A quick movement or an unexpected fall can result in a fracture of your ankle. The experienced team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio, in Mentor, Chardon, Westlake, Lakewood and Garfield Heights, Ohio, offers surgical and nonsurgical solutions that can restore your ankle health. Whether you need rest and ice therapy or a complex ankle surgery, the skilled physicians offer comprehensive care that can get you back to your normal routine. Find out more about treating ankle fractures by booking an appointment online or over the phone today.
Ankle Fractures Q & A
What causes an ankle fracture?
An ankle fracture is a partial or total break in the bones of the ankle. Ankle fractures can range from mild, where only a small piece of bone is affected, or severe, where any of the ankle bones shatter into multiple pieces.
The most common cause of an ankle fracture is a rolling of the ankle joint, either inward or outward, often from sports participation, a fall, or a car accident.
What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?
In some cases, an ankle fracture can be mistaken for a muscle sprain. It’s important that you get a thorough evaluation of your injury as early as possible for a proper diagnosis.
Common symptoms of an ankle fracture include:
- Persistent pain
- Difficulties walking
- Excessive swelling in the ankle and leg
In severe fractures, it can be possible to see ankle bones protruding through your skin. This type of injury is serious and needs immediate medical attention to prevent complications, such as infection and bone deformities.
How is an ankle fracture diagnosed?
Your doctor at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio can determine if your pain and swelling relate to a fracture after a thorough examination and a review of your symptoms.
To get a close-up look at your affected bones, your provider will order X-rays or other imaging tests to confirm or rule out a fracture.
What treatments are available for an ankle fracture?
Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio offers surgical and nonsurgical treatments, depending on the severity of your fracture.
For mild fractures, you may heal naturally with plenty of rest and elevation of your ankle. Ice and compression therapy can also help prevent swelling and allow your ankle to heal properly. Your provider may also recommend using over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to keep you comfortable.
For severe fractures, surgery may be your best option to repair your bones and restore mobility and functionality. Your doctor will provide a custom treatment plan to address your specific needs. They will discuss your options based on your health history and the type of fracture you have.
To find out more about treating ankle fractures, book an appointment online or over the phone with Foot & Ankle Specialists of Ohio today.