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Ankle Fractures

ankle fracturesWhen the ankle experiences trauma, a fracture may occur. An ankle fracture is a break in one of the three bones that connect at the ankle joint: the tibia, fibula, and talus. Causes of fractures can vary, such as an impact to the ankle, a fall, rolling or twisting the ankle, or a gradual increase of stress on the bone over time. Ankle fractures can often occur during exercise, sports, or other physical activities.

General symptoms of an ankle fracture include inflammation, bruising, deformity, and tenderness. Pain when bearing weight and limping due to pain are more telltale signs. While pain is a significant symptom of breakage, a patient who has nerve damage or who has diabetes may not feel this pain. In this instance, your podiatrist will look for additional signs to determine whether a fracture has occurred. If you are experiencing severe pain, cannot walk without limping, have an open wound near the suspected break, or are experiencing numbness or tingling in the toes, you should see your podiatrist.

 

 

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