Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Injury of the Ankle Overview

Another name for Injury of the Ankle is Ankle Injury.

What is an ankle injury?
A person with an ankle injury has damage to the structures of the ankle, caused by an injury. Ankle contusion, ankle sprain, and ankle fracture are all common ankle injuries. Soft tissue ankle injuries include stab wounds, lacerations, abrasions, and puncture wounds.

What are the symptoms of an ankle injury?
Depending on the type of injury, symptoms of an ankle injury include ankle pain, ankle swelling, ankle bruising, ankle tenderness, and ankle deformity.

How does the doctor treat an ankle injury?
All ankle injuries benefit from rest, elevation of the injured ankle, and cold compresses. Further treatment depends on the type of injury. Treatment options include elastic wrapping the ankle, the application of splints or casts, and ankle surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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