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broken ankleMike Iupati, an NFL guard for the 49ers, was taken off the field and sidelined for what seems to be a broken ankle. After receiving the injury, 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement saying that the massive guard may have sustained a very serious, possible career-ending injury.

As the season is over, Iupati will miss OTA and, if the prognosis is severe enough, he will find it incredibly difficult to get back into shape for training. It is unclear whether Iupati will return to the field, whether he will even return at all, and what shape he will be in when or if he does.

A broken ankle is very serious and very painful. If you’ve sustained a broken ankle, it is essential you visit a podiatrist like Dr. Mayer Salama of Salama Foot Care. Dr. Salama will treat your ankle and do his best to ensure a complete recovery.

Broken Ankles

A broken ankle is when a person fractures their tibia or fibula in the lower leg and ankle area. The tibia is the bone of the lower leg that is known to be the weight-bearing bone and is also more commonly called the shin. The fibula is the bone that is found on the outside of the leg and is smaller than the tibia. These bones are both attached at the bottom of the leg and combine to form what we know to be our ankle.

When a physician is referring to a break of the ankle, he or she is usually referring to a break in the area where the tibia and fibula are joined to create our ankle joint. Ankle fractures are very common since they occur in an area that suffers a lot of weight bearing and stress; therefore this area is more prone to suffering from fractures. There some obvious signs when a person experiences a fractured ankle and the following symptoms may be present.

Symptoms of a Fractured Ankle

- Excessive pain when the area is touched or when any pressure is placed on the ankle.
- Swelling around the area.
- Colorful bruising of the area.
- Area appears to be deformed.

Prognosis of a broken ankle is normally good. The sooner your receive treatment the better. So if you suspect an ankle fracture, seek treatment as soon as possible.

For more information, contact one of our offices in Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Clarkston, or Trenton, MI. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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