You will likely initially seek treatment for a broken ankle or broken foot in an emergency room or urgent care clinic. If the pieces of broken bone aren't lined up properly for healing, you may be referred to a doctor specializing in orthopedic surgery.
What you can do
You may want to write a list that includes:
- Detailed descriptions of your symptoms
- Information about medical problems you've had
- Information about the medical problems of your parents or siblings
- All the medications and dietary supplements you take
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
For a broken ankle or foot, basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What tests are needed?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- If I need a cast, how long will I need to wear it?
- Will I need surgery?
- What activity restrictions will need to be followed?
- Should I see a specialist?
- What pain medications do you recommend?
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions you have.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor may ask some of the following questions:
- Was there a specific injury that triggered your symptoms?
- Did your symptoms come on suddenly?
- Have you injured your ankles or feet in the past?
- Have you recently begun or intensified an exercise program?
What to do in the meantime
If your injury isn't severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room, here are some things you can do at home to care for your injury until you can see your doctor:
- Apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, every three to four hours to bring down the swelling.
- Keep your foot or ankle elevated.
- Don't put any weight on your injured foot or ankle.
- Lightly wrap the injury in a soft bandage that provides slight compression.