Broken Ankle

A broken ankle is an immensely painful and debilitating injury that can limit your ability to perform even the most basic physical movements. Full recovery often takes at least a couple of months from a broken ankle. If you have suffered from a broken ankle, contact Great Neck Family Foot Care, a podiatrist in Port Washington. For more information on injury treatment for a broken ankle, please continue reading this article.

What is a Broken Ankle?

The ankle joint is made up of three bones, the tibia, fibula, and talus. The tibia bone, also known as the shinbone, is the main bone of the lower leg and is located on the inside of the lower extremity. It is the second-largest bone in the body next to the femur. The fibula is a smaller bone that runs parallel to the tibia and is located on the outside of the lower leg. The tibia and fibula sit on top of the talus, a small bone in the foot. A broken ankle happens when there is an injury to either the tibia, fibula, or both. The type of fracture depends on what bone, or if both bones are injured, and where exactly the ankle injury developed. Commonly, a Lateral Malleolus Fracture is often reported to our podiatrist in Port Washington.

For treatment for ankle fractures or other foot injuries, contact Great Neck Family Foot Care, a podiatrist in Port Washington. They provide quality care for a variety of foot and ankle related conditions.

 How Can A Broken Ankle Be Treated?

Treatment for a broken ankle depends on the specific nature of the injury. The most common types of broken ankles are Lateral Malleolus Fractures (fractures only to the fibula). These can usually be treated without surgery, as in some cases, a fibula fracture can still result in the ankle joint remaining stable. Self-treatment options include elevating the ankle and applying ice to reduce swelling and pain. Over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can also be taken to reduce pain and inflammation. Please only take medication as recommended by your physician.

Unfortunately, however, ankle fractures sometimes require professional treatment. A podiatrist can provide crutches to patients, allowing them to move without putting pressure on the ankle. A splint, short leg cast, or other forms of a protective device, such as a walking boot, also might be given to further protect the ankle. Finally, if the ankle fracture is severe enough, such as is the case with a Bimalleolar Ankle Fracture (injury to tibia and fibula), a podiatrist will need to perform surgery to fix the broken bones.

For a podiatrist in Port Washington to treat your broken ankle, contact Great Neck Family Foot Care. Our staff, led by the esteemed Dr. Alec Hochstein, has been serving the Long Island Community for years. Schedule your appointment by visiting our website today!