Ankle

Ankle Specialist
If you love playing sports and taking part in adventurous activities, a broken ankle or foot can definitely throw a wrench in your plans. Dr. Robert J. Lee, at Robert Lee Orthopedics, treats patients with all sorts of ankle and foot injuries. With offices in Idaho Falls and Blackfoot, Idaho, he performs foot and ankle surgeries and treats sprains, tears, and much more. Book your appointment online or call today.

Ankle Q & A

by Robert J. Lee, MD

What are the symptoms of an ankle sprain?

Sprained ankles are increasingly common and can happen to anyone. If a ligament that holds your ankle bones in place is stretched beyond its elasticity, a sprain results. With a severe sprain, the elastic fibers of the ligament can actually tear.

The typical symptoms of a sprained or broken ankle are:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Soreness
  • Visible deformity
  • Immediate severe pain
  • Unable to place weight on the injured foot

You might need to use crutches if the swelling and pain are stopping you from walking properly. Dr. Lee may also provide you with cast-boots or air splints. At some point, you’ll need to start introducing motions to prevent stiffness.

A trusted bit of advice to remember is RICE: rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Get plenty of rest for your injured ankle or foot and apply ice to keep the swelling down.

Dr. Lee provides you with compression dressings or bandages, and you should try to keep your ankle elevated above your heart, if you can, for at least 48 hours.

What is an ankle or foot arthroscopy or reconstruction surgery?

A fractured or broken ankle could mean a small, simple break in one bone that may not even inhibit your walking, or it could be several fractures that can potentially push your ankle out of place. There are two primary procedures to address an ankle fracture:

Arthroscopy

Ankle or foot arthroscopy is a surgical procedure to look inside your joint for loose fragments of bone or cartilage. Dr. Lee may also use this surgery to try to find any parts of your ligaments that are caught in the joint.

Reconstruction

A reconstruction surgery is a procedure that repairs the torn ligaments with stitches or suture.

What are the advantages of foot and ankle surgery?

If your foot or ankle injury is serious enough, Dr. Lee may recommend surgery. The advantages of surgery include:

  • Increased mobility and function
  • Sustainable, long-lasting pain relief
  • An improved appearance of the foot or ankle

To diagnose and assess the extent of your injury, Dr. Lee may order tests such as an X-ray or an MRI. To help ease your mind, Dr. Lee will make a unique plan of action tailored specifically for you.

If your ankle or foot pain is persistent and impacting your day-to-day life, call or book an appointment online today.

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