A fracture is a partial or complete break in a bone. In the ankle, fractures can range from the less serious avulsion injuries (small pieces of bone that have been pulled off) to severe shattering-type breaks of the tibia, fibula, or both.
Ankle fractures are common injuries that are most often caused by the ankle rolling inward or outward. Many people mistake an ankle fracture for an ankle sprain, but they are quite different and therefore require an accurate and early diagnosis. They sometimes occur simultaneously.
Following an ankle injury it is important to have the ankle evaluated by a physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If you are unable to do so right away, go to the emergency room and then follow up with a physician as soon as possible for a more thorough assessment.
Dr. Kretch is Board Certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and is an Associate of the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Institute of Podiatric Medicine and Development.
All of these experiences have prepared Dr. Kretch for a comprehensive podiatric practice, where he employs evidence-based protocols in the surgical and medical treatment of foot and ankle pathology. He takes pride in utilizing cutting edge surgical techniques as a last result in patients who fail or would not benefit from a more conservative approach and he strives to care for each of his patients as if they were members of his own family.
If you feel you may have suffered an ankle fracture we invite you to call our office to schedule an appointment. You’ll find a tab to request an appointment and the phone number for our clinic conveniently located at the top of this page to get you started.