ORTHOPEDIC SURGEONS LOCATED IN ATLANTA & WOODSTOCK, GA
Ankle fractures affect people of all ages and can occur during sports and motor vehicle accidents, or simply from a misstep while walking. Foot and ankle specialist Paul Spiegl, MD, and the team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC offer comprehensive care for ankle fractures at their modern facility in Atlanta and Woodstock, Georgia. If you think you have an ankle fracture, call or book an appointment online today.
Ankle Fracture Q&A
What is an ankle fracture?
An ankle fracture is commonly known as a broken ankle. These fractures can range in severity from a single crack in one bone to multiple breaks that force the ankle joint out of place.
Three bones make up your ankle joint:
- Tibia (shinbone)
- Fibula, which is the smaller bone in your lower leg
- Talus, which is a small bone that sits beneath the tibia and fibula
An injury that causes an ankle fracture may also damage one or more of the ligaments that hold these bones together and stabilize the ankle. Ligament injuries are sprains.
What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?
Most ankle fractures cause immediate, intense pain at the time of injury. Depending on the type and severity of the fracture, you might not be able to bear weight on the injured foot.
Other common signs and symptoms of an ankle fracture include:
- Swelling and bruising
- Tenderness to the touch
- Bones that appear out of place
It’s easy to mistake an ankle fracture for a sprain because they cause similar symptoms. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment from the expert team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC. They thoroughly evaluate your ankle and create a treatment plan for your specific injury.
How is an ankle fracture diagnosed?
First, your provider at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC reviews your symptoms and medical history. They ask you how the injury occurred and carefully examine your foot, ankle, and lower leg. If they suspect an ankle fracture, your provider may take imaging tests, including:
- Weight-bearing computerized tomography (CT) scan
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
The practice has an on-site imaging center equipped with the most advanced technology, offering you state-of-the-art testing and treatment in the same place.
How is an ankle fracture treated?
The team at Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC recommends the best approach to treatment based on the type and severity of your ankle fracture. If your ankle is stable and the broken bones are barely out of place, nonsurgical treatments like immobilization in a cast or brace may be enough.
Fractures that cause ankle instability or move the bones out of place usually require surgery. After surgery, your provider recommends a physical therapy plan for your recovery.
For the highest-quality care of ankle fractures, call Perimeter Orthopaedics, PC or book an appointment online today.
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