Having a broken ankle can leave you with lingering pain and ankle instability if you don’t have it properly treated right away. With his expertise in conservative ankle treatments and minimally invasive surgeries, Yitzchak Cohen, DPM, of Podiatry Care in Totowa, New Jersey, can help you get back to 100%. If you recently suffered from an ankle injury and wound up with a fracture, schedule an exam right away. You can book your visit online or over the phone.
Your ankle joint — a hinge joint — is the area where your shinbone (tibia), your smaller lower leg bone (fibula), and the small bone that sits above your heel bone (talus) all meet. When you break your ankle, you can have a minor stress fracture or a major break in one or more of these bones.
The symptoms of a broken ankle depend on which bone is broken and the severity of the fracture. You may experience:
You’re probably also going to find that you can’t bear any weight on the injured ankle and that it feels unstable.
The symptoms of a broken ankle and a sprained ankle often overlap — you may also have both injuries at the same time. But because a broken bone needs to be aligned properly and possibly set into place in order to heal correctly, it’s important to have your ankle evaluated as soon as your injury occurs.
Dr. Cohen wants you to schedule an exam at Podiatry Care right away if you experience:
During your ankle exam, Dr. Cohen gathers in-house digital X-ray images and performs a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose your ankle injury. If you have an ankle fracture, he can get you started on treatment right away.
Treating a broken ankle depends on the severity of your break, but in most cases, immobilization is key. Dr. Cohen may put you into a cast or walking brace and can prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve inflammation.
As your broken ankle heals, Dr. Cohen starts teaching you range-of-motion and weight-bearing exercises you can perform daily to improve strength. It usually takes about six weeks to be healed enough to start physical therapy.
If you have a more severe fracture in your ankle or if your ankle is dislocated, Dr. Cohen might recommend surgery. Using minimally invasive measures, Dr. Cohen can reposition your bones and link them together with rods, screws, or plates to promote healing. Because Dr. Cohen has extensive foot and ankle surgical training, you can feel confident that he can help your ankle heal.
Schedule your broken ankle exam at Podiatry Care by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office directly to book.