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Types of Ankle Fractures

Tuesday, 25 June 2024 00:00

Foot and ankle trauma is a prevalent issue, especially ankle injuries, which can significantly affect mobility. Among the common types of ankle fractures are isolated fibular fractures and Danis-Weber fractures, classified into types A, B, and C. An isolated fibular fracture involves the fibula and is typically less severe. Danis-Weber type A fractures occur below the ligament complex, a group of ligaments that connect the tibia, or shinbone, and the fibula, the smaller bone next to the tibia, just above the ankle joint. A type B fracture is at the level of the ligament complex, and a type C  fracture is above the ligament complex, often accompanied by an injury in this area. Treatment for these fractures ranges from immobilization with a cast or brace for less severe cases to surgical intervention for more complex fractures. Potential complications can include chronic pain, instability, and post-traumatic arthritis, which can impede recovery and long-term function. Given the complexities and potential for complications, if you have an ankle fracture, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis, effective treatment, and optimal recovery.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Dr. Robert Graser from Graser Podiatry and Bunion Surgery Institute. 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 Boerne, . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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