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Ankle Fractures


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One minute, you are going for a run, and the next, you are on the ground in pain from a rolled or twisted ankle. Unfortunately, this scenario is all-too-common for many people on a daily basis. Ankle pain in Plainfield isn’t something that should be taken lightly, as it can lead to further injuries and complications down the road. Specifically, ankle fractures need to be fully healed before bearing weight on them again to ensure more injuries do not occur.

Definition & Causes of an Ankle Fracture

Ankle fractures are defined as a partial or complete break in the bone. While some ankle fractures are small, others may result in the shattering of the tibia, fibular or both. It is important not to confuse ankle fractures with an ankle sprain; they are two different injuries that require different treatment. However, both an ankle fracture and an ankle sprain may occur simultaneously.

There are countless ways that an ankle fracture may occur, with the majority of causes revolving around rolling the ankle either inward or outward.

Symptoms

If you are experiencing one or all of the following symptoms, please contact our team to schedule an appointment:

  • Pain at the fracture site that can also extend up towards the knee
  • Swelling – either localized or along the length of the leg
  • Blisters that occur over the fracture site
  • Bruising immediately following the injury
  • Difficulty walking
  • Change in the ankle’s appearance especially in comparison to the other healthy ankle
  • Bones that protrude through the skin

Treatment Options

Treatment options for your ankle pain in Plainfield will depend on the severity of the injury. Typically, treatment will start with the RICE protocol, consisting of rest, ice, compression and elevation. When you are icing, make sure to ice for 20 minutes followed by a break of at least 40 minutes. When you are elevating your injury, it should be raised slightly above the level of your heart to help reduce swelling. Immobilization and prescription medications are also popular nonsurgical treatment options.

In some cases, surgery is needed to repair the fracture and other soft tissue-related injuries. Our team will discuss treatment options with you and determine the best plan of action moving forward.

Contact Our Team Today

It is important to address ankle pain in Plainfield as soon as it develops so that injuries don’t get worse. Please contact our team at Suburban Foot & Ankle to schedule an appointment.

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Two Convenient Locations

Plainfield

15724 S. Rt 59 Unit 100

Plainfield, IL 60544

815-439-1188 phone

815-439-2453 fax

Bolingbrook

215 Remington Blvd., Suite A2

Bolingbrook, IL 60440

630-226-9860 phone

815-439-2453 fax