Ankle Fracture

A fracture is a break in the bone. A cast or splint is used to protect and keep your injured bone from moving.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Use your crutches as directed.

  • To lessen the swelling, keep the injured leg elevated while sitting or lying down.

  • Apply ice to the injury for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times per day while awake for 2 days. Put the ice in a plastic bag and place a thin towel between the bag of ice and your cast.

  • If you have a plaster or fiberglass cast:

  • Do not try to scratch the skin under the cast using sharp or pointed objects.

  • Check the skin around the cast every day. You may put lotion on any red or sore areas.

  • Keep your cast dry and clean.

  • If you have a plaster splint:

  • Wear the splint as directed.

  • You may loosen the elastic around the splint if your toes become numb, tingle, or turn cold or blue.

  • Do not put pressure on any part of your cast or splint; it may break. Rest your cast only on a pillow the first 24 hours until it is fully hardened.

  • Your cast or splint can be protected during bathing with a plastic bag. Do not lower the cast or splint into water.

  • Take medications as directed by your caregiver. Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Do not drive a vehicle until your caregiver specifically tells you it is safe to do so.

  • If your caregiver has given you a follow-up appointment, it is very important to keep that appointment. Not keeping the appointment could result in a chronic or permanent injury, pain, and disability. If there is any problem keeping the appointment, you must call back to this facility for assistance.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your cast gets damaged or breaks.

  • You have continued severe pain or more swelling than you did before the cast was put on.

  • Your skin or toenails below the injury turn blue or gray, or feel cold or numb.

  • There is a bad smell or new stains and/or purulent (pus like) drainage coming from under the cast.

If you do not have a window in your cast for observing the wound, a discharge or minor bleeding may show up as a stain on the outside of your cast. Report these findings to your caregiver.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

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