A broken ankle is often referred to as a fracture. There are several ways this can occur, including dropping a heavy object on your foot or twisting your ankle which commonly happens during a fall. Typical symptoms of a broken ankle are bruising on and around your ankle, in addition to pain and swelling. It may be difficult to walk or stand and this may be an indication of a broken ankle. In severe fractures, you may hear a snapping sound or observe the bone protruding from the skin. A proper diagnosis is necessary to determine the severity of the fracture, and this is typically accomplished by having an X-ray performed. Treatment may include wearing a cast or a boot and may possibly be removed six to eight weeks later. It’s advisable to consult with a podiatrist if you feel you have broken your ankle.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. Our physicians are always available to provide the care you need.
What is a broken ankle?
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 broken ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.
Symptoms of a Broken Ankle Include:
- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
- Swelling around the area
- Bruising of the area
- The 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 one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, FL.