A broken ankle is a distressing injury that can occur from accidents or sudden trauma. There are three bones that make up the ankle joint, the tibia, fibula, and talus. One or more of these bones can become fractured, and often demands immediate medical attention. This is necessary to assess the severity and type of fracture, which can range from stable to complex. The treatment varies and can involve immobilization with a cast or splint, and sometimes surgical intervention with the insertion of pins or plates to realign the bones. Recovery times depend on the fracture's complexity and the chosen treatment. Generally, mild fractures may heal in six to eight weeks, while more severe injuries may take several months. Patience and adherence to medical advice are key during recovery, ensuring a return to normal activities with a healed and stable ankle. If you have fractured your ankle, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
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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