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Fractured Ankle Pain

Tuesday, 03 October 2023 00:00

A fractured ankle involves an injury to one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle joint, the tibia, fibula, and talus, as well as the surrounding ligaments. Such fractures can result from various causes, including accidents, falls, heavy impacts, or sports injuries. Signs of a fractured ankle consist of pain, deformity, swelling, bruising, and difficulty walking. The typical healing time for an ankle fracture varies depending on the severity of the fracture. Non-surgical fractures take approximately 6 to 12 weeks, while surgical fractures take longer. Podiatrists can diagnose and manage these injuries, provide orthotic support, and recommend rehabilitation exercises. Early medical attention is crucial, and first aid measures such as elevation and wound care can be helpful while awaiting medical care. Preventing ankle fractures involves properly warming up and wearing appropriate footwear. Additionally, it is beneficial to avoid uneven surfaces. Fractured ankles can have serious consequences if not treated properly, leading to complications, including mobility issues, chronic pain, and arthritis. If you believe you have fractured your ankle, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible.

Ankle pain can have many different causes and the pain may potentially be serious. If you have ankle pain, consult with Howard Waxman, DPM from Pleasant Valley Podiatry. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Ankle pain is any condition that causes pain in the ankle. Due to the fact that the ankle consists of tendons, muscles, bones, and ligaments, ankle pain can come from a number of different conditions.


The most common causes of ankle pain include:

  • Types of arthritis (rheumatoid, osteoarthritis, and gout)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Broken ankles
  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Achilles tendon rupture
  • Stress fractures
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar fasciitis


Symptoms of ankle injury vary based upon the condition. Pain may include general pain and discomfort, swelling, aching, redness, bruising, burning or stabbing sensations, and/or loss of sensation.


Due to the wide variety of potential causes of ankle pain, podiatrists will utilize a number of different methods to properly diagnose ankle pain. This can include asking for personal and family medical histories and of any recent injuries. Further diagnosis may include sensation tests, a physical examination, and potentially x-rays or other imaging tests.


Just as the range of causes varies widely, so do treatments. Some more common treatments are rest, ice packs, keeping pressure off the foot, orthotics and braces, medication for inflammation and pain, and surgery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Willoughby Hills and Broadview Heights, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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