What is an ankle fracture?
An ankle fracture, or broken ankle, is an injury that causes one or more bones to become broken, either completely or partially, through the bone. Some ankle fractures remain in place while others can cause the ends of the bones to become misaligned, sometimes badly. Other fractures can cause the bone to fragment or splinter. Ankle fractures may be treated with casting, or they may require surgery to help stabilize the bones.
What is the difference between a sprain and strain?
Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, a sprain is an injury to the ligaments, while a strain is an injury to a tendon or muscle (or both). Both sprains and strains can occur in the ankle, and both often can be managed conservatively with rest, ice and pain medications, sometimes accompanied by physical therapy and gentle stretching.
How can I tell if I need to see a doctor following an ankle injury?
Any ankle injury needs to be evaluated by a doctor to determine the extent of the injury and to ensure the injury receives the most appropriate treatment. Even seemingly minor ankle injuries can result in mobility issues when not properly treated, and some injuries can cause permanent damage to the joint and other structures, or make it more likely osteoarthritis will occur in the future. Plus, untreated ankle injuries can change the way you walk, even if only for a brief period, and that can cause additional problems to develop in the feet, knees, hips and lower back.
Is there anything I can do to prevent ankle injuries?
The best ways to prevent ankle injuries include making sure to wear shoes that fit properly and provide plenty of support for the foot and the ankle, and to perform stretching exercises to keep the tendons, ligaments, and muscles flexible and healthy.
Do I Need A Doctor?
Although many will disregard a “simple” sprain, foot and ankle specialists know the long term effects of seemingly minor injuries. It is important to be evaluated after any trauma, in order to minimize the risks of joint instability, arthritis, and loss of function. We have on-site diagnostics to evaluate both bone and soft tissue injuries!