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What Are the Different Types of Broken Ankles?

Monday, 05 April 2021 00:00

Ankle fractures can be classified into two different types based on which bone is broken. A tibial fracture, in which the shin bone breaks, is usually the result of a direct injury such as falling down the stairs. Tibial fractures often take longer to heal and recover from. A fibula fracture occurs when the thinner bone that runs along the outside of the lower leg is broken. The fibula may fracture in response to an impact to the leg or ankle. Repetitive impacts can lead to a stress fracture of the fibula, in which tiny cracks appear in the fibula bone. In severe fibula fractures, the bone may become displaced, causing a visible deformity. Regardless of which bone is injured, ankle fractures usually cause swelling, pain, bruising, tenderness, and difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected ankle. If you have a broken ankle, please seek the care of a podiatrist.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot Health Center of Merrimack Valley. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in North Andover, and Tewksbury, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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