Ankle Fracture (cont.)
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What kind of doctor treats a broken ankle?
A broken ankle may be diagnosed by a general practitioner (family doctor, internist, pediatrician), or an emergency medicine doctor in a hospital. The patient may be referred to a podiatrist (foot specialist) or an orthopedic surgeon for the care and further treatment of the broken ankle depending on the severity of the injury or the need for possible surgery.
When to should I contact a health-care professional if I think I may have broken my ankle?
If a person has injured an ankle, contact a doctor or go to an emergency department. Seek medical treatment for an ankle injury in the following situations.
How is a broken ankle diagnosed?
A doctor will evaluate the ankle to determine if there is an ankle fracture or if the joint has been damaged sufficiently to become unstable. Joint instability often suggests multiple fractures, a fracture with a ligament injury, ligament injury alone, or dislocation.
The doctor will seek a history of the injury and will ask questions to determine the possible fracture patterns.
The doctor will perform a physical exam, looking for:
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