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Dr. Christopher J. Gauland
Dr. Jonathan C. O’Quinn
Dr. Kenneth Rosenthal

(252) 830-1000

Greenville, North Carolina

 

Bones of the the Ankle

Tuesday, 06 December 2022 00:00

Anyone who has broken their ankle knows how uncomfortable it can be. It is also known as a fractured ankle, and in most cases, it can be extremely difficult to walk. There are three bones that the ankle is comprised of, which are the tibia, fibula, and talus. The larger bone in the lower leg is referred to as the tibia, and the calf bone is called the fibula. This is the smallest bone in the lower leg, and the talus bone is located between the tibia and fibula. Any one of these bones can break during a foot injury, and a popping sound may be heard at the time. Additional symptoms can include immediate bruising, severe pain, and discomfort, and the foot may turn a blue or purplish color. Temporary relief may be found when the affected foot is elevated until a proper diagnosis can be performed. This involves having an X-ray taken, followed by wearing a cast or protective boot. The recovery period is approximately eight weeks, and it is suggested that you initially consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat a broken ankle.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact one of our podiatrists from Eastern Carolina Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Greenville, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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