Ankle Fractures - Plano, Frisco TX
Ankle fracture refers to fracture of one of the three bones which are joined in the ankle region. The large long bone in the lower leg is called Tibia, the relatively smaller long bone is called Fibula and the wedge shaped bone which is situated deep within the ankle area is called the Talus. The most common reasons behind ankle fractures are accidents, falls, abnormal twisting or turning of the ankle and damage caused by impact. Orthopedic doctors treat this condition using a variety of techniques depending on the seriousness and location of the fracture.

Causes of Ankle Fractures

An ankle fracture can happen as a result of several different kinds of events. Athletes and sportsmen are the worst sufferers, specially those who play sports and games that need intensive and regular use of the legs and involve full contact. Snowboarding, skydiving, basketball and other physical activities like dancing can be the key contributors for an ankle fracture. Ankle fracture can also be caused due to slips and falls, as well as a result of accidents where the leg suffers damage from high impact. Auto mobile accidents survivors have often experienced cases of serious ankle fractures.

Symptoms of Ankle Fractures

Typically, an ankle fracture manifests itself with a number of different debilitating and painful symptoms which can seriously cripple you in your day to day life. These symptoms include –

  • Acute pain in the vicinity of the ankle joint which is usually accompanied by tenderness, increased sensitivity and aggressive bruising and swelling.
  • Losing the ability to use the affected leg to support bodyweight.
  • Significantly diminished strength, stability and range of motion of the ankle region.
  • Deformity of the ankle which is visible from outside.

Depending on how serious and severe the condition is, a person affected by ankle fracture may have to face some or all of the above symptoms.

Diagnosis of Ankle Fractures

To start off, the ankle doctor needs to have clear and precise details about the nature and seriousness of your injury. The information required to make a proper diagnosis might include a detailed description of the injury, along with the time interval that passed between the injury and the onset of the pain and inflammation. The doctor might also want to take a close look at your medical history, including surgeries in the past and your history of injuries. The physical exam involves taking a close look at the affected area and noting the presence of any deformity, the nature of the swelling, soreness and bruising. To correctly pinpoint the location of the fracture, the doctor might choose to take help of diagnostic tests like x-ray.

Treatment for Ankle Fractures

When the bone has fractured at just one single place and the fractured ends are close to each other, simple immobilization using a plaster cast and a few weeks of rest can be enough to achieve complete cure. Where there are multiple fractures and bone fragments, there might be no option other than surgery. Doctors might use items like wires and screws to set the bone.

For comprehensive treatment of ankle fractures in Plano and Frisco TX, call Dr. Desai at (972) 985 -1072 (Plano) and (214) 618 - 5503 (Frisco TX).