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Ankle fractures have increased during recent years, doctors such as Dr. Hecht have noted an increase in the number and severity of broken ankles, due to active, older “baby boomers.”  A fractured ankle can range from a simple break in one bone (which may not limit walking), to several fractures (which may require no weight bearing for 6-8 weeks).  Causes include: twisting the ankle, rolling the ankle, falling, or direct impact to the ankle.  Symptoms of an ankle fracture most often include immediate and severe pain, swelling, bruising, tenderness, inability to put any weight on the injured foot and noticeable deformity.


An ankle fracture typically causes pain, tenderness, bruising, swelling and some deformity of the ankle joint.   You may experience tenderness of the ankle and foot bones (and inability to move the ankle area.  You will experience some weakness of the ankle and foot areas.


These injuries can occur due to a traumatic incident or a fall. Dr. Hecht will perform a thorough examination to evaluate and determine the extent of your ankle injuries and conduct a complete review of your medical history.

X-rays are the most common way to evaluate an injured ankle and depending on the type of ankle fracture, Dr. Hecht may take a special x-ray, called a “stress test” which is used to see if certain ankle fractures require surgery.  In some instances a CT scan or onsite MRI may be used to evaluate the ankle injury.

Nonsurgical treatment may involve six weeks of partial weight bearing and a stabilizer, such as a cast or fracture brace.  Surgical treatment typically includes a plate and screws on the side of the bone, which are used to re-align the bone fragments and keep them together as they heal.

Why Dr. Joseph Hecht?

Dr. Hecht is board certified in orthopedic surgery, providing expert knowledge and expertise in the area of foot and ankle conditions, preservation and treatment options.  As one of the top Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland foot and ankle surgeons, Dr. Hecht brings years of valuable experience to every assessment.