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Types of Ankle Fractures

Ankle injuries can range from minor sprains to severe fractures. Broken ankles, or fractures, typically involve one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle joint. Specifically, they are the tibia and fibula in the leg, and the talus in the foot. The most common types of ankle fractures are lateral malleolus fractures, which affect the fibula. Medial malleolus fractures affect the tibia and bimalleolar fractures involve both the leg bones. Fractures that result in joint instability, may require surgery to ensure proper healing and reduce the risk of long-term complications, like arthritis. Rarer types of ankle fractures, such as trimalleolar fractures, Maisonneuve, or spiral, fractures, and talus fractures present their own unique challenges and treatment approaches. Symptoms of a fractured ankle include pain to touch, swelling, bruising and an inability to bear weight. If you have sustained a broken ankle, it is suggested that you make an emergency appointment with a podiatrist for a diagnosis and the appropriate treatment recommendations.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Podiatry Associates of Texas. 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 Arlington Weatherford, Mineral Wells, and Farmers Branch, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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