Ankle Fracture Treatment in Lafayette, LA – Give Pain the Boot and Get Back on Your Feet
An ankle fracture is a crack or break in one or more of the three bones – the tibia, fibula, and talus – that come together in the ankle joint. This type of injury often occurs during strenuous physical activities, such as running and jumping, or through trauma caused by a fall or collision. In any of these scenarios, the ankle may be stressed beyond its normal capacity, resulting in a broken bone.
What are the symptoms of a broken ankle?
In addition to pain that develops immediately after an injury, an ankle fracture can cause:
- Difficulty walking, bearing weight, or wearing shoes
- A visible deformity, such as an abnormal bend to the ankle
Because an ankle fracture can produce symptoms that are similar to those produced by a less serious sprain, it is important to seek prompt medical attention to ensure appropriate treatment. In Lafayette, Louisiana, you can consult with Peter D. Vizzi, MD, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who takes a personalized approach to patient care. Dr. Vizzi can evaluate your injury and explain your treatment options.
How is an ankle fracture treated?
Broken ankle treatment can vary based on the stability of the fracture:
Treatment for a stable ankle fracture
A broken bone that has not shifted out of alignment can usually be treated without surgery. Crutches may be used to help keep weight off the damaged bone as it mends, and a boot or cast may be used to support and immobilize the ankle. If necessary, medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be taken to relieve pain and swelling. When comfort allows, targeted stretches and exercises may be performed to help prevent stiffness and muscle weakness.
Treatment for an unstable ankle fracture
A broken ankle is considered to be unstable if the ends of the broken bone have shifted out of alignment, more than one bone is affected, multiple breaks are present, or the ankle joint is damaged. Surgery may be discussed to properly reposition the bones and place pins, screws, or other hardware to secure the bones in place as they heal. Physical therapy is usually recommended after surgery to build muscle support in the area of the break.
If you’ve injured your ankle and suspect that it might be broken, you should seek prompt medical attention. Contact Dr. Vizzi’s office in Lafayette, LA, to set up a consultation right away.