If you have fallen and are experiencing severe pain, swelling, or difficulty in moving your foot, you may have a broken ankle. It may be challenging to differentiate between a break and a sprain; therefore, an X-ray is often taken for a proper diagnosis. Keeping the leg elevated will help with the swelling that occurs, and limiting weight on the affected ankle will aid in alleviating the discomfort associated with this painful injury. If a minor fracture is incurred, wearing a supportive boot or splint may be recommended, as well as using crutches to keep the weight off the ankle. For a more serious fracture, surgery may be suggested to realign the bones, and a cast will be fitted to promote proper healing. It generally takes 6-12 weeks for improvement to occur, but this time frame will vary from patient to patient. If you suspect that your ankle may be broken or sprained, see a podiatrist immediately.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Jeffrey Wachtel from Wachtel Family Foot Care. 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.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Lansdale, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.