How can you tell a sprain apart from a break or fracture?
Because it hurts like hell but it is not discolored.
Depending on the severity of the injury, you can't, at least not without an x-ray, or having a doctor examine you. A few site that might help give you some basic differences...http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/emergencies/broken_bones.htmlhttps://www.stjohnprovidence.org/HealthInfoLib/swarticle.aspx?type=1&id=1889
A sprain is usually characterized by reactionary pain, while a fracture is characterized by constant pain. With a sprain, you may be able to walk, although the pain usually intensifies as you walk, but walking on a fractured ankle is usually impossible. Check out more symptoms and differences on www.livestrong.com/article/356775-how-to-tell-if-my-ankle-is-sprained-or-fractured/.