What Is a Broken Ankle?
Broken ankles are exactly what they sound like. It is a painful break in the ankle area that leads to pain, infection, immobility, and frustration. As it is, there are several types of fractures, including hairline fractures (where the bone becomes cracked), non-displaced fractures (where the fractured pieces remain properly aligned), and compound fractures (where one end might cut through the skin). S
Fixing a Broken Ankle
Simply setting the bones straight and letting them heal naturally is sometimes a viable health care option in certain cases, but in really bad breaks, your doctor might recommend reduction and fixation. This operation involves removing portions of the broken bones and bringing the remaining pieces together with screws, plates, and other mechanical devices until the bone heals. After the operation, a physiotherapist teaches you to walk and negotiate stairs using crutches. The surgeon decides when the ankle can be moved after an open reduction and fixation. It is strongly recommended that the injured foot be elevated 2 weeks after the operation to help reduce swelling. Health care professionals advise that the patient return immediately if he or she experiences “pins and needles,” loss of sensation or motor function, discoloration, swelling, or severe pain. These can be treated with antibiotics, or very rarely, another surgery. After this health care procedure, professionals monitor healing through X-rays and strength tests. Strenuous activity like jogging, biking, and heavy lifting should be avoided until the patient makes a full recovery.