Ankle Fractures are a very painful injury whereby the ankle bone sustains a partial or full break. This condition can be caused by sudden accidents or blunt force trauma to the ankle.
Symptoms of this condition include:
- significant discomfort
- ankle immobility
- inability to bear weight
- visible bones sticking out of the skin
Problems can occur when an infection develops from an open wound or if healing doesn’t happen efficiently. This can be caused by casts or blood clots that hinder blood flow to vital parts of the body. Failure to exercise proper precaution can lead to issues with simple tasks such as walking or participation in high-intensity activities. An ankle fracture must be treated with care to prevent negative reactions.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Utilizing support devices such as braces or casts to constrict movement to promote healing of the ankle.
- Refraining from bearing weight on the ankle soon after the fracture. Crutches can be helpful in this regard.
- Using ice throughout the day to reduce inflammation.
- Using medicines to reduce pain or to fight off infections.
- Elevating the fractured ankle as much as possible to alleviate swelling.
- Getting plenty of rest to promote healing.
- Having a podiatry professional place the ankle bones into their correct positions without invasive surgery.
- Surgical procedures to repair ligaments and bones via pins or screws.
Ankle fractures can be a cause for concern due to the severity of the injury. Please contact us at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, located in our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida offices to get the treatment your ankle requires. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, can provide the latest and proven methods to help give your ankles the chance of making a full recovery from a fracture without compromising your overall health. Please make an appointment by calling our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 and check out our Patient Education library for more helpful information.