Broken Ankle

Superior Care for Foot and Ankle Fractures

Our surgical specialists at EmergeOrtho offer extensive, high-quality treatment for foot and ankle fractures, providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care. It has made us a leader in the Southeast and the provider of choice for the region.

Traumatic foot and ankle injuries can happen anywhere at anytime. Even if the fall or injury seems to be a “minor” one, it’s important to be evaluated by one of our experts to ensure a comprehensive course of treatment.

Foot and ankle fractures cause extensive pain that greatly interrupts everyday lives. There are several types of fractures, and each requires a specialized, comprehensive approach to treatment.

Different types of fractures

  • A Lisfranc, or midfoot, injury occurs if there are broken bones or torn ligaments in the midfoot from a twist, fall, or more severe incident. The midfoot is most important in stabilizing the arch of the foot and walking. This serious type of fracture often requires surgery to realign joints and repair broken bones.
  • Overuse of bones or repetitive force on a bone can result in a stress fracture. These are tiny cracks in the bone that can cause pain and swelling, especially with activity. Conservative treatment such as pain medications, walking assistance, or a cast can typically allow the bone to heal on its own. While uncommon, sometimes a stress fracture requires surgery to remove damaged bone; place pins, screws or plates in the foot to repair the fracture.
  • Metatarsal fractures involve the bones between the ankle and toe. These bones bear much of our weight, so a sprain or fracture can have a huge impact on day-to-day life. Often, these fractures are caused by trauma or a severe impact on the bone. A Jones fracture is a fracture to the fifth metatarsal that often requires surgery.
  • A broken ankle is an injury that often results from twisting or rolling the ankle, falling, or a more serious accident. If the bones comprising the ankle are unstable or dislocated, surgery may be required to reposition bone fragments, holding them together with screws and plates. Physical therapy is also a vital component of a successful recovery.
  • Complex Intra Articular Fractures involve a joint space. These fractures are serious because they can result in long-term complications if not treated correctly.

We treat an extensive variety of foot and ankle traumas including:

  • Soft tissue injuries and tears
  • Ruptured, torn or badly sprained ligaments
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains

Common symptoms of a foot or ankle injury

  • Pain — often this pain can extend beyond the injury site to the entire foot, leg or knee
  • Blisters
  • Extensive bruising after the injury
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty or inability to walk
  • Change in appearance — the injured foot or ankle will look different from the other one.

If you can see the bone protruding through the skin, you should get immediate medical attention.

Treatment for foot and ankle trauma

The type of treatment depends upon the scope and severity of the injury.

Nonsurgical treatments for foot and ankle injuries may include:

  • Resting the injured ankle
  • Applying ice
  • Using a compression wrap to reduce swelling
  • Elevating the foot above your heart
  • Avoiding walking–this can lead to further injury
  • Immobilizing the injury with a brace, cast or splint
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications for pain relief

Surgery may be needed to repair fractures and severe injuries to soft tissue. Our foot and ankle surgeons will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment.

When surgical solutions are the only answer, you want the most experienced, knowledgeable team in your corner. Not only do we have several board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians, but we are also dedicated to treating patients with the highest levels of compassion and dignity.

Superior Care for Foot and Ankle Fractures

Our surgical specialists at EmergeOrtho offer extensive, high-quality treatment for foot and ankle fractures, providing compassionate, state-of-the-art care. It has made us a leader in the Southeast and the provider of choice for the region.

Traumatic foot and ankle injuries can happen anywhere at anytime. Even if the fall or injury seems to be a “minor” one, it’s important to be evaluated by one of our experts to ensure a comprehensive course of treatment.

Foot and ankle fractures cause extensive pain that greatly interrupts everyday lives. There are several types of fractures, and each requires a specialized, comprehensive approach to treatment.

Different types of fractures

  • A Lisfranc, or midfoot, injury occurs if there are broken bones or torn ligaments in the midfoot from a twist, fall, or more severe incident. The midfoot is most important in stabilizing the arch of the foot and walking. This serious type of fracture often requires surgery to realign joints and repair broken bones.
  • Overuse of bones or repetitive force on a bone can result in a stress fracture. These are tiny cracks in the bone that can cause pain and swelling, especially with activity. Conservative treatment such as pain medications, walking assistance, or a cast can typically allow the bone to heal on its own. While uncommon, sometimes a stress fracture requires surgery to remove damaged bone; place pins, screws or plates in the foot to repair the fracture.
  • Metatarsal fractures involve the bones between the ankle and toe. These bones bear much of our weight, so a sprain or fracture can have a huge impact on day-to-day life. Often, these fractures are caused by trauma or a severe impact on the bone. A Jones fracture is a fracture to the fifth metatarsal that often requires surgery.
  • A broken ankle is an injury that often results from twisting or rolling the ankle, falling, or a more serious accident. If the bones comprising the ankle are unstable or dislocated, surgery may be required to reposition bone fragments, holding them together with screws and plates. Physical therapy is also a vital component of a successful recovery.
  • Complex Intra Articular Fractures involve a joint space. These fractures are serious because they can result in long-term complications if not treated correctly.

We treat an extensive variety of foot and ankle traumas including:

  • Soft tissue injuries and tears
  • Ruptured, torn or badly sprained ligaments
  • Fractures
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains

Common symptoms of a foot or ankle injury

  • Pain — often this pain can extend beyond the injury site to the entire foot, leg or knee
  • Blisters
  • Extensive bruising after the injury
  • Swelling
  • Difficulty or inability to walk
  • Change in appearance — the injured foot or ankle will look different from the other one.

If you can see the bone protruding through the skin, you should get immediate medical attention.

Treatment for foot and ankle trauma

The type of treatment depends upon the scope and severity of the injury.

Nonsurgical treatments for foot and ankle injuries may include:

  • Resting the injured ankle
  • Applying ice
  • Using a compression wrap to reduce swelling
  • Elevating the foot above your heart
  • Avoiding walking–this can lead to further injury
  • Immobilizing the injury with a brace, cast or splint
  • Prescription or over-the-counter medications for pain relief

Surgery may be needed to repair fractures and severe injuries to soft tissue. Our foot and ankle surgeons will work closely with you to determine the best course of treatment.

When surgical solutions are the only answer, you want the most experienced, knowledgeable team in your corner. Not only do we have several board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians, but we are also dedicated to treating patients with the highest levels of compassion and dignity.