A broken ankle bone often takes at least six weeks to fully heal. During the recovery period, your doctor may require you to wear a support device to limit the ankle’s movement and protect it. Usually a support device for an ankle fracture is either a brace, cast, or splint. Ankle braces are typically lightweight, pull-on garments that immobilize the joint and provide heat and compression. A splint may be more restrictive and minimizes movement while stabilizing the ankle joint. A cast is the most restrictive, encasing the affected ankle, and is designed to keep the ankle completely immobile. It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions to achieve full recovery. If you have fractured your ankle, it is suggested that you seek the care of a podiatrist.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Orange County Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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 fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.
Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle
- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
- Swelling around the area
- Bruising of the area
- 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.
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