Ankle fractures are relatively common injuries, often resulting from slips, trips and falls. Contrary to popular belief, ankle fracture are no worse than ankle breaks. In fact, the terms “fracture” and “break” are interchangeable.
Ankle fractures occur when the bones in your ankle are unable to support the stresses placed upon them. If you suffer from a bone condition such as osteoporosis, your bone strength will suffer and this will leave you prone to developing ankle injuries.
Symptoms of ankle fractures
Fractures can be caused by minor and major blows to the ankles. If you experience pain, swelling and bruising and cannot put weight on your ankle, you should seek immediate medical attention as these symptoms could indicate that you have sustained a fracture. You should refrain from putting weight on your ankle and where possible, you should keep your leg elevated until you receive a diagnosis from a medical professional.
Diagnosis and treatment of ankle fractures
An X-ray may be required to confirm that you have fractured your ankle. Depending on the complexity of the fracture, you may need to wear a splint or plaster cast to immobilise your lower leg and prevent you from putting any weight on your ankle.
If a fracture has left your bones out of alignment, you may need to undergo a procedure called reduction, which involves manipulating your bones back into their correct positions. In some cases, surgery may be necessary.
Your fractured ankle may take between six and eight weeks to heal and you will need to rest your ankle during this time. You may therefore need to take time off work.
Claiming compensation for ankle injuries
The level of compensation awarded for ankle injuries depends on the extent of your recovery and any residual effects that you are forced to cope with. In the case of a severe ankle fracture, you may require extensive treatment and suffer from on-going instability in the joint. Your ankle injury compensation will therefore reflect your prognosis.
At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 15 years’ experience of dealing with personal injury compensation claims, including those relating to accidents resulting in fractured ankles. Our specialist compensation claim advisers are ready to discuss your case and will be happy to explain the claims process to you in greater detail. Call us today on 0800 689 0500 or use our 30-second compensation calculator to determine whether you are eligible to make a claim.