Ankle Fracture: Diagnosis, Treatment & Recovery at Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic

Are you suffering from a painful ankle injury? Anyone can suffer from an ankle fracture, especially active individuals. If you suspect you have a broken ankle, seeking immediate medical attention is crucial to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. Our specialists at Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic are committed to ensuring your quick and safe recovery, helping you get back on your feet in no time.

What you need to know about ankle fracture

An ankle fracture occurs when one or more bones in the ankle joint break. The ankle joint consists of three bones: the tibia (shinbone), fibula (calf bone), and talus (ankle bone). Common causes of ankle fractures include falls, twists, or sports injuries.

Symptoms of an Ankle Fracture:

  • Severe pain and tenderness in the ankle
  • Swelling, bruising, and discolouration around the ankle
  • Difficulty walking or putting weight on the ankle
  • Deformity of the ankle joint
  • Popping or cracking sounds at the time of injury

Diagnosis of an Ankle Fracture:

Our doctor will thoroughly examine your ankle and ask about your symptoms and how the injury occurred. Your medical examiner will likely order X-rays to confirm the presence and location of the fracture. Additional imaging tests, like a CT scan, may be needed in some cases.

Treatment Options for Ankle Fractures:

The treatment for your ankle fracture will depend on the severity of the break and whether the bones are displaced (out of place).

Non-surgical Treatment:

  • Stable fractures: Non-surgical treatment is usually sufficient for stable fractures with minimal displacement. This may involve:
    • Immobilisation: A splint or cast will be applied to immobilise your ankle and promote healing. Patients may need crutches to avoid weight-bearing on the injured ankle.
    • RICE protocol: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation can help reduce swelling and pain.

Surgical Treatment:

  • Displaced fractures: If the bones are significantly displaced or unstable, surgery may be necessary to realign the bones and promote proper healing.

Recovery from an Ankle Fracture:

The recovery time for an ankle fracture varies depending on the severity of the injury and the treatment received. It typically takes 6-8 weeks for the bones to heal completely. Physical therapy is crucial in regaining strength, flexibility, and range of motion in your ankle.

Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic Can Help:

Our dedicated team of physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons provides personalised care throughout your recovery journey. We offer comprehensive treatment plans that include:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of ankle fractures
  • Minimally invasive surgical techniques (when necessary)
  • Advanced pain management options
  • Personalised physical therapy to restore strength and mobility

Why Choose Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic?

  • A team of experienced and fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeons
  • Reliable facilities equipped with advanced technology
  • Patient-centred approach to care
  • Focus on promoting a fast and full recovery

Don’t let an ankle fracture sideline you. Contact Singapore Sports and Orthopaedic Clinic today to schedule an appointment and get started on your road to recovery!

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