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To protect you, your family and the staff of RNOH Private Care, we now have the facilities to offer video consultations. Your consultant will tell you if your appointment is to be carried out in this way and their practice secretary will provide you with all of the information you need to do this.

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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. The symptoms are:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. You can find the latest information and advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Do: 

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – alcohol gel is effective against respiratory viruses
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

Don't

  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

A fractured ankle means one or more bones that form the ankle joint have broken. From one to many bone fractures, broken ankles can keep you off your feet from weeks to months and can affect people of all ages. In addition to the bones, we can also damage ligaments that help keep bones and joints in the right place.

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A GP should assess every ankle injury as a sprained ankle, and a broken ankle can have similar symptons that include:

Immediate and severe pain

  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Tender to touch
  • Deformity ("out of place"), mainly a dislocated ankle joint
  • Cannot apply weight on the injured foot

Your GP will do a careful examination of your ankle, foot, and lower leg and may request additional tests: -

  • X-rays - can show if the bone is broke, how many are broke and whether there is a gap between broken bones.
  • Stress test - A special x-ray, called a stress test. This x-ray is done to see if certain ankle fractures require surgery.
  • CT scan - Can create a cross-section image of the ankle and is sometimes done to evaluate the ankle injury further.
  • MRI scan - Provides a high-resolution image of both bones and soft tissues, like ligaments. For some ankle fractures, an MRI scan may be done to evaluate the ankle ligaments.

The causes of ankle fractures can include: -

  • Twisting or rotating your ankle
  • Rolling your ankle
  • Tripping or falling
  • Impact during a car accident

Treatment will depend on the type of fracture you have



Nonsurgical Treatment
If your ankle is stable with the broke bones not or barely out of place, you may not need surgery. Treatments range from a high-top tennis shoe to a short leg cast to protect the ankle during recovery. Depending on the fracture, you may or may not be able to apply weight to the leg for a period. Regular check-ups with your GP and x-rays will help confirm the healing of the fracture.

Surgical Treatment
Surgery is used when the ankle is unstable or out of place. The procedure will reposition the fragments of the bone into their normal alignment. Metal plates and special screws may also be required to keep the ankle in position during the healing process.

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