Ankle Fractures

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Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center

Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Surgery & Foot and Ankle Surgery located in Shenandoah, Sugarland, and Humble, TX

Ankle pain from a fracture can make it difficult for you to walk or even stand. If you have symptoms of an ankle fracture, the specialists at Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center can help with their expertise in lower limb trauma. While not all ankle fractures require surgery, if you need an operation, you can be sure of the highest quality assessment and care at the practice's offices in Shenandoah, Sugarland, and Humble, Texas. To benefit from timely treatment of ankle fractures, call the location nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Ankle Fractures Q & A

What is an ankle fracture?

A fracture is a break in a bone. Ankle fractures can range from avulsion injuries – the breaking off of small pieces of bone – to multiple fractures that shatter the tibia or fibula bones. 

Ankle fractures are common injuries. They typically occur when the ankle rolls too far inward or outward. The symptoms of an ankle fracture are similar to those of an ankle sprain, and the two injuries can sometimes happen simultaneously. 

It's important to get a prompt and accurate diagnosis to ensure you receive the correct treatment.

If you sustain an ankle injury, it's essential to undergo an evaluation at Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center for diagnosis and treatment. If you can't do so right away, go to the emergency room first and follow up with your foot and ankle surgeon for a thorough assessment. 

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Ankle fractures cause pain that may extend from your foot to your knee, with significant swelling that can affect just the ankle or spread along the length of your leg. In addition, you might develop blisters at the fracture site, and bruising soon occurs after the injury.

The affected ankle is likely to look different from your opposite ankle. You may not be able to walk, although even if you can bear weight, that doesn't mean you don’t have an ankle fracture. With less severe breaks, walking is sometimes possible, though it's likely to be painful.

If you can see bone protruding through your skin, you have a compound ankle fracture. Compound fractures require immediate care because they carry a risk of severe infection with prolonged recovery. You’ll also need surgery to realign the broken bones and repair the tissue damage.

To diagnose your ankle fracture, your provider at Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center examines your foot and ankle. They may also order X-rays and other diagnostic imaging studies. 

How are ankle fractures treated?

Initial treatment of ankle fractures involves following the RICE protocol:

  • Rest: Stay off your ankle; walking could cause further injury.
  • Ice: Apply ice packs wrapped in a towel to your ankle every 40 minutes for 20 minutes.
  • Compression: Use an elasticated bandage to control swelling.
  • Elevation: To reduce swelling, raise your ankle slightly above the level of your heart.

Immobilization with a cast or splint gives the fractured ankle time to heal. However, you may require prescription medications to reduce pain and inflammation.

Most ankle fractures don't require an operation, but some severe breaks, such as compound fractures, might require surgical repair.

If you injure your ankle, don't delay getting the treatment. For prompt, expert care, call Woodlands Hand To Shoulder Foot and Ankle Center or book an appointment online today.