What is an Ankle Fracture/Break/Sprain?
Ankle fractures, breaks, and sprains are common injuries. The tibia, fibula, and talus join to form the ankle joint. The bones are connected by ligaments. An ankle sprain occurs when the ligaments are stretched and partially or completely torn. An ankle fracture or break occurs when a strong force breaks one or more of the bones.
Sports, accidents, falls, walking and running are common causes of ankle fractures, breaks, and sprains. Pain, swelling, and bruising are common symptoms. An Orthopaedic Institute of Central Jersey (OIOCJ) specialist examines the ankle and orders and analyzes X-rays to accurately diagnose ankle fractures, breaks, and sprains. Customized treatment plans quickly reduce symptoms and heal the injury. All OIOCJ specialists are fellowship trained and board-certified.
How is an Ankle Fracture/Break/Sprain Treated?
Nonsurgical treatment options are used to treat sprains and some fractures and breaks. Rest, ice, compression, and elevation (RICE) decrease initial swelling, bruising, and pain. A brace, splint, or cast immobilizes the ankle. Crutches take the weight off the ankle. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) decrease pain and inflammation. Physical therapy strengthens and stretches the ankle.
Surgery may be recommended to treat ankle fractures and breaks that disrupt the integrity/anatomy of the joint. During an open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) procedure, an OIOCJ specialist reduces the fractured or broken bones and fixates them using screws and metal plates. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under general anaesthesia. A splint immobilizes the ankle after surgery. Bone healing is monitored over the course of many weeks. Patients regain strength and their joint becomes strong and healthy. Patients who have their surgery performed by an OIOCJ specialist fully recover. To schedule your appointment with an OIOCJ specialist, call 732-201-6990 or visit our contact page.