Valuable Rookie Out for Season with Fractured Ankle

Kenny VaccaroA fracture in Kenny Vaccaro’s left ankle is going to bench the Saints safety for the remainder of the season. The injury was inflicted during New Orleans’ recent loss to the Panthers and is severe enough to require surgery.

“It’s a fracture in the ankle,” said Saints coach Sean Payton, who hopes Vaccaro will be recovered in time for summer practices. “It’s fairly clean.” Vaccaro is a promising rookie who caught the eye of many NFL analysts during his first year.

Broken and fractured ankles are now more common than ever before. If you have a broken ankle bone, consult with a podiatrist like Dr. Bruce G. Greenfield DPM of Greenfield Podiatry. Dr. Greenfield can show you how to deal with this type of injury until you are able to get it fixed permanently.

Broken Ankles

The ankle consists of three bones- the tibia, the fibula, and the talus. The tibia and the fibula are the two bones that connect to your knees. They sit directly above the talus bone, which is protected by a fibrous membrane and allows slight movement in the ankle joint. A break usually occurs in one of these bones after the foot is twisted too far, a strong impact like jumping from a great height, or repeated stresses like running.

Diagnosis

If you suffer an ankle injury, it is essential that you receive a correct diagnosis. One of the first signs that the ankle is broken is an inability to put any weight on it. There will often be severe bruising and swelling at the sight of the injury. Your doctor may also order an x-ray be taken to determine the exact location and extent of the injury.

Treatment

Without proper care, a broken ankle may not heal properly and could cause arthritis and instability later in life. Therefore, seeking proper treatment is essential to making a full recovery.
There a number of steps you can take to accelerate the healing process however. Elevating your feet above your head and icing the ankle can reduce pain and swelling.

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