The only way to definitively confirm if you have broken a bone in the ankle or foot is through imaging techniques, starting with an x-ray of the area. After an initial consultation with your orthopedic surgeon, an x-ray will be ordered if a fracture is suspected. If it is confirmed that you have broken a bone in the foot or ankle, immobilization is key to allow for healing of the tissues. Surgery is not always required in the case of a fracture. But, if surgery is needed, the area of the fracture and ensuing type of corrective surgery will be determined by the severity and type of fracture that you present with. Your foot and ankle will be placed in the proper position in the case of a displaced fracture, and then will be placed in a cast for 6-8 weeks in order for healing to take place.
After a period of time and your doctor is confident that enough healing has occurred, your cast will be taken off and a course of physical therapy will be ordered to restore range of motion and strength of the ankle and foot.If You Are Experiencing Symptoms, Schedule an Appointment Dr. Burke Orthopedics Immediately.
Accidents happen, and broken bones can not always be prevented, but there are steps that you can take to protect the area of your foot and ankle and lessen the risk of a broken ankle or foot.
These steps include:
● Stretch the musculature of the ankle and foot complex frequently throughout the day in order to maintain flexibility.
● Strengthen the muscles of the foot and ankle. Strength training will not only strengthen the musculature but the bones as well preparing them to withstand greater forces
● Properly warm up before engaging in rigorous physical activity
● Wear proper fitting footwear and replace shoes regularly
● Start slowly with a brand-new activity and know your limits; take rest breaks when needed
● Declutter your home to avoid unnecessary trips and falls
● Stay hydrated