Your podiatrists in Mullica Hill, NJ, or Upper Darby, and Philadelphia, PA, can help with a fractured ankle.
Your ankles are important, and when you fracture your ankle, you may be left sitting on the couch. The ankle helps to carry your weight, and when your ankle is unstable due to a fracture, you may not be able to stand. Fortunately, your podiatrists are experts at treating ankle fractures.
Dr. Michael Cherella and Dr. Kyle Shaw of Mullica Hill Foot And Ankle in Mullica Hill, NJ, or Upper Darby, and Philadelphia, PA, offer a wide range of treatments and services, including treating ankle sprains, fractures, bunion surgery, plantar fasciitis, and foot fractures.
The talus is a bone in the lower part of your ankle that helps your foot move. Fractures can happen in any part of the talus, but they are most common in the middle section. Typically, most talus and talar dome fractures happen as a result of a traumatic injury from sports or an accident.
When you have a talus fracture, you may:
- Feel severe pain
- Be unable to walk
- Have difficulty putting weight on your feet
- See swelling and bruising
There are different types of talas fractures, including:
- Stable fractures, which are fractures with bones only minimally out of place; these fractures don’t require surgery.
- Displaced fractures, which are fractures with broken bone pieces moved out of the correct position; these fractures may require surgery to achieve proper alignment and function.
- Open fractures, which are fractures with broken bones piercing through the skin. These are the most severe fractures and can damage other tissues. They are also more prone to infection and take longer to heal. Surgery is required for an open fracture.
A fractured talus requires treatment from your podiatrist like wearing a splint to immobilize the area and elevating the area to reduce swelling.
Depending on the severity of the fracture, you may need:
- Casting, to hold your bones in place during healing
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Surgical treatment to realign and stabilize the bones
To learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of talar dome fractures, call Dr. Cherella and Dr. Shaw of Mullica Hill Foot And Ankle in Mullica Hill, NJ, at (610) 449-2345 or Upper Darby, and Philadelphia, PA, at (856) 223-9939, (215) 563-9478, or (215) 462-2610. Call today, and get help for your broken ankle.