Ankles fractures are common injuries resulting from trauma, and may affect
any one or more of the three bones that comprise the ankle joint: the
tibia, fibula, or talus. Fractures can range from simple breaks in one
bone of the ankle, which may not affect a person’s ability to walk,
to several severe fractures, which can cause displacement of the ankle
and may require avoidance of weight bearing for up to three months.
Torrance Memorial Physician Network draws from the expertise of orthopedic
surgeons who treat fractures all over the body and specialists who know
the anatomy of the foot and ankle to optimize treatment for patients.
All treatment is tailored to facts obtained through individual evaluations
and assessments of a patient and the severity of their injury.
Treatment of ankle fractures is dependent on whether the ankle is stable
following an injury. Our specialists provide both nonsurgical and surgical
treatment based on the unique situations of patients.
Ankle fractures that are stable can generally heal without surgery using
casts or braces for a period of time, often around six weeks. Physical
therapy can then be used to strengthen the ankle.
Because unstable patterns can lead to additional problems when left to
heal in the incorrect spot, such as arthritis or leg instability, surgery
may be required to fix many types of ankle fractures and ensure bones
are set correctly. With surgery, bones are correctly positioned, realigned,
and held in place using screws, rods, or plates. Bones will then heal
in the normal position, during which patients may not be able to bear
weight on the ankle for up to 3 months.
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Torrance Memorial Physician Network focuses on tailored treatment and a
comprehensive approach to patient care. For more information about ankle
fractures and how we can help, call today to schedule an appointment.