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Lakeland Podiatrist | Lakeland Fixing Your Ankle Fracture | FL | Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group |

Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group

Dr. John Bidelspach

(863) 859-4434

(888) 505-0592

Lakeland Main Office:
4973 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, FL 33809
  The Villages Main Office:
(Just West of Rolling Acres)
Heart Rhythm Associates
781 HWY 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Laser Locations:
Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, The Villages, and Tallahassee

Fixing Your Ankle Fracture

After a fracture, a cast may be used to hold the bone in its proper position for healing. Sometimes the section of broken bone must first be realigned. This is done by a process known as reduction. The type of reduction based on how far the bone has moved from its normal position.

Closed Reduction: If you have a clean break with little soft tissue damage, closed reductions will probably be used. Before the procedure, you may be given a light anesthetic to relax your muscles. Your doctor manually readjusts the position of the broken bone.

Open Reduction: If you have an open fracture (bone sticking out through the skin), badly miss angled section of bone, or severe tissue injury, open reduction is likely. A general anesthetic may be used during the procedure to let you sleep and relax your muscles. Your doctor then makes one or more insitions to realign the bone and repair soft tissue. Screws or plates may be used to hold the bone in place during healing.

Casting the fracture: To make sure the bone is aligned properly, an x-ray is taken. Then the ankle is put in a cast to hold the bone in place during healing. You’ll probly have to wear the cast for 4 to 8 weeks. For less severe fractures, a walking boot, brace, or splint may be all that’s needed to hold the bone during healing.

Help your ankle heal
Once your fracture has been treated, your doctor will tell you how to help it heal. You may be told to limit ankle use, take medications, and elevate the foot. If you have a cast remember to keep it dry.

Limit ankle use: Follow your doctor’s instructions about how much weight, if any, to put on your ankle. If you have to be up and around, you may need to use crutches or a cane to help you walk. Remember: rest allows the bone and soft tissue to heal faster.

Take your medications: Depending on your fracture, your doctor may prescribe medications to control pain or fight infection. For less server pain or swelling, ask your doctor about using aspirin, ibprophen, or acetaminophen. Take medication only as instructed by doctor.

Elevate the injury: To reduce swelling and control pain. Elevate the ankle above your heart level. This simple action can help control symptoms all trough your recovery.

Lakeland Podiatrist Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group is a poidiatry office providing Fixing Your Ankle Fracture, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Lakeland, FL. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 33809 area and surrounding areas in Lakeland