A sprained ankle can make it difficult for you to walk without pain. You may experience pain and limitations in your range of motion. Debilitating pain may also indicate a fracture in one of your ankle bones. At Independence Foot and Ankle Associates, LLC in Blue Bell, Lansdale, and Perkasie, Pennsylvania, the experienced doctors offer accurate diagnostics and treatment for sprains and fractures. Contact the office by phone or by using the online booking feature to schedule your consultation.
Ligaments hold your ankle bones together during movement, and, when they become overextended or move the wrong way, sprains happen. Sprains often occur when you twist or roll your ankle while walking, running, or playing sports.
An ankle fracture is when there is a break in the bone. Fractures may range from small cracks in the ankle bone to dislocated bone fragments that pierce through the skin. Fractures may result from:
Stress fractures may also occur from repetitive movements on the job or regular physical activities.
Symptoms of both ankle sprains and fractures are similar. Your doctor uses imaging tests to determine if symptoms indicate a sprain or fracture. Symptoms of both conditions may include:
In severe fractures, you may also see a visible deformity in the ankle. Fractures may also produce a throbbing, chronic pain in the ankle that remains after treating it with heat or cold applications.
Your doctor performs a physical exam of your ankle and uses imaging tests to determine the cause of your pain. Imaging tests may include:
Once your doctor determines that a sprain or fracture is causing your pain, he creates a customized treatment plan. Treatments for ankle sprains may include:
Your doctor may also recommend over-the-counter pain medications to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. Using crutches to keep weight off your ankle while it heals is advisable, too.
For minor fractures, you may only need to wear a removable brace. For more serious fractures, your doctor may apply a cast to your ankle to allow the fractured bones to heal back together.
For severe fractures that may not heal on their own, your doctor may need to perform surgery using pins or plates to repair the fracture and help your body’s natural healing process.