Podiatrist - East Moline
1620 9th St
East Moline, IL 61244
309-755-3809


Podiatrist - Bettendorf
1895 Middle Rd
Bettendorf, IA 52722
563-355-7252

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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, doctors have noticed an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles since the 1970s, due, in part, to the Baby Boomer generation being active throughout every stage of their lives.

The ankle has two joints, one on top of the other, and three bones. A broken ankle can involve one or more of the bones, as well as injury to the surrounding connecting tissues or ligaments.

There are a wide variety of causes for broken ankles, most commonly a fall, an automobile accident, or sports-related trauma. Because a severe sprain can often mask the symptoms of a broken ankle, every ankle injury should be examined by a physician.

Symptoms of a broken ankle include:

  • Bruising.
  • Swelling.
  • Immediate and severe pain.
  • Inability to put any weight on the injured foot.
  • Tenderness to the touch.
  • Deformity, particularly if there is a dislocation or a fracture.

The treatment for a broken ankle usually involves a leg cast or brace if the fracture is stable. If the ligaments are also torn, or if the fracture created a loose fragment of bone that could irritate the joint, surgery may be required to secure the bones in place so they will heal properly.


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East Moline, IL 309-755-3809
Bettendorf, IA 563-355-7252

Dodson Foot Clinic, 1620 9th St, East Moline IL, 61244, 309-755-3809
Dodson Foot Clinic, 1895 Middle Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722, 563-355-7252