A broken ankle indicates that your body’s key to stability has fractured into one or more piece. Orthopedic ankle care aims to bind those bones back together, along with the surrounding ligaments and tendons. Your broken ankle may be a simple injury or a complex condition where bones and joints are out of alignment as well as broken.
Other ankle fracture complications may include arthritis, bone infection, compartment syndrome, nerve injury, or blood vessel damage. To assess an ankle fracture, the orthopedic specialist completes full diagnostic testing with radiological investigations such as x-rays, bone scans, CT scans, or MRI scans.
Orthopedic surgery to repair an ankle fracture often relies on open reduction surgery to put the broken ankles bones back together. Then, internal fixation with metal plates and screws holds the bones in place to allow healing to occur. An alternative procedure could involve ankle tightrope fixation. This implant technology features a fiberwire suture and two buttons to avoid complication with screws.
Ankle fusion, also known as arthrodesis, binds the bones of the ankle joint into one solid mass. Orthopedic surgery is needed to install the plates, pins and screws holding the ankle together. Bone grafts may help stabilize the ankle if there is bone loss.
Dr David Miller’s Special Interest Areas :
- Total Ankle Replacement
- Ankle Arthroscopy (Keyhole)
- Ankle Osteochondral (Cartilage) Lesions
- Ankle Instability/Recurrent Ankle Sprains
- Ankle Fusion
- Subtalar Fusion
- Triple Arthrodesis (Subtalar, Talonavicular, Calcaneocuboid Fusion)
- Achilles Tendon Surgery
- Repair of Ruptured Achilles Tendon