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Ankle dislocation: 3 questions to answer

Most people who suffer an ankle dislocation don’t confuse the injury for another. With this injury, one or more ligaments are torn in your ankle, thus causing extreme pain along with difficulty walking.

While an ankle dislocation may not be the most common foot injury, it’s something to familiarize yourself with. These three questions will help you better understand this type of injury:

  • What is the primary cause of an ankle dislocation? This typically happens when putting your foot down on the ground for impact. For example, if you’re on a construction site and step into a hole or on top of a tool, it could cause your ankle to dislocate.
  • Is there anything that increases the risk for ankle dislocation? Anyone can suffer this injury, but people who have had ankle injuries in the past, such as sprains or breaks, are more likely to run into trouble.
  • What are the symptoms of ankle dislocation? If you think you’ve dislocated your ankle, check for symptoms such as swelling, bruising, severe pain, inability to hold your weight, deformity and difficulty moving your ankle.

The only real way to know if you have a dislocated ankle, as well as the severity, is to receive a medical diagnosis.

Your doctor will examine your ankle while ordering a variety of tests such as an X-ray and MRI.

Once these tests are complete, you can discuss the injury with your doctor for a better idea of which treatment plan is best. If you’re unable to return to work after suffering an ankle dislocation on the job, don’t wait to learn more about workers’ compensation benefits.


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