Ankle Fracture Surgery

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Ankle Fracture Surgery Information

Learn about Ankle Fracture Surgery in Omaha, Ne

omaha ankle fracture surgeryA broken ankle is also known as an ankle “fracture.” This means that one or more of the bones that make up the ankle joint are broken.

A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which forces your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for a few months.

Simply put, the more bones that are broken, the more unstable the ankle becomes. There may be ligaments damaged as well. The ligaments of the ankle hold the ankle bones and joint in position.

Broken ankles affect people of all ages. During the past 30 to 40 years, doctors have noted an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles, due in part to an active, older population of “baby boomers.”

Ankle Fracture Treatment Options

Nonsurgical Ankle Treatment

You may not require surgery if your ankle is stable, meaning the broken bone is not out of place or just barely out of place. A stress x-ray may be done to see if the ankle is stable. The type of treatment required may also be based on where the bone is broken.

Several different methods are used for protecting the fracture while it heals. ranging from a high-top tennis shoe to a short leg cast. Some physicians let patients put weight on their leg right away, while others have them wait for 6 weeks.

You will see your physician regularly to repeat your ankle x-rays to make sure the fragments of your fracture have not moved out of place during the healing process.

Surgical Ankle Treatment

If the fracture is out of place or your ankle is unstable, your fracture may be treated with surgery. During this type of procedure, the bone fragments are first repositioned (reduced) into their normal alignment. They are held together with special screws and metal plates attached to the outer surface of the bone. In some cases, a screw or rod inside the bone may be used to keep the bone fragments together while they heal.

Ankle Fracture Surgery in Omaha

Causes of Ankle Fracture
> Twisting or rotating your ankle
> Rolling your ankle
> Tripping or falling
> Impact during a car accident

Symptoms of Ankle Fractures
> Immediate and severe pain
> Swelling
> Bruising
> Tender to touch
> Cannot put any weight on the injured foot
> Deformity (“out of place”), particularly if the ankle joint is dislocated as well

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