Is My Ankle Fractured?
A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. The severity of ankle fractures varies depending on the type of break.
People often confuse an ankle fracture with an ankle sprain. Something that most people don’t know is that both can actually occur at the same time. You can have an ankle sprain and an ankle fracture.
However, ankle sprains and ankle fractures are different and need to be treated differently, so if you have an ankle injury that you believe to be a sprain or a fracture, you should see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. Untreated ankle sprains can lead to chronic ankle instability, so even if it is only an ankle sprain, it will need to be treated, too.
Symptoms of an ankle fracture include:
- Pain at the sight of the fracture. In some cases, the pain can even extend from the foot to the knee.
- Bruising, which will develop soon after the injury.
- Significant swelling. The swelling may occur along the length of the leg or may be localized.
- Change in the appearance of the ankle to the point that it differs from your other ankle.
- Bone protruding through the skin. If this occurs, you need to seek medical attention immediately!
Some people with ankle fractures are unable to walk, but it is possible to walk with less severe breaks. Never base whether or not ankle is fractured on whether you can walk or not.
If you have fractured your ankle, follow the R.I.C.E. method (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) until you are able to get to a doctor.
If you have an ankle sprain or fracture and would like to set up an appointment with our office, you can contact us at 615-220-8788 or at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request an appointment online.
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