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Which Ankle Bones Are Affected With an Ankle Fracture?

Broken bones in the ankle can occur due to an injury or a mishap. When there is a break in the ankle joint, the bones can separate into pieces. The tibia or fibula are often the most affected because they support the weight of the body. This type of fracture may cause severe discomfort while walking and may be difficult to do for several months. A broken ankle typically occurs from rolling or twisting the ankle beyond its normal range of motion, such as from unexpectedly stepping off of a curb. Common symptoms that many people experience with an ankle fracture can include bruising, and swelling, and it can be tender when touched. An X-ray is generally performed which is successful in determining the extent of the fracture and can then be treated accordingly. There are several methods to treat a broken ankle, consisting of wearing a walking boot, having a cast put on, and elevating the affected foot as often as possible. If you have endured a fractured ankle, it is strongly advised that you speak to a podiatrist who can effectively access the foot and offer the best treatment options for you.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Tin Quach from Foot Center. 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 offices located in McAllen, and Weslaco, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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