An ankle fracture can be hard to distinguish from a strain or sprain, so trust the doctors at Complete Foot and Ankle to help you get the right treatment. Dr. Jacob Reinkraut, Dr. Michelle Suh; Danny Gomez, DPM, FACFAS; and Edward Costa, DPM diagnose and treat ankle fractures in Ridgewood and Garfield, New Jersey. Call the office if you suspect a fracture, or use the online booking agent to schedule an appointment.
When the connective tissue of your ankle gives way or tears, you have a sprain; if the bone breaks, it’s an ankle fracture. Actions that can cause a fracture include:
If you have severe pain, swelling, bruising, or deformity of the ankle bone, you may have a break. If over-the-counter pain medications don’t help and you can’t walk or bear weight on the ankle, your ankle may be fractured, and you should seek immediate treatment.
An ankle sprain occurs when you damage the ligaments in the joint. A fracture occurs when you’ve broken one of the three bones that comprise your ankle joint. The symptoms of each injury are similar, so it can be hard to distinguish between the two.
With a fracture, you may hear a crack, and numbness and pain in the ankle joint often accompany it, too. If your ankle bones are misshapen, this also indicates a fracture.
The exact treatment plan for your ankle depends on the nature and severity of your fracture. The doctors at Complete Foot and Ankle usually put you in a splint or cast to immobilize the joint. In many cases, they’ll realign the bones first.
If you have bones that break through the skin or that can’t be realigned in the office, the doctor may refer you for surgery.
Most ankle fractures heal within 4-8 weeks depending on the location of the break. You may have to wait several months before the joint is entirely back to normal. Do not put significant weight on the joint until your doctor clears it, even if you feel better.
In some cases, you may progress to a walking cast that allows you to place some weight on the joint as you heal.
If you’ve experienced an ankle break or sprain, call Complete Foot and Ankle or book an appointment online today.