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Broken ankles, or ankle fractures, occur when one or more bones in the ankle joint break due to trauma. This injury can result from falls, sports activities, car accidents, or any situation where the ankle twists or experiences a heavy impact. Symptoms can include severe pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to bear weight on the affected foot. Treatment depends on the severity of the fracture. Minor fractures may only require immobilization with a cast or brace to allow the bones to heal naturally. More severe fractures, where bones are displaced, might need surgical intervention to realign and stabilize the bones with pins, plates, or screws. Rehabilitation focuses on restoring strength, flexibility, and function through exercises. These exercises might include range-of-motion activities, balance training, and gradual weight-bearing exercises. Prompt and effective treatment is important for optimal recovery. If you suspect a broken ankle, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and a tailored treatment plan. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Anthony Ricciardi Jr., DPM from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Nevada. 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 Las Vegas, Nevada . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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