Ankle Injury Podiatric Clinic
Ankle Fracture – Broken Ankle Examinations
A broken ankle can involve one or more of the bones, as well as injury to the surrounding connecting tissues or ligaments.The foot and ankle are made up of many small bones, as a result you may not immediately realize a fracture has been sustained.
It is important to get a professional examination if you’re experiencing continued irritation, discomfort , and/or foot and ankle pain. At Vittori Foot & Ankle Specialists our podiatrist may need to have an foot and ankle x-ray taken of the ankle to fully diagnose a fracture.
When a podiatrist examines an injured ankle they usually check for several foot and ankle injuries:
- Ankle Sprains
- Tendon Injuries
- Injured ligaments
- Foot & Ankle Fractures
Fractured Ankle – Broken Ankle Symptoms
To detect a fracture in the ankle or foot there are several symptoms and identifying characteristics you can look for:
- Foot, Ankle, or Leg Bruising
- Deformities of the Foot
- Misalignment of Foot / Ankle
- Foot and Ankle Swelling
- Consistent Pain / Severe Pain
- Walking Difficulties
- Trouble Bearing Weight on Foot and Ankle
- Hearing a “snapping” / “popping” sound, at the time of the injury
A broken ankle fracture may require surgical correction, in severe cases to secure the bones in place so they properly heal. Through foot and ankle surgery, a podiatrist can help make sure the bone will heal correctly and align properly.
Ankle Sprain Injury Treatment
Ankle sprains are the result of an unnatural twisting or force to the ankle bones of the foot. This unnatural twist of the ankle may result in excessive stretching and/or tearing of one or more ligaments on the outside of the ankle.
- Ankle Rest
- Ankle Elevation
- Ice Pack Treatments
Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain
Chronic lateral ankle pain is recurring or chronic pain on the outside part of the ankle that often develops after an injury such as a sprained ankle.
Chronic Lateral Ankle Pain – Signs & Symptoms include:
- Ankle instability
- Difficulty walking on uneven ground
- Pain, sometimes intense, on the outer side of the ankle
- Repeated ankle sprains
- Foot & Ankle Stiffness
- Ankle Swelling
- Ankle Tenderness
The severity of the ankle sprain can determine the degree of damage and the treatment type and duration of treatment. Ankle sprains may develop into long-term problems if not accurately diagnosed or properly treated. Serious ankle sprains, may require surgery to repair and tighten the damaged ligaments.
Call Vittori Foot & Ankle today to schedule an Exam in Homer Glen, IL or in New Lenox, IL.