Regardless of lifestyle, many people will eventually experience a broken ankle. The ankle is home to nearly one fourth of all of the bones in the body. Woven through all of the bones are ligaments and tendons working together to allow you to move and stand upright. They also absorb tremendous force when you are walking, running, jumping or skipping.
The skilled orthopedic team at Advanced Spine & Orthopedics understands that when the force put on your ankle is unnatural, a single bone or multiple bones can fracture. Typically, when multiple bones in the ankle are broken, a normal ankle becomes unstable and an already weak ankle becomes increasingly unstable. In some cases, there could be ligament damage.
Symptoms of a Broken Ankle
Ankle pain caused by an injury is no fun. Every ankle injury should be examined by our team, because a severe ankle sprain can feel like and mimic the effects of a broken ankle. So it is important to see our orthopedic ankle specialist for a proper evaluation. Common symptoms for a broken ankle tend to be any of the following:
- Severe ankle pain
- Swelling in the area
- Bruising of the ankle
- Tender to the touch
- Deformity after the injury
- Unable to bear weight
Southlake Orthopedic Ankle Specialist
Based on a proper examination of the ankle, our orthopedic specialist will be able to properly prescribe the course of action. Often, conservative non-surgical treatments will be all that is necessary for your broken ankle. However, in cases of ankle displacement or ankle instability, ankle surgery may be recommended.
If you are experiencing ankle pain and you think you might have a broken ankle, you should see our orthopedic ankle specialist as soon as possible. Use the R.I.C.E. method described on our blog, and contact us promptly.
To schedule an appointment by phone, contact us online or call our Southlake clinic at 817-310-8783. Our team has successfully healed many broken ankles, and returned our patients to their active lifestyle.