Ankle injuries generally include undisplaced fractures, sprains and ligamentous tears. Many individuals find that they recover from an ankle injury within a year. However, some experience issues for a much longer period such as scarring, aching, discomfort, difficulty walking on uneven ground, irritation from metal plates and/or the possibility of developing osteoarthritis in later life.
The most severe types of ankle injury include:
A transmalleolar fracture of the ankle with extensive soft-tissue damage can occasionally occur. This type of fracture can result in a deformity and any future injury to the leg could result in a below-the-knee amputation.
Bilateral ankle fractures
Bilateral ankle fractures are also a particularly nasty injury; particularly if the bilateral fracture occurs while the client is young as it can cause degeneration of the joints meaning that surgical immobilisation of a joint by fusion of the bones is required. This technique is called arthrodesis.
Injuries that have required a lengthy period in plaster or where pins and plates have been inserted are also classified as a severe injury and can result in a residual disability in the form of ankle instability, which can severely limit an injured individual’s ability to walk. Associated sleep disturbances, failed arthrodesis, unsightly scarring and the need to wear specialist footwear can cause injured individuals to feel additional discomfort and distress.
If you or a loved one have suffered as a result of an ankle injury due to the fault of another then you may be able to bring an Ankle injury compensation claim. Please call our Personal Injury or Clinical and Medical Negligence lawyers on Freephone: 0808 164 0808 for a FREE, no-obligation chat or you can complete the request a call back form and we will call you.