Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures have increased during recent years, doctors such as Dr. Louis have noted an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles, due to active, older “baby boomers.”  A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone (which may not limit walking), to several fractures (which may require no weight bearing for three months).  Causes include: twisting the ankle, rolling the ankle, falling, or direct impact to the ankle.  Symptoms of an ankle fracture most often include immediate and severe pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, inability to put any weight on the injured foot and noticeable deformity.

X-rays are the most common way to evaluate an injured ankle and depending on the type of ankle fracture, Dr. Louis may take a special X-ray, called a “stress test” which is used to see if certain ankle fractures require surgery.  In some instances, a CT scan or MRI may be used to evaluate the ankle injury.

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Symptoms 

An ankle fracture typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the ankle joint.   You may experience tenderness of the ankle and foot bones (and inability to move the ankle area.  You will experience some weakness of the ankle and foot areas.

Diagnosis

These injuries can occur due to a traumatic incident or a fall. Dr. Louis will perform a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your arm injuries and conduct a complete review of your medical history.

He may also utilized diagnostic tools such as an MRI, X-ray or CT scan to confirm the extent of your condition.

Treatment

Nonsurgical treatment may involve six weeks of no weight bearing and a stabilizer, such as a high-top boot or a short cast.  Surgical treatment typically includes a plate and screws on the side of the bone,

which are used to re-align the bone fragments and keep them together as they heal.