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Consequences of Improper Diagnosis of an Ankle Fracture

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

If an ankle fracture is mistaken for an ankle sprain, it can have serious consequences on proper healing. An ankle fracture is when there is a crack or break in the bones that form the ankle joint. A sprain involves ligaments that hold the ankle bones together rather than harm the bones themselves. Both injuries can result from the ankle moving beyond its normal range of motion. However, a fracture requires more intense treatment than a sprain. Prolonged pain and bruising of the ankle are good indicators that the ankle may be broken. If you have injured your ankle and are unsure if it is broken or sprained, see a podiatrist who can properly differentiate these conditions and provide the best treatment.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from North Bay Ankle & Foot Center. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Petaluma and Sonoma, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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