A broken ankle develops when an individual breaks, or fractures, one or more of the bones in the ankle area. In order to determine whether or not the ankle has in fact been fractured, a medical professional may perform an X-ray. An ankle X-ray can look at each of the different types of bones in the ankle, including the tibia, fibula, and talus. Importantly, there are different types of views that an ankle X-ray may capture. For example, this type of X-ray can present an AP, mortise, and lateral view. Each of these different types of views show various angles of the ankle area. Having an ankle X-ray taken is helpful for a medical professional and the patient because it can illuminate which areas of the ankle have been impacted. If you are someone that has recently broken their ankle, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist today for an appointment.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Active Foot and Ankle Care, LLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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 offices located in Fair Lawn, Riverdale, and Englewood, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.