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Swelling and Broken Ankle

A broken ankle occurs when the ankle bone fractures. More precisely, three different bones in the ankle joint may become fractured. They are known as the tibia, fibula, and the talus. Some patients are eager to know whether or not swelling is a common symptom associated with broken ankles and how quickly swelling might occur. The answer is that a broken ankle certainly can be accompanied by swelling. Once the ankle swells, putting weight on the affected foot may be difficult and cause pain. The swelling from a broken ankle may take days or weeks to subside. If you suspect that you have broken your ankle, it is highly recommended that you contact a podiatrist today for an appointment. This medical professional can address your concerns and offer treatment. 

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Jill Scholz, DPM from Town Square Family Foot Care. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Coralville, IA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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