What are the symptoms that indicate an ankle fracture, who is in the risk groups, how to treat a slight or complex fracture in the leg and how can an ankle fracture be prevented in the first place? We brought you the complete guide.
Rehabilitation Treatment by an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist depends on its location in the leg and the exact severity of the fracture. The severe fracture may require surgery to implant plates, rods or screws into the broken bone to maintain correct positioning of the bone during fusion.
If you have an ankle fracture or a fractured foot, you may experience some of the following symptoms:
Solid and immediate pain that increases during activity and decreases during resting, and dark builds, deformities, and difficulty walking or carrying weight should contact the orthopedic foot and ankle specialist if the pain and swelling persist for more than a few days or if the pain interferes with walking.
The common causes are:
- Road accidents-injuries common in road accidents may require surgical repair.
- Falling-stumbling can cause a fracture in the ankle or leg and landing on the legs after jumping from a high altitude.
- Injury of a heavy object – dropping a heavy object on foot is a common cause of fracture in the ankle or leg.
- the Wrong step – sometimes, treading incorrectly on the leg can cause bone fracture. Many toes break when people come across furniture. Improper rotation of the ankle can also cause a sprain or fracture.
- Over-straining common stress fractures in the bones in the ankles or legs, which carry the body weight. These tiny cracks are usually caused over time by over-exertion, such as long-distance running. These fractures can also occur in activating normal force on a bone that has already weakened from some disease, such as osteoporosis.
The following factors may increase the risk of suffering a fractured ankle or leg:
Participation in competitive sports– the batting and falls that occur in football, hockey, football, tennis, and basketball are common causes of foot and ankle fractures.
The use of improper sports equipment – defects in sports equipment (such as shoes, which may be too worn or not to the proper extent) can cause stress fractures and falls. Incorrect training techniques, such as too fast heating, can also lead to fractures in the foot and ankle.
In certain professions – dangerous work environments, such as construction sites, can increase the risk of falling from a high altitude or dropping heavy objects on their feet.