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How to Speed Up Broken Ankle Recovery Time

venric-markAfter an injury, most of our patients want to know their broken ankle recovery time. And they’re not alone. When the Northwestern Wildcats’ Venric Mark broke his ankle a few years back, he learned he’d be out for the rest of the season. As such, his team was worried that they’d lose out on appearing in the Gator bowl game for the first time in five years. But with today’s technology, that worry could be eliminated.

New Tech to Speed Up Broken Ankle Recovery Time

 

Broken ankles are a common problem for athletes. Most often, they’re caused by a twisting motion. And, when fractures are severe, they result in surgery. Once, that surgery was quite invasive, involving steel plates. But today, there are implants developed for just this type of injury. This speeds up healing, and reduces broken ankle recovery time. In fact, with some implants, patients can walk on their broken ankle right away. Then, in about two weeks, they can resume normal activities.

But What Bones are in the Ankles?

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running. That was the case for the Texans’ Tank Dell, when his leg got caught under a pile of players, fracturing his fibula and taking him out for the remainder of the 2023 NFL season.

Broken Ankle Recovery Time: It Starts with the Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treating Broken Ankles in Spring and Tomball, TX

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.

There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling. Your doctor may decide that surgery is the best option, meaning you will likely be in a cast for at least three months.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact our offices in Spring, TX and Tomball, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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