A broken ankle is a common injury - there are over 250,000 each year in the United States alone. A broken ankle may occur as a result of direct contact, such as a road traffic accident or a sports opponent, but broken ankles are usually the result of a fall where the ankle twists under the weight of the body.
The orthopaedic doctor will evaluate how the injury occurred and formulate a plan to restore normal ankle alignment. The ankle is reviewed with an x-ray and CT scan as the bones must be re-set within millimetres of normal position to prevent the later development of Ankle Arthritis. A broken ankle and any associated ankle dislocation must be 'reduced' to its normal anatomical position as early as possible to prevent nerve damage, damage to the blood supply or damage to the skin around the fracture.
The key principle of ankle fracture rehabilitation is to maintain the restored anatomy of the ankle joint, while restoring full range of ankle motion as early as possible. Walking as soon as the Orthopaedic Doctor indicates that it is safe to do so, using a Removable Plastic Cast Walker is also important. This prevents complications such as muscle wastage, joint stiffness and degeneration of joint cartilage. By putting a carefully controlled load through the injured ankle it also stimulates fracture healing and helps to prevent non union.
Common Broken Ankle Injury signs & symptoms:
|Consult a sports injury expert|
|Protect the ankle with a removable plastic cast|
|Wear an ankle support for protection|
|Use a wobble board to improve proprioception|
|Use a buoyancy aid for pool fitness exercises|
|Use massage to help reduce swelling|
|Use resistance bands to strengthen the ankle|
|Use a bone healing system to speed up broken bone healing|