When you think of a broken bone, you probably picture a dramatic injury with crunching sounds and excruciating pain. However, an ankle fracture can occur through a variety of activities and may initially appear as a sprain. Ankle fractures are actually quite common, and according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, have been on the rise since the 1970s. This can be attributed, in part, to the Baby Boomer generation’s active lifestyles.
The ankle is comprised of two joints and three bones. A broken ankle can involve one or more of the bones, as well as injury to the surrounding tissues and ligaments. The most common causes of ankle fractures include a sudden fall, a traumatic sports injury, or a car accident. It’s essential to seek medical attention immediately when you experience any ankle pain or discomfort as a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a broken ankle.
Symptoms of an ankle fracture will vary depending on the severity of the injury. Bruising and swelling are likely to occur, and patients will experience immediate and severe pain. Patients may be unable to put any weight on the injured foot and will experience tenderness when touched. A deformity may also occur if there is a dislocation or fracture present in the ankle.
If you suspect that you might have a broken ankle, the first step is to see a doctor. In the event of a broken ankle, the treatment usually involves a leg cast or brace if the fracture is stable. However, if the ligaments are also torn, or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required to secure the bones in place so that they heal properly.
When it comes to foot and ankle injuries, seeing a specialist is crucial. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM, a board-certified podiatrist, is an expert in diagnosing and treating ankle fractures. He has extensive experience in treating patients with sports-related injuries or those who have experienced accidents that have resulted in foot and ankle fractures.
If you experience any ankle pain or discomfort, don’t hesitate to seek medical attention. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM and his team are available to help diagnose, treat, and manage your ankle fracture to ensure the best possible outcome for your recovery.