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Fracture Care Program

Ankle Fractures

Each day, every one of us places a lot of pressure on our ankles. The ankle is a joint that connects the leg to the foot, enabling structure, support, movement and mobility. Ankle injuries, usually sprains and fractures, occur pretty regularly. These conditions share such symptoms as pain and muscle hemorrhages. However, fractures may be identified by either abnormal or a lack of movement; in addition, a cracking sound may also be heard.  

Some ankle fractures may require little medical attention; however, individuals will need a tightly wrapped bandage and should try to stay off the damaged foot to the healing process begin. That said, other foot fracture treatments may be necessary for more complex and painful injuries. These fractures may also obscure problems related to systemic disorders and abnormalities in lower-extremity joints.

In these cases, patients often require a differential diagnosis performed by experienced orthopedic surgeons. You can find these experts at the Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute Orlando (FHOIO), a leading destination for ankle fracture treatment—and all musculoskeletal conditions.

J. Dean Cole, MD, an orthopedic specialist and the FHOIO’s medical director, and his team specialize in ankle fractures and related foot fracture treatment and care. Here, we quickly diagnose and treat ankle fractures in a minimally invasive manner. The FHOIO also treats other ankle- and foot-related injuries and conditions, including:

  • Foot fractures or dislocations
  • Arthritis in the foot or ankle
  • Diabetes-related deformities
  • Foot deformities, including flat feet

If you have an ankle fracture, immediate medical attention is recommended. Even simple, painless setbacks can worsen the fracture, leading to serious and more complex health issues. Once you schedule a clinical examination at the FHOIO, your case will be promptly evaluated.

Are you interested in scheduling an ankle fracture or dislocation treatment with an FHOIO orthopedic specialist? If so, please contact us.

Treatments

If you’ve suffered an ankle fracture, you’re not alone. These injuries are very common across all age groups. The qualified orthopedic experts at the Florida Hospital Orthopaedic Institute Orlando (FHOIO) can quickly diagnose and treat ankle fracture injuries and other foot-related conditions.

The FHOIO has become a destination facility for the treatment of ankle fractures. Every year, the FHOIO treats more than 200 patients with ankle fractures and other conditions, providing our team with a unique breadth of experience. J. Dean Cole, MD, the FHOIO’s medical director and a renowned orthopedic specialist, leads a team of expert musculoskeletal professionals uniquely skilled in providing a variety of treatment options, both surgical and otherwise.

Into addition to these more commonly performed procedures, J. Dean Cole, MD has developed and perfected a collection of techniques and approaches designed to create better outcomes for patients.

In fact, it is our preference for minimally invasive surgery that makes the FHOIO truly stand apart. Here, patients undergoing minimally invasive ankle-related procedures can expect a number of benefits. As the skin surrounding the surgical site is less damaged, healing improves, and infection risks decline. In addition, surgery can be performed almost immediately after diagnosis, so there’s no need to wait for injury blisters to heal.

Using this minimally invasive approach, our expert surgeons are able to maneuver the pin-size incision holes for surgery around any blisters or swelling. For most patients, this means a shorter recovery time and quicker return to activity. Our physicians have found that using the minimally invasive approach reduces the risk of re-injury and offers better long-term mobility.

The traditional procedure used to treat foot fracture conditions requires a large, open incision. However, this approach endangers healthy soft tissue and muscle, putting the patient at increased risk for infection and complications. It also increases the likelihood of damaging crucial nerves.

The other downside to the traditional open approach is that surgery can typically be delayed to allow blisters and swelling to decrease enough for surgery to take place. This delay can increase the patient’s time off from work. Even worse, it may result in the fracture beginning to heal incorrectly, providing for a more complex surgery and recovery process.