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What Causes Foot and Ankle Breaks in Older Adults?

Monday, 22 March 2021 00:00

There are more incidents of foot and ankle fractures in the elderly than ever before due to an increased population of older adults, and the fact that they are more active than older adults of past generations. With age, bones become more brittle and fragile, causing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis has been traditionally regarded as the major factor contributing to both ankle and foot breakage in seniors. However, new distinctions are being drawn, placing obesity as a driving factor in ankle fractures, with fragile bones more associated with fractures of the foot. While there is some difference of opinion regarding how best to treat foot and ankle breaks in elder patients, experts agree that comorbidities and functionality levels in the patient should be determining factors regarding treatment—and not age alone. Consultation with a podiatrist is the best way to determine what treatment options exist for the elder patient with a foot or ankle break.

Broken ankles need immediate treatment. If you are seeking treatment, contact Frank Henry, DPM from Victoria and Marble Falls, TX. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet. 

Broken Ankles
A broken ankle is experienced when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. Both of these bones are attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankles are more prone to fractures because the ankle is an area that suffers a lot of pressure and stress. There are some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle, and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

  • Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle
  •  Swelling around the area
  •  Bruising of the area
  • Area appears to be deformed

If you suspect an ankle fracture, it is recommended to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner you have your podiatrist diagnose the fracture, the quicker you’ll be on the way towards recovery.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Victoria and Marble Falls, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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