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Ankle Fractures

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO

Ankle fractures can prevent individuals from doing their regular activities while these injuries heal. Some fractures heal with nonsurgical treatments, but others require surgical procedures to repair the broken bones. Dr. Jessica Herzog, Dr. Ronnie Pollard, and Dr. Evan Smith at Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care provide treatment for ankle fractures, including surgical treatment.

Ankle Fractures Q & A

What are the Signs of Ankle Fractures?

The severity of ankle fractures can vary widely depending on how many bones are fractured and whether or not the ankle joint is stable. Symptoms that occur with ankle fractures include severe and sudden pain, swelling, tenderness, and bruising or discoloration. Those who have an ankle fracture usually aren’t able to put any weight on the affected foot. In some cases, ankle fractures can cause a deformity.

What Causes Ankle Fractures?

Ankle fractures occur when one or more bones in the ankle joint break in one or more places. These bones include the shinbone, lower leg bone, and the bone that’s between the heel bone and leg bones. Ligaments can also tear with an ankle fracture, which makes the joint more unstable. This can happen when individuals rotate their ankle the wrong way or when they fall and land on their ankle, causing it to twist. Ankle fractures can also occur in car accidents, especially when there is a significant impact on the ankle.

How are Ankle Fractures Diagnosed?

Diagnosing ankle fractures involves physically examining the affected ankle and lower leg and taking imaging tests, such as X-rays and stress tests. X-rays provide a detailed view of the ankle bones, while stress tests help determine if surgery is needed. Other imaging tests used for diagnosing ankle fractures include magnetic resonance imaging scans and computerized tomography scans.

What Nonsurgical Treatments are Available for Ankle Fractures?

When the ankle joint is stable, ankle fractures usually heal with nonsurgical treatment. These treatment options include wearing a leg cast or brace for a certain period of time, slowly putting weight on the affected foot after 6 weeks or so, and doing physical therapy if needed to strengthen the ankle joint and make it more flexible.

What Surgical Treatments are Available for Ankle Fractures?

When the ankle joint is unstable or when fractures are severe, surgery is sometimes recommended to repair the damage. Different procedures are available depending on the type of fracture that occurred. Some procedures involve repositioning the affected bone fragments and allowing them to heal. Other procedures involve the use of bone grafts to restore the ankle joint. For those who have surgery, the healing process can take several months.


Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Here is a short list of them. Please contact the office if you do not see your provider listed.

Rocky Mountain Health Plans
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