Warmer weather and longer days are finally here.
Across the city, sunshine beckons the winter-weary out of their homes and into the open air for some well-deserved fun. But summer isn’t just about beer gardens and beach trips – it’s also a season prone to accidents. A quick slip, twist, or tweak to your ankle can leave you on the sidelines with an injury.
The scary thing is, an ankle sprain and ankle fracture can feel almost identical. How do you know if you’ve fractured your ankle?
Common culprits of ankle fractures are activities like hiking, jogging, and roller skating. But you might just as easily trip on the cobblestone in Old City, transforming a pleasant afternoon into an agonizing emergency.
So, is it a sprain or a fracture? Pain, swelling, and bruising are symptoms of both.
Some indicating signs of a fracture include:
Ankle fractures are actually the 4th most common type of fracture, and children are more likely to experience a broken bone than a sprain.
Only a doctor will be able to tell for sure if you’ve broken your ankle by performing an X-ray. If you’re experiencing any fracture symptoms, it’s important to seek medical attention immediately.
Philadelphia is chock full of exhilarating summertime activities – and opportunities to take a tumble. Follow these tips to stay safe from accidents:
Alas, not every accident can be avoided. If you break your ankle, how you care for it will vary based on the severity. Some ankle fracture treatments that your doctor may recommend include:
Remember that rest is essential for recovery. So take a break from hiking the Wissahickon and park yourself at one of Philly’s many cafes or restaurants with outdoor seating instead. Prop up your ankle and make a dent in that stack of summer reading books.
If you encounter an ankle injury or any other summertime bump, scrape or break, visit your local vybe urgent care. We’ll help you feel better soon.FIND YOUR VYBE