After one breaks an ankle, weight bearing restrictions can be imposed to facilitate proper healing. These restrictions encompass non weight bearing, where no weight can be placed on the leg. Toe touch weight bearing, which involves minimal toe contact with the ground can be effective for balancing. Partial weight bearing allows for a specific percentage of weight to be placed on the leg, and is generally managed by using crutches. Compliance with these restrictions is vital to promote the healing process. Disregarding them can lead to complications or delayed recovery. Signs of non compliance can include increased pain, swelling, or redness in the leg. If you have a broken ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can recommend the weight bearing protocols that will best help you.
Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Best Foot Forward. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
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.
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