There are times when the unthinkable happens and your foot/ankle becomes fractured or broken. It’s never an ideal predicament, but luckily at Shady Grove Podiatry, we have the services necessary to relieve your pain!
Any of the three bones that make up the ankle joint are susceptible to breakage due to an event of a fall, automotive accident or any other type of trauma.
Broken ankles can also be mistaken for sprains and thus should be thoroughly examined by a podiatrist in order to properly diagnose the condition. Symptoms of a broken ankle include:
A broken ankle can also involve damage to ligaments. Our podiatrists will take X-rays to find the location of exactly where the break happened. A CT (computed tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) may also be needed.
In the event that the fracture is stable, (there is no damage to the ligament) it can be rehabilitated with a leg cast or brace. Depending on the severity of the fracture or breakage, a long leg cast may be given and replaced by a shorter walking cast.
The timespan for a broken ankle to heal is from 6 weeks to several months. Shady Grove Podiatry will also request a follow up appointment before you resume any sport activity. X-rays will help conclude how much additional time is needed to have your bones fully heal.
In the event that the ligaments are torn or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone which aggravates the joint, surgery may be required so the bones can heal properly. In the event that surgery is necessary, our surgeons will use metal plates, metal absorbable screws, staples or tension bands to hold the bones in place.
After the surgery, the surgeon will give the patient a rehabilitation and strengthening regimen to abide by until they return to a normal state.
For further information regarding trauma to the foot/ankle or to set up an appointment, call Shady Grove Podiatry in Gaithersburg, Maryland today at 301-948-2995.