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Recovery From a Broken Ankle

If you have ever broken your ankle, you know how it can interfere with daily function and put a halt to many activities. It is crucial to promptly see a podiatrist who can evaluate the severity of the break and provide a treatment plan for recovery. Included in the recovery, at some point, will likely be movements that are designed to improve the strength, flexibility, and stability of the ankle. Once your cast or brace is removed, you may benefit from practicing several range of motion exercises. Simple movements, such as pointing the toes up and down and inward and outward, improve the ankle joint's motion. Flexibility exercises are for helping improve the muscular flexibility of the ankle. They include towel calf stretches and standing runner stretches. Strengthening exercises are for increasing the strength in an ankle that is weak from the fracture and immobilization. Resistance bands can be used to help perform these movements more comfortably. If you have a broken ankle, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can provide a plan for proper healing that will get you back to your normal functioning as quickly as possible and help future problems from the break down the road.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact the foot specialists from Podiatry Associates of Belleville. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Belleville, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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