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Common Symptoms of a Broken Ankle

A broken ankle can swiftly transform routine movements into moments of intense pain and disruption. This injury typically occurs when the ankle joint endures excessive force, often from a sudden twist, fall, or impact. The causes are diverse, ranging from sports related injuries to accidental slips or missteps. The severity of a broken ankle varies, with fractures manifesting in the bones surrounding the ankle joint. Symptoms, unmistakable in their intensity, include immediate pain, swelling, and difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot. Bruising may also develop, accompanied by a noticeable deformity or misalignment of the ankle. The sharp, shooting pain and the inability to move the ankle freely are indicative signs that warrant prompt medical attention. If you have broken your ankle, it is strongly suggested that you consult a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can properly diagnose and treat this type of fracture.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Prince William Foot & Ankle Center, PC. Our practitioners 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 offices located in Gainesville and Dulles, VA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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