Know the basics
What is ankle fracture?
Ankle fracture is when the joint at your ankle is broken or dislocated from its original pposition. It can be mild (tendonitis) or severe (broken bone). Ankle fracture may cause pain ot even disability in some cases.
How common is ankle fracture?
Ankle fracture is common. It can effect both sexes and at any age group. Please discuss with your doctor for further information.
Know the symptoms
What are the symptoms of ankle fracture?
The most common signs for ankle fracture is pain in the ankle, swelling and bruises, as well as displacement in the ankle bone structure.
There may be some signs or symptoms not listed above. If you have any concerns about a symptom, please consult your doctor.
When should I see my doctor?
If you have any signs or symptoms listed above, you should limit movement in the area or put weight on your ankle. You should see a doctor for a dianosis and proper treatment. If you have any questions, please consult with your doctor.
Know the causes
What causes ankle fracture?
Ankle fracture has many causes, the most common cause is when there is severe force applied to the joint, or twisting of the joint during injury or falling.
Know the risk factors
What increases my risk for ankle fracture?
There are many risk factors for ankle fracture, such as:
- Sports that require many leg movements like football, ballet, tennis or martial arts.
- Unfitted equipments in training or unsuitable training routine.
- Female athletes may have a higher risk of ankle fracture because of a strict diet that can lead to weakened bones.
Understand the diagnosis & treatment
The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your doctor.
How is ankle fracture diagnosed?
Ankle fracture can be easily diagnosed by using X-ray imaging.
How is ankle fracture treated?
Treatment for ankle fracture is almost the same as for tendonitis. It includes proper rest, applying ice pack and using a cast or slplint to keep your leg still.
In severe cases, surgery may be performed to position your bones in their correct position.
In most cases, a cast or splint may be use to elevate the pain. Crutches can also help the patient walk around. After removing the cast, some physical therapy may be needed to regain leg functions.
Lifestyle Changes & Home Remedies
What are some lifestyle changes or home remedies help manage ankle fracture?
The following lifestyles and home remedies might help you cope with ankle fracture:
- Have a warm-up before exercising and fitted equipments.
- See your health care provider and specialists regularly.
- Take your medicine or change the dosage only when your health care provider tells you to.
- Elevate your leg higher than your body to prevent swelling.
- Perform physical therapy after removing your cast or splinter to get back to daily activities faster.
- Contact your doctor if you feel numb or itching under your cast, if your leg has any bruise or turns a blueish color. These may be signs of lack of blood circulation to your leg.
If you have any questions, Please consult with your doctor to better understand the best solution for you.
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Review Date: August 16, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019