Broken Ankle Symptoms, Treatment and Healing Time

Sometimes it’s very difficult to recognize a type of the ankle injury without X-rays, because the symptoms are almost the same.

Common symptoms of the ankle injuries are:

  • pain
  • swelling
  • bruising
  • inability to walk
  • deformity.

Ankle injuries or broken ankle requires mandatory medical examination. Immediately after the ankle injury occurs, ice cubes or something cold should be put on injury place in order to reduce the swelling and a formation of a bruise. Ice cubes should be put in a plastic bag, you shouldn’t apply ice directly.

With minor ankle injuries there is no need for serious medical treatment. But, when pain is strong or swelling is really big or you can’t walk, it’s wise to see a doctor or to go to nearest emergency department. The best thing to determine a real ankle condition is to do X-ray. Some studies showed that majority of the people who took X-ray with ankle injury hadn’t broken ankle or fractured bone.

In situations when ankle injury is serious, or broken ankle occurs, doctors will most likely use the splint or even the orthopedic cast. The orthopedic cast can be walking cast or non weight carrying cast, in which case you will have to use the crutches to help yourself with walking. When open fracture happens, it requires an operation, and much more medical attention.

Healing time for broken ankle and fractured bone is between 4 and 6 weeks usually, but it really depends of the state of the ankle injury. The physical therapy is recommended after the operation and wearing off the orthopedic cast in order to speed up the rehabilitation process.

It must be said that there is strong possibility of the developing arthritis on the spot where broken ankle or fractured bone occurred.

Ankle Injuries And Broken Ankle

Ankle injuries occur when the pressure on the ankle joint is greater than the strength of the joint itself. Booth the ligaments and the bones can break for themselves, as well as they can break together at the same time.

The movements of the foot when ankle injuries most often happen are:  twisting (movement inward) and distortion (outward movement).

Ankle injuries could be:

  • broken bone or fractured bone,
  • sprain injury,
  • dislocation,
  • tendon injury.

The term “broken ankle” is often used for an ankle injury. Broken ankle for the most time refers to broken or fractured bone in the leg, the tibia or the fibula.

Broken ankle or ankle injury is a common injury for people who are engaged in sports, like professional athletes and those who are involved in recreational sports. This type of injuries is common for the elderly people and the people involved in the traffic accidents, too.

The Ankle Joint

The ankle is a part of our body where the foot and the leg meet together. The ankle joint is made of the bones and the ligaments.

The leg bones called the tibia and the fibula are above the ankle joint. The tibia is the bigger and the stronger bone in the leg, and carries the most of our weight. The fibula is the weaker and the smaller bone on the side of the tibia. The foot bone, the talus is under the ankle joint.

Strong ligaments are what keep the ankle joint together. There are three lateral ligaments: the anterior talofibular ligament, the posterior talofibular ligament and the calcaneofibular ligament. Also there is the strong deltoid ligament which supports the medial side of the ankle joint.

This complex joint allows us to keep our balance and to walk back and forth.

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