A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. A fracture can range from a simple break, which may not stop you from walking, to severe fractures, which may force you not to put weight on the ankle for a prescribed time period. Ankle fractures are common injuries and or caused by the ankle rolling inward or outward. Many people mistake an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain, but they are quite different. Any crack, break, or chip in the ankle bone (s) is considered a fractured ankle, while a sprained ankle is an injury where there is tear or disruption of the ligaments which ultimately can result in reoccurrence of sprains or dislocations if left untreated.
Ankle Fractures: What are my treatment options?
Treatment for an ankle fractures will differ, dependent on which bone is broken and the gravity of the injury. If you have a displaced fracture your podiatrist may need to place the bones back to their proper locations. This is called reduction. A broken bone may need to be immobilized to heal properly. In most cases the patient will need a cast or a special boot to prevent movement. More severe fractures may require surgery.
Ankle Fractures: When should I seek treatment?
If you are experiencing any form of heel or leg pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of a Broken or Fractured Ankle, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Ankle Injuries and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.
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For treatment or to learn more about Ankle Fractures and other forms of ankle injuries, please contact Ankle and Foot Centers of America by dialing (615) 814-0885 or complete an appointment request and we will contact you to get you set up to start your path to living life pain free.