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Managing a Broken Ankle

Managing a broken ankle requires immediate attention from a podiatrist to ensure proper healing and prevent long-term issues. Unlike a sprain, which affects the ligaments surrounding the ankle, a fracture is a more severe injury. It involves one or more of the ankle bones and is often accompanied by torn ligaments and damaged cartilage. Symptoms of a fractured ankle include significant swelling, intense pain, bruising, and an inability to bear weight. Sometimes bones in the ankle joint are misaligned. Common causes of ankle fractures are sports injuries, falls, or missteps on uneven ground. The recovery process involves several stages. Initial swelling may subside within days or weeks, but full recovery and return to normal function can take months. During this time, avoiding undue strain on the injured ankle is necessary to prevent complications and ensure proper healing. Prolonged immobility can lead to weakness and may require additional treatment. While most ankle fractures heal well, there is a risk of developing osteoarthritis or chronic instability, which can increase the likelihood of future injuries. If you believe you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you make an emergency appointment with a podiatrist for treatment.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Thomas E. Silver from Westwood Foot Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Golden Valley, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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