An ankle fracture is a common injury that requires professional treatment in a timely manner. The sooner you’re on the same page as your medical team the sooner you’ll feel better about making a full recovery.
There are many types of medical treatment for an ankle fracture, including the following:
- Realignment: If your bones are not aligned, your doctor may have to align them before placing you in a cast or splint. Sometimes, it’s possible to do so in the emergency department, but if it isn’t, you may require surgery.
- Cast: Immobilizing your ankle is essential to making a fast and full recovery. A cast is often the best way to do so, as this ensures that you’re unable to move your ankle as it heals.
- Avoid walking: Until your doctor tells you otherwise, you should avoid putting weight on your ankle. Doing so can cause additional damage to the bone and surrounding ligaments.
- Pain medication: Depending on the severity of the injury, you may find yourself in quite a bit of pain. Your doctor can write a prescription for pain medication to be used as needed.
Many types of accidents can lead to an ankle fracture, ranging from a car crash to a fall from height.
If you suffer an ankle injury on the job, don’t attempt to “walk it off.” Stay where you are, administer first aid and call for help if you need transportation to the hospital.
After you understand your injury and the impact on your life, you can determine if you’re in a position to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.