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Types of Ankle Fractures

Ankle fractures are common in injuries, making up approximately 10 percent of all fractures in trauma cases. They usually occur more in young men and older women. When there is a bigger accident with multiple injuries, ankle problems can greatly interfere with movement. There are different ways to classify ankle fractures. One way was introduced by Percival Pott, who looked at how many parts of the ankle bones got broken. There are two other systems called Lauge-Hansen and Danis-Weber that also offer ways to think about how the injury happened and how stable the break is. Each system offers good information. When doctors look at X-rays of ankle fractures, they have a certain way to approach repair. Fixing a displaced ankle fracture and making it line up right usually gives good results. But sometimes, even with the bones in the right place, the ankle can still have problems later because the cartilage is involved. About 15 percent of people may have arthritis in their ankle after this kind of fracture. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist to have appropriate tests taken, a diagnosis made, and appropriate treatment offered.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gerald Erskine, DPM from Seneca Family Footcare. Our doctor 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 office located in Ronceverte, WV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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