Breaking your ankle isn’t only painful, it’s incredibly frustrating since you need to stay off of it and let it heal. If you’re in the Plantation and Pembroke Pines, Florida areas, you can visit with board-certified podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon, Daniel Bell, DPM, PA. Once you’re a patient at Daniel Bell DPM Foot and Ankle Institute, you’ll start getting treatment for your ankle fracture. It’s not just important that it heals, but you also want it to heal correctly, minimizing any future issues. Call the office to make an appointment, or use the convenient online booking system below.
The only way to know for sure is to have an evaluation and X-ray with Dr. Bell. But you will have several signs and symptoms of an ankle fracture as soon as your injury occurs, even with small hairline fractures. Ankle pain is always the most common complaint with a break. You could also have:
It’s going to depend on the severity of your break. For hairline fractures and minor breaks, where your bones aren’t out of place, you might just need to keep it stable. Dr. Bell can put you in a removable walking cast, if you’re allowed to put weight on it. Or he could use a short cast that you’ll wear for about six to eight weeks.
If you have a severe break, you may need surgery. This allows Dr. Bell to reposition your bones and secure them back into place with plates, rods, or screws. Severe ankle fractures sometimes even need more than one surgery.
No matter which treatment you experience, you’ll visit with Dr. Bell several times until you’re completely recovered. He’ll continue to take X-rays to ensure your bones are healing properly and make any necessary adjustments. Once your break is healed, you may need physical therapy to rebuild your strength. Dr. Bell looks over you and evaluates you every step of the way, but it will take time and plenty of rest to get back to 100%.
It’s possible, which is why it’s so important to follow through with any physical therapy that you need. When your ankle is braced up for weeks on end, your muscles, ligaments, and tendons weaken.
You need to spend time doing strengthening and stretching exercises with your physical therapist to get your ankle completely recovered. Otherwise, you have a higher risk of re-injuring yourself the next time you play sports, exercise, or even walk around. Dr. Bell can also help you select footwear that offers more support for physical activities, further reducing your risk of re-injury.