What is the correct fractured ankle treatment?
The need for fractured ankle treatment is quite common, as it is easy for an accident to result in a fractured ankle. Doctors will use the term fracture for a crack or break in the bones, whereas the general public tend to use the term fracture for a crack rather than a clean break, which most people would then refer to as a broken bone. If you think that you have a crack or break in your ankle, you may need fractured ankle treatment and should thus go to straight to your local accident and emergency department.
What is the cause of needing fractured ankle treatment?
An ankle bone can become fractured very easily, and it is not always apparent that the damage has been done. Sudden impact or twisting your ankle in a fall are the most common causes. You should consider what made you fall, or what hit your ankle, because if someone else was at fault and caused your injury, and you need fractured ankle treatment, then you may be entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
What is fractured ankle treatment?
This varies depending on how severe the injury is, but normally:
- The ankle would have an X-ray;
- In complicated cases, an MRI, CT scan or bone scan may be necessary;
- Keep the weight off the affected foot and do not attempt to drive;
- The bones may need realigning;
- Screws and plates may be used in severe cases;
- Splint or plaster cast;
- Painkillers; and
How long does it take to heal?
A simple fracture that just needs a plaster cast or splint will heal in six to eight weeks, but a more severe fracture that needs surgery will take longer.
What are the consequences of needing fractured ankle treatment?
For the period of healing, the consequences can be dire:
- You will not be able to put any weight on the injured foot;
- You will not be able to drive;
- You may not be able to go to work;
- You may experience stress and anxiety;
- You may not be able to carry out normal every day tasks; and
- You may incur extra expenses because of you inability to do things for yourself.
If the accident that caused your injury was not your fault, apart from pain and suffering you may be able to claim for other things as part of your personal injury compensation claim. You need to speak to Accident Advice Helpline, who will ensure that all areas are included in your claim and ensure that your claim is dealt with fast and efficiently.
Accident Advice Helpline have trained advisors on our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, who will start the processes of your personal injury compensation claim. We then have experienced solicitors just waiting to deal with your case. We also have an online claim form that you can complete, or you could try our 30-second test if you prefer.
Date Published: 29th July 2013