Ankle fractures most often occur in your leg bones near the knobby part of your ankle. Regardless of which part of your ankle breaks, you receive exceptional care from the team at New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in New Braunfels, Texas. As board-certified orthopaedic surgeons, they have extensive experience treating ankle fractures and creating individualized rehabilitation programs that restore your ankle’s strength. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use the online booking feature.
You can fracture any of the three bones that form your ankle joint, the ankle bone or talus, and the ends of your two leg bones, the tibia, and fibula.
Ankle fractures often occur due to a direct impact or twisting during a fall or following a sports injury.
Your ankle is also susceptible to stress fractures. This type of fracture develops when repetitive activities like jumping and running cause tiny cracks in one of the ankle bones. If the cracks don’t have time to heal, they gradually turn into a stress fracture.
After fracturing your ankle, you experience:
If the fracture is severe, your ankle may also look deformed. Stress fracture symptoms are different, however. When you have a stress fracture, the pain develops gradually, feels worse when you’re active, and better when you rest.
If the broken bones are in place and properly aligned, your New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine provider immobilizes your ankle. They may apply a cast or use a brace or walking boot to prevent ankle movement and hold the bones in place while they heal.
You need surgical treatment If the bones are out of place due to an open or complex fracture or if your ankle is unstable. During surgery, your doctor repositions the bones, putting them back into their normal alignment. They may also use screws and plates to hold the bone fragments together.
As soon as your fracture heals, you start physical therapy. Your provider creates a customized rehabilitation program to increase your ankle’s strength and range of motion.
Your physical therapy is also designed to meet your activity goals. If you participate in sports and want to get back in the game, your rehabilitation includes sports-specific training.
When you need expert care for an ankle fracture, call New Braunfels Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, or book an appointment online.