So you fear you have a fracture in your ankle, what should you do? First of all you need to be sure that your self diagnosis of a fractured ankle is indeed the case to ensure you commence your ankle recovery in the correct fashion.
Any symptoms of pain in your ankle does not necessarily mean that you have fractured the bone. Ankle pain could be indicative of many conditions beginning with a merely strained ligament to a serious fracture. Certainly today’s modern hospitals with x-ray technology and laboratory analysis can make short work of your diagnoses in a most accurate way, therefore the best advice is to see a doctor.
If you believe you have a fractured ankle, did you a recognizable “crack” in your accident? Ankles are the most common area to fracture and hence you need to take note of your symptoms to better understand your condition. Symptoms beyond pain alone, may include but are not limited to, swelling, tenderness, severe bruising, breathlessness and the like.
If there was not an incident associated with your ankle injury and you have swelling in both ankles, in combination with breathlessness, these can be symptoms of congestive heart failure. Consider of your calf is also swollen and/or severely tender when you walk on that foot, then you might have a blood clot in a vein which could be symptoms of deep vein thrombosis. This can be determined easily by your local General Practitioner (GP).
Another possible outcome if both ankles are swollen, combined with breathlessness alongside hot anklets that are red and stiff, you may simply have inflammation of the joints. This can be managed with ice packs and following the RICER method we referred to earlier.
This may have occurred if you have been standing or sitting in hot place for several hours, your symptoms may be normal under those conditions and should improve within 48 hours. If not, its time to see the doctor.
If you do not associate with any of the above lesser symptoms then it is likely you may have a fracture… what should you do? Always play on the side of caution and if in doubt always consult your doctor.