The ankle joint consists of three bones: the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. When the components of the joint are stressed excessively, a fracture may occur. One of the bones may give way and cause this to happen. In addition, this can happen by tearing a ligament in the ankle by rolling, twisting, flexing, or experiencing a severe impact (e.g. landing after jumping from a high place).
The only way to truly diagnose an ankle fracture is by visiting your doctor for an examination and diagnostic tests. Still, people with ankle fractures may notice some of the following symptoms:
Yes, it is possible to walk on your ankle with less severe ankle fractures. That’s why your ability to walk should never be seen as a testament that your ankle is not broken. See a doctor as soon as possible if experience an injury that jeopardizes the functionality or comfort of your ankle, or if you notice the other symptoms but can still walk.
Surgery is not an automatic requirement after sustaining an ankle fracture. Remember, our goal at the Advanced Foot & Ankle Center of North Texas is to offer your high-quality care in the least invasive manner. Usually, your doctor will suggest more conservative treatment options, such as the "R.I.C.E." method (rest, icing, compression, and elevation), immobilizing the ankle with a cast or splint, and anti-inflammatory and pain medications.
Surgery may be an option if the bones need realigning or if the bone is protruding through your skin. Be mindful that your doctor will discuss options for ankle fracture treatment with you and you will be an active participant in the process.
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