Basketball and Broken Ankle Treatment

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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