Broken Ankle: How to Identify and Treat Ankle Fractures

Broken Ankle: How to Identify and Treat Ankle Fractures


The problem with ankle fractures are they
are specific bony and soft tissue anatomy. It gives you ankle stability and when that’s
disrupted, there can be instability, poor alignment. Almost everybody’s had some sort of ankle
injury, like an ankle sprain or rolled their ankle at some point. The signs of an ankle fracture that might
be more significant would be considerable swelling, bruising, especially pain with bearing
weight or walking or standing, and those are the ones that really should be evaluated with
a physical exam likely an x-ray. We sort of think of lower energy rotational
ankle fractures that might occur from a slip and fall. But there are other types of ankle fractures
that are higher energy such as a fall from height or motor vehicle crash. So a lot of the rotational ankle fractures
that aren’t very displaced can often be treated in a cast or boot. They may still have a period of restricted
weight bearing, though that’s not always the case. The ankle fractures that have more significant
displacement or shift through the fracture site that cause the ankle joint to be poorly
aligned almost always require surgery just because of the risk of arthritis that could
follow. I think someone should come to UVA for their
care because we take care of the entire spectrum of injury that occurs with ankle fractures.

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