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Possible Complications of a Broken Ankle

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

A broken ankle, medically termed ankle fracture, poses significant risks and complications, particularly for active individuals and the elderly. Active individuals are often at risk due to participation in high-impact activities, while the elderly are susceptible due to factors such as decreased bone density and balance issues. One potential complication of a broken ankle is the development of osteoarthritis in the affected joint over time. This occurs due to the disruption of the joint's normal structure and function during the healing process, leading to cartilage degeneration and subsequent pain and stiffness. Elderly individuals, especially those with diabetes, are also prone to complications such as wound healing issues and infections, which can prolong recovery and increase the risk of further complications. Treatment for a broken ankle typically involves immobilization with a cast or brace and pain management. If you have sustained an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide comprehensive care, including monitoring for complications, optimizing rehabilitation, and providing long-term management for optimal foot health.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. 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 one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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