A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. Ankle fractures are common injuries that are usually caused by the ankle rolling inward or outward. It’s easy to mistake an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain, but they are different.
Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture
- Pain where the fracture happened
- Significant swelling, maybe along the length of the leg
- Blisters over the fracture site
- Bruising develops soon after the injury
- nability to walk, but it is possible to walk with less severe breaks
- Change in appearance of the ankle
- Bone actually pushing through the skin, immediate care is needed
It is important to have an ankle injury checked by a foot and ankle surgeon as soon as possible. If you’re unable to, then to the emergency room and then follow up with a foot and ankle surgeon.
A foot and ankle doctor will touch specific areas to check the ankle fracture injury. In addition, the foot and ankle doctor may order x-rays and other imaging studies.
Treatment for an Ankle Fracture
Treatment of ankle fractures depends how bad the injury is. At first, your foot and ankle doctor may want you to follow R.I.C.E. That’s not food, but four easy steps to follow:
- Rest for the injured ankle. Walking may cause further injury
- Ice pack on the injured area, placing a towel between the ice and the skin
- Compression, such as an elastic wrap, should be used to control swelling
- Elevating the ankle, above your body, can reduce swelling
Certain ankle fractures have to be protected by holding the ankle and foot in a cast or splint, to help the bone to heal.
Your foot and ankle doctor may prescribe pain medications or anti-inflammatory drugs to help relieve the pain.
For some ankle fractures, surgery may be needed to fix the ankle fracture and other soft tissues. A foot and ankle surgeon will select the surgery that is best for your injury.
It is important to follow your foot and ankle doctor’s instructions after treatment. Failure to do so can lead to infection, deformity, arthritis, and chronic pain.
Remember, any type of foot or ankle pain is never normal. A foot and ankle doctor can examine your feet and give you the best course of action.
Please call (626) 447-2184 (Arcadia) or (818) 408-2800 (San Fernando) to speak to a foot and ankle specialist about your foot and/or ankle needs.