If you sustain an ankle fracture due to a car accident or a sports injury, seek treatment immediately. Immobilization or surgery can prevent the damage from worsening and encourage your body’s healing process. At Austin Foot & Ankle Institute, in Austin, Lakeway and Cedar Park, Texas, board-certified orthopedic surgeons Pedro E. Cosculluela, MD, and Andrew M. Ebert, MD specialize in ankle fracture treatment. They complete more than 70 ankle fracture surgeries each year and have been involved in designing hardware used to repair complex ankle fractures. Call the nearest office to request an ankle fracture consultation today, or make an appointment online.
An ankle fracture occurs when you break one or more of the three bones in your ankle joint. Most ankle fractures happen because of an injury, but they can also occur due to general wear-and-tear.
If you hurt your ankle and it’s painful, swollen, or hard to use, contact Austin Foot & Ankle Institute. Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert can determine the fracture’s severity and help you return to your pre-injury activity levels.
Symptoms of an ankle fracture include:
Depending on the location and severity of the fracture, you might have a visible abnormality, like a bump or a piece of bone sticking through your skin.
Make an appointment with Dr. Cosculluela or Dr. Ebert if you sustain an ankle injury and it doesn’t improve with rest, ice, and anti-inflammatory medicine. That’s particularly true if you have swelling, a visible deformity, or mobility problems.
Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert review your health charts and asks about your injury, including when it occurred, what it feels like, and if the pain extends into your leg or foot.
Next, they examine your ankle, checking for redness, bruising, and swelling. Your doctor moves your foot in several different positions, testing its range of motion. They also have you walk back and forth a few times, observing your gait and posture.
Radiographs of your ankle with be obtained during your visit. There’s an X-ray machine onsite, but they may refer you to a radiology facility for more specialized tests, such as a bone scan, an MRI, or a CT scan.
Treatment for an ankle fracture depends on its location and severity. Dr. Cosculluela and Dr. Ebert recommend conservative measures whenever possible, including:
If you have a severe fracture and a bone breaks into several pieces, your doctor may recommend surgery. During ankle repair surgery, they use pins, plates, or screws to hold your bones together, speeding up your body’s healing process.
Call the nearest Austin Foot & Ankle Institute office to receive treatment for an ankle fracture today, or make an appointment online.