Causes and Treatments for a Broken Ankle

A broken ankle, involving a fracture of the bones in the lower leg above the foot, can result from various stresses on the ankle joint, often due to accidents or injuries. This may include rolling the ankle, twisting it, or sustaining significant force, such as landing heavily from a height. Determining whether the ankle is sprained or broken can be challenging, as both can be painful. Common signs of an ankle injury or fracture include pain, swelling, bruising, and deformity. A broken ankle is typically very painful, especially when bearing weight. Treatment for a broken ankle varies based on the type and severity of the fracture. It often involves immobilization using a boot or cast to allow for healing, along with non-weight bearing using crutches. More severe cases may require surgical intervention. After immobilization, the ankle can be left weak, stiff, and still painful. Exercises will then be needed to aid full recovery. If you suspect a broken ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from InStride Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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