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Ankle Fractures

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.

What are the causes of ankle fractures?

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.

What are the symptoms of ankle fractures?

If you have sustained an ankle fracture, you may experience one or more of the following symptoms:

Man with ankle pain caused by an ankle fracture
Ankle fractures can cause severe ankle pain
  • Pain: This is often the most noticeable symptom and can range from mild to severe, depending on the extent of the fracture.
  • Swelling: The ankle may become swollen and tender to the touch.
  • Bruising: Bruising around the ankle is common after a fracture.
  • Difficulty walking: Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, you may have difficulty walking or putting weight on your foot.

What are the treatment options for ankle fractures?

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:

  • Immobilization: A cast or brace may be used to immobilize the ankle and protect the fracture while it heals.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy may be recommended to help improve range of motion and strength in the ankle.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones or to insert screws or plates to hold the bones in place. In addition to traditional surgery, minimally invasive procedures such as ankle arthroscopy are also available.

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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