Ankle fractures are common orthopedic injuries that occur when one or more bones in the ankle break. They can result from a traumatic event, such as a fall or a sports injury, or from gradual wear and tear over time. If left untreated, ankle fractures can lead to chronic pain and decreased mobility, making it important to seek prompt medical attention if you suspect you have sustained an ankle fracture.
The most common cause of ankle fractures is a sudden force applied to the ankle, such as from a fall, a sports injury, or a car accident. However, some people may be more prone to ankle fractures due to underlying medical conditions, such as osteoporosis, which weakens the bones.
If you have sustained an ankle fracture, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:
It is important to have any ankle injury examined by a professional to determine if treatment or surgery is needed. Minor (non-displaced) ankle fractures may be able to heal on their own without only minor at-home treatments such as rest, ice, and compression. Treatments can vary depending on the size and severity of the fracture, but some of the most common include:
If you suspect you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Your doctor will be able to diagnose the injury and recommend the most appropriate treatment. With prompt and proper treatment, most people with ankle fractures are able to make a full recovery and regain their normal level of mobility. Our team of physicians are industry-leading experts in diagnosing and treating all kinds of ankle conditions including fractures. You can request an appointment using the form on this page or by calling (321) 499-4646
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