprains, Strains & Broken Ankle Treatment in South Philly, PA at AFC Urgent Care

1/3 the Cost of an Emergency Room Visit!

Everything You Need to Know About Sprained, Strained and Broken Ankles

“Oh boy, does that look broken to you?" is a question you never want to ask but one you always want an answer to. AFC Urgent Care South Philly is where you need to come for immediate answers. Our board certified physicians are ready to diagnose you with no appointment needed.

We are an affordable alternative to an emergency room where you would likely face long waits and a large medical bill. If you wait days for your primary care doctor to be available, you risk further injury of your sprain, strain or broken ankle. You need a proper diagnosis and treatment. You do not want to “walk it off" if you end up having a broken ankle.

The staff at our walk-in medical clinic is highly experienced in treating a range of medical issues. You will find that not only are our physicians highly professional, but you will receive prompt attention no matter the medical complaint. Visiting our urgent care center will also, in many cases, cost you as little as a third of the amount you spend in an emergency room.

Want to know more about sprains, strains and broken ankles?

You have always heard it is good to be physically active. However, we can all push ourselves too hard from time to time. Whether trying to get in shape or being competitive in an athletic sport, you could injure yourself. An injury in the ankle area needs to be immediately looked at before you injure yourself more severely. You can quickly find yourself immobile if you do not get correctly diagnosed.

We can provide treatment and advice for a range of injuries. With our onsite digital x-ray, we can accurately diagnose your strain, sprain, or broken ankle. No appointment is needed to access our services or be seen by one of our physicians.

How to tell the difference between a sprain, strain, or a fracture?

It can be very hard to know whether your ankle is sprained, strained, or broken unless you are a medical professional. To give you a better background on these conditions, we have listed the main differences between each type of injury.


A sprain occurs when you damage ligaments that connect to your bones. A stretch or a tear of a ligament is the most common form of sprains. It becomes quite noticeable when you walk, run, or make any sort of sudden movement. A sprain can be minor, however if the size of the tear is large enough, it can be very debilitating. Any strain must be properly treated.


A strain occurs when you pull a muscle or tendon. These parts of your body help you move your bones and limbs. An injury to this area can be the result of not stretching properly. You should always stretch the muscles you use before you work out or if you decide to push yourself during training. While a strain is more likely to happen in the back or hamstring, they can also occur in other areas such as your ankles.


The most serious of these three injuries is a broken ankle. This is not something you should take a “wait and see" approach with. You need to be immediately checked out by a physician. A break in the ankle is the most painful of these three injuries and can be the most noticeable especially if there is any deformity or bone protrusion. If you feel you have a broken ankle, it needs to receive prompt attention or you could find yourself dealing with expensive long term issues. Our onsite digital x-ray allows our board-certified physicians to quickly diagnose your condition. This powerful diagnostic tool and our doctors are available with no appointment needed. We can, at your request, send copies of x-rays to your regular primary physician.

Are you suffering from any of the injuries above or suspect you may be? Stop by AFC Urgent Care South Philly and see one of our physicians today. We have extended hours and weekend hours to make it convenient to see us. We accept most major insurances and have affordable self-pay options for those who are uninsured. Questions? Call our friendly staff at (215) 964-9250 and we will do our best to answer any of your questions. We look forward to serving you!

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  • What kind of strains or sprains can you not treat?

    Third-degree strains of sprains, where tissue has been completely torn, will need surgical repair from a specialist. Some 2nd-degree sprains and strains also need to be seen by a specialist. Generally, if there is a complete loss of motion in a limb or severe pain, it will need more specialized care.

  • What kind of broken bones do you not treat?

    Any fracture that results in the skin being pierced or loss of limb function needs to be immediately seen in an emergency room.

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