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What Is an Ankle Avulsion Fracture?

Tuesday, 30 May 2023 00:00

An avulsion fracture of the ankle occurs when an injured ligament or tendon brings with it a portion of the bone. This takes place at the site where the ligament or tendon attaches to the bone. Because symptoms of an ankle avulsion fracture are similar to those of a sprain, an X-ray or other imaging test may be needed to determine the cause of the problem. Symptoms include pain, immediate swelling, bruising, and difficulty in moving the ankle. The healing time for an ankle avulsion fracture is between six and eight weeks, but depending on the severity it may take even longer. In severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the joint with screws and metal plates. A cast will be required to stabilize and immobilize the ankle joint as the bone heals. When that is removed, a series of stretching, strengthening, and range of motion exercises will be needed. As with all ankle injuries, it is important that the joint heals completely to avoid further problems. For treatment of an ankle avulsion fracture or more information about this injury, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Gregory Rorick, DPM from Rorick Podiatry, PC. 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 New York Mills, Utica, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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