Ankle fracture is one of the most common bone fractures. It is a break in one or more bones of the ankle which are the tibia, fibula, and talus.
Causes of Ankle Fracture
- Twisting or rolling your ankle when walking or running
- A direct blow or impact to the ankle from dropping an object on the foot
- Impact during a motor vehicular accident
- Sports injuries
Symptoms of Ankle Fracture
- Pain is the most common symptom
- Swelling and bruising
- Difficulty walking and putting weight on the affected foot
- Deformity, especially if the ankle joint is also dislocated
- Increased pain during activity and pain is decreased during rest
- Numbness in some cases may be experienced
Physiotherapy Treatment for Ankle Fracture
Physiotherapy treatments for ankle fractures will focus on helping with the swelling and pain with modalities such as ice therapy, ultrasound therapy, compression, and Interferential current. Assistance and education on the proper use of assistive devices as well on weight-bearing protocols may also be a sort of rehabilitation. Gentle range of motion exercises are started once the healing progresses. Additionally, strengthening exercises, especially targeting the muscles that support the ankle joints are essential.
The physiotherapist will also do some balance and proprioception training to help maintain stability. Home instructions and activity modification guidance are also given to help prevent recurrence.
If you have had an ankle fracture, contact us to book an appointment with one of our Physiotherapists today!