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Dr. Ellen Wenzel
289 doctors shared insights

Ankle Fracture (Overview)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point of even needing surgery.


Dr. Ellen Wenzel
289 doctors shared insights

Ankle Fracture (Overview)

A fracture is just another way to say that a bone has been broken. The ankle is made up of the distal Tibia and fibula. Ankle fracture can range from minor injuries to quite severe to the point of even needing surgery.


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What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

Unable to walk: Swelling and bruising also are signs. Some stress fractures or chip fractures can take weight but displaced fractures are too painful and unstable to walk on. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Do not move the person unless the broken bone is stable. Control the bleeding. ...See more

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Recovering from a Broken Bone (Checklist)

Exercise and stretch to improve range of motion, strength, and endurance
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Avoid a repeat injury or irritating soft tissues before they are ready
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Follow up with your doctor as scheduled, and don't miss appointments
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I hav a bimalleolar ankle fracture on just twisting my ankle is it accidental or pathological? which test could b done to investigate?

I hav a bimalleolar ankle fracture on just twisting my ankle is it accidental or pathological? which test could b done to investigate?

Depends: Most bimalleolar ankle fractures due occur as a result of a twisting mechanism. It is precerts rare that they are pathological. The X-rays go a long way in determining if it was a break through normal or abnormal bone. If there is any question, then a biopsy while you are having surgery can be the definitive answer. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Painful broken bones. Corrected with surgery. Keep weight off to heal. ...See more

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Treating a Spinal Fracture (Checklist)

Rest
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Use NSAIDs to decrease inflammation
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Use pain medications on an as-needed basis
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Consider an MRI to evaluate fracture
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What are the tests for ankle fracture?

What are the tests for ankle fracture?

Xrays: The most telling way is to obtain ankle x-rays to visualize the fracture or lack thereof. Sometimes, if there remains suspicion in the presence of 'negative' films or if a stress fracture is suspected, specialized exams may be ordered to see if a fracture exists. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a minor ankle fracture?

How do I know if I have a minor ankle fracture?

X-ray: An x-ray of the foot and ankle will be able to assist in differentiating a sprain form a fracture. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Drinking bone marrow broths help! has solubilized calcium, msm, glucosamine, glutamine in it. ...See more

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Treating a Sprained Ankle (Checklist)

Rest immediately after the injury
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Use ice to decrease swelling and pain
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Use compression such as a soft brace or bandage
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Keep your ankle elevated
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What does it mean to have a chronic ankle fracture?

Long time: It probably refers to the length of time you have had the problem. Sometimes the fracture occured many months prior to the treatment. It also could refer to the fact that it is not healing in the normal time frame. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Don't forget to, elevate, immobilize the fractured area, and ice often during the first week. ...See more

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Treating Swollen Feet or Ankles (Checklist)

Keep moving your body; avoid sitting or standing for long periods
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Don't wear tight garments
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Lose weight if needed
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Avoid standard diuretics as they won't solve the problem
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How is an ankle fracture typically treated?

How is an ankle fracture typically treated?

It depends: Some ankle fractures can be treated with braces and early weight bearing, while some require extensive surgery, and long periods of not putting weight on it. X-ray is extremely important in diagnosing and directing treatment of ankle fractures. ...Read more

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While walking slight swelling at the ankle which was earlier treated for ankle fracture?

While walking  slight swelling at the  ankle   which was earlier treated for    ankle fracture?

Swelling: Fracture ankles tend to swell for quite some time. Gravity pulses fluid blood etc to the area. They can swell after trauma for months and longer. If obese, have high blood pressure, smoke, drink alcohol and have salt in diet you will swell more. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Initially there will be lots of swelling pain. While narcotics dull pain, aleve (naproxen) etc may work better. ...See more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What is the most common treatment for a fractured ankle?

What is the most common treatment for a fractured ankle?

Surgery vs cast: If the displacement is minor, then a cast may be adequate. If there is marked displacement then surgery is required to realign the ankle joint to avoid disability. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture (Tip)

The more you mentally visualize it healing, the more you bring in the healing powers of your mind. ...See more

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How can you prevent an ankle fracture from becoming displaced?I am using a walking boot currently as recommended by my doctor.

Use the boot: Wear your cam walker as directed by your physician. Remember that a fracture takes weeks to heal, so don't stop using it before your doctor tells you so. Good luck! ...Read more

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What are the risks of having an ankle fracture from twisting it?

What are the risks of having an ankle fracture from twisting it?

Depends: On age, health status fitness level, method of twist, when you consider the # of sprains fractures are a small %. ...Read more

Dr. Don Millner Dr. Millner
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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Do take great care. Avoid placing stresses or weight on the break until fully healed. ...See more

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How much can an ankle fracture hurt?

How much can an ankle fracture hurt?

Much depends: Upon how severe, what type, mechanism of injury and others. You can have a tiny nondislaced injury that ma not hurt much or a sever fracture dislocation that hurts a lot. ...Read more

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Ankle fracture (Tip)

Don't put too much weight on it for the first month. Let it heal first. ...See more

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What are the tests for ankle fracture?

Xrays: The most telling way is to obtain ankle x-rays to visualize the fracture or lack thereof. Sometimes, if there remains suspicion in the presence of 'negative' films or if a stress fracture is suspected, specialized exams may be ordered to see if a fracture exists. ...Read more

Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
792 doctors shared insights

Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
2,321 doctors shared insights

Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more