Ankle Fracture

Editor: Dr. Amy Spencer, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, CSCS, CKTP - A Board Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and Certified Manual Therapist. Owner and Physical Therapist, Specialized Physical Therapy in North Reading, MA.

An ankle fracture is a break in any of the three bones that make up your ankle. Most commonly, the bones of the lower leg (tibia or fibula) are fractured.Specialized Physical Therapy Ankle Fracture

Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture:

Ankle fractures cause immediate and severe pain, follower by swelling, bruising, and the inability to put weight on the foot. It will be difficult to move your foot and there are obvious deformities of bones around the ankle in the case of severe fractures. If the fracture caused an injury to nerves or blood vessels, your foot will go pale, numbness will set in, and you will be unable to move your foot or toes.

Causes of an Ankle Fracture:

  • Rolling the ankle inward or outward
  • Twisting the ankle side to side
  • Extreme flexing or extending of the joint
  • Severe force or weight applied to the joint landing straight down on it

Treatment of an Ankle Fracture:

A cast will likely be worn for approximately six to eight weeks, if the fracture can be treated without surgery. Once the cast is removed, physical therapy may be needed before you can continue normal activities. Physical therapy treatment includes soft tissue and joint mobilization techniques that help restore foot and ankle range of motion. In addition, stretching and strengthening exercises, as well as balance and gait training will help to improve overall mobility. A qualified physical therapist can design a personalized program to safely help you return to normal activity and function. Total recovery time varies depending on the severity of the injury and the physical demands of your lifestyle.

The recovery and rehabilitation process will be longer if surgery is required to repair a fractured ankle, but the physical therapy will focus on similar treatment methods to restore ankle motion, strength, and overall mobility.

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