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Ankle Fractures are No Laughing Matter

Ankle Fractures are No Laughing Matter

Ankle fractures are serious injuries that can have a severe impact on mobility due to the length of recovery needed. Ankle fractures do not occur over a long period of time and actually occur after a sudden impact due to a twist or rolling of the ankle. Our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM at NOLA Sole Podiatry can treat this condition with proper methods to ensure that a reoccurrence is less likely to happen. Please call us at 504-302-1586 and visit us at our New Orleans, LA location to learn more about this condition.

An Ankle Fracture can occur when one or more bones or ligaments of the ankle joint breaks. Without proper prevention or medical care, this condition can lead to arthritis. Ankle fractures occur when there is an increased amount of stress placed on the bones of the ankle joint. Factors leading to this condition include twists of the ankle, ankle rolls whereby the foot rolls onto its side at the same time increased amounts of weight are placed on it, severe trauma resulting from a fall from losing balance or overextension of the ankle joint. Those with this condition experience severe ankle pain that can extend to the knee or foot, swelling of the ankle or ankle bruising.

The major types of foot fractures are the lateral malleolus fracture (a broken distal fibula), a medial malleolus fracture (a fracture of the distal tibia), a posterior malleolus fracture (a break in the posterior malleolus), a bimalleolar fracture (where two bones are broken and which leads to chronic ankle stability) and trimalleolar fractures (which can lead to an even more unstable ankle condition that’s chronic in nature). These fractures, no matter which occurs, can severely impact the function of the foot. This makes it necessary to focus on healing the ankle as quickly as possible so that the incidence of re-injury does not happen. Please contact our offices right away if you’ve suffered an ankle injury or have gone through one in the past so that we may be able to help assist you with improving your ankle health.

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