Is bleeding uncontrollably. Has a numb, cold, pale, or blue ankle/foot. Is unable to move the foot. Is in shock (faint, pale, with rapid shallow breathing)
What happens if a broken ankle goes untreated?
When a bone fracture is untreated, it can result in either a nonunion or a delayed union. In the former case, the bone doesn’t heal at all, which means that it will remain broken. As a result, swelling, tenderness, and pain will continue to worsen over time.
Should I call an ambulance for a broken foot?
If you think you may have broken your toe or finger, you can go to a minor injury unit or urgent care centre. Go to your nearest A&E for a broken arm or leg. Call 999 for an ambulance if the injury to the leg seems severe or you’re not able to get to A&E quickly.
What will the hospital do for a broken foot?
Treatment of foot fractures depend upon which bone is broken but many fractures are treated with a compression dressing, a stiff-soled shoe, boot, and weight bearing as tolerated. Some foot fractures require surgery to repair the damage.
How long can a broken bone go untreated?
Most fractures heal in 6-8 weeks, but this varies tremendously from bone to bone and in each person based on many of the factors discussed above. Hand and wrist fractures often heal in 4-6 weeks whereas a tibia fracture may take 20 weeks or more.
Is a broken ankle an emergency?
If you are unable to see your doctor and have any of the signs or symptoms of an ankle fracture, you should go to an emergency department as soon as possible. The following signs and symptoms call for immediate care at an emergency department: Gross deformity of the ankle bones. Bones visible outside your skin.
What does a broken ankle feel like?
With a sprain, you feel pain. But if you have numbness or tingling, your ankle is most likely broken. Where is the pain? If your ankle hurts or is tender to the touch directly over your ankle bone, you probably have a fracture.
How long does a broken ankle stay swollen?
The foot and ankle become swollen, painful and can no longer hold any weight. It takes several days or weeks for the swelling to go down completely, and can take months for the ankle joint to fully recover from the fracture.