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Common Ways to Break an Ankle

A broken ankle occurs when one of more of the three bones that make up the ankle joint is injured. This includes the tibia and fibula, which are calf bones and the talus, which is a web-shaped bone inside the joint. Following are common causes of a broken ankle. Car accidents can often be the source of crushing injuries that can result in an ankle fracture. Also, if you jump from a height and land on your feet, it can result in ankle bone injuries. When a heavy weight falls on your foot, it can break your ankle. Sometimes, when you miss a step while climbing up the stairs or walking down, you can break your ankle. The weight-bearing bones in your feet and ankles are prone to stress. Strong, repetitive forces or overuse, like running for long distances, can result in tiny cracks in them. Stress fractures and bone thinning conditions, such as osteoporosis, can also result in ankle bone injuries. Falling on slippery and wet surfaces, tripping, or stepping into a hole can cause ankle fractures and injuries. When you place the foot down in a wrong manner, twist the ankle, or apply excess pressure on your foot, you can break your ankle. If you believe that you have broken a bone in your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you seek immediate medical attention from a podiatrist.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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 office located in Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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