While sprains and fractures both present with pain, swelling, and bruising, the fractured or broken ankle will have pain and symptoms that continue longer. If a broken ankle is not treated properly, it can lead to infection, arthritis, continued swelling and pain, and deformities of the foot and ankle.
If a broken ankle is in good position, immobilization and keeping the pressure off of the limb may be sufficient. If the fracture is displaced or otherwise in poor position, surgery to repair the fracture may be necessary. This may involve the placement of screws and plates, bone grafts, ankle fusions, or ankle replacements depending on the severity of the fracture and the assessment of your ankle surgeon.
If you think that you sprained your ankle, but it just won't heal right, be sure to get it examined and properly treated. Contact our Houston foot and ankle surgery office for an immediate appointments and see what your options for treatment are.