Every year, about five million Americans suffer an ankle fracture or other related injury. Left untreated, ankle fractures can significantly affect your quality of life and mobility. The skilled podiatry providers at Caring Podiatry in Neptune and Monroe Township, New Jersey, proudly offer safe, effective treatments for ankle fractures. If you or a loved one is injured, request an ankle fracture appointment today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.
An ankle fracture or broken ankle, is a common injury characterized by damage to one or more of the bones or joints in your ankle. Fractured ankles range in severity. For example, you might experience a clean break in one bone or a compression fracture that affects multiple bones.
Ankle fractures may also cause damage to the ligaments that surround the affected ankle. Ligaments are thick bands of fibrous tissue that prevent your ankle from overextension, preserving its range of motion. If you or a loved one suffer an ankle fracture, don't wait to make an appointment at Caring Podiatry.
Ankle fractures can occur for many reasons. The providers at Caring Podiatry regularly treat ankle fractures caused by:
You might also suffer an ankle fracture as a result of a sports-related injury or an automobile accident.
The symptoms of an ankle fracture depend on the severity of the fracture and its location. That said, telltale signs of ankle fractures include:
If you have a fractured ankle, you might also experience trouble placing weight on your affected foot and ankle.
To diagnose an ankle fracture, your Caring Podiatry provider physically examines your feet and ankle, asks you about your symptoms, and reviews your medical history. Your provider might also ask you to stand up, sit down, and walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture.
If these measures don’t provide enough information, your provider might order a series of X-rays to get a closer look at the bones and joints in your foot and ankle.
At Caring Podiatry, the providers usually treat ankle fractures using conservative methods of care, such as physical therapy, rest, and bracing. If your pain persists or doesn’t improve, surgical intervention may be necessary.
During surgery for an ankle fracture, your surgeon repositions your bones to their normal alignment and uses special screws and metal plates to hold them in place. Your surgeon might also insert a rod to bring the bones together while they heal.
Don’t let an ankle fracture keep you from work or other routine activities. Request your ankle fracture consultation at Caring Podiatry today by calling the office nearest you or clicking the online scheduling tool.