Pott’s fracture is defined as damage to any of the bony regions of the ankle which is called as malleoli. The fractures can involve the lateral malleoli or the medial malleoli.
The injury often occurs in the same manner as an ankle sprain which is why it is difficult to differentiate from one another initially.
Primarily, palpation of the malleolus and adjacent area might provide an indication if a fracture is present or not. Take note that maximal tenderness on the bone might be a sign of a fracture. An X-ray is the only approach to pinpoint if there is a fracture. An early X-ray might not visible show the injury due to the puffiness and bleeding. If a fracture is likely, another X-ray is taken once the inflammation has settled.
What are the signs?
A Pott’s fracture arises in the same manner as an ankle sprain. Generally, one of the indications is abrupt, intense ankle pain. The individual could not place any weight on the leg along with tenderness at the site of the damage. Additionally, there is evident swelling and bruising.
Management of Pott’s fracture
Depending on the seriousness of Pott’s fracture, surgical intervention might be recommended to repair the internal ankle bones that have moved.
For a lateral malleolus fracture with unsteadiness on the interior of the ankle and a hairline medial malleolar fracture with possible instability, it requires treatment with plaster cast that is fitted beneath the knee for up to 6 weeks.
For less serious fractures, they are treated using a brace or even a walking boot. A rehabilitation program that focuses on strengthening must be carried out which must also include wobble board or a proprioception regimen.
More Information / Disclaimer
The information posted on this page on Pott’s fracture is for learning purposes only. Learn to recognize the indications and how it is treated by taking a standard first aid course with Vancouver First Aid.