Broken Ankle Advice
is the best broken ankle advice I can give you? See your physician and
follow their instructions for treatment.
bones, no matter where they are in the body, require a physcians care
in order to heal correctly. There are a lot of factors that go into
treating a broken ankle...and besides seeing your physician, I do have
some other great advice.
If you even have the slightest concern that you may
have suffered a broken ankle, it is in your best interest, both for the
short and long run, to see your physician immediately. If
you have indeed fractured a bone, you need an X-ray to see where the
fracture is, how bad it is, and if surgery is required.
broken ankles are pretty straight forward. The bones are broken, it is
very swollen, and you can't walk on it. Others are less obvious. Either
way, it is a good idea to get an X-ray. When in doubt, always err on
the side of caution. I regularly send all ankle sprains
that I see acutely
to the Dr. for an X-ray...just to make sure they aren't broken.
is Broke - How Do You Fix It?
Most broken ankles
involve the ends of the fibula and tibia. You may fracture just the tip
of one bone, or both, or it may go all the way throught the bones. The
picure on the left is of two common areas where broken ankles occur.
fractures are treated with a cast or walking boot intially. It takes
about 6 weeks for bone to heal, so the broken ankle advice your
physician will give you is to be immobilized in a cast or boot for that
They may have you remove the cast or boot every few days
to work on range of motion, or you may be in it the whole time. Usually
you will recheck with them every few weeks to take follow up X-rays to
make sure the bones are healing.
fractures require surgery in order to re-align the bones and allow them
to heal. Broken ankle advice for surgery? Talk with your physician and
make sure you have all of your questions answered.
intervention involves placing
plates and screws along the bones to hold them in place. After surgery,
you will be in a cast for several weeks to allow for healing.
the Cast Comes Off
Once you get out of your cast, whether you
had surgery or not, you will need to go through some rehabilitation.
This is the best broken ankle advice I can give you, and where a lot of
people go wrong after an ankle fracture. Why is rehab so
important? Glad you asked
you are in the cast, all of the joints in your foot and ankle are
immobilized. Immobilzed tissue tends to tighten up when it isn't
stretched out. Also, all of the little joints in the foot and ankle
between all of the tarsal bones loose some of their ability to move
because the joint surfaces are not lubricated.
of joints is what
keeps them healthy, and keeps the surfaces lubricated. When you are
immobilized, your joints can't move, so the joints get stuck.
the cast comes off, you will have lost range of motion in your ankle
and foot. This will affect the way you walk, and can also cause pain
and discomfort when you start putting weight back on your leg.
this motion will return just by using your foot again. However, it
usually takes rehabilitation to return to normal. And if you are
planning on returning to sports activities, you will need normal motion
in order to compete.
Ask your doctor for broken
ankle advice...especially about rehabilitation. Make sure they are
aware of your concerns about playing again. And make sure that your
athletic trainer or physical therapist is doing everything they can to
get your motion back. Joint mobilizations are necessary to help restore
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Don't delay in seeing your physician if you think you
have suffered a broken ankle. The time you spend thinking that it will
get better on its own is time wasted in recovery.
principles are great for the initial treatment, and also to help
alleveiate pain once you start the rehab process after cast removal.
is a frustrating injury, but don't loose hope. Fractures heal well in
most cases, and with rehab after the injury, you should be back to
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