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Mild and Severe Fractures Can Require Different Treatments

A car accident, a sporting mishap, or a fall are the leading causes of broken ankles. They can range from severe to a hairline fracture, and they can require different forms of treatment. Most people who have broken their ankle often get an X-ray. This is generally successful in determining how severe the fracture is and deciding the type of treatment that will work. Wearing a boot or cast is a common form of treatment for mild breaks, and more severe breaks may require surgery for proper healing. Many broken ankles can bruise and swell, and frequently elevating the foot may reduce these symptoms. The toes may become stiff, and wiggling them may help them to feel better. Crutches may be used to walk and complete daily tasks while taking the weight off of the feet. If you have fallen and have ankle pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and offer you the treatment option that is best for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Queen Mbanuzue, DPM from In Step Podiatry Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lanham, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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