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    Dislocated ankle with fracture


    Dealing with a dislocated ankle with fracture

    What is a dislocated ankle with fracture?  And how do you deal with a dislocated ankle with fracture – is it different to a general ankle with fracture?

    What is a dislocated ankle with fracture?

    A dislocated ankle with fracture is just like any other fractured or broken ankle, but with an added dislocation of the talus, which is one of the three main ankle bones. The talus is the actual ankle bone, which joins the two leg bones (tibia and fibula) to the foot.

    In your average fractured or broken angle, one or more of these three main bones suffers a break.  This generally results in immediate pain and swelling.  Often, the injured person is unable to stand or place any weight on the ankle.  If the ankle is also dislocated, putting weight on the ankle may cause significant harm.  In any serious ankle injury, if an individual is not able to walk properly, medical attention should be sought.

    Frequent causes of a dislocated ankle with fracture

    The most common cause of a dislocated ankle with fracture or break is a sharp, sudden twist with a lot of force.  There are many situations in which this kind of twist with force can happen.  For example, the most common cause is a sporting injury.

    Another cause, particularly to people susceptible to fractures and breaks, is a simple trip or fall.  Even a small trip or fall can cause a fracture if the ankle is caught on its side and enough weight or force is applied to it.  An older person or someone with low bone density may be particularly at risk of a dislocated ankle with fracture.

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    Treatment of a dislocated ankle with fracture

    If you believe an individual may have suffered a fractured or broken ankle, you need to make sure they receive medical attention.  This is particularly important is the individual is a child or an older person, or if there is an open flesh wound on the ankle.

    A doctor will examine the ankle for swelling, bruising and deformity.  They will also check that there is no loss of pulse or feeling to the foot, which might indicate a lack of blood flow.  The doctor is likely to request an x-ray, CT scan or MRI scan to confirm whether the ankle is twisted or fractured and whether there is a dislocation.  A dislocated ankle with fracture may take 8 weeks or more to heal, during which time, crutches are likely to be needed.

    Claiming Compensation

    If your injury was someone else’s fault, you may be able to claim compensation for your injury.

    You can find out whether you have a valid claim by taking the unique 30 second online test at Accident Advice Helpline’s website.

    Alternatively, you can talk to the friendly and professional staff who man AAH’s phone on freephone number 0800 689 0500 – or from your mobile 0333 500 0993 – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    Date Published: 12th August 2013

    Author: verityking

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