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Is My Ankle Broken, or Sprained?

Monday, 26 October 2020 00:00

It can be difficult to tell the difference between an ankle that is broken and an ankle that is sprained. A break occurs when one or more of the three bones in the ankle joint, the tibia, fibula, or talus, is fractured. A sprain occurs when the ligaments that join the bones of the ankle are overstretched or torn. Both conditions may cause pain, swelling, bruising, and an inability to put weight on the affected ankle. If you have mild to moderate pain but can still put some weight on the ankle after an injury, then it is most likely a sprain. However, if you have pain that is severe or gets worse over time, can’t put weight on the injured ankle, have trouble moving the ankle, hear a popping noise at the time of injury, or notice that your ankle looks misaligned or deformed, then it is most likely a break. In any case, it is best to visit a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care. Our doctors 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 Valatie and Albany, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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