Treatment of Fracture
First-aid treatment for fractures should be implemented immediately after the injury, even prior to seeing a doctor. You should apply ice packs and keep your injured foot elevated to minimize pain and swelling.
The treatment of ankle fracture depends upon the type and severity of the fracture to the bone and possible injury to its surrounding structures. Treatment begins with nonsurgical methods; but in cases where the fracture is unstable and cannot be realigned, surgical methods become the treatment of choice.
In nonsurgical treatment, the ankle bone is realigned, and special splints or a plaster cast are placed around the joint for at least two to three weeks. In some instances, depending on the type of fracture, patients may put weight on their injured legs right away; while others may have to wait for six weeks. At Sideline Orthopedics, you will come in regularly to repeat X-rays, so your doctor can make sure fragments of your fracture have not moved out of place during your recovery process.
If the fracture is severe, involving several bones, your physician may suggest surgical treatment. The fractured bone is accessed by making an incision over the ankle area, and then specially-designed plates are screwed onto the bone to realign and stabilize the fracture. The incision is then sutured closed, and the ankle is immobilized with a splint or cast. During your regular visits to Sideline Orthopedics, we will monitor the progression of healing, then commence a rehabilitation program when appropriate to strengthen and increase range of motion in your healing ankle. The rehabilitation process will include physical therapy and regular exercises.