Treatment for Ankle Fractures in Spring & Houston, TX
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At KSF Orthopaedic Center, we’ve spent years helping those in Spring and Houston, TX get the treatment they need after suffering from an ankle fracture. With ten board-certified Orthopedic surgeons on staff, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re always in competent hands. Our team understands that just because an ankle fracture is a common injury, doesn’t mean it’s any less of an annoyance. That’s why we do all we can to treat your fracture carefully – yet promptly – so you can get back to the things in life you enjoy that much quicker. Learn more about ankle fractures and what the KSF team can do for you.
What is an Ankle Fracture?
When one or more of the bones in your ankle joint (tibia, fibula, and talus) are broken, it’s said that you’ve suffered a broken ankle or an ankle fracture. This type of fracture frequently includes damages to your ankle’s ligaments as well as the bone. Your ligaments are what hold your ankle bones and joint in position. A fracture taking place at the end of your fibula is called a lateral malleolus fracture, or if both your tibia and fibula are broken, it’s called a bimalleolar fracture. Generally speaking, the more bones that are broken, the more serious the injury. Our seasoned team will take a look at your fracture and determine its severity. We will work diligently to provide you with the necessary treatments based on the location and extent of the fracture. Common causes of this type of injury include:
- Twisting the ankle
- Rotating the ankle
- Rolling the ankle
- Impact sustained during a car accident
- Impact sustained while exercising/playing sports
Symptoms Associated with Ankle Fractures
Ankle fractures affect patients of all ages and account for around 10% of all fractures seen in the trauma setting. Since this fracture-type is so common, it’s essential to know the associated symptoms so you can visit us right away. You won’t want to wait to get the help you need and deserve, as further complications may occur the longer you wait to reach out to medical professionals. Symptoms of an ankle fracture usually include:
- Severe, immediate pain
- Tenderness to the touch
- Dislocated ankle joint
- Inability to put any weight on the injured ankle
- Noticeable deformity
Treatment Approaches for Ankle Fractures
Treatment is necessary for any fracture, but it’s especially important when talking about ankle fractures. Though serious complications are rare when you receive professional help, there are instances when an untended-to ankle can develop complications like bone infection, post-traumatic arthritis, compartment syndrome, and even damage to the blood vessels and nerves. To ensure we address all aspects of ankle fractures, we start our treatment by conducting a physical exam. This will help us get an idea of your pain level and what led up to the break. We will then perform diagnostic testing using X-rays, CT and MRI scans, bone scans, as well as stress tests to determine an ankle fracture. Depending on your injury’s severity, we’ll work with you to determine the best way to address your fracture. The combination of treatment options we offer include:
- Physical therapy
- Leg cast
Healing from an Ankle Fracture
Most people require at least six weeks to heal from an ankle fracture. However, it may take longer if several bones, ligaments, and/or tendons were damaged. Though many patients are able to return to normal daily activities within three to four months, sometimes full recovery can take as long as two years. Rehabilitation is generally recommended as part of the recovery process. Some individuals may need to wear splints or removable braces to protect their ankle during recovery. People who smoke, have diabetes, or are considered elderly are at a higher risk for complications, so make sure you rely on our seasoned team to determine the extent of your ankle or foot injury. If you believe you’ve sustained an ankle fracture in the Spring or Houston, TX area, call KSF Orthopaedic Center to request an examination today!