Fractures are among the most prevalent problems we treat at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York. The ankle is highly susceptible to injury because of the stress placed on the joint when running, walking, or jumping. Even a small abnormal twist or incorrect landing can cause a fracture. While ankle fractures, in some cases, can heal on their own, surgery may be necessary in order to prevent long-term complications. Continue reading to learn some signs that you may need surgery.
Do I Need Surgery For An Ankle Fracture?
The ankle supports the body’s weight, making it one of the most common joints to injure and/or fracture. Anything from minor trips and ankle twists to severe accidents can lead to an ankle fracture. Most ankle fractures can be treated in a cast or boot and also may require the use of crutches. However, if your ankle fracture is found to be unstable with displacement of the bones or if you sustain an open fracture, the ankle requires surgical repair. Our team at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York may recommend different ankle procedures depending on the nature of the injury and fracture. Some include:
- closed reduction: relocating the joint back into alignment and subsequent placement of a splint / cast without skin incisions
- external fixation: the use of pins / wires / rods external to the skin to realign the joint. This often is done before internal fixation
- open reduction and internal fixation: the surgical process of opening the ankle and repositioning the displaced bones and securing the correction with plates and screws
If your injury requires surgery, the main goal of your procedure is to reposition the bones of the ankle so it can heal in the optimal position. It’s also crucial for the joint to be realigned surgically to reduce the chances of developing arthritis and joint stiffness. Once the ankle has fully healed, post-surgical treatments and rehabilitation can help strengthen the joint and restore normal movement.
Making the decision to undergo ankle surgery can seem daunting. Our dedicated staff at Foot and Ankle Surgeons of New York will determine the best course of treatment for your ankle fracture and, if necessary, perform surgery to get you back to optimal health. To learn more about surgery for ankle fractures, contact us today.