Injuries - Broken
broken ankle is a break in one or both of the bones that make up the
ankle joint. These bones are the tibia and the fibula. The fracture can
be expected to cause pain, swelling, soreness, problems moving your leg
and foot, weakness, numbness, tingling, and bruising.
Ankle breaks, or fractures, can occur in many ways: for example, by
falls, contact sports and exercise injuries, and force from a blow.
There are many types of fractures, which determine
the severity of the injury and its treatment:
Nondisplaced fracture: the broken pieces of bone remain properly aligned
fracture: the broken pieces of bone are not properly aligned
fracture: there are more than two pieces of bone at the fracture
(open) fracture: one end of the broken bone has broken through the skin
fracture: neither end of the broken bone has pierced the skin
fracture: the ends of the broken bone are driven into each other
fracture: the muscle or ligament has pulled a portion of the bone away
from where it was originally attached
fracture: the bone has been weakened or destroyed by disease (such as
osteoporosis) so that the bone breaks easily
The immediate emergency treatment for a fractured ankle is
immobilisation (keeping it from moving), elevation, compression
with an elastic or Ace bandage), and the application of ice packs.
The doctor may need to set your ankle bone back
proper place and put you in a cast for 6 to 8 weeks. If the fracture is
severe, you may be able to walk in the cast after a short period.
If the ankle bone cannot be aligned perfectly
before it is
ready for a cast, surgery will be necessary.
In the first 2 to 3 weeks after the injury, be
keep your ankle elevated on pillows and place ice packs on top of the
20 to 30 minutes every 3 to 4 hours to help reduce swelling.
Immobilisation of a leg in a cast can cause the
stiffen and the muscles to weaken in both legs. However,
using an Orthopaedic Leg Trolley ensures you remain weight bearing
knee to prevent muscle wastage.
After you come out of the cast, your doctor or
therapist will recommend exercises for both legs that will improve
strength and range of motion.
If you have suffered a broken ankle and
would like further details on the Orthopaedic Leg Trolley please contact