If you twist your ankle or step down in an awkward way, you might experience a fracture. Though painful, with early intervention, it’s possible to treat fractures and prevent them from getting worse. At North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, Joshua Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, FACPM, and Sarina Epstein, DPM, AACFAS, offer all-inclusive treatment for ankle fractures. To make an appointment at the office in Gainesville or Lake City, Florida, call the nearest office or click the online booking feature today.
An ankle fracture is an injury to your ankle bone. Fractures vary in severity. Some are small and almost impossible to see; others are significant and require surgical repair with pins, rods, or plates.
If you suffer an ankle fracture, it’s important to seek treatment right away. The sooner you receive care at North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, the less likely you are to experience complications.
Symptoms of ankle fractures include:
If you experience an ankle fracture, you might also find it difficult to stand up or put weight on your affected ankle.
Ankle fractures occur for various reasons, including sports injuries, work injuries, car accidents, and falls. You might also experience an ankle fracture due to a misstep, like putting your foot down awkwardly or stepping into a hole.
Anyone can suffer an ankle fracture, but there are several factors that can increase your risk, including:
Certain medical conditions can also increase your risk of an ankle fracture. For example, you’re more likely to lose your balance and fall if you have osteoporosis.
To diagnose a broken ankle, your North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists provider asks about your symptoms, including their severity and when they first started.
Next, they examine your ankle, looking for points of swelling, redness, or tenderness. They also test your ankle’s range of motion and have you walk a short distance to examine your gait. If visual observation isn’t enough to determine the cause of your pain, your provider orders X-rays or an MRI.
At North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists, treatment of a broken ankle depends on the location and severity of the fracture. Often, conservative treatments are enough to encourage your body’s healing process. For example, you might benefit from:
If your ankle fracture is severe, you might benefit from surgical intervention. Special tools, like pins, rods, and screws, can hold your bones in the proper position, allowing them to heal.
To receive treatment for a broken ankle, make an appointment at North Florida Foot & Ankle Specialists by calling the nearest office today or scheduling online.