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Do I Have an Ankle Fracture?

An ankle fracture means that one or more of the medial, lateral, or posterior malleolus (the bony projections on either side of the ankle) is broken. Dislocation of the ankle joint can result from an ankle fracture. Usually, when a patient breaks an ankle, they will experience pain, swelling, and an inability to bear weight on the affected foot. There may be a pop when the ankle breaks, and it may appear deformed. Those with osteoporosis, a history of frequent falls, or a compromised vascular system are more at risk for ankle fractures, as are those who have frequently participated in sports. An X-ray, CT scan, or MRI will confirm a broken ankle diagnosis. If you think you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can recommend the best treatment options for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Edward S. Pozarny DPM from Arlington Podiatry Center. 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 Arlington, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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