St. Louis Ram’s quarterback Sam Bradford is still nursing an ankle injury he suffered back in October of 2011. Despite his ankle injury, Bradford’s performance in the Ram’s OTAs this summer has shown his improvements. Broken ankles are a very serious injury, and if not treated right, can lead to a greater potential for more injuries in the upcoming season and a shortened NFL career.
With the assistance of Dr. Bruce Theall, patients with ankle injuries will be treated at Gentle Touch Foot Care. Broken ankles are a very serious injury and if not treated right, they can lead to continuous pain and an inability to walk. They can be caused when the foot rolls under the wrong way or twists too far, causing one or more of the bones to break.
What is the Difference between Sprains and Breaks?
An ankle sprain happens when ligaments are ripped or torn but no bones are broken. However, a sprain can actually be very severe, causing bruising of the foot and making it hard to put weight on the foot.
If a person cannot stand and support their own weight on their ankle, then most likely the ankle may be broken. If you suspect you have a broken ankle, the best thing to do is get an x-ray. This will determine the severity of the break immediately.
How do Breaks Occur?
Since the injury results from the foot rolling under or twisting too far, a broken ankle generally occurs during exercise, physical activity, or sports. Another common cause can be a jump or fall from a great height.
Caring for a Broken Ankle
Rest, ice, compression, and elevation are important when caring for a broken ankle. It will help to elevate the feet above your head to reduce blood flow to the injured area, as well as applying ice to the ankles to help decrease swelling.
Does a Broken Ankle Require Surgery?
Broken ankles can be more severe than you might realize, so in some cases, surgery actually is required. If surgery is required, it usually means wearing a cast for at least three months followed by rehabilitation.
If you have any questions or think you might have an ankle injury, please feel free to visit our video library or contact our office which is located in East Orange NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.