Signs and Symptoms of Ankle Fractures
The ankles are among the most frequently fractured joints in the body. Ankle fractures range from minimal fractures to shattering of the tibia, fibula, or both bones. Many patients mistake ankle fractures for sprains, so it is important to see a doctor for an official diagnosis soon after the injury occurs. Common symptoms of an ankle fracture include:
- Pain at the location of the fracture
- Swelling and bruising
- Blisters at the site of the fracture
- Being unable to walk
If the bone has broken through the skin, it is essential to see a doctor right away. Also, if you are diabetic, a smoker, or suffer from an immune or cardiovascular issue, it is important to see a foot and ankle specialist immediately after a fracture, as these conditions make it more difficult for you to heal correctly.
Your Treatment Options
Before prescribing the appropriate treatment, Dr. Balloch will search for signs of a fracture using the latest technology and x-ray imaging to determine whether surgery is needed. As with any other procedure at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists, each fracture treatment plan is designed with the individual patient in mind. As such, every treatment will be different. Your options may include casting or surgery.
By providing personalized care, Dr. Balloch can help you efficiently and effectively recover from your fracture so you can reduce the risk of future issues and enjoy mobility to the fullest.
We can address some ankle fracture cases with a cast. During this treatment, you cannot bear weight on the ankle. If surgery is needed to repair damaged tissue inside of the ankle, Dr. Balloch can perform every step of the ankle surgery herself. In most cases, she is able to repair a damaged ankle joint with ankle arthroscopy.
During this hour-long, minimally invasive, outpatient surgery, she can repair damaged tissue by accessing the fracture site through several small incisions. We use the latest surgical materials including titanium implants, TightRope® technology, and locking plate technology, which is designed to improve the union of fractured tissue.
The Benefits of Treatment
Addressing an ankle fracture with surgery can help:
- Stabilize and realign the ankle joint
- Limit the risk of post-traumatic arthritis
Since we use minimally invasive techniques whenever possible, most of our patients enjoy a shortened recovery time and are ready to begin routine activities faster than ever before.
Why Choose Dr. Balloch?
Because Dr. Balloch is one of the most extensively trained foot and ankle specialists in the area, she is able to perform the entire scope of your procedure without referring your treatment to an outside specialist. In this way, she is able to personalize your treatment, giving you the care and attention you need and deserve. Dr. Balloch completed a trauma-based foot and ankle residency at University Hospital-UMDNJ and is highly trained in the management of ankle fractures. She only uses high-quality materials and up-to-date technology to give you successful, long-lasting results.
Visit Our Office for an Evaluation
Whether you think you have a fracture or a sprain, you should visit Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists right away to explore your treatment options. Failing to get the correct treatment can lead to improper healing, infection, arthritis, deformity, disability, and other issues. Call our office today at (860) 352-1872 or request an appointment online.