Understanding Ankle Fractures: A Comprehensive Guide by Dr. Nathan Hansen at Hansen Foot & Ankle

Understanding Ankle Fractures: A Comprehensive Guide by Dr. Nathan Hansen at Hansen Foot & Ankle

Ankle fractures are common injuries that can significantly impact your mobility and quality of life. At Hansen Foot & Ankle, we specialize in diagnosing, treating, and managing ankle fractures to help our patients regain their strength and confidence.

This blog post provides essential insights into the symptoms, treatment options, and recovery processes for ankle fractures. 

What is an Ankle Fracture? 

An ankle fracture occurs when one or more bones that make up the ankle joint break. This type of injury can range from a simple break in one bone, which may not stop you from walking, to several fractures, which force your ankle out of place and may require that you not put weight on it for a few months. 

Symptoms of Ankle Fractures: 

If you've sustained an ankle fracture, you might experience immediate and severe pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness to touch, inability to bear weight on the injured foot, and deformity, especially if the ankle joint is dislocated as well. 

Causes and Risk Factors: 

Ankle fractures can result from a variety of causes, including twisting or rotating your ankle, rolling your ankle, a direct impact during a car accident, or falling. Certain activities and conditions may increase your risk, such as participating in sports, uneven surfaces, osteoporosis, and previous ankle injuries. 


Treatment for Ankle Fractures at Hansen Foot & Ankle: 

Treatment for an ankle fracture depends on the exact site and severity of the injury. A podiatrist may recommend treatments ranging from a brace or cast to keep your ankle from moving, to surgery to repair the fracture. We tailor our approach to each patient's specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes. 

Recovery from Ankle Fractures: 

Recovery time varies depending on the severity of the fracture and the treatment method. It can take from several weeks to several months to fully recover from an ankle fracture. Physical therapy plays a crucial role in recovery, helping to restore strength, flexibility, and range of motion. 

Preventing Ankle Fractures: 

Preventative measures include wearing appropriate footwear, maintaining good muscle strength and flexibility, being cautious on uneven surfaces, and incorporating balance and stability exercises into your fitness routine. 


Dr. Nathan Hansen and his team at Hansen Foot & Ankle provide comprehensive care for ankle fractures. From the initial diagnosis to treatment and rehabilitation, we are here to support you every step of the way. If you suspect you have an ankle fracture, don't wait. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey to recovery. 


Dr. Hansen serves patients requiring foot and ankle care in the Mill Creek, Washington area. He also sees patients from the nearby areas of Everett, Snohomish, Marysville, Woodinville, Arlington, Bellingham, and from all over the Seattle region. 


Visit the Hansen Foot & Ankle website at www.hansenfoot.com to learn more.