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What is a Broken/Fractured Ankle?

A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. A fracture can range from a simple break, which may not stop you from walking, to severe fractures, which may force you not to put weight on the ankle for a prescribed time period. Ankle fractures are common injuries and or caused by the ankle rolling inward or outward. Many people mistake an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain, but they are quite different. Any crack, break, or chip in the ankle bone (s) is considered a fractured ankle, while a sprained ankle is an injury where there is tear or disruption of the ligaments which ultimately can result in reoccurrence of sprains or dislocations if left untreated. In any case, it’s important to see a podiatrist for an accurate and early diagnosis.

Ankle Fractures

Causes

Broken ankles are typically caused by a rotational injury, where the ankle becomes twisted, turned or rolled. When you strain an ankle joint beyond the strength of its elements, you injure the joint. If it only involves the ligaments being torn, your podiatrist will evaluate, diagnose and treat accordingly.  If the bone gives way, one may experience a fracture; however, this injury requires your podiatrist to evaluate for proper diagnosis. There are several common ways to fracture or sprain your ankle:

  • Twisting the ankle side to side
  • Flexing or extending the joint
  • Rolling the ankle in or out
  • Applying acute force or impact on the joint

Symptoms

If you have a broken ankle, your symptoms may include, but are not limited to:

  • Inability to move your ankle through its normal range of motion
  • Immediate and throbbing pain after injury
  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Inability to bear weight on injured ankle
  • Bruising
  • Increased warmth to the area

Your local podiatrist will evaluate and diagnose your injury prior to treatment.

Treatment

Treatment for an ankle fractures will differ, dependent on which bone is broken and the gravity of the injury. If you have a displaced fracture your podiatrist may need to place the bones back to their proper locations. This is called reduction. A broken bone may need to be immobilized to heal properly. In most cases the patient will need a cast or a special boot to prevent movement. More severe fractures may require surgery.  It important a podiatrist evaluate and diagnose the injury.

When to See a Podiatrist

If there is an apparent deformity of the injured ankle you should seek medical assistance immediately. You should also consult a podiatrist if you have any of the above-mentioned symptoms associated with your injury. Some of the most common tests utilized to diagnose ankle fractures are:

  • X-Rays
  • Bone Scans
  • CT Scans
  • MRI
  • Manual examination

A podiatrist should perform the evaluation and testing needed to evaluate the severity of your injury.

Seeking Treatment for Ankle Fractures

If you are experiencing any form of heel or leg pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of a Broken Ankle, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of Ankle Injuries and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.

Jenna Kemp
Jenna Kemp
2023-12-12
I've posted a review a few times and can't seem to find them! Dr. Monaco is by far the best podiatrist there is! I had been seeing another podiatrist in Columbus, who'd done 3 surgeries, all 3 messing my foot up worse, with the 3rd one leaving my first and second toes in the shape of a peace sign! I was constantly told by the previous podiatrist that everything was fine and lined up the way it was supposed to be. I had my first surgery with Dr. Monaco in August and it was the best decision I've made! She is by far the best! Truly compassionate about what she does! Very knowledgeable! Truly cares about her patients! If you're in need of a podiatrist give Dr. Monaco q call! ❤️
James Tully
James Tully
2023-11-21
Very pleasant staff, great doctor.
Charlotte Carter
Charlotte Carter
2023-11-17
Very competent and comfortable doctor ! The staff is friendly and helpful ! Best Podiatrist I've ever been to !
Christopher G
Christopher G
2023-10-31
I was very impressed with Dr. Monaco this was my first visit. All the office staff was so nice as well as my nurse. I had came to Dr Monaco after being very unhappy with the prior Dr I had seen for my ankle injury. Dr. Monaco was very through with her exam and I think I finally got a good idea of what my issue is. Although I do need some further imaging test. Overall I am so glad I decided to see her, I didn't feel rushed at all and she answered all my questions. I'm sure I will have several more visits with her and overall I am well pleased. I highly recommend her to anyone who's having any foot or ankle issues.
George Rindfleisch
George Rindfleisch
2022-10-24
A very positive experience. To be seen by a qualified professional who gets to the heart of your problem quickly and in a friendly manner is always a plus in my book.
BRYAN CARROLL
BRYAN CARROLL
2022-10-24
Dr. D’Amico is always a pleasure to see. She is a blessing. Thank you Dr. D.
J Marie
J Marie
2022-09-15
Staff promot and cordial. Provider took time to explain details of what I was there for and very pleasant to speak with.

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