An ankle fracture refers to a partial or complete break in a bone of the ankle. People sometimes confuse ankle fractures with ankle sprains. While these injuries often occur simultaneously, they are different and will require proper diagnosis and treatment. If you have fractured your ankle, you may have symptoms such as pain at the site of the fracture, significant swelling, blisters at the fracture site, bruising, difficulty walking, or a change in the appearance of the ankle. In very severe cases, broken bones may protrude through the skin. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you seek the care of a podiatrist as soon as possible.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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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