Ankle Dislocation

ExitCare ImageAnkle dislocation happens when the ankle bones move out of place. Usually, the injury that causes ankle dislocation also causes other injuries that are more serious. Often these injuries are broken ankle bones. You also may have injured nerves and blood vessels.

Your doctor will put your ankle back in place. Any tears on your skin around your ankle will be closed (this is usually done in surgery). A cast or splint will be placed around your ankle to hold it in place while it heals. Sometimes, screws and plates need to be drilled into your ankle bones to hold your ankle in place. Sometimes, pins are drilled into the bones of your lower leg and foot. These pins attach to a metal bar outside your body. The pins and the bar hold your bones in place until surgery can be done.

HOME CARE

  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it.

  • Put ice on your injured joint for 1 to 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, every 2 hours while your are awake.

  • Raise your ankle above your heart as told by your doctor. This helps limit puffiness.

  • Move your toes as told by your doctor so they do not get stiff.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • Your cast or splint becomes loose or damaged.

  • Your screws, plates, or the metal bar outside your body becomes loose or damaged.

  • You notice fluid draining around any pins.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.

  • You lose feeling in your toe or cannot bend the tip of your toe.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.