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Accelerating Recovery From a Broken Ankle

Recovering from a broken ankle can be a challenging journey, but there are steps individuals can take to expedite the healing process and regain mobility sooner. This can begin by following the guidance of a podiatrist and adhering to the prescribed treatment plan, which may include immobilization through a cast or brace. Elevating the injured ankle above heart level can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. Engaging in gentle range-of-motion exercises can prevent stiffness and promote flexibility in the ankle joint. Adequate nutrition, including foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, supports bone health and aids in the healing process. Finally, maintaining a positive mindset and practicing patience are essential aspects of recovery, as healing from a broken ankle takes time and diligence. If you have broken your ankle, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can provide you with additional recovery tips.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Cory Brown, DPM from Cory Brown, DPM. Our doctor 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 Lewiston, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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