Common Signs and What to Expect From an Ankle Injury

OCTOBER 15, 2012

By: Daniel J. Cuttica, DO

What Is an Ankle Fracture?

Varying degrees of ankle injuries can occur while competing in sporting events.  These injuries are typically caused by poor training practices, improper equipment, lack of conditioning, or insufficient warm up and stretching.

A fracture is a complete or partial break in a bone.  In the ankle, fractures can range from the less serious avulsion injuries (small pieces that have been pulled off) to severe shattering-type breaks of the tibia, fibula, or both.

Ankle fractures commonly occur by rolling the ankle inward or outward.  Ankle fractures are often confused with sprains; these injuries are quite different and therefore require an accurate and early diagnosis.

Signs and Symptoms Of Ankle Fractures:

What To Do After an Ankle Injury

It is important to have the ankle evaluated by a foot and ankle surgeon for proper diagnosis and treatment.  If you are unable to do so right away, go to the emergency room and then follow up with a foot and ankle surgeon as soon as possible for a more thorough assessment.

Until you are able to be examined by a doctor, the “R.I.C.E.” method should be followed.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Your foot and ankle surgeon will examine the injury and may order x-rays and other imaging studies. Treatment depends upon the type and severity of the injury. Options may include:

Follow-Up Care

It is important to follow your physician’s instructions after treatment. Failure to do so can lead to infection, deformity, arthritis, and chronic pain.

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