Nearly one-fourth of all the bones in your body are located in your feet. An ankle fracture is a partial or complete break in one of the bones of your ankle. Although fractures are often painful but rarely disabling, you will need to visit a podiatrist immediately to prevent more severe problems from developing.
What Causes Ankle Fractures?
Ankle fractures can be the result of a one-time traumatic injury or develop from constant use that weakens the ankle and increases the chances of fracture. Common causes of foot and ankle fractures include:
- Falling awkwardly or from a height.
- Dropping a heavy object on the foot or toes.
- Overuse and strain over time.
- Stepping down awkwardly or walking and running on uneven surfaces.
By pinpointing the cause of your ankle fracture, Dr. Verville will be able to both treat the immediate problem and help you prevent future injury at her office in Frisco.
Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture
Symptoms of an ankle fracture may include pain in the area of the fracture, significant swelling, blistering, bruising, and the inability to walk. If you have a fractured ankle you may be able to walk but should avoid this because it may worsen the injury. Other symptoms may include:
- Immediate throbbing pain at the fracture site.
- Swelling, bruising, and inflammation.
- Deformity of the fractured area.
- Inability or difficulty walking.
- Bones puncturing skin.
- Snapping or popping sound when injured or walking.
- Pain when putting weight on your foot.
Treatment Options for Foot Fractures & Ankle Fractures (Stress Fractures)
If you think you have broken your ankle or foot you should see Dr. Verville as soon as possible. Try to keep weight off the injured foot and apply ice to reduce swelling until your appointment. Treatments for ankle fracture depend on the exact site and severity of the fracture.
While treatment will vary from person to person, most ankle injuries are commonly treated with:
- Physical therapy to improve range of motion.
- Proper exercise to build mobility and strength.
- Adequate rest for healing.
- Anti-inflammatory medication.
In most cases of ankle fractures, several treatments may be combined for a comprehensive recovery plan. More severe conditions may require surgery and rehabilitation to fully restore your normal range of motion.
If you have a fractured ankle and need treatment, call our Frisco office at (214) 385-8822 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Verville will make the time so that you receive immediate treatment.