What Is An Ankle Fracture?
Ankle fractures have increased during recent years, doctors such as Dr. Backe have noted an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles, due to active, older “baby boomers.” A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone (which may not limit walking), to several fractures (which may require no weight bearing for three months). Causes include: twisting the ankle, rolling the ankle, falling, or direct impact to the ankle. Symptoms of an ankle fracture most often include immediate and severe pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, inability to put any weight on the injured foot and noticeable deformity.
What Are The Symptoms of An Ankle Fracture?
An ankle fracture typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the ankle joint. You may experience tenderness of the ankle and foot bones (and inability to move the ankle area. You will experience some weakness of the ankle and foot areas.
What Are The Treatment Option For Ankle Fractures?
onsurgical treatment may involve six weeks of no weight bearing and a stabilizer, such as a high-top boot or a short cast. Surgical treatment typically includes a plate and screws on the side of the bone, which are used to re-align the bone fragments and keep them together as they heal.