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Joint Involvement in Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures refer to breaks in any bones that make up the ankle joint, typically involving the tibia, fibula, or talus. These fractures can be caused by trauma from falls, sports injuries, or vehicular accidents, as well as overuse injuries or underlying conditions like osteoporosis. The ankle joint is composed of three main bones which are the tibia, fibula, and talus, along with the surrounding ligaments and tendons that provide stability and support. Injury may involve any of these structures, ranging from minor hairline fractures to severe breaks that displace the bones. Depending on the severity and location of the fracture, treatment may involve immobilization with a cast or brace, realignment of displaced bones through manipulation or surgery, and rehabilitation to restore strength and function. Prompt medical attention is vital to prevent complications and ensure proper long-term healing. If you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you make an emergency appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose the injury and offer treatment options.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Palm Beach 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 Boynton Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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