Dr. Heier is a renowned foot and ankle surgeon practising in Carrollton, TX. He specializes in the treatment of various minor to severe ankle injuries, including sprains, strains, dislocations, fractures etc.

Ankle Dislocation

The lower leg comprises of the fibula and tibia which join with each other and the talus to form the ankle joint. Numerous ligaments and the joint capsule surround the joint to provide added stability. Certain movements can put excessive force on the ankle causing the ligaments to tear. This can force the ankle bones to move out of their normal position, known as Ankle Dislocation. This condition can occur in conjunction with ankle sprains, fractures and other injuries of the leg/foot.

Causes Of Ankle Dislocation

  • Direct impact, such as a motor vehicle accident
  • Severe ankle sprain where the ankle is rolled excessively
  • Sports injuries
  • Landing on the feet
  • Rapid change of direction

Symptoms Of Ankle Dislocation

  • Extreme pain at the time of injury
  • Inability to perform any activity associated with the ankle
  • Failure to bear weight on the ankle
  • Feeling of the ankle moving out from its normal position
  • Inflammation and visible deformity of the ankle
  • Bruising and loss of ankle movement
  • Numbness in the ankle, foot or toes

Diagnosis Of Ankle Dislocation

The orthopedic doctor may conduct a thorough physical examination of the ankle and note down the sequence of events that led to the injury. The appearance of the ankle may help in determining if the tibia, fibula or talus has moved out of its normal position. The doctor may also examine the structures of the foot and knee to confirm other associated injuries. Pulses and sensation in the foot may be checked to evaluate damage to the nerves and blood vessels.

An X-Ray may provide a clearer look of the bone structure and exact location of the ankle fracture (if any). After re-aligning the dislocated ankle, the orthopedic doctor may again conduct an X-Ray to confirm the position of the bones. CT scan or MRI may also be conducted to assess the ligaments and tendons surrounding the ankle joint.

Treatment For Ankle Dislocation

  • Manual re-alignment: The orthopedic doctor may manually realign the bones with gentle grip and careful manipulation. The patient may be given medication to relax the surrounding muscles and reduce the discomfort associated with the complete process.
  • Brace/cast: Wearing a protective brace or cast for a certain number of weeks may be suggested depending on the severity of the injury. The doctor may also advise the use of crutches for walking purposes. Gentle exercises may be recommended at this stage for strengthening the ankle.
  • Surgery: Surgical intervention may be required in case of severe damage to the ligaments or an ankle fracture. The ankle may be stabilized using plates and screws so that it regains the normal movement.

Dr. Heier provides treatment for Ankle Dislocation and other orthopedic conditions. To schedule an appointment with the ankle doctor in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.