Conditions & Services

Ankle Fractures

Sometimes bone fractures are obvious, such as when a bone protrudes through the skin. However, many times less severe fractures go undiagnosed. These cause pain and irritation and can later progress into more problematic conditions.

What is it?

A fracture means a break in the bone. Sometimes fractures are a partial break and sometimes they are complete breaks. Fractures in the ankle can range from less serious to severe. Although ankle sprains and fractures are commonly confused, they are indeed very different maladies and a proper diagnosis is necessary to receive the correct treatment.

An ankle fracture is accompanied by one, all, or any combination of the following:

  • Pain in the area of the injury
  • Significant inflammation which may be localized or extend the length of your leg
  • Blisters that appear at the affected site
  • Bruising soon after the injury
  • Inability to walk
  • Change in the appearance of the injured ankle in comparison to the non-affected one
  • Bone protruding through the skin—SEEK IMMEDIATE CARE

Am I at risk?

Any injury to the foot or ankle can cause a fracture.

How is a fracture diagnosed?

It is important to have an ankle or foot evaluated after any injury to the area. Proper diagnosis will lead to proper treatment, which can prevent future conditions from occurring to the injury. If you are in the Akron-Canton, Ohio area and think you have sustained a foot or ankle fracture, please call us at Ohio Foot and Ankle Center for proper and prompt treatment.

For obvious and severe fractures, go to the emergency room if you are unable to get an appointment quickly.

For more details on ankle fractures, visit the ACFAS informational website.