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How Can I Tell if My Ankle Is Broken?

A broken ankle can be a painful and debilitating injury, requiring prompt attention and treatment. Recognizing the symptoms is essential for seeking appropriate medical care. One common indicator is severe pain, especially when weight-bearing or attempting to move the affected ankle. Swelling and bruising surrounding the ankle joint are also typical signs of a fracture, as the body responds to the trauma by increasing blood flow to the injured area. Additionally, deformity or misalignment of the ankle may be apparent, particularly if the fracture is severe or displaced. Limited range of motion and difficulty bearing weight on the affected ankle are further indications of a potential break. In some cases, individuals may experience numbness or tingling in the foot or toes due to nerve compression or damage. If you suspect a broken ankle, it is suggested you seek immediate medical attention from a podiatrist to prevent further damage and facilitate proper healing.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Janale Beckford, DPM from Tampa Podiatrists . 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 Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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