Now that the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Division I Basketball Tournaments
have begun, millions and millions of fans worldwide will root for favorite
teams and keep close tabs on their brackets for office pools. Those who
get swept up in the “March Madness” are often treated to many
memorable moments, like “ankle breaking” crossover dribbles,
clutch free throws, and, of course, buzzer-beating three-point shots.
As teams work for a spot in the Final Four (the men’s games will
be at NRG Stadium here in Houston this year), we hope the men and women
competing are able to avoid injury. Of course, injury risk is part of
being physically active, and sometimes athletes need
broken ankle treatment or care for other sports injuries.
When we diagnose any ankle fracture, two key areas for determining the
appropriate treatment plan are the type and severity of the injury. There
are various ways that an ankle bone can fracture, including:
Stress fractures – These hairline cracks are fairly common overuse injuries that develop
when a bone is subjected to excess force loads (physical stress) without
having time to complete the natural cycle of tissue repair.
Simple (stable) fractures – The broken pieces line up in a manner that they will mend together correctly.
Displaced fractures – The broken ends of the bone do not line up.
For simple and stress fractures, treatment is often conservative in nature.
Rest, ice, compression, elevation, medication, and immobilization (particularly
for simple fractures) are all components of the treatment plan we will
create to address the injury.
With displaced ankle fractures, we will likely need to use a surgical procedure
to put the pieces into proper position so the bone can heal correctly.
Depending on the specific injury, we may need to use screws, pins, or
plates to hold the fragments in place.
No matter which of the various types of breaks you or your loved one has
sustained, be sure to see Houston Foot Specialists for effective broken
ankle treatment. We will assess the nature and severity of the injury
before creating a plan to ensure proper healing.
Contact us today for more information by calling (713) 467-8886 or take advantage
of our online form to schedule an appointment with our Houston, TX practice.
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