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Fracture of the Ankle Fracture of the Ankle

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Abrutyn, David A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Adam, Stephanie P., DO Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Barry, Peter F., DO, FACOI Internal Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Beams, Michael E., DO, FACMQ Family Medicine 67 Walnut Avenue, Clark
Black, Eric M., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Cappadona, Joseph, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park

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Garcia, Jason P., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange

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Ibarbia, Jose D., MD Physiatry 6 Brighton Road, Clifton

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Kanellakos, James G., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
Kavanagh, Mark L., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 6 Brighton Road, Clifton
61 Beaverbrook Road, Lincoln Park
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren
Kocaj, Stephen, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park

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Mirsky, Eric C., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights

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Nordstrom, Thomas J., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 215 Union Avenue, Suite B, Bridgewater

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Rizio, Louis, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 75 E. Northfield Road, Livingston
Rombough, Gary R., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 33 North Fullerton Avenue, Montclair
Rosa, Richard A., MD, FACS Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 741 Northfield Avenue, West Orange
Rubman, Marc H., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Shindle, Michael, MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Siegel, Jeffrey A., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph

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Terry, Alon, MD Physiatry 140 Park Avenue, Florham Park
Thrower, Albert B., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 574 Springfield Avenue, Westfield

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Wagshul, Adam D., MD Orthopedics and Sports Medicine 261 James Street, Morristown
50 Cherry Hill Road, Parsippany
121 Center Grove Road, Randolph
34 Mountain Boulevard, Warren

key facts about fracture of the ankle

  • Click to enlarge A broken ankle is usually caused by a twisting of the ankle that occurs because of a fall, a direct hit to the leg, or a medical condition that causes weak or brittle bones.
  • You may experience a snapping or popping sound at the time of the injury resulting in pain, swelling, bruising, or tenderness. You may also notice that the injured area of the ankle becomes cold, pale, or numb and pain is felt when it is touched or weight is placed on the ankle.

what is fracture of the ankle?

An ankle fracture is a break or crack in one or more of the bones in the ankle. It may be just a bend or small crack in the bone, or the bone may break into pieces or shatter. Some fractures may stick out through the skin.

how is fracture of the ankle diagnosed and treated?

A Summit Medical Group ankle specialist will examine the lower leg, ankle, and foot to make an initial assessment. Typically, he or she will recommend a combination of X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs to determine the exact extent of the damage. Our Orthopedics and Sports Medicine center offers all of these services under one roof. We are able to respond to urgent needs during our Sports Injury Hours or at our Urgent Care Centers.

The treatment depends on the type of fracture.

  • If you have an open wound with the fracture, you may need treatment to control bleeding or prevent infection.
  • If the broken bone is crooked, your healthcare provider will straighten it. You will be given medicine first so the straightening is less painful.
  • Sometimes surgery is needed to put the bones back into the right position.
  • Your care team may put your ankle in a cast, splint, or removable boot to keep it from moving while it heals.
    • If you have a cast, make sure the cast does not get wet. Cover the cast with plastic when you bathe. Avoid scratching the skin around the cast or poking things down between the cast and your skin. This could cause an infection.
    • Your care team will tell you how much weight you can put on your leg, if any. Use crutches, a knee walker, or a cane as directed by your healthcare team.

With treatment, the fracture may take 6 to 9 weeks to heal. You may need to do physical therapy and special exercises to help your ankle regain strength and flexibility. 

how can i manage fracture of the ankle?

  • Follow the full course of treatment your healthcare provider prescribes.
  • To keep swelling down and help relieve pain, your provider may tell you to:
    • Put an ice pack, gel pack, or package of frozen vegetables wrapped in a cloth on the injured area every 3 to 4 hours for up to 20 minutes at a time for the first day or two after the injury.
    • Keep the ankle up on pillows when you sit or lie down.
    • Take pain medicine, such as ibuprofen, as directed by your provider. Read the label and take as directed. Unless recommended by your healthcare team, you should not take this medicine for more than 10 days.

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