Ankle injuries are weight-bearing injuries which means they can be extremely painful when weight or pressure is placed on the joint. Unlike other weight-bearing injuries, ankle injuries can have much more extreme consequences which can lead to loss of the limb or even death. Due to the complicated makeup of the ankle joint, an injury to this weight-bearing joint can disrupt the flow of blood to and from the ankle and lead to the development of blood clots. This clotting can lead to loss of the foot itself if proper blood flow is not restored in time.
Furthermore, an ever greater consequence occurs when a blood clot breaks off from the ankle and circulates through the bloodstream to the heart. This can lead to death months or years after the actual injury. Blood clots can form at any time after an ankle is damaged, and as a result, it is common for people that suffer this type of injury to incur large annual medical bills related to the monitoring of the blood flow, associated diagnostic testing to determine if any clots are forming, and medication to prevent clotting or to dissolve clots that occur.
The fact that the ankle is such a complicated, multi-boned joint means that an injury can be extremely painful with every step that is taken. One possible option is ankle reconstruction though one should consult with a doctor before making any decision regarding this procedure. While this procedure can help to alleviate pain and restore ability to move, it is not always guaranteed to deliver these results.
If you or someone you know has received an ankle injury either with broken bones or soft tissue damage, please call Christopher Ligori & Associates at 813-223-2929 for a free consultation.