Ankle fractures account for nearly 10% of all bone fractures today. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, skilled podiatrist Jay Bhuta, DPM, and the team provide the best in minimally invasive ankle fracture care at their offices in Milburn, Union, Westfield, and Livingston, New Jersey. To learn how you can heal an ankle fracture without major surgery, call the office nearest you or book your appointment using online scheduling today.
What is an ankle fracture?
An ankle fracture is a break in one of the three bones that make up your ankle. These include:
Any break in these bones is an ankle fracture. The most common type of ankle fracture is a lateral malleolus fracture, which affects the knobby protrusion on your outer ankle.
Ankle fractures can be either displaced or nondisplaced. A nondisplaced fracture occurs when the break doesn’t move the bone out of position. A displaced fracture occurs when the two (or more) parts of the bone separate completely so they no longer line up.
What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?
An ankle fracture is a serious injury. It usually causes symptoms such as:
Ankle fractures often happen at the same time as ligament sprains or ankle joint dislocation, which causes even more severe symptoms.
What causes ankle fractures?
Sports injuries are a leading cause of ankle fractures, but you can also injure your ankle in many other ways, including slip and fall accidents and workers compensation-related injuries.
Ankle fractures are also the third-most common type of bone fracture among older people today.
How are ankle fractures treated?
Because the location, type, and severity of ankle fractures can vary widely, treatment is highly situation-specific. At Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey, Dr. Bhuta evaluates your injury carefully, and then works with you to create a treatment plan that can help you get back to walking as soon as possible.
Some nondisplaced ankle fractures may require only conservative care, such as a splint or short leg cast to keep the bone stable while it heals.
Displaced fractures often require surgery to restore the proper position of the bones. Dr. Bhuta excels in minimally invasive ankle fracture surgery, which involves using miniature surgical tools and tiny incisions. The minimally invasive approach to fracture care allows you to recover faster so you can return to walking comfortably once again.
Treating an ankle fracture promptly can help you heal properly and also prevents later complications like post-traumatic arthritis. To take care of your ankle fracture and get back to living, call the Ankle & Foot Doctors of New Jersey office nearest to you or book your appointment using the online scheduling tool today.