Broken ankles, also known as ankle fractures, can vary from minor hairline fractures to severe, multiple fractures. They occur when one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint are broken. The type of fracture often determines the treatment needed. Simple fractures may need immobilization with a cast or splint to ensure proper alignment during healing. More complex fractures, particularly those where the bones are out of place or the ankle joint is unstable, may require surgery. The surgical intervention aims to realign the bones and secure them in place with screws, plates, or pins. During post-surgery, the ankle is generally immobilized, and weight-bearing may be restricted for a certain period. If you have broken your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and prompt treatment to reduce the risk of complications.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from The Podiatry Center, PC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.
When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.
Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle
- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
- Swelling around the area
- Bruising of the area
- Area appears to be deformed
If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.
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