Ankle fractures often can cause immense pain and need to be treated as soon as possible.
Ankle Fracture Causes & Symptoms
An ankle fracture is define as a partial or complete break in an ankle bone. Ankle fractures are most often caused by acute injuries when the ankle rolls inward or outward. Fractures can occur in car accidents, slip and fall incidents, sports-related injuries, and other situations. Here are some of the common symptoms that may indicate an ankle fracture:
- Pain in the ankle
- Major swelling in the ankle
- Bruising around the ankle
- Difficulty or inability to bear weight on the ankle
Major ankle fractures may also result in a bone protruding from the skin (which is a surefire sign of an ankle fracture). Regardless of the severity of your fracture, you should seek medical attention right away if you experience any of these symptoms.
Ankle Fracture Treatment
Minor ankle fractures can often be mistaken for serious ankle sprains. As a result, a complete diagnosis is necessary before moving forward to treatment. A physical examination and diagnostic imaging tests (such as x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans) can confirm the ankle fracture diagnosis. Once you have a solid diagnosis, you can discuss treatment options with your ankle specialist. Minor ankle fractures may be treated effectively with casting and other conservative methods. But displaced ankle fractures are best treated with outpatient surgery.
Read more about ankle fractures at the AAOS website.
Tennessee Ankle Fracture Surgeon
Ankle fractures need to be treated quickly and effectively by a skilled orthopaedic ankle specialist. Dr. Chad Ferguson is an expert ankle surgeon treating patients in Knoxville and the surrounding areas.