A broken or fractured ankle is an injury to the bone usually as a result of twisting the foot due to a simple misstep or fall, or from direct trauma (i.e. swift turn while downhill skiing or car crash).
Signs & Symptoms
Foot or ankle fractures are the most common type of lower extremity fracture, accounting for up to 10% of all fractures in adults. While most people think fractures are severe breaks, some fractures are less intense. This leads sometimes to fractures being mistaken for other injuries, like sprains.
- Inability to bear weight
- Severe swelling
- Deformity of the joint
- Intense or throbbing pain
- Significant tenderness
Physical Therapy for Foot & Ankle Fractures
The physical therapists at Vita will work with you to design a specific treatment program to speed up your recovery from your fractured foot or ankle. Typically, the program will include the following:
- Range of motion exercises focusing on ankle dorsiflexion and calf stretching
- Pain reduction via modals such as dry needling and kinesio taping the foot, ankle, and/or calf.
- Strengthening exercises for calf muscles
- Gait training exercises to return to standard gait patterns.
- Cross-training guidance and progression to total activity.
Physical therapy for dizziness may involve exercises designed to improve balance, coordination, and strength.