Broken Ankle Specialist

Associated Podiatrists, P.C.

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Novi, MI

Whether your broken ankle was caused by a fall, a sports accident, or another injury, the doctors at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. are there to provide effective treatments for men, women, and children in Novi, Michigan. A broken ankle can be painful and more severe cases may require surgery. Fortunately, the experts at Associated Podiatrists, P.C. have extensive surgical experience and devise personalized treatment plans to get your ankle back to normal as quickly as possible. If you’ve suffered an ankle injury, call or schedule an appointment online.

Broken Ankle Q & A

What causes a broken ankle?

A broken ankle is usually the result of an injury to the bone that causes the bone to break or fracture. The most common causes of a broken ankle include:

  • Falls
  • Overuse
  • Car accidents
  • Dropping something heavy on your foot

You might have an increased risk of a broken ankle if you:

  • Participate in high-impact sports
  • Use improper technique or sports equipment
  • Work in an occupation that puts you at a higher risk of injury, such as on a construction site

Certain medical conditions, such as osteoporosis and arthritis, can decrease bone density or cause inflammation of the bones and increase your risk of falls and ankle fractures.

What are the complications of a broken ankle?

The seriousness and severity of a broken ankle vary. If you have a broken ankle, you might experience symptoms, such as:

  • Immediate throbbing pain
  • Swelling and bruising
  • Tenderness
  • Deformity
  • Difficulty bearing weight and walking

Complications of a broken ankle include arthritis, bone infection, blood vessel or nerve damage, and compartment syndrome, or excess pressure inside the muscle compartment.

What are the treatments for a broken ankle?

Treatment for a broken ankle depends on the exact site and severity of the injury. At Associated Podiatrists, P.C., your doctor diagnoses your broken ankle with a thorough physical exam and imaging tests, such as an X-ray, bone scan, or MRI.

Treatment for your broken ankle might include physical therapy and rehabilitative exercise, medications like pain relievers or anti-inflammatories, or surgery in severe cases.

In the case of a serious break, your podiatrist may perform the following:

  • Reduction: Your podiatrist might need to manipulate the pieces of bone back into their proper positions in a process called reduction. General anesthesia is typically required
  • Immobilization: For a broken bone to heal properly, it should be immobilized, usually for about 4-8 weeks. A cast is a great way to immobilize and protect your broken bone. Minor foot fractures might only need a removable, boot, shoe, or brace with a stiff sole. A fractured toe can be carefully taped to the adjacent toe with a piece of gauze between them.
  • Surgery: Surgery might be necessary and, in some cases, involves the use of plates, pins, or screws to maintain the proper position of your bones during healing. These materials will be removed once your fracture or break has fully healed.

If you’ve suffered a recent ankle injury, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment are essential. Don’t wait to call Associated Podiatrists, P.C. or book an appointment online.