Ankle fractures can be very painful as well as traumatic due to the significant detrimental impact they have on your stride and overall comfort. The ankle may incur a fracture from a sudden rotation, roll or slip. Distress after a foot fracture can travel throughout the foot and may move from the foot upwards, causing swelling of the ankle. Also, the ankle will be significantly encumbered and may seem changed due to the bone coming out after it fractures. If the bone is sticking out, instant attention is needed to avoid potential infections from developing. Since amplified amounts of stiffness placed on the ankle joint can lead to problems, it is important to lessen any movement that can cause it to fracture easily. Avoid movements such as an abrupt twist of the ankle that cause the foot to move onto its side and an uneven amount of weight to be put on the ankle. Ankle fractures can cause huge disruptions and appropriate attention is needed.
Treatment for this condition includes:
Use foot support devices that stop the ankle from moving such as casts.
Take the stress off the ankle by frequently elevating it.
Use splints that can assist the ankle with healing and reduce the risk of creating chronic weak ankles.
Surgery may be required for significant ankle fractures as it will realign the bones of the ankle. This is very important to ensuring the longevity and function of the ankle without the risk of fracturing it again.
Here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, can treat your ankle fracture with the utmost care and with attention to detail. If your ankle requires immediate attention, please contact us today for an appointment. We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. We look forward to helping your ankle recover from any form of fracture it may have been in. Also, please don’t miss our Patient Education library which has much more helpful information!