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What Can Cause a Broken Ankle?

A broken ankle can be a painful and debilitating injury, impacting mobility and daily activities. Understanding its causes and symptoms is vital for prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment. An ankle fracture commonly occurs due to a sudden twisting or rolling motion of the ankle, often during activities like sports or falls. The severity of the fracture can vary, ranging from a hairline crack to a complete break of the bone. Symptoms typically include intense pain, swelling, bruising, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle. In some cases, there may be visible deformity or an audible snap or pop at the time of injury. Additionally, individuals may experience numbness or tingling in the foot or ankle area. Seeking medical attention promptly is vital to assess the extent of the injury and prevent complications. There are various treatment methods for a broken ankle. If you have endured this type of injury, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can determine what the best relief and treatment plan is for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Eastern Ohio Podiatry Group LLC. 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 Willoughby Hills, Euclid, and Beachwood, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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