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Recognizing Ankle Fractures

The ankle, which is the junction of the tibia, fibula, and talus bones, is susceptible to fractures that stem from the pounding associated with activities such as running and jumping. Symptoms of an ankle fracture are often similar to those of severe sprains. Individuals may report immediate, intense pain spanning from the foot to the knee, as well as localized swelling, bruising, tenderness, and difficulty in bearing weight. Walking can become painful or impossible. Distinguishing ankle fractures from severe sprains can be complicated. For that reason, diagnostic imaging tests are needed. X-rays, encompassing anteroposterior, lateral, and mortise views play a pivotal role in the diagnostic process. It is also essential to look for secondary fractures, as the presence of one may indicate the possibility of others. In cases requiring a deeper understanding, CT and MRI scans may prove invaluable, particularly for detecting talar fractures and assessing ligament injuries. Early recognition of ankle fracture symptoms and timely medical intervention help to safeguard both immediate and long-term ankle joint health. If you have severely injured your ankle, it is suggested that you schedule an emergency appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and precise diagnosis before treatment can begin.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . 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 our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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