Ankle fracture treatment is available to patients in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, and the surrounding Florida areas from the Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons and physicians at Tampa Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. Because the symptoms of an ankle fracture are very similar to those of an ankle sprain, but the two conditions require markedly different approaches to treatment, it’s important to seek an early and accurate diagnosis. If you’ve injured your ankle or foot and are experiencing pain, bruising, swelling, and/or walking difficulties, we can quickly and thoroughly evaluate your condition and recommend a treatment plan to get you back into the game as soon as possible, regardless of whether your “game” takes place on a playing field, in an office, or at your home.
Because the ankles and feet work together to provide support and mobility to the entire body, these complex structures are susceptible to injuries like sprains and fractures. An ankle fracture occurs when one or more of the three bones that make up the ankle joint is broken. This often happens during athletic activities like football and basketball. In addition, runners, gymnasts, and dancers in the Tampa, FL, area are prone to ankle stress fractures due to the heavy physical demands placed on their ankles.
While an ankle fracture can occur in many different ways, the most common involve a direct impact or sharp twist of the ankle. The type of treatment prescribed will depend on the location and severity of the break. Common options include:
- RICE – Rest, ice, compression, and elevation
- Immobilization – A cast or splint
- Prescription medications – Pain relievers and anti-inflammatories
- Surgery – If a bone is displaced or the broken ankle is unstable, surgery might be recommended
At Tampa Orthopaedic, our ankle fracture treatments are proudly overseen by our Board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, Daniel Murphy, M.D., and our Board-certified sports medicine doctor, Arnold Ramirez, M.D., who are both firmly committed to providing an outstanding level of patient care. Highly skilled in all aspects of ankle fracture treatment, Dr. Daniel Murphy is pleased to serve as a team physician for the New York Yankees, and Dr. Arnold Ramirez is proud to serve as a team physician for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.