Ankle Fracture

Elite Foot & Ankle Associates

Trevor J. Haynes, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM

Podiatrist located in Portland, OR & Sandy, OR

Each year in the United States there are over five million ankle injuries, including fractures. While ankle fractures are relatively commonplace, your treatment shouldn’t be. A badly set ankle fracture can lead to serious problems down the road. For expert ankle fracture care, many patients in Sandy and Portland, Oregon, turn to Dr. Trevor Haynes at Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, who is surgically trained in foot and ankle trauma. If you suspect you’ve fractured your ankle, call one of the offices or use the online booking tool.

Ankle Fracture Q & A

What is the anatomy of the ankle?

Your ankle is where three large bones come together — your tibia, fibula, and talus — and it contains two joints:

  • The ankle joint, which allows up-and-down movement
  • Your subtalar joint, which allows side-to-side movement

Enabling this wide range of motion are ligaments, tendons, and muscles, which keep the bones functioning together.

What causes an ankle fracture?

Ankle fractures can occur under a number of different circumstances, including:

  • Twisting
  • Jumping
  • Rolling
  • Tripping or falling
  • Trauma

The joints in your ankle are under constant stress as you move about, and even a misstep on a set of stairs can cause a fracture.

What are the symptoms of an ankle fracture?

When it comes to fractures, you’ll likely experience sudden pain after your accident or trauma, which is usually followed very quickly by swelling. Still, these two symptoms alone don’t necessarily mean that you’ve fractured your ankle.

If your symptoms persist despite using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression, and elevation), or get worse, it’s time to see Dr. Haynes for a full evaluation.

When you’re unable to put weight on a broken ankle, your symptoms will likely be severe, and the sooner you get in to see the doctor, the better. And Dr. Haynes offers same-day appointments for just these situations.

How are ankle fractures treated?

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for ankle fractures, and Dr. Haynes’s approach is dictated by what he finds during his evaluation. Using the latest advanced imaging to take a look inside, he can assess the damage to determine the next steps, which may include:

  • Rest
  • Medications to control pain and inflammation
  • Casts, splints, or walking boots
  • Crutches

If your fracture is complex or your ankle is unstable, Dr. Haynes may recommend surgery to move the bones back into place and hold them there with screws, plates, or wires. Rest assured, as a doctor who has extensive surgical training in foot and ankle trauma, Dr. Haynes finds the best solution for your fracture, your lifestyle, and your goals. This is important because if your fracture isn’t handled correctly the first time around, you may be plagued with persistent problems down the road.

For experienced ankle fracture care, call Elite Foot & Ankle Associates, or use the online scheduler to request a same-day appointment.