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Two Types of Ankle Fractures

An ankle fracture occurs when one or more of the three bones that make up your ankle break. The bones that make up your ankle are the tibia, or shin bone, the fibula, along the outside of your leg, and the talus, located above your heel. There are two main types of fractures. A stable fracture is when the bones break but remain in the correct position and alignment. This type of fracture can be treated with a splint and is monitored for appropriate healing. An unstable fracture is when the bones break and are separated or misaligned. This type of fracture almost always requires surgery. Regardless of the type of fracture, medical intervention will be required. If you experience throbbing pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, or deformity of the ankle and trouble walking following an injury, it is strongly suggested to see a podiatrist. A podiatrist can determine the type of fracture, as well as guide you towards proper treatment and recovery.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jon McCreary, DPM from Fort Worth Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Fort Worth, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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